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  LIBRARY ASSISTANT – 24 hrs. per week w/ benefits

JOB ID #08-0041 

  • RATE OF PAY: $18.78/hr
  • CLOSING DATE:  Thursday, January 31, 2008
  • EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Graduation from High School or equivalent and two (2) years clerical experience, preferably in a library.  ** 

** Passing score of 70 on the mandatory Library Assistant exam is required in order to be considered for the position.  Test date will be scheduled at a later date. 

  • HOURS OF WORK:  24 hours per week, based on the needs of the Pearl Street Library.  Currently the hours or 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but are based on the needs of the Library.  May include evenings and weekends. 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  The Library Assistant performs many support activities involved in operating a library by assisting the professional librarians following established rules and procedures and policies.  May assist in the administration of a branch  in the absence of a professional librarian.  Library Assistants generally work in both technical and user services.  User services work is directly with the public to help them find the information needed.  Technical services is acquiring and preparing material for use and dealing less frequently with the public.  An employee in this class shall perform routine general library work and may acquire proficiency in only one of the general specialized areas of library work.  Library Assistants may work on special projects. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the general direction and supervision of the Head of Circulation who issues instructions, spot checks work or requires cross-checking by other personnel, but has some latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  In the administration of a branch or division in the absence of a professional librarian;  participates in all the work at the circulation desk such as processing interlibrary loans, and reserves books, may supervise computer use and train others in the use of the computer; instructs patrons in the use of media and equipment and operates equipment, answers telephone, receives overdues, etc; orients patrons to the library by informing them of services available and the location of media, by recommending media and by explaining use of the Public Access catalog; records departmental statistics; ; maintains the record collection by placing orders as necessary; compiles and maintains suspension list; compiles and maintains reserved books. 

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:  Provides informational and directional services for patrons, assists in locating reference sources and instructs in their use; operates and maintains audiovisual equipment;  may assist in the promoting of programs for patrons; maintains the collection by recommending what media will be mended or discarded and by shelf reading; performs related duties as required. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear.   Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various office equipment.  The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop and crouch.   

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Employee performs a variety of simple tasks following instructions provided.  The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY:  Computer skills, knowledge of computerized circulation system, ability to assist public in using personal computers and products on local area network. 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:  Ability to deal with associates and the public in a courteous manner; ability to make decisions of other than a routine nature in order to meet controlling conditions; neat personal appearance; emotionally stable; pleasing manner. 

This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position. 

Interested applicants apply by January 31, 2008.  Applications are available on-line at www.enfield-ct.gov, or by calling the Human Resources Department at (860) 253-6345.  Choose ONE of the following ways to apply:  

(1) mail completed applications or resumes to Town of Enfield, Human Resources Department, 820 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT 06082 

(2) e-mail your resume to jobs@enfield.org, or  

(3) fax your resume or application to (860) 253-6264.  The Human Resources Department provides reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   If you need an accommodation in the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department.  EOE/AA/M/F 


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