Part-time Library Assistant – Midlothian Campus

POSITION PURPOSE:

This is a part-time position. Under the general supervision of the Dean of Libraries, the Library Assistant performs semi-technical library work and provides information services at the library facility at the Midlothian campus. The Library Assistant may occasionally be asked to work at the Waxahachie library facility.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervises student workers.
  • Gives general information to the public by phone and e-mail.
  • Ensures that all equipment is kept in working order and that necessary supplies are on hand at all times.
  • Monitors computers and troubleshoots computer and printer problems.
  • Requires ability to use a number of the functions of the library’s online catalog/management system, e.g., charging and discharging books, creating and updating patron records, placing and removing holds, receiving fines and crediting payment, issuing overdue notices, etc.
  • Refers patrons with in-depth reference queries to one of the professional librarians as necessary.
  • Answers basic directional and reference questions posed by patrons.
  • Effectively engages patrons to precisely define and address their needs.
  • Aids library patrons in locating specifically requested items, e.g., books, videos, government documents, recordings, etc.
  • Assists patrons in submitting intercampus and interlibrary loan requests.
  • Prepares books and other materials for mailing.
  • Offers basic instruction in searching online catalogs and databases.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean of Libraries.

REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Required

  •  High School diploma or equivalent.
  •  Will consider any equivalent combination of experience and education, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred

  •  Associate Degree or two (2) years of college.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a library or learning resource center work.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Basic knowledge of search techniques using the internet, licensed databases, online catalogs, etc.
  • Must exhibit poise, tact, and professional competence in interactions with students, faculty, staff, and other library patrons.
  • Must have a firm grasp of when it is appropriate to refer patrons to the professional library staff for assistance.
  • Must have the interpersonal skills necessary to offer help and instruction to patrons with widely varying levels of experience of and familiarity with library materials and services.
  • Understanding of and willingness to comply with library and college policies and procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be self-directed; able to work without supervision and independently develop efficient approaches to assigned tasks.
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, organized, and methodical.
  • Must be able to handle a number of tasks simultaneously.
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with co-workers.
  • Must be able to engage with patrons in such a way as to determine precisely what their needs are and then assess the most effective means of addressing those needs.
  • Basic understanding of fundamental library principles, methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Good keyboarding skills and the ability to operate a computer to organize and retrieve information.
  • Proficient in use of MS Office applications.
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all working relationships.
  • Ability to employ basic analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be alert to the needs of students with disabilities and assist them in an efficient, thoughtful and caring manner.
  • Basic knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Variances from regular working hours may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.

REPORTS TO:  Dean of Libraries

SALARY:   $11.00 per hour / 19 hours per week

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  Open Until Filled