Part-time Branch Library Assistant / Teen Specialist - Oconee County Library

The Oconee County Library is looking to hire an individual committed to offering the best library service to our community, an individual who doesn't settle for the ways it's been done, but instead looks for ways to excel and improve. We seek an enthusiastic, innovative and flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community.

Salary: $ 9.00/hour, without benefits

Hours: 16 hours per week. Some nights and weekends

Bilingual Spanish skills preferred

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

Purpose and Scope

This position requires a positive customer service attitude, tactfulness, & excellent communication skills for working with library patrons, staff & a second Teen Coordinator.  Creativity, high energy, & awareness of the world of young adults are essential. In addition to general library duties, this position contributes to the creation of a welcoming environment, a relevant collection, and forward-thinking programming for teen and pre-teen audiences. Knowledge of library policies, procedures, & independent judgment are essential, as position often works without supervision.  Position reports to the Oconee County Librarian.

Minimum Training & Experience

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

Essential Duties & 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 & assigned, & job assignments may change in the future.

  • Provide direct customer service to library patrons, assisting with their information questions & readers’ advisory & circulation needs, including collection maintenance & shelving duties.
  • Develop, create & implement library programs for young adult/teen audiences, ages 11 - 18. Communicate all plans & program feedback to Librarian.
  • Recommend professionally reviewed library materials to ARLS Selection Team as possible additions to the Teen collection.
  • Maintain the library’s teen blog, Facebook page, & other social networking tools through monitoring, updating, & posting (within established guidelines) to increase awareness of programs & services.
  • Work with schools to expand the reach of Teen services.
  • Create attractive & informative bulletin boards & displays.
  • Prepare PR notices, posters, flyers & monthly calendars.
  • Coordinate activities with Children’s, Computer, & Adult Services specialists.
  • Prepare bibliographies / reading lists for teen audiences.
  • Browse library journals, search Galileo databases, & seek other materials related to library service for teens.
  • Assist & instruct library patrons in computer activities, including using the library’s catalog & databases, the Internet, & basic personal computing programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May oversee operations of the library in the absence of supervisors, being responsible for opening & closing the library.
  • May train & oversee library volunteers as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of customer service principles & skill in providing customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers
  • Personal computer proficiency & the ability to use, understand, & assist patrons with various computer applications
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles & practices & application of ARLS & branch policies, procedures, & activities
  • Effective communication & interpersonal skills & ability to communicate successfully with patrons & staff
  • Knowledge of children’s, teen, & adult literature
  • Organizational skills & the ability to plan & prioritize assignments & activities
  • Knowledge of basic office principles and skill in performing office support, including ability to collect cash money and make correct change mentally
  • Aptitude for creative projects such displays, crafts, decorations & publicity
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, & punctual attendance
  • Ability to walk, climb, stoop, reach, bend, kneel, & crawl in order to handle & manage storage & retrieval of library materials & equipment
  • Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computer, telephone, photocopy machine, & audio/visual equipment.  Must be able move or carry objects or materials.  Must be able to exert up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, &/or up to 10 to 25 pounds force frequently.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of Medium work.

The 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 and current employees to discuss potential accommodations.  The Library is a drug-free workplace and requires a pre-employment drug test and eVerify approval.

Submit online ARLS job application for this position. Please include a resume & cover letter describing qualifications for this position.

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