Staffing levels at libraries in East Sussex

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Please could you provide the number of qualified researchers and qualified librarians that occupy positions in libraries in the following format for the years 2005 onwards.

Location, year, number of librarians, number of researchers.

Please can you also provide for the same time period:
Location, year, number of fiction books, number of non-fiction books, number of reference books.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Price
Freelance Journalist

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Mr Price

 

FOI Request ref: 6047 / Staffing levels at libraries in East Sussex

 

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Amilia Holland

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East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Mr Price

 

FOI Request ref: 6047 / Staffing levels at libraries in East Sussex

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 7/9/2015 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, but we do need you to
clarify your request before we will be able to process it.

 

Could you please define what you mean by researcher? This isn’t a job
title we have at ESCC.

 

Your request is on hold pending receipt of your clarification. Please
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request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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Dear Amilia ,

Thank you for your help.

Please can you change the request as follows:

Please provide data of staff occupying positions in libraries for the years 2005 onwards.

The data can be formatted as follows:

Location, year, job title, number of staff in job.

Please can you also provide for the same time period:

Location, year, number of fiction books, number of non-fiction books, number of reference books.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Price

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear Mr Price

FOI Request ref: 6047 / Staffing levels at libraries in East Sussex

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your clarified request was received on 8/9/2015 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, and in this case will do so no later than 6/10/2015, which is the amended 20 working day deadline, taking into account the period on hold awaiting your clarification. The deadline is counted from the first working day we receive it, not the date a letter is written / posted or an email sent.
Please quote the above reference number in any communication regarding this request.

Kind regards

Amilia Holland
Customer Information Adviser

East Sussex County Council
Communities Economy and Transport Directorate
W1D, County Hall
St Anne’s Crescent
Lewes
East Sussex BN7 1UE

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208
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FOI Request ref: 6047 / Staffing levels at libraries in East Sussex

 

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REQUEST

 

Please could you provide the number of qualified researchers and qualified
librarians that occupy positions in libraries in the following format for
the years 2005 onwards.

 

Location, year, number of librarians, number of researchers.

 

Please can you also provide for the same time period:

Location, year, number of fiction books, number of non-fiction books,
number of reference books.

 

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Books

Please see attached spreadsheet

 

We are not able to give locations as our stock is a countywide resource,
moved from library to library to use it as effectively as possible.

 

 

 

Staff

Please see attached spreadsheet

 

Summary: Number of staff employed in libraries:

 

Year Library employees
2005 82
2006 82
2007 94
2008 97
2009 86
2010 89
2011 84
2012 90
2013 83
2014 81
2015 65

 

 

notes/interpretation:

 

·         The report shows contracted staff working in East Sussex County
Council Libraries. It does not include staff working in head office
locations, such as County Hall.

·         The following job titles are included:

Adult Stock Services Librarian

Apprentice Customer Service

Area Support Officer

Assistant in Charge

Assistant in Charge Reference

Asst in Charge Literacy Learning Children

Customer Service Apprentice

Driver/Assistant

Learn Direct Assistant

Librarian

Library Assistant

Library Manager

Library Supervisor

Mobile Library Asst in Charge/Driver

Mobile Library Manager

Prison Librarian

Rural Mobile Assistant in Charge

Saturday Library Assistant

Senior Library Assistant

Stock Services Librarian

Support Officer

·         The data refers to  numbers at the end of December for the years
2005 to 2014

·         The data for 2015 refers to numbers at the end of August, which
is the latest data available.

 

 

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Council has not complied with the FOI Act in responding to your request,
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Philip Baker, Assistant Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council,
County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex. BN7 1UE.

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Yours sincerely

 

Jeremy Coleman

Customer Information Officer

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913

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