Library Clerk - Entry (TAHOE)
Placer County - Placer County, CA

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The Placer County Library is seeking self-motivated individuals with outstanding customer service skills to assist Library customers in the Tahoe City library. Some occasional shifts at the Kings Beach library may also be required. The current vacancy is is a permanent, part-time position and will be assigned to work 20 hours per week (Tuesday - Saturday) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

In order to be placed on the eligible list for Library Clerk Entry (Tahoe), applicants must successfully pass a written examination, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Kings Beach.

DEFINITION To perform a variety of clerical duties and sub-professional library tasks related to the functions and programs of the library; assist the public in finding and checking in and out library materials; and to order and maintain books, magazines and other library materials used by the public.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the entry level class in the Library Clerk series. This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. The Library Clerk - Entry class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of less than the full range of duties assigned to the journey level. Incumbents work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks, progressing to general supervision as procedures and processes of assigned area of responsibility are learned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Receives immediate supervision from supervisory or professional staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Check library materials in and out; maintain circulation and patron database; prepare materials for circulation.
  • Shelve library materials and review library shelves for proper order.
  • Process catalog and otherwise prepare new materials for circulation following established procedures.
  • Compute, collect, receipt and record monies collected for overdue, lost or damaged materials.
  • Assist customers in using library services and in understanding the arrangement and location of library materials.
  • Answer telephone and in-person inquiries, use available indexes and catalog systems.
  • Register new borrowers and issue library cards; enter customer requests for materials.
  • Select and order new materials; maintain collection including weeding shelves of outdated materials and performing skilled mending; maintain and monitor budget for new orders.
  • May oversee a branch library, open and close library facility and train and oversee library aides, pages, and volunteers when assigned.
  • Establish, maintain and compile statistics on library activities and materials used.
  • Perform general clerical duties as necessary and operate library related office equipment.
  • Keep library neat and clean.
  • Set up and maintain displays.
  • Conduct various special activities such as story hours, summer reading programs, classroom visits and various outreach functions.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

Experience: No library experience is required. Familiarity with library operations is desirable.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Knowledge of:
  • General purpose and typical content of modern public libraries.
  • Office methods, practices, procedures, and equipment including filing and computer systems.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • English usage and spelling.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
  • Principles and practices of customer service and reception techniques.
Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time. Intermittently bend, twist, kneel or squat while shelving, opening boxes, or moving equipment; twist and reach office equipment; see and read print; write and use keyboard to communicate and to enter circulation and collection data; perform simple and power grasping and fine manipulation; lift moderate weight.
  • Intermittently, review documents related to library operations; observe, identify and problem solve library operations and procedures; understand, interpret and explain library policies and procedures.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interviews; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruptions.
  • Work weekend and evening shifts as assigned.
  • Use automated library system, computer, internet, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, and other library related equipment.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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