Library Assistant: Lead Children’s Specialist (CH-01); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA

Position Library Assistant: Lead Children’s Specialist (CH-01); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Status Full-time; salaried, non-exempt; with benefits
Hours 40 hours per week; morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours are required
Salary $26,000 annually
Application Deadline September 14, 2018

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System, Georgia Public Library of the Year 2017, is hiring a Library Assistant: Children’s Specialist for the Athens-Clarke County Library. The System will hire an enthusiastic, innovative, and flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to deliver superior library services that engage the community and exceed expectations. This position requires dependability, commitment to excellence, and a customer service attitude that exhibits the inclusive, respectful, and welcoming core values of the library.

This position works in collaboration with the Children’s Services Team to provide front-line services to patrons in the library and to plan, promote, and present high-quality, literature-based programming for children and families. Creativity, high energy, and ability to present to a group are essential. This position reports to the 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 strongly 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 are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job. Other duties of a similar nature may be required as assigned and job assignments may change in the future, including night and weekend work assignments.

  • Provides outstanding 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, developing, promoting, implementing, and evaluating quality children’s and family programs, such as story times, puppet shows, storytelling concerts, introductory music and art experiences, and summer reading activities.
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including (but not limited to) organizing and re-shelving materials; routing information; recording statistics; performing basic maintenance and office duties.
  • 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 literature, searches GALILEO databases, and becomes otherwise familiar with materials related to 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • Directs day-to-day operations of the department in the absence of the Regional Children’s Coordinator, being responsible for opening, closing, and security of the library.
  • Trains and oversees Children’s Area volunteers.

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.
  • Skill in public speaking and program presentation techniques appropriate to the targeted audiences.
  • Specialized knowledge of children’s literature, child development, and library resources.
  • 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 (especially children), co-workers, and supervisor.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established procedures and practices.
  • Ability to remain calm 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 and the ability to plan and prioritize assignments and activities.
  • Aptitude for creative projects such displays, crafts, and decorations.
  • 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 requires a pre-employment drug test. Verification of identity and employment authorization through E-Verify will be required.

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