Monday, May 04, 2015

Library Assistant - Shelton Library Department

1.  General Description.  This is a responsible technical, public service position within the library. The position is responsible for operating and utilizing the computerized circulation system, keeping statistical records and planning and assisting with programming within the library. Serves as patron's initial contact with the library in person and by phone, presenting and enforcing library board policy. This position requires thorough knowledge, skill, and ability in library technical and clerical areas and intense interaction with the public.
2.  Supervision Received.  Works under the direction of the Department Head or the Branch Librarian.

3.   Examples of Duty:
Responsible for the full range of circulation desk functions and procedures using the computerized circulation system. Possesses a working knowledge of all operational aspects of the library's automated system.

Supervises and assists in training part-time library assistants, pages, and volunteers. Also assists in training some new full-time employees and acts as department coordinator in supervisor's absence.

Performs technical service duties including using a personal computer to enter and retrieve data, and for typing reports and booklists.

Receives cartons of books, supplies, equipment etc., checks for defects, verifies packing lists, sends invoices, to office, communicates with vendor regarding any problems. Assists in processing of new materials and relocating older materials as needed.

Assists with planning and implementing library programs and assists in planning and creation of exhibits and displays.

Prepares new acquisitions for circulation and for reference, maintains card catalogs, and is responsible for repairing library materials in the collection as needed. Processes interlibrary loan requests.

Responsible for maintaining records and files, and preparing statistical reports. Responsible for processing of overdue notices.

Responsible for accepting and processing holds/reserves on library materials Maintains inventory of supplies, books and other materials.

Accepts fines and fees and maintains record of all cash paid to the library each day.

Maintains and operates audio visual equipment.

Provides assistance for all patrons including instructions in the use of OPACs, searching online databases and the Internet, researching reference questions, and locating materials.

Attends meetings, workshops, and conferences to broaden knowledge of library skills, receive training in specific areas, and interact with staff members of other libraries.

Performs other duties as required.

4.   Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

Good knowledge and skill to operate standard library equipment, particularly computers.

Thorough ability and desire to serve all ages of the public courteously and efficiently, using tact and good judgment.

Considerable knowledge of basic library materials, procedures and techniques.

Considerable ability to diplomatically interpret and enforce library rules, regulations, and policies.

Considerable ability to demonstrate flexibility in responding to everyday demands and adapt to constantly changing technology.

Thorough ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Considerable ability to respond to regular, constant physical demand of managing weights (filled book trucks, boxes, piles of books and other materials) and standing for long periods.

Thorough ability to maintain accurate records and to prepare various reports. Considerable skill in keyboard applications and filing.

Considerable ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with superiors, associates and the general public.

5.   Qualifications.  High school diploma plus two years appropriate formal post-secondary school courses or the equivalent thereof in practical experience. Library experience preferred.

6.   Job Classification.  # 10  Merit System Job Classification.  Wage is between $26,471 to $46,926 and is based on education & experience.  This position comes with standard City of Shelton Merit System benefits package.

7.  Merit System Testing.  Written and oral tests for those candidates who meet the requirements for this job posting. 

8.   Probation Period.   6 months.

9.   Application Closing Date.  Applications will be accepted for this position until 5:00 PM May 15, 2015.  Applicants must include copies of their resume’ and a copy of Connecticut driver’s license with their applications.  City Job Applications can be down loaded off the City Web site:  
Applications will be reviewed to insure each applicant meets the minimum qualification requirements in this posting.  Those who meet the qualifications will be invited to take a written examination.  Applications/resumes will be accepted through 5:00 PM May 15, 2015, at Shelton City Hall Human Resources Office, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484.