Library Assistant I: Children's Specialist; Athens-Clarke County Library

Position Library Assistant I: Children's Specialist (CH-03); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Status Part-time; without benefits
Hours 17 hours per week; requires nights and weekends
Salary $10.00 per hour
Application Deadline March 16, 2018

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System is hiring a Children's Specialist Library Assistant to work in the Children's Department of Athens-Clarke County Library. The library will hire an individual committed to offering the best library service to the community, an individual who doesn't settle for the way it's been done, but instead looks for ways to excel and improve. The library seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to make public library services relevant to residents of Athens-Clarke County.

This part-time position provides front-line services to patrons of all ages in the Children's Department, performs other supportive duties, and helps develop and present library programs for the children. This position requires dependability, tact, knowledge of library policies and procedures, a positive customer service attitude, and skill in program presentation.  The ability to start, finish, or pick up work projects at various points is vital. Creativity, high energy, and ability to present to a group are essential. Position reports to the ARLS Children's Services Coordinator. Evening and weekend hours will be required. 

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. 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, a valid Georgia driver's license.

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, developing and implementing programs, such as story times, puppet shows, storytelling concerts, 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; basic maintenance; performing basic office duties.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • As assigned, develops, promotes, and implements library programs for children or other audiences, communicating all plans and program feedback to Children's Services Coordinator.
  • Drives to deliver library programs and materials offsite as assigned.
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

  • No supervisory responsibilities at this time.

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.
  • Skill in public speaking and program presentation techniques appropriate to the targeted audiences.
  • Knowledge of children's and teen literature.
  • 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 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 machinery and equipment including computer, telephone, copy machine, printers, and 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, and/or up to 10 to 25 pounds of 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 and E-Verify employment eligibility approval.

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

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