Reader-in-Residence: schools in the Ballyfermot area. Request for proposals.

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Dublin City Libraries delivers library services across the Dublin City Council administrative area. Dublin City Libraries are committed to developing the role of the library as a centre for culture, with programmes and projects that meet individual and community needs. The Reader-in Residence programme fulfils these commitments by providing opportunities for positive engagement with libraries and reading for children.

A role of Reader–in-Residence for Primary Schools in the Ballyfermot area has become available, with funding from the national Dormant Accounts fund. The estimated value of the project is €22,000. The reader-in-residence will design and deliver a programme of planned activities based around the idea of reading as fun, with the activities being geared to different age groups and genres. The Reader–in-Residence will work with schools and Home School Liaison Officers in the Ballyfermot area, and with Ballyfermot Library.

The programme is envisaged as being delivered on a 20-hour a week basis for the school year 2019/2020. The hours worked will meet the needs of the children, schools and the library, and will be decided upon by the reader-in-residence in consultation with the Dublin City Libraries’ project manager. The reader-in-residence will be required to provide their own workspace, laptop and mobile devices in order to deliver the outputs of the project.

The reader-in-residence will be required to conduct an evaluation on completion of the project and present a report within an agreed timeframe.

Garda vetting will be required.


Proposals are invited from suitably qualified persons who can demonstrate:

  • excellent communication skills;
  • experience of working with children;
  • experience of programming book- and reading-related activities;
  • an ability to think creatively;
  • a clear appreciation of the role that books and reading play in the development of children in our society;
  • a self-motivated, enthusiastic and flexible approach to work with an ability to work on
    own initiative.


In responding to this request, proposals should include:

  • a Curriculum Vitae, including the names and contact details of two referees.
  • A one-page covering letter outlining relevant experience and ideas for the role.
  • An estimated cost for delivering the role, including person hours.
  • Please email Closing:  5 p.m. on Wednesday 21/8/19

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to make a presentation outlining a minimum of three proposed activities to be delivered in the role.

NB. Please note that this role is a time-limited contract for service.

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