Assistant Librarian

Job Description

Interested in developing a career in healthcare librarianship?

Come and Join Our Team!

If you are about to qualify as a librarian, a newly qualified librarian, or a librarian from a  different library sector, then the Library & Knowledge Services Team at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare has a post created just for you.

This post is designed specifically to enable newly qualified librarians or librarians from other sectors (such as public or academic libraries) to start a career in healthcare librarianship. The post will be for an 18 month period and has been created to give the post holder a wide range of experience within the healthcare setting, with the aim of enabling them to take up a more specialist role within the NHS at the end of the 18 months.

The current post holder has been successful in gaining a permanent librarian post within the health sector.  This is what they said about the post in our team:

As a newly-qualified Librarian, this post has been the perfect starting point for a career as a healthcare librarian. The team are incredibly friendly and supportive. Over the last 14 months I’ve had the opportunity to lead a reading group, develop literature searching skills and facilitate training sessions. All of the skills and professional development has led to me taking on a full-time position as an Information Specialist within the health sector. I took advantage of onsite accommodation too.”

The Assistant Librarian’s main base is Crawley branch.  However in order to work effectively as part of the library team and to gain the breadth of experience on offer, the successful candidate will be expected to regularly (i.e. every week) work at both sites and on occasions off-site (particularly with the Outreach Librarian). They will gain in-depth experience and skills in specific functions of the library service including: evidence searching, summary writing, critical appraisal, teaching effective searching for evidence, e-resources, library website, marketing & promotion, stock selection, cataloguing and working with our Outreach  and Clinical Librarians.  They will be expected to lead at least one project during their 18 months. 

A development programme will provide plenty of opportunity to develop skills, attending internal and external training programmes, with visits to other local library services both from within and outside the NHS.   The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to complete the registration process to become a chartered member of CILIP.

We are a small team made up of six librarians (including this post), two senior library assistants and three part-time library assistants. If you would like to work in an environment where every day is different, come and join us at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare. 

If you need somewhere local to live it is possible to rent a room in the hospital accommodation at East Surrey.

To find out more about this post please contact Rachel Cooke, Head of Library Services and Knowledge Management tel: 01737 768511 ext 6054 or

Closing Date:     17/07/2019
Interview Date:  26/07/2019