Library Assistant I: Circulation Specialist (CI-07) Athens-Clarke County Libraries

Position Library Assistant I: Circulation Specialist (CI-07); Athens-Clarke County Libraries, Athens, GA
Status Part-time; hourly; with limited benefits available
Hours 19 hours per week; requires varying morning, afternoon, night, and weekend hours (Sat 9 am – 6 pm & Sun 2 pm – 6 pm), with two - three weekends per month
Salary $10.00 per hour
Application Deadline November 8, 2018

Bilingual in Spanish and English is preferred, but not required.

Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System, Georgia Public Library of the Year 2017, is hiring a Library Assistant for the Athens-Clarke County Library Circulation Department. We seek an enthusiastic, innovative, and flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to deliver quality library services that engage the community and exceed expectations.

This position works as part of the Circulation Team to provide front-line materials circulation services to patrons in the library and performs other routine, supportive duties.  This position requires dependability, commitment to excellence, and a customer service attitude that exhibits the inclusive, respectful, and welcoming core values of the library. The ability to start, finish or pick up work projects at various points, without direct supervision, is vital. This position reports to the Regional Circulation Coordinator.

Minimum Education, Training, and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent required, with college degree or college experience preferred.  At least one year experience working with public is required, with public library experience preferred. Or, any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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 schedule may change in the future.

  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons, assisting with their materials circulation, information, and readers’ advisory needs.
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including (but not limited to); basic facility maintenance; organizing and re-shelving materials; accepting fees and fines; routing holds, loans and information; materials processing; recording statistics; performing basic office duties.
  • Assists with collection maintenance through performing tasks such as emptying bookdrops, sorting, shelving, and checking materials in and out of the library.
  • Assists with patron use of meeting rooms according to policy and established procedures.
  • Upholds all library policies, including the Patron Responsibilities and Conduct statement, and explains policies and procedures to patrons.
  • Correctly completes monetary transactions with patrons regarding fines, fees, and purchases.
  • May occasionally be responsible for opening and closing the library, or Athens-Clarke County Library branches according to established guidelines.
  • 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

  • Knowledge of general library principles and philosophy.
  • Personal computer proficiency and the ability to use, understand, and assist patrons with computer applications.
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles, practices, and application of ARLS, A-CC Library, and PINES policies, procedures, and activities.
  • 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.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with patrons and staff.
  • Ability to work effectively with patrons of all ages.
  • Ability to work with people with tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Ability to remain calm under busy, stressful conditions.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures.
  • Ability to answer questions and explain procedures and policies.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • 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 30 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.

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

PINES logo

Login to your Pines Account

GALILEO: Georgia's Virtual Library