Enjoyable work, Close relationship with the community, Promoter in reading and education
As a Circulation Assistant, I was able to handle basic patron needs, such as checking items in and out, creating and renewing records, taking fines, signing up for classes and activities, and promoting outreach in-house and in the community. You interact with patrons on a very personal level in helping them find information about topics with a wide range of media. The hardest part of the job is keeping all the patrons' preferences and questions in order, but your coworkers are always their to help with the load. You're also allowed to take on more responsibilities, and possibly more hours if the need should arise.
As a Library Clerk, duties are limited. This mainly consists of shelving items, fixing displays and being on the lookout for items that have reached their limit of usage or are too damaged to keep. You're encouraged to have basic knowledge of the systems used for the public and library, but are limited in how much you can help the patrons.
Hours are set, with more opportunities for extra shifts if you're a part-time Circulation Assistant as opposed to a part-time Library Clerk.