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Employment Opportunity: Library Assistant Bloomfield Public Library

City of Bloomfield

Library Assistant

$10.92/hr. – $14.95/hr. DOE/Q

Excellent Benefit Package

Must take “Prove it tests” to prove skills

Job Description

Title:                   Library Assistant                                                      Code: 10

Division:             Administration                                                          Effective Date:  07/01/2005

Department:       Library Services                                                       Last Revised: 03/21/2017




Works under the general supervision of the Library Services Director performing a variety of working level, routine clerical duties as needed to expedite the delivery of public library services, including fiction/fine arts, children/young adult, non-fiction, circulation, periodicals or technical services processing, acquisitions or cataloging.



Might provide close to general supervision to Library Clerk(s) or Volunteers while in training or on a project-by-project basis.



Performs complete circulation support duties; checks books and materials in and out, utilizes computer to record and enter circulation information; checks for damaged materials; retrieves book-drop materials; operates computer to enter and update patron records; identifies patron status in relation to obligations, i.e., fines, and communicates the same to patrons; follows established guidelines in allowing waiver of fines; takes and processes library applications, and issues library cards.

Assists patrons with computer operations; provides general reference assistance;  performs regular upkeep on library equipment and machines, i.e., photocopiers, computers; assures proper supply of paper, replaces toner, removes paper jams, etc.;  provides general instructions to patrons in equipment operations; sends and receives fax communications.

Acts as a reference librarian; provides general assistance to patrons by directing them to various locations in the library as needed to locate certain types of collection materials and books; performs as a telephone operator on a regular library shift; receives and routes telephone calls in assisting the calling public.

Assists with the on-going monitoring of special collections or special function (i.e., interlibrary loan); performs general collection upkeep and maintenance; repairs damaged materials, discovers and replaces missing items; may in-process new materials (i.e., periodicals), assure proper labeling and completes computer documentation verifying collection status; assists patrons submit interlibrary loan requests; monitors requests and packages materials for return as required.

Performs general and routine duties related to the sorting, shelving and re-shelving of library collection materials, including books, magazines, newspapers, multimedia, etc.; performs shelf reading to monitor the accurate placement of materials; monitors collection for damage and needed repairs.

Performs various aspects of the technical services processing function, i.e., checking invoices, stamping logo, and assigning call numbers; assures collection materials are properly processed for entering into the collection system;  processes periodicals, magazines, newspapers, paper back and hardback books; processes audio visual materials, CD’s , videos, etc.;  prepares book jacket coverings; date stamps; assures proper labeling of collection items; verifies bibliography  records, changes labels; mends materials as needed, makes recommendations to mend, bind or discard.

Performs routine materials filing, including maps, pamphlets, phone books, etc.; assists with the preparation and mailing of overdue and billing notices; will sort items for delivery to correct location in the system.  Required to attend continuing education events/ workshops which could require travel.

Participates in general library housekeeping, participates in children’s reading programs; sets up display windows and cases; provides general instruction to volunteer workers; oversees community service workers as assigned by the courts; oversees after school time program; participates in processing interlibrary loan requests

Performs other related duties as required.




  1. Education and Experience:
  • Graduation from high school or GED; plus two (2) years of specialized training or an associate degree in library science, general studies or related field; AND
  • Two (2) years of library experience performing above or related duties; OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Working knowledge of library reference, circulation, cataloging and classification methods, practices and procedures; Dewey Decimal System; various areas of specialization of material related to different patron groups; reader interest levels; interpersonal communication skills. Some knowledge of various specialty routines, methods, processes and procedures related to circulation, periodicals, and technical services; software applications, i.e., Microsoft Office, various types of inter-related equipment, specifications and compatibility; specialized library system elements, i.e., INNOPAC, OPAC, MARC records, subject headings, authority records, Boolean searching, etc.
  • Ability to perform general clerical functions quickly and accurately; understand and follow written and oral instructions and work independently in carrying out work assignments; adhere to a prescribed routine; operate various office machines and equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationship with fellow employees and patrons of all ages; communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

3.Work Environment

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting and reaching.  Talking, hearing, and seeing are essential to the performance of the essential job functions.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg, and foot dexterity are also utilized in performance of daily tasks.  Occasional exposure to changing environmental conditions due to local automobile travel. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.


Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.


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Date:__________ _______


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