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Edward Boyle Trainee

The Edward Boyle trainee role is divided between two teams: Customer Services in the mornings and the Science and Engineering Faculty Team in the afternoons.  This role involves:

Customer Services:

  • Controlling access on Reception
  • Answering queries on the Enquiry Desk
  • Manning the High Demand Collection
  • Dealing with reservations
  • Collecting monthly statistics for managers
  • Cashing up fines incomes
  • Issue and return of books
  • Managing user behaviour
  • Collection management e.g. searching for missing books, conducting shelf inspection, re-labelling, shelving

Science and Engineering Faculty Team:

  • Running Purchase Alerts (weekly review files alerting FTLs to heavily-used stock)
  • Creation and maintenance of electronic reading lists
  • Assisting at information literacy and academic skills training session
  • Undertaking a work-based project of long-standing value to the Library
  • Collection development e.g. classmark changes, weeding
  • Minute taking at a variety of meetings
  • Sending welcome emails or information packs to new staff
  • Administrative support e.g. managing the team mailbox, collating data into spread sheets, photocopying

The Customer Services team at the Edward Boyle Library consists of full-time, part-time and term-time only staff. The Science and Engineering Faculty team consists of five Faculty Librarians (including the team leader) and the Faculty Team Assistant.

Similar to the Brotherton trainee post, fxed duties are combined with opportunities to learn about and experience all aspects of the library service. Shadowing across all the teams is strongly encouraged; managers are flexible in allowing time for any activities contributing to professional development. Live updates on the Twitter and regular blog posts are actively encouraged in order to keep track of these experiences and to see how far we’ve come.

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