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Library Assistant Part-Time


Working at a library takes special talents and skills.  Do you enjoy helping people, do you have fantastic computer skills, a fun-loving attitude, and the ability to handle multiple interruptions, do you enjoy detail-oriented precise data entry and reports?  If so, you might enjoy working at the North Valley Public Library.


1.) cover letter explaining why your experience would make you a great candidate
2.) resume
3.) list of previous employment with start and end dates of employment and reason for leaving
4.) list a minimum of three professional references with full contact information (address, phone and email)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications reviewed as they arrive and interviews set up.

Target start date is April 1. 

Email COMPLETE  applications to Director Denise Ard at  

COMPENSATION starting at $15.25 an hour.  Benefits include holiday pay, vacation, sick leave. Optional Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)

HOURS: 10-15 hours a week. 

Must be able to work until 7pm and able to work Saturdays on occasion. Must be available to sub for vacations, sick, and vacancies on occasion. 

Please note: The hours needed starting the week of April 3:

  • Mondays 9:30am-1pm (3.5)

  • Tuesdays 1pm-7pm (6)

  • Wednesdays 3pm-7pm (4)

Nature of work: Exemplary customer service, circulation, reference and readers’ advisory, processing library materials and other administrative tasks. Strong computer proficiency.  Ability to help patrons with a variety of computer tasks.  This position performs skilled duties requiring adherence to standards of accuracy, timeliness, tact and confidentiality. Evening and weekend work required.

Personal Contacts: frequent contact with public; daily coordination of activities with staff and supervisor.

Supervision Exercised: Assists in the training, direction and monitoring of the activities of library substitutes and volunteers.

•    Greets library users and answers telephone politely
•    Helps patrons on the computers and teaches patrons how to access eBooks
•    Assists patrons use the printer, copier and scanner
•    Checks out books and maintains stacks
•    Empties book and video drop
•    Receives application for and issues library cards using precise data entry
•    Maintains patron confidentiality
•    Provides reference, readers advisory and directional information to the public
•    Issues overdue notices and collects fines
•    Collects library usage statistics
•    Instructs patrons in library use
•    Assists in research requests
•    Interprets and enforces library policies and procedures
•    Keeps reserve shelf current
•    Organizes and maintains files
•    Maintains a tranquil library environment
•    May helps organize special events or exhibits
•    May assist in processing interlibrary loan requests and Partner sharing through the Montana Shared Catalog
•    May assist in cataloging library materials and prepares them for circulation
•    May select materials for rotating collections, home bound, nursing homes, books by mail or other outreach services.
•    Performs other related duties as required.

•    Shovels light snow and salts walkways
•    Minor cleaning and maintenance of inside and outside of library building
•    Maintains equipment/maintenance records and manuals
•    Community outreach and library advocacy 

Knowledge: This position requires a working knowledge of library principles, organization, operations and procedures and computers and books. 
Skills and Abilities: 
•    Exemplary customer service skills
•    Extensive use of a computer terminal
•    Works with frequent interruptions
•    Skills in inventory, record-keeping, and operation of library equipment
•    Ability to perform a variety of duties without supervision 
•    Ability to communicate orally and in writing 
•    Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors and the public
•    Physical agility and strength to bend, reach, lift and carry (up to 60 lbs.)
•    Counts money and makes change accurately
•    Manipulates loaded book cart weighing up to 300 lbs. over carpeted floors for up to 60 feet
•    Maintains composure while serving the public
•    Provides reasonable accommodations to library users with disabilities

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or library science, and some experience in library operations.

Evaluation of this position will be based primarily upon the preceding job description requirements and duties. Examples of job performance criteria include the following:
•    Performs assigned duties
•    Meets the objectives of the library as established by the Board
•    Maintains accurate records 
•    Prepares and submits accurate reports
•    Maintains contemporary knowledge of library practices
•    Demonstrates punctuality and observes work hours
•    Displays tact and patience when dealing with the public
•    Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors and the public
•    Dresses professionally
•    Participates in professional development activities

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