Part-time Teen Programming Specialist Library Assistant - Oglethorpe County Library

The Oglethorpe County Library has an immediate opening for a part time Teen Programming Specialist Library Assistant. We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic team player who:

  • has a passion for teen literature
  • has the ability to work patiently & courteously with people, especially teens
  • is highly creative and has excellent computer skills
  • will plan, market, and present successful teen programs
  • possesses dependability, tact, and the initiative to complete assignments & projects.

Salary: $7.70/hour, no benefits

Hours: 12 hours per week. Morning, Afternoon, Night, and Weekend Shifts Required.

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

Purpose and Scope

This 12-hour per week part-time position provides front-line services to patrons in the library, performs other supportive duties, and provides readers advisory and information services to patrons of all ages, with a specific emphasis on services for teens. Will be responsible for the planning and presenting of programs for teens. Provides computer assistance to all patrons and oversees the computing area. Organizes and re-shelves all library materials. This position requires dependability, tact, knowledge of library policies and procedures, significant independent judgment, a positive customer service attitude and skill in program presentation, and the ability to work as part of a team. The ability to start, finish, or pick up work projects at various points, without direct supervision, is vital. Creativity, high energy and awareness of the world of teenagers is highly essential. This position reports directly to the Branch Manager.

Minimum Training & 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 library experience preferred, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Athens Regional Library System is an equal opportunity employer and is a drug-free workplace, requiring a pre-employment drug test.

Essential Duties & 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 and work schedule are subject to change in the future.

  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons, especially teens, assisting with their information questions, readers' advisory and circulation needs
  • 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
  • Assists and instructs library patrons in computer activities, including using the library's catalog and databases, the Internet and basic personal computing programs
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including (but not limited to) opening and closing the library; basic facility maintenance; organizing and re-shelving materials; accepting fees and fines; routing holds, loans and information; materials processing; recording statistics; and performing basic office duties
  • Develops and implements library programs for young adult audiences, ages 11-18, communicating all plans and program feedback to Branch Manager
  • Works with Branch Manager to plan for expanding Teen Services in ways such as contacting schools, outreach activities and working toward setting up a Teen advisory board and/or homework help program
  • Creates attractive and informative bulletin boards, exhibits, and displays
  • Prepares notices, flyers, monthly calendars and other publicity information
  • Shares information and coordinates activities with other ARLS departments and specialists
  • Prepares bibliographies/reading lists for teen audiences
  • Participates in youth listserv through the Georgia Public Library Service
  • Browses library literature, searches Galileo databases, and becomes otherwise familiar with materials related to library service to teens

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May oversee operations of the library in the absence of the Branch Manager, being responsible for opening and closing the library
  • 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
  • Skill in public speaking and program presentation techniques appropriate to the targeted audiences
  • Knowledge of children's, teen and adult literature
  • Ability to keep up-to-date with popular culture and technological advances that interest young adults
  • Knowledge of basic library operational principles and practices and application of ARLS and branch policies, procedures and activities
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with the public, co-workers and supervisor
  • Knowledge and application of ARLS and branch policies, procedures and activities
  • Ability to remain calm under busy, stressful situations
  • 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, decorations and publicity
  • 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 mentally
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance
  • Physical ability to regularly & routinely operate a variety of machinery & equipment including computer with keyboard, telephone, photocopy machine, fax machine & audio/visual equipment

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 job application to apply for this position. Please include a cover letter and resume.

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