OCPL Now Hiring for Library Assistant

Position posted: January 8th, 2013

Available Hours 

MAIN  Library

1 of 4  Saturdays    9:15-5:15  (7.5 hours / .5 meal) starting February 1, 2014
1 of 4  Saturdays    9:15-5:15  (7.5 hours / .5 meal) starting February 1, 2014
1 of 4  Saturdays    9:15-5:15  (7.5 hours / .5 meal) starting February 15, 2014
1 of 4  Saturdays    9:15-5:15  (7.5 hours / .5 meal) starting February 22, 2014

Childrens - MAIN  Library

1 of 4  Saturdays   9:15-1:15 (4 hours) starting February 8, 2014
1 of 4  Saturdays   9:15-1:15 (4 hours) starting February 15, 2014

Position Title:  Library Assistant
Classification:  Library Assistant
Status:  Full or Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Distinguishing Features of the Class:
Well-defined work assignments performed under general supervision.  Exercises some discretion within well-defined guidelines, practices, and procedures.  Suggests enhancements / improvements policies, practices and services. Conceptualizes and solves general problems. Job performance skills are learned through education, experience and on-the-job training.

Education, Training, and Experience
High school diploma or GED and public service work experience

Immediate Supervisor:  Branch Manager; Circulation Manager, Librarian I
Positions Directly Supervised:  None

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.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists customers in the use of library materials and services, including basic reference and readers advisory services, in person and by the phone.
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 entering statistics, counting/balancing cash, “cleaning” computers, emptying book drop, preparing/cleaning up coffee cart
Performs activities related to the retrieval of overdue materials, including preparing/sending notices and responding to questions about overdue notices
Sorts, organizes, and shelves library materials including books, magazines/newspapers, and media
Performs duties related to rotating collections and collection maintenance, May assist with library programs. 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
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 on-line
Skilled at working cooperatively and collaboratively with customers and staff to achieve results
General knowledge of library services and materials, including the Dewey Decimal System
Ability to learn, implement and communicate library policies and procedures
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
Ability to master the library’s online catalog and automated circulation system
Ability to see, read, and understand catalog records and to apply the information they contain
Ability to type 30 wpm and to efficiently and accurately use the computers to carry out job responsibilities
Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on equipment including the telephone, FAX, typewriter, copier, printer  and other office equipment
Able to stand, walk, and use hands to perform tasks the majority of the work day
Able to accurately make change and receipt income
Ability to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Library Aide
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 requires some evening and weekend work.  The Library Assistant works an established schedule which may not exceed twenty-one (21) hours per week.  Additional hours may be accepted 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.

Wages and Hours:  The position is probationary for six months and non-probationary afterwards.  The library does not pay overtime.  Full-time workers receive compensatory time on a limited basis coordinating schedules with desk time. 


Any questions regarding the positions/hours should be addressed Mary Mielczarek, Shannon Kruer or Susan Eubank.

Cover letter and application may be submitted in person at the Main Library in LaGrange, or mailed to:
Human Resources Dept.
Oldham County Public Library
308 Yager Avenue
LaGrange, KY 40031