Application for Employment

Library Assistant   –  Children’s Services, MAIN Branch, Lagrange, KY
Institution: Oldham County Public Library
Location: 308 Yager Ave. LaGrange, KY 40031  
Type of Position:  part-time; non-exempt

Schedule:  Position (B)   19.50 Hours
Tuesdays12:45pm - 7:15pm (6.0 hrs. / .5 meal)
Thursdays 12:45pm - 7:15pm (6.0 hrs. / .5 meal)
Alt. Saturdays 9:15am – 5:15 pm (7.5 hrs./ .5 meal)

Salary:  Starting at $10.05
Benefits:  Sick and Vacation leave
Start Date: as soon as possible

Overview:  Supports the library’s mission by (1) assisting customers in the use of library materials and services; (2) carrying out circulation procedures (3), checking library materials in and out and registering new card holders, and (4) assisting other library staff with variety of library and collection maintenance tasks as assigned.

Education, Training, and Experience
   High school diploma or GED and public service work experience. Experience working with children and families.

Immediate Supervisor:  Children’s Circulation Supervisor or Person-In-Charge

COVID-19 Changes/Additions to Job Description: 
  This position works inside the library building performing circulation functions and assisting patrons. Masks must be worn at all times unless on break in the lunch room. Six feet of physical distance from patrons and coworkers is expected at all times. At this time, patrons over 5 years old are required to wear masks in the building. This requirement is enforced by library staff. All staff are expected to follow the library’s established procedures surrounding COVID-19. These may change as the pandemic evolves and new direction is received from state government. This position may be asked to participate in occasional virtual department meetings while at home in lieu of coming into the building. A smartphone or personal computer may be used to participate in these meetings. At this time the library has no schedule for returning to indoor programming. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide basic reference services and readers’ advisory services at the Children’s Library desk
  • Assist with programming for children ranging in age from infant to 12 years
  • Assist Children’s Library staff with preparing and pulling library materials for teacher collections or home schooler collections
  • Uses the library’s automated system to check materials in/out, process holds and interlibrary loans, register new cardholders, collect fines/fees and answer inquiries
  • Interprets the library’s mission, policies and procedures in a customer-responsive manner
  • Carries out opening/closing functions including, but not limited to: entering statistics, “cleaning” computers, emptying the book drop, managing holds, and maintaining the general order and security of the library facility and grounds
  • Create and maintain bulletin boards, publicity displays and special book displays
  • Meet regularly with the Children’s Circulation Supervisor and communicate effectively with the other Children’s Library Assistants to ensure the efficient completion of departmental tasks
  • Shelve library materials, maintain strategic merchandising of shelves
  • Assists patrons with the use of computers, copier, fax and scan
  • Assists patrons with general technology questions and computer needs
  • Sorts, organizes, and shelves library materials including books, magazines/newspapers, and media
  • Performs related work as required and assigned for the efficient and effective operation of the library

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to excellent customer service
  • Understanding of and genuine liking for children
  • Experience with children’s programming preferred; knowledge of children’s literature preferred
  • General knowledge of MS Office, email, internet searching, and social media
  • Ability to work effectively despite frequent interruptions
  • Ability to maintain composure while handling customer complaints
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, in person, by phone and online
  • Skilled at working cooperatively and collaboratively with customers and staff to achieve results
  • Ability to learn, implement and communicate library policies and procedures
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to efficiently and accurately use the computers to carry out job responsibilities
  • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on equipment including the copier, laminator, and other office equipment
  • Able to stand, walk, and use hands to perform tasks the majority of the work day
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to flourish in a changing environment
  • Dependable, motivated self-starter able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

Status: This part-time position may require some evening and weekend work.  The Library Assistant generally works an established schedule. Additional hours may be provided on a temporary basis for staff substitution, staff training, and/or special projects.  Additional staff time may be offered at the discretion of the Supervisor.
Application Procedure
 If you meet the qualifications and would like to apply for one of these positions please submit    application, resume and cover letter to the following:

Children’s Service Librarian                                                         
Shannon Kruer                                                                                                                                                 
Oldham County Public Library                                    
308 Yager Avenue
LaGrange, KY 40031