Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description

If you love working with children, the City of Littleton has a wonderful opportunity in the
Children's Services department of Bemis Public Library!

The Bemis Public Library continues to serve as a center for community activities,
research, and popular reading. It has introduced new technology to the community by
offering free computer workstations, as well as computer training classes.

Follow this link to the Children's Room to learn about upcoming events and programs.
Children's Room

The Library Assistant furnishes a high quality and variety of customer services to library users.  Answers reference questions and reader's advisory questions for customers. Provides assistance to library patrons in locating information and materials.  Instructs patrons how to use library resources, including electronic resources and digital content.

Typical Starting Pay: $18.49

This is a part-time position working approximately 20 hours/week.  ??Typical schedule includes every Sunday afternoon, three (3) weekdays, and one Saturday afternoon per month. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Through verbal or written communication and knowledgeable questioning, determines customers' needs and provides the information or assistance required to satisfy the customer needs.
  • Accurately answers customers' questions daily by using the resources of the library. Questions are answered face-to-face and by use of a telephone.
  • Provides formal and informal training to patrons in the use of library resources, including electronic resources and library equipment.
  • Operates a personal computer daily with assigned software including the library's ILS and Discovery layer, the Internet, office software, and online databases.  
  • Assists customers in using the equipment resources of the library. 
  • Plans and arranges workload and establishes priorities to complete scheduled, assigned work within the parameters and deadlines assigned by supervisor.
  • Maintains daily order and safety.   Consistently enforces library standards and rules of safety and conduct.
  • Delivers work products and services to customers within assigned flexible, full-time or part-time work schedule.    Evening and weekend hours may be required.
  • Observes and follows established city and department policies and procedures in the conduct of the job.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • Plans and presents library programs and classes for children from birth through grade five.  This activity includes the children's summer reading program, giving library tours, teaching games and crafts, and assisting in patron learning, reading stories, storytelling, giving puppet shows, and performing related activities. Duties may also include selecting specific programs, contacting performers and making necessary arrangements, providing special set-ups, tracking attendance and hosting programs.
  • Creates and arranges bulletin board and 3-dimensional displays.
  • Participates in outreach activities to preschools, daycares, and elementary schools including summer reading promotion and literacy events. Staffs library outreach booths at community programs.
  • Creates bibliographies, handouts, flyers and other publicity materials for customers. 
  • Delivers work products and services with responsiveness, courtesy, and tact in personal interactions with customers and staff 
  • Maintains library shelves by shelving library materials and shelf reading as needed and maintains order and neatness in the Children's Room in general. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent, and 
  • A minimum of two  (2) years' Public Library work experience; or
  • One (1) year working with children;
  • An equivalent combination of education, formal training, and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of general library principles and procedures to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of children's literature and literature reference sources and the ability to apply that knowledge to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Advanced knowledge of computer operations, word processing, and spreadsheet software, and troubleshooting; basic skills in computer operation and the ability to access and retrieve needed information using the computer and assist and instruct customers in the use of library computer equipment.
  • Expert ability to effectively and courteously communicate and interact with customers and staff members who request information and services.  Customers may occasionally be angry, argumentative, or disagreeable. Ability to establish and conduct verbal communications through speaking, talking, and hearing.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED:
  • A computer terminal with assigned software and public access online computer catalog, computer peripherals (i.e. printers, scanners, LCD projectors), telephone, photocopy, and fax machines; microfilm/fiche reader/printer; books, magazines, multimedia materials; alarm system.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
  • Work for this position is performed indoors in a public building environment.  This work may include occasional exposure to dust from books and electrical hazards from computer equipment.  Some of the work is performed outdoors assisting with library programs.  This work environment includes working in prevailing weather conditions.
  • Requires frequent lifting and carrying of books weighing 0-50 pounds, retrieving books and other materials from bookshelves at heights ranging from one foot to seven feet; frequent pushing of wheeled book carts weighing 50-100 pounds with or without assistance.

Application Instructions

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