Library Assistant Job Posting

Millington Arbela District Library
Library Assistant
Job Description


Performs a variety of duties under the direction of a supervisor, some of a routine clerical nature and some of a professional nature.  Supervision is provided by the Director and Assistant Director.  Work is learned through on-the-job training, workshops, seminars and continuing education.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Under the general supervision of the Director, responsible for creating a climate of welcoming and responsive atmosphere of service for all patrons.  Provides reference and reader’s advisory services; interacts with the public to create a favorable impression of library services; plans and presents programs. Schedule includes evenings and weekends.

Examples of Duties:

• Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons

• Understands full range of circulation desk procedures using an automated circulation system

• Carries out procedures for notifications of patrons of overdue material

• Registers new patrons and maintains records of patron applications

• Handles fines, uses the cash register

• Uses public catalog, internet, and printers

• Assists patrons with computers and software

• Transmits faxes and scans documents

• Uses copier and computers

• Answers telephone

• Shelves material

• Assist patrons and processes MeL library loan

• Solves patron problems encountered during their library visit

• Monitors library supplies for ordering

• Creates marketing and promotional material

• Merchandises books and other library materials to enhance their appeal and promote their use by patrons

• Facilitates programming, as needed, in skill set

• Inspects library materials for repair and may assist in repairing and/or processing library material

• Performs general cleaning duties in the library including shoveling and sweeping sidewalks and taking out garbage.

• Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of and experience using technology and the internet
  • Teamwork
  • Effective communicator
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Strong commitment to serving the public
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and public service manner for modeling customer service expectations
  • Ability to interact harmoniously and communicate well with patrons and staff
  • Excellent English communication skills, oral and written
  • Excellent computer, word-processing and internet skills
  • Ability to maintain reliable schedule and regular attendance
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing work situations and to vary work schedule
  • Physical mobility to comfortably lift and move 50 pounds
  • Good vision and hearing
  • Manual dexterity to operate computer and telephone equipment
  • Satisfactory criminal background check
  • Willingness to attend community events and training/workshops outside of the library
  • Valid driver’s license and personal automobile for job-related transportation

Acceptable Experience and Training:

• High school diploma or GED

• Graduation from a college or university preferred

• Public library experience preferred

• Experience with Google apps, Word, Excel, Canva and other application software

• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities