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Library Assistant: Circulation (OW-11); Oconee County Library, Watkinsville, GA

Position

Library Assistant: Circulation (OW-11); Oconee County Library, Watkinsville, GA

Status

Part-time; hourly; without benefits

Hours

17 hours per week; requires some night and weekend hours

Salary

$8.00 per hour

Application Deadline

Open until Filled

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

Purpose and Scope

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. 

We seek a Library Assistant to serve as a library assistant for the Oconee County Library. This part-time position works with other Library Assistants to provide front-line services, including materials circulation, to patrons in the library and performs other routine, supportive duties. The System will hire an experienced, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic individual who embraces and thrives in an active, fast-paced, culturally diverse environment. A successful candidate will deliver excellent customer service, will have knowledge of print and online resources to assist library patrons with their information needs, and technical skills to assist patrons using computers. This position requires a positive customer service attitude, dependability, tact, knowledge of library policies and procedures, and the ability to work as part of a team.  This position reports to the Oconee County Assistant 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 preferred. A combination of education, training, and experience that provides 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, including schedule and night and weekend hours, 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; monitors and responds to safety and security of library patrons and campus; reports situations according to outlined procedures.
  • Correctly completes monetary transactions with patrons regarding fines, fees, and purchases.
  • Assists and instructs library patrons in computer activities, including using the library’s catalog and databases, the Internet, and basic personal computing and printing programs.
  • May be asked to work with other staff to plan, implement, and present public programs and classes for all ages and to create displays, exhibits, and bulletin boards.
  • 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  

  • May direct operations of the library in the absence of supervisors, being responsible for opening and closing the library according to established guidelines.
  • May train and oversee library volunteers as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of customer service principles and skill in providing customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers.
  • Personal computer proficiency and the ability to use, understand, and assist patrons with various computer applications.
  • Knowledge of PINES; ability to use the library's automated system and the ability to assist public and other library staff in its use.  
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles, practices, and application of ARLS, Oconee County Library, and PINES policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with patrons and staff.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to plan and prioritize assignments and activities.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic office principles and skill in performing office and library resources support, including ability to collect cash money and make correct change mentally.
  • Aptitude for creative projects such displays, crafts, decorations, and publicity.
  • 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.

 Position Disclosure Statement

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 www.athenslibrary.org, including a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications for this position.

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