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Employment Opportunity: Senior Library Technician Los Alamos County Library System

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JOB TITLE: Senior Library Technician (1/2-time)

JOB TYPE: Regular

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Community Services-Library (White Rock Branch)

SALARY: Salary range is $15.09/hr. to $22.25/hr.

OPENING DATE: August 13, 2019

CLOSING DATE: August 27, 2019


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One year of library-related experience.
  • Must successfully complete pre-employment physical exam prior to commencing work.
  • If primary task includes Youth Services, must successfully complete a thorough background investigation.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Sr. Library Technician:

  • Additional year library-related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Library Science, Library and Information Science, Humanities, or related field.
  • Familiarity with Library Services.
  • Valid New Mexico driver’s license.

Position Summary:

Under direct supervision of the Sr. Librarian, Librarian or Designee, performs all basic library tasks including providing customer service throughout the library at multiple service points, assisting patrons in a courteous and friendly manner in using the library and in finding the information they need, and performing a variety of library support tasks that may include receiving and copy-cataloging materials, checking in and out materials, registering patrons for library cards, etc.  Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.

The general level and nature of this position are described in the headings below.  This is not an all- inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this classification. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service.
  • Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to gain knowledge of library cataloging rules and procedures, library classification scheme, and library check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Ability to gain knowledge of managing item, patron and library records.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to greet the public in a courteous manner and to obtain and provide appropriate information.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction.
  • Ability in managing and disciplining children/teens as appropriate during library programs and events.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for Senior Library Technician:

  • Knowledge of library cataloging rules and procedures, library classification scheme, and library check-in and check-out procedures.
  • Knowledge of library principles, practices, and terminology.
  • Skill in the use of automated library systems.
  • Skill in the use of relevant automated database systems.
  • Skill in the use of library resources.
  • Skill in records maintenance.
  • Ability to gain knowledge of applicable regulatory agencies, codes and standards.
  • Ability to train employees and volunteers.
  • Ability to conduct detailed internet searches.
  • Ability to plan and execute programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides customer service throughout the library at multiple service points. This may include working at Circulation, Reference, Youth Services, Technical Services and/or White Rock.
  • Registers new patrons and issues borrower identification cards that permit patrons to borrow books and other materials. Enters and updates patrons’ records on computers.
  • Works one-on-one with library patrons and recommends library materials. Assists patrons in finding and effectively using library resources, including on-line catalogs, self-check stations, and electronic databases.
  • Troubleshoots public use equipment.
  • Provides assistance to English language learners in language acquisition and the use of library materials.
  • Continues to learn and develop skills for using existing and emerging library technologies and instructing patrons on their usage as needed.
  • Reserves, circulates, renews and discharges books and other materials at the service desks.
  • Maintains records of items received, stored, issued, and returned.
  • Provides assistance in the maintenance of collections of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual and other materials.
  • Sorts books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and returns them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas.
  • Inspects returned books for condition and due-date status, and computes any applicable fines. Sends out notices and accepts fine payments for lost or overdue books.
  • Processes newly acquired library materials.
  • Reads book reviews of materials for assigned areas of the collection; recommends the addition of materials that will enhance the collection; participates in weeding the collection based on frequency of use and condition.
  • Performs clerical activities, such as filing, typing, word processing, photocopying, mailing out material, and mail sorting.
  • Repairs damaged books.
  • Delivers and retrieves items to and from departments and patrons.
  • Assists with the opening/closing of facility.
  • Assists with workstation maintenance, maintains sign up and monitors the study rooms, handles lost and found items and performs housekeeping duties.
  • Compiles and maintains records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
  • Takes actions to halt disruption of library activities by problem patrons.
  • Attends required training to maintain and enhance skills.
  • Promotes library collection and services, by creating displays, brochures, etc.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Additional Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Senior Library Technician:

  • Provides classification/copy cataloguing of a variety of library materials by collection and by Dewey classification numbers; searches, edits, and transfers Machine Readable (MARC) records to the integrated library system. Maintains authority control.
  • Provides reference services, using proficiency in specialized indexes, reference sources and online databases.
  • Assists patrons with access to Internet services.
  • Assists patrons with access to a variety of downloadable materials including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, etc.
  • Provide readers advisory services to patrons of all ages.
  • Provides assistance to educational providers by locating materials and helping to complete special projects.
  • Helps other staff, including new staff and cross-training staff, increase proficiency in performing library functions. Reconciles catalog with collection arrangement.
  • Receives, organizes and maintains library materials.
  • Provides classification/copy cataloging of a variety of library materials by collection and by Dewey classification numbers; searches, edits, and transfers MARC records to the ILS.
  • Compiles and maintains records relating to circulation, materials, and equipment.
  • Processes Interlibrary Loans.
  • Prepares volumes for binding.
  • Develops and conducts children’s programs and other specialized programs.
  • Compiles bibliographies and prepares abstracts on subjects of interest to particular organizations or groups.
  • Assists with the opening/closing of facility; may be in charge of building on weekends and/or evenings.
  • Contributes to the content of the library website and maintains local area networks.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand. The employee regularly uses manual and finger dexterity and visual acuity to complete tasks. The employee routinely uses a full range of mobility in upper and lower body; reaches overhead; works in various positions, including stooping, standing, bending over, sitting, kneeling and squatting for extended periods of time. The employee must be able to lift, pull and push materials and equipment to complete assigned job tasks; and be able to lift 50 pounds with the assistance of equipment or another person.

Work Environment:

Work is performed in a library environment with a moderate noise level, occasionally working under stressful conditions and for extended periods of time.  This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers. Evening, holiday, and weekend work outside of normal business hours may be required as well as travel and attendance at meetings.

Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance.  Employees are required to:

  • Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;
  • Work well with others and participate fully in a team-oriented environment;
  • Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;
  • Project positive support of their department and all county organizations at all times; and,
  • Maintain and enhance the county’s commitment to customer service excellence.

How to Apply:

Apply online at or give us a call at 505-662-8040 for questions.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the examination process, notify the Human Resources Division at (505)662-8040 at the time of application.  Some documents can be provided in accessible formats.  Contact Human Resources at the above number if an accessible format is needed.

Applications become a public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection.

Selection Procedure:

The Incorporated County of Los Alamos does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment or the provisions of service.


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