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Job Opening: Library Assistant

Hours: 12-15 Hours a week, $14.13/hr

Hours: 20-24 Hours a week, $14.13/hr
Applications are available at the library’s Circulation Desk and must be returned in person by 8pm on April 20, 2023.

Otto Bruyns Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
This position was posted on Friday, April 14, 2023.

Job Description: Library Assistant

General Purpose
Performs a variety of routine clerical and manual work in processing and cataloging library materials, and providing customer services to library patrons in a pleasant, professional manner.

Supervision Received
Works under the supervision of the Library Director

Supervision Exercised
None generally.  May exercise limited supervision as assigned by the Library Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Greets residents in a pleasant and welcoming manner

·         Processes unprocessed library material

·         Assists in identifying collection items, recommends items to patrons, suggests additions to the collection as well as deletions

·         Performs routine maintenance on books and other materials

·         Answers telephone calls and provides information or otherwise assists or refers patrons as appropriate

·         Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as filing new member cards, preparing and mailing overdue notices,

·         Assists in shelving books and maintaining neatness in all library areas

·         Conducts tours of library facilities for various educational or civic groups and interested individuals (especially new members)

·         Performs assigned tasks as needed by Director

·         Assists with library programs as needed

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

·         Graduation from High School or GED equivalent

·         Library experience preferred

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

·         Working knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs, library circulation and processing techniques, library classification systems, and basic office procedures.

·         Working knowledge of Online Public Access Catalogs and basic functions within them (for example: searching for titles, placing holds, reviewing patron fines)

·         Ability to use a computer and mouse.  Ability to navigate computer files and access a shared drive.

·         Ability to use fax machine

·         Ability to use copy machine

·         Ability to scan documents

·         Microsoft Office Suite

·         Ability to use a flash drive

·         Email, ability to email an attachment

·         Ability to use a digital camera and to upload photographs onto a computer

·         Knowledge of library electronic resources including but not limited Ebsco Databases

·         Ability to download audio & ebooks from Overdrive

·         Ability to orally communicate effectively, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, employees, supervisors and the general public

·         Ability and willingness to learn new technologies as they emerge and become part of the library’s services

Special Requirements
Flexible hours, fluid schedule
Valid state driver’s license or ability to obtain one

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk, sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. 
The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while preforming the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet.

Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check, job related tests may be required.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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