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Library Assistant –Full Time

Outreach and Homebound Services

Reports to: Director and Circulation Supervisor

General summary

Under the general direction and supervision of the Library Director, the Outreach and Homebound Services Library Assistant performs responsible functions requiring considerable judgment and initiative in planning and overseeing programming and outreach services to adults both within the library and the community.  Primary responsibility is to select appropriate materials and deliver materials to homebound patrons and patrons located in local senior facilities.


Essential job duties

      1. Maintains patron confidentiality in compliance with Ohio state law.
      2. Initiates, plans, and conducts a variety of programs and activities to encourage the use of the library by adults, including but not limited to, films and special events, reading clubs, and community outreach.
      3. Selects materials for, and delivers materials to homebound patrons and local senior care facilities.  Collects previous months materials for return to the library.
      4. Maintains contact with activities directors of facilities delivered to and communicates regularly with activities directors and facility staff.
      5. Develops partnerships with the community to provide programs and services. Prepares and delivers speeches to community groups.
      6. Advises in the selection of materials, maintains collections under the supervision of the Director, reads professional literature and reviews as appropriate to correspond with current and future library programs.
      7. Provides direct assistance to patrons with basic information regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services.
      8. Circulates library materials.  Answers reference questions.  Researches complex questions.  Interprets policy and explains procedures to the public.  Responds to customer concerns and complaints and conducts conflict resolution.
      9. Uses a variety of computer databases, electronic resources and computer software packages.  Has access to and maintains the integrity of confidential customer information.
      10. Works with other library staff on technology projects designed to organize online information to make it more accessible and useful to the public.
      11. Uses the computer in all functions that relate to Outreach services, including keeping automated records of patron profiles.
      12. Maintains and cultivates contact with the general community, the public, schools, teachers, other libraries, city employees, state and regional library associations, and other professional organizations.
      13. Attends professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees; reads professional literature; attends and participates in staff meeting discussions. Completes special projects and tasks.
      14. Prepares the outreach vehicle for deliveries, and inspects the vehicle for safety and cleanliness.  Keeps Director informed of any safety or mechanical problems or concerns with the outreach vehicle.
      15. Performs other duties as assigned.


      Knowledge, skills and abilities required

      Individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.  Individual must also possess the necessary physical requirements with or without the aid of mechanical devices, to safely perform the essential functions of the job.

      1. Knowledge of recreational and educational needs of adults and the elderly, along with the knowledge of community interests, trends, and resources and ability to use this information to determine library needs.
      2. Ability to translate adults needs and interests into effective library services and programs.
      3. Knowledge of current trends in library services, literature and other materials for all ages.
      4. Knowledge of standard library procedures, current information technology, Internet and database search capabilities.
      5. Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System and OCLC national database for use of catalogs.
      6. Knowledge of library procedures and policies.
      7. Knowledge of library materials in various formats and materials appropriate for various ages and reading levels.
      8. Knowledge of literature and reference materials.
      9. Skill in organizing library materials and workflow.
      10. Ability to make decisions regarding books to purchase or discard.
      11. Ability to safely reach, lift and carry book crates weighing up to 50 pounds.
      12. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade, educate, explain and inform.  Ability to prepare written reports.
      13. Ability to solve problems
      14. Ability to research and evaluate library activities and library procedures.
      15. Ability to perform basic math and bookkeeping functions.
      16. Knowledge of computer applications, databases, and downloadables, and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
      17. Ability to maintain detailed and accurate records.
      18. Ability to operate and maintain standard office equipment including telephone, calculator, computer, fax, and photocopier.

      Entry requirements

      Bachelor’s degree.  Major in education or library science preferred.  Minimum one year of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory and administrative experience preferred.  Experience with programming given preference.  A valid Ohio driver’s license, clean driving record, and successful background check are required.  A valid driver’s license from any state may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Ohio driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

      Duties subject to change

      All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Job descriptions in no way state or imply that the description includes every duty to be performed by the employee occupying the position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.  The Board of Trustees reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, or combine positions at any time.


      40 hours per week, full time with benefits.  Evenings and weekends required.

      Please email cover letter and resume to :

      Emily Garner

      Circulation Supervisor

      Deadline:  Until Filled



      Performs a variety of clerical tasks as well as reference tasks.  Works under supervision of Circulation Supervisor, but at times may work unsupervised and may be expected to solve problems and serve patrons independently.


      Training and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree preferred, or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides a basic knowledge of library procedures.

      HOURS: Part-time 24 hours per week, consisting of days, evenings, and weekends.

      BENEFITS: One week paid vacation after one year of service, paid holidays off.

      PAY:  starts at $10.18 an hour, depending on experience



      • Basic circulation tasks: checking materials in and out, renewals, placing reserves, collecting fines and charges, etc.
      • Handles circulation questions and basic reference services in person or by telephone.
      • Covers the Circulation desk, Reference desk, and Children’s desk.
      • Assists patrons with the internet computers, public catalogs, and eBook downloads.
      • Sorts mail and distributes to the proper person.
      • Instructs and aids adults, young adults, and children in the use of library and reference tools; provides one on one assistance.



      • Aptitude and interest in library work.
      • Ability to meet, communicate and deal with people effectively, including staff.
      • Ability to keep records accurately.
      • Proven computer skills and other clerical knowledge.
      • Willingness to learn basic library procedures, rules, and other regulations as found in the library’s policy and procedure manual and other handbooks.
      • Knowledge of computers, software, and related technology.
      • Ability to life and move up to fifty pounds.
      • Ability to stand for extended periods of time as scheduled.



      • Accountable for the performance of specific tasks which require independent judgment, maturity, and initiative in assigned areas.
      • Works with minimum supervision.
      • Develops a knowledge and understanding of basic library procedures and current technology.
      • Keeps informed of developments and participates in activities of professional and community organizations.
      • Makes recommendations for improvements in services and collections.
      • Attends monthly staff meetings.
      • Attends pertinent meetings or training courses and undertakes special training activities as directed.
      • Other related duties may be required by the Supervisor.



      • Work is performed in an office-like setting, but with need for considerable mobility; light lifting, bending, stooping, stretching, and sitting at a variety of desks and service points.
      • Must have keyboard skills, read print and on-screen information, answer telephone, and assist patrons who may have any type of disability.
      • Is sometimes the only staff member available to help patrons.
      • Must be available to work evening and weekend hours, including Sundays; schedules may be altered depending on the needs of the Library.


      Please email cover letter and resume to :

      Emily Garner

      Circulation Supervisor

      Deadline:  Until Filled


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