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Employment Opportunity: Library Assistant/Children’s Services Librarian Albert W.Thompson Memorial Library (Clayton)


Nature of Work:

Under the general direction of the Library Director.  This employee performs clerical and non-professional tasks involving standard library routines which are learned on the job.  This employee performs professional and supervisory work in planning, managing, implementing and executing a comprehensive program of library serves to children.

Primary Duties:

  1. Checks out library materials to the public; checks in returned items, and collects overdue fines or charges as needed.
  2. Assists patrons in the selection and location of books and non-print materials. Knows the overall scheme of the Dewy system at least at the “hundreds” level.
  3. Prepares books and other items for circulation by attaching jackets and labels.
  4. Maintains schedule of shelf reading of appointed shelf sections.
  5. Sends first overdue notice to patrons within the prescribed number of days after material is due.
  6. Mends damaged books, videos, and other items as needed.
  7. Answers telephone and refers calls as necessary.
  8. Types inter-library loan forms and mails to other libraries.
  9. Selects materials for the juvenile fiction and non-fiction collections.
  10. Transmits list of selections to the Librarian for ordering.
  11. Weeds collection of children’s books or other items which are no longer appropriate to the library because of age, condition, community interest or obsolescence.
  12. Assists children and their parents in the location of print and non-print material for school assignments and recreational reading.
  13. Provides assistance to children and adults with instruction in the use of the catalog and other information resources such as the Internet.
  14. Plans and executes children’s programs including Summer Reading Program, story hour, reading contests, etc.
  15. Visits schools to inform children of library services and programs and to promote registration.
  16. makes contact with and cooperates with school librarians and teachers to promote optimum resource use.
  17. Assists in monitoring the behavior and conduct of juvenile library patrons.
  18. Interprets library rules and policies.
  19. Assists in the acquisition, cataloging, classification and processing of books and audiovisual materials.
  20. Contributes as needed to the preparation of the annual budget.

Abilities, Skills and Knowledge:

Aptitude for clerical and detail work; good communication skills with both adults and children.  Knowledge of  children’s books and non-print materials; knowledge of book classification and arrangement; knowledge of cataloging;  knowledge of library rules and regulation; knowledge of reference resources e.g., encyclopedias, almanacs etc.


Ability to express oneself effectively and concisely, orally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to interpret library resources and services to the public and general community.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction; ability to keep records and prepare reports.

Professional Responsibilities:

For application information contact the library at 575-374-9423


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