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Library Assistant: Program Specialist (OG-03); Oglethorpe County Library, Lexington, GA


Library Assistant: Program Specialist (OG-03); Oglethorpe County Library, Lexington, GA


Part-time; hourly; non-exempt; without benefits


17 hours per week; evenings and weekends required


$8.43 per hour

Application Deadline

Open until Filled

Bilingual Skills (English-Spanish) are preferred, but not required.

 Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System is committed to our vision:  Engaging Communities and Exceeding Expectations, which we achieve through the everyday practice of our organizational values. It is through our values we provide an atmosphere and work environment that is inclusive, supportive of our community, respectful, committed to excellence and welcoming.  The Oglethorpe County Library will hire an experienced, responsible, and creative individual who embraces and thrives in an active, fast-paced, culturally diverse environment.  We seek an enthusiastic, innovative, and flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to make public library services relevant to all residents of Oglethorpe County.

This position works as part of the library’s team to provide front-line library and computer services to patrons and is responsible for working with other library staff to plan, market, conduct, and facilitate special programs and events for teens and young adults at the Oglethorpe County Library and in other locations in the County. This position reports to the Oglethorpe County Library Branch Manager.

Minimum Training and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent is required, with college degree or college experience preferred. At least one year experience working with the public is required, with library experience and experience working with teenagers preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position may also be considered. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job.  Other duties of a similar nature or level may be required as assigned and job assignments may change in the future, including night and weekend work assignments.

  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons, assisting with their information questions and readers’ advisory, circulation, and technology needs.
  • Develops, creates and implements library programs for teen audiences (ages 11 - 18) and young adult audiences; communicates all plans and program feedback to supervisor.
  • Recommends professionally reviewed library materials to supervisor as possible additions to the young adult collection.
  • Works with local schools to expand the reach of teen services.
  • Assists and instructs library patrons in computer activities, including using the library’s catalog and databases, the Internet, and basic personal computing programs.
  • Upholds all library policies, including the Code of Ethics as stated in the Personnel Policy.
  • Monitors and responds to safety and security of library patrons and campus; reports situations according to outlined procedures.
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including the following: organizing and re-shelving materials; accepting fees and fines; routing holds, loans and information; materials processing; basic facility maintenance; meeting room use; performing basic office duties including answering telephones.
  • Meets System expectation to participate in at least two approved off-site outreach programs each year. 
  • Meets System expectation to complete at least 10 hours of approved work-related training activities during each year of employment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 Supervisory and Management Responsibilities

  • In the absence of the Branch Manager, directs day-to-day operations of the library, being responsible for opening, closing, and security of the library.
  • May train and oversee library volunteers as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in upholding the library’s core values; ability to provide external and internal service that is welcoming, committed to excellence, inclusive, and respectful and that supports the community and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and skill in providing efficient, positive, and professional customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers.
  • Knowledge of children’s, teen, and adult literature.
  • Personal computer proficiency and the ability to use, understand, assist, and train patrons with various computer applications and the automated library system; knowledge of current social media applications.
  • Ability to prepare training and program plans and materials and skill in training and program presentation.
  • Aptitude for creative projects such displays and publicity.
  • Knowledge of general library principles and philosophy and application of ARLS and PINES policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic office principles and skill in performing office support, including ability to collect cash money and make correct change mentally.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with patrons and staff; ability to answer questions and explain procedures and policies.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to plan and prioritize assignments and activities.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.  

Athens Regional Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the library may provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees to discuss potential necessary accommodations. The library is a drug-free workplace and may require drug testing according to established policy.  Hiring is contingent upon verification of identity; United States employment eligibility authorization through E-Verify will be required. Georgia is an open records state. Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the library unless the applicant is selected for an interview.

Submit completed online ARLS job application at, including a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications for this position.