Children's Assistant, Part-time - Main Library

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Salary: $14.27/hour; Part-time, minimum of 20 hours/week, including days, evenings and some weekends
Grade: 17
Reports to: Children's Services Department Manager
Posted through: 1/12/2015


  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution of higher learning preferred. Baccalaureate degree required. Coursework emphasis on children’s literature, programming and education is also preferred.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Experience working with children of all ages.
  • No adult criminal record [any felony or misdemeanor offense of violence].
  • Valid vehicle operator’s license. Ohio operator’s license is required within 90 days after appointment to the position.

 Advanced Knowledge of:

  • Children's materials, both current and classic.
  • Library policy, procedures, and operations; can be acquired after appointment to the position.
  • Library online circulation system, catalog and resources; can be acquired after appointment to the position.
  • Computer applications used by the Library.
  • Internet programming and usage, including email skills.
  • Safe work practices.

 Skill in and Ability to:

  • Work independently in the absence of direct supervision.
  • Provide oral and written instructions clearly and concisely.
  • Handle multiple activities or interruptions at once.
  • Relate to children and be comfortable working with children individually and in groups.
  • Organize and prioritize work and to meet deadlines.
  • Communicate and listen with strong interpersonal skills, particularly with children.
  • Attend to detail with accuracy.
  • Work with numbers accurately.
  • Use computer and evince above-average keyboarding skills.
  • With reasonable accommodation, walk, stand, bend, stretch, lift equipment and materials, including loaded book trucks weighing 60-100 lbs; and delivery bags weighing between 40 and 60 lbs.      
  • Organize and implement high quality children’s programming and initiatives throughout the year, including the annual Summer Library Program.
  • Keep current and knowledgeable regarding children’s materials; make recommendations for future acquisitions.
  • Communicate frequently with Children's Services Department Manager about services to children and  related issues.
  • Work, share, and brainstorm with other Children’s Staff system-wide; and with teachers at schools in Main Library’s service area.
  • Perform essential duties and responsibilities reliably with 6 months of on-the-job experience and training.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities, Note: The duties listed below are illustrative, but not exhaustive, of the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

  • Initiates, promotes, prepares, and presents children’s programming and school visits.
  • Promotes reading by devising, and maintaining monthly displays and bulletin boards, and summer reading displays.
  • Plans, promotes and oversees Summer Library Program for children in the Main Library.
  • Provides reference and reader’s advisory service to children and adult customers.
  • Participates in Main Library collection development for children, including print and non-print materials.
  • Serves as primary Main Library contact for area schools and teachers.
  • Participates in the maintenance of the MRCPL portion of the website dedicated to services for children.
  • Performs clerical and circulation duties, as directed.
  • Assists with all Main Branch Children’s Department ancillary operations.
  • Compiles and reports Main Branch children’s programming statistics, when and as the Children's Services Department Manager directs.
  • Assists with daily shelving of all Main Library children’s materials

 Additional duties Note: The duties listed below are illustrative, but not exhaustive, of the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

  • Maintains a current and thorough knowledge of professional trends and children’s collection development trends in order to maintain excellent customer service. Such knowledge might be gained through professional training, continuing education, and professional organization involvement, as the Department Manager deems important, and as the budget permits.
  • Attends meetings as the Department Manager or Branch & Youth Services Administrator assigns them.
  • Adheres to, supports, and effectively implements Administration and Board policy, procedures and core values.
  • Performs additional tasks as the Department Manager or Branch & Youth Services Administrator assigns them.
  • Adheres to the chain of command/communication, which moves from the Children's Assistant to the Children's Services Department Manager, to the Branch & Youth Services Administrator, to the Deputy Director, and to the Director.
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