Library Associate II - Adult Services
Frederick County Government - Maryland

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Exempt; full-time; 40 hours per week; varied schedule during FCPL operating schedule; full-benefits; subject to system-wide reassignment

This para-professional position provides comprehensive library services for customers with special emphasis on services and assistance for Adults, and participates in a wide range of activities and operations. Supervision is received from the Assistant Branch Administrator.

Examples of Work:
  • Assist customers of all ages with general reference, information and reader's advisory requests
  • Assist customers in using computerized and manual information sources and/or direct them to other appropriate sources
  • Perform bibliographic searches related to interlibrary loan requests and reserves
  • Participate in system-wide event planning or support as assigned
  • Establish and maintain working relationships and partnerships with community organizations and groups
  • Assist in developing and presenting training to FCPL staff on information resources, services, policies, programming and procedures, particularly those concerning adults
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the Adult collection, current literature and formats
  • Assist with maintenance of the library collection as assigned
  • Provide content/information on the FCPL Website as assigned
  • Develop and present training to the general public on the use of library resources
  • Participate in department, branch and system-wide work teams and committees
  • Prepare displays and programs to promote reading and library services
  • Explain FCPL policy and procedures to the public
  • Recommend materials for acquisition or withdrawal from circulation
  • Attend related workshops, meetings and learning opportunities
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university
  • Minimum 2 years work experience assisting and working with adults (e.g. educational/teaching setting, retail work, or other direct public contact situations)
  • Ability to obtain & maintain Library Associate certification from the Maryland State Department of Education, plus willingness and ability to attend training sessions as applicable
  • Working knowledge of adult literature and reading interests
  • Working knowledge of research techniques and available research materials as well as general reader's interest, authors, books and other formats of library materials
  • Knowledge of public library practices and procedures
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including public speaking skills
  • Ability to effectively access and utilize FCPL's computerized systems and the Internet, and ability to effectively provide related instruction for customers and staff
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities, make decisions and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers, co-workers and the general public, with particular skill in working with adults
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and carry FCPL materials weighing up to approximately 40 pounds
  • 1 year of recent (within the last 10 years) public library work experience (not volunteer experience)
  • 1 year of work experience in retail or small business management

Additional Information/Examination Process:
  • Ability to provide own transportation to meetings, workshops and branch libraries as needed
  • Available for varied workdays and hours within the FCPL operating schedule

KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include):

  • An evaluation of experience and qualifications
  • One or more interviews
  • A pre-employment drug test and physical examination

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