The fundamental reason this classification exists is to perform manual and clerical duties in a library. Employees in this classification are closely supervised and are primarily responsible for shelving and organizing materials in the library.
Other major responsibilities include answering general questions from patrons, preparing meeting areas, preparing displays and decorations, performing light maintenance and/or housekeeping, and assisting staff with a variety of tasks. Supervision is typically received from Librarians. This classification differs from the Library Assistant classifications in that Library Assistants are typically assigned to more technical tasks such as providing reference assistance and performing circulation duties.
MAJOR WORK BEHAVIORS AND TASKS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Shelves and organizes books, magazines, periodicals, microforms and documents using alphabetic and numerical ordering systems following library policies and procedures in order to ensure that materials can be easily located. Removes materials from book drops to beginning sorting and shelving.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Answers general information questions from patrons using alphabetic and numeric ordering system and computers following library policies and procedures in order to assist patrons in locating materials and using computers.
- Sorts materials by alpha and numeric codes to prepare for shelving.
- Places materials on shelves in alpha and/or numeric order.
- Checks materials on shelves to ensure that they are in the proper order and changes the order when needed.
- Removes materials from shelves based on instructions from librarian in order to assist librarian with special programs and projects, weed materials from the collection, etc.
- Updates or changes dated materials such as newspapers and magazines by replacing dated materials and recycling materials or forwarding them to appropriate parties.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares meeting areas in the library following supervisor instructions in order to set up tables and chairs for meetings.
- Locates or assists patrons in locating basic materials in the library.
- Refers patrons to librarians and/or library assistants for information regarding the collection, reference materials, circulation, etc.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Prepares displays/decorations using arts and crafts supplies following supervisor instructions in order to create informational and attractive library displays.
- Sets up tables and chairs.
- Rearranges tables and chairs based on supervisor instructions.
- Assists with setting up for book sale which may include setting up tables and displaying books. Rearranges library furniture to prepare for story time, special events, etc.
- Sets out refreshments for meetings, programs, etc.
- Sets out materials such as arts and crafts supplies to be used during meetings, programs, etc.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs light maintenance or housekeeping duties following supervisor instruction in order to ensure the orderliness of the library.
- Creates the items to be used in bulletin boards, displays decorations.
- Decorates bulletin boards, library, etc.
- Assists librarians/library assistants with preparing the bulletin boards, displays, decorations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Assists staff with a variety of tasks following library policies and procedures in order to meet the demands of patrons and assist during peak times.
- Picks up trash inside and/or outside the library.
- Cleans spills that occur in the library. Straightens and organizes furniture and materials in the library.
- Assists with starting and shutting down computers.
- Dusts shelves.
Assists patrons in the computer lab using the computer, word processing software, spreadsheet software, presentation software, database software and Internet servers following library policies and procedures in order to teach patrons how to use the computer and to assist patrons in completing computer projects. (Not performed by all positions.)
- Prepares books to be discarded.
- Collects money for copies, discs, printer copies, etc.
- Answers telephones and takes messages or directs the call to the appropriate person in emergency situations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs courier duties using a delivery van, packaging materials, and postal materials following library policies and procedures in order to ensure that branches receive needed materials, supplies, etc. (Not performed by all positions.)
- Demonstrates proper methods for using the Internet and computer software to patrons.
- Demonstrates how to use search engines to locate information on the Internet.
- Answers questions about how to use computers, software, search engines, the Internet, etc.
- Observes patrons as they work on the computers to ensure that they follow rules.
- Receives and discusses errand list with supervisor to determine courier route for the day.
- Inventories materials being sent to different branches to ensure that all materials are accounted for and addressed to proper location and to determine courier route for the day.
- Picks up and delivers mail/packages to branches, the post office, City Hall, Personnel, Montgomery County, etc.
- Inventories supplies to include projecting usage and ordering supplies from the warehouse.
- Receives and packages supply orders for branches.
- Purchases supplies and other needed materials from local businesses.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of alphabetical filing system. Knowledge of numerical filing system that includes decimals.
- Knowledge of library policies, procedures, terminology, and materials.
- Knowledge of computer software such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of the Internet and search engines.
- Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- Ability to communicate orally in a clear and effective manner.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others.
- Ability to create visually attractive displays that convey specific thoughts or ideas.
- Ability and willingness to perform light housekeeping duties.
- Page positions generally require the ability to bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time while placing books on bottom floor-level shelves, reach overhead up to 6-7 feet high while lifting books onto shelves, and move objects weighing in excess of 30 pounds.
High school diploma or G.E.D., or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Some Library Page positions may be required to work nights and week ends. Some positions may be part time. Some positions may require an Alabama Driver's License. $9.3591 per hour
HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available and accepted at the Library Administration Office on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library located at 245 High Street. Applications are accepted only on Tuesday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.