Information Specialist - Circulation Des...
City of Danville, VA - Danville, VA

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The purpose of this position is to perform clerical and technical work using computer database systems to provide efficient library services to staff and the public. This is accomplished by operating a variety of office machines including computers, copiers, televisions, entertainment consoles, and more; loading and moving carts; accessing all levels of shelving; charging and discharging library materials; maintaining patron records; receiving fees and payments; and processing materials for circulation.

Essential Job Functions*:










Very Heavy

Exerting up to 10 lbs. occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time.

Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally; 10 lbs. frequently; or negligible amounts constantly; OR requires walking or standing to a significant degree.

Exerting 20-50 lbs. occasionally; 10-25 lbs. frequently; or up to 10 lbs. constantly.

Exerting 50-100 lbs. occasionally; 10-25 lbs. frequently; or up to 10-20 lbs. constantly.

Exerting over 100 lbs. occasionally; 50-100 lbs. frequently; or up to 20-50 lbs. constantly.



Essential Functions

% of Time



Handles general data management and customer assistance duties by scanning patron cards and desired materials; keying in information into databases; collecting fees and fines as needed; aiding patrons in locating materials; instructing the public on using the card catalog; attending the game room for service and maintenance; and instructing the computer lab on printing.




Maintains library appearance and programs by applying security strips; stamping library name on materials; applying bar codes; placing furniture in new areas as needed; shelving books properly; shifting materials to optimize displays that aid customers; operating electronic equipment; providing refreshments using a popcorn machine; overseeing arts and crafts; and providing information to customers both in the library and in public.




Creates new programs and work environment improvement ideas by engaging in brainstorming and creative tasks; assisting in creating special event menus; locating materials for special activities; creating costumes for special events; and transporting supplies to event sites when off premises.


Typical Qualifications:

Formal Education

Work requires knowledge of a specific vocational, administrative, or technical nature which may be obtained with six months/one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, technical, or correspondence schools are likely sources. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.


One year and under.


Position has no responsibility for the direction or supervision of others.

Human Collaboration Skills

Decisions regarding interpretation of policies may be made. Contact may involve stressful, negative interactions requiring high levels of tact, and the ability to respond to aggressive interpersonal interactions. Elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.

Freedom to Act

Receives Direction: This job title normally performs the duty assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results. There is some opportunity for discretion when making selections among a few, easily identifiable choices. The assignment is usually reviewed upon completion.

Technical Skills

Basic: Work requires the use of standard technical skills appropriate to the work environment of the organization.

Fiscal Responsibility

This job title has no budgetary/fiscal responsibility.


Intermediate - Ability to read papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.


Basic - Ability to perform the four basic arithmetic operations. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in elementary school up to high school. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.


Basic - Ability to write simple sentences containing subject, verb, and object, and/or series of numbers, names, and addresses. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in elementary school up to high school. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Special License and Certificates:

Driver’s License