Library Assistant: Children’s (CH-03); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA

Position Library Assistant: Children's Specialist (CH-03); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Status Part-time; hourly; without benefits
Hours 17 hours per week; requires nights and weekends
Salary $10.00 per hour
Application Deadline Open Until Filled

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

Position Summary

Do you love the idea of working with children? Award-winning Athens Regional Library System is hiring a Library Assistant to work as a member of the Children’s Services Team in the Athens-Clarke County Library. We seek an enthusiastic, flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to deliver quality library services that engage the community and exceed expectations.

This part-time position works with the Children’s Services Team to plan and present literature- and arts-based public programming for children and their families, both in the library and in outreach locations. The position also provides front-line services to patrons of all ages in the Children’s Department. Creativity, high energy, ability to create and present superb programs to groups, and love of books and reading are essential. Position reports to the ARLS Regional Children’s Coordinator.

Minimum Training and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent required, with college degree or college experience preferred.  At least one year’s experience working with public is required, with library experience and experience working with children preferred. Knowledge of children’s literature is required. A combination of education, training, and experience that provides requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position may also be considered. Must have, or be able to obtain, and maintain, a valid Georgia driver’s license with an insurable driving record.

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job.  Other duties of a similar nature may be required and assigned, and job assignments and schedules may change in the future.

  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons of all ages, especially children and families, assisting with their information, readers’ advisory, and circulation needs.
  • Participates as a team member of Children's Department staff in planning, creating, developing and implementing numerous exceptional age-appropriate programs such as story times, book clubs, puppet shows, storytelling concerts, introductory music and art experiences, crafting experiences, and summer reading activities.
  • As assigned, meets deadlines to develop, design, promote, and implement creative library programs for children or other audiences, communicating all plans and program feedback to supervisor.
  • Creates, with approval of supervisor, effective program advertising, publicity, and marketing.
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including (but not limited to) organizing materials; routing information; recording statistics; basic maintenance; basic office duties.
  • Re-shelves library materials by alphabetical, numerical, chronological, or Dewey Decimal order in accurate location and in a timely manner.
  • Drives to deliver library programs and materials offsite as assigned.
  • Must independently manage and operate Children’s Department during night and weekend work assignments, including following opening and closing procedures.
  • Assists and instructs library patrons in computer activities, including using the library’s catalog and databases, the Internet, children’s educational programs, and basic personal computing programs.
  • Helps create attractive and informative bulletin boards and displays.
  • Browses library and educational literature, searches GALILEO databases, and becomes otherwise familiar with materials related to children’s literature and library service to children.
  • Upholds all library policies, including the Patron Responsibilities and Conduct statement; monitors and responds to safety and security of library patrons and campus; reports situations according to established procedures.
  • 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.

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.
  • Aptitude for and skill in public speaking and program presentation techniques appropriate to the targeted audiences.
  • Specialized knowledge of children’s literature and age-appropriate craft, art, and music activities.
  • Aptitude for creative projects such displays, crafts, and decorations. Skill in creating and producing engaging and appropriate public information materials.
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles and practices and application of ARLS and A-CCL policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with the public, co-workers, and supervisor.
  • Ability to remain calm and productive under busy, stressful conditions.
  • Skill in using and understanding personal computers, programs, and the Internet for performing required duties and in assisting patrons with common computer applications and techniques.
  • Organizational skills; ability to plan and prioritize assignments and activities; ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic office principles and skill in performing office support.
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Ability to walk, climb, stoop, reach, bend, kneel, and crawl in order to handle and manage storage and retrieval of library materials and equipment; this job also requires full use of sight, hearing, speech, and limbs. Physical ability to regularly operate a variety of 21st century library machinery and equipment; must be able move or carry objects or materials and to lift and place materials above head; must be able to exert up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 to 25 pounds force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of Medium Work.

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 online ARLS job application including a resume and cover letter describing why you feel you are qualified for this position.

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