Library Associate I job – RichmondGov.com – Richmond, VA

The purpose of the class is to provide assistance with clerical and professional functions and to provide excellent customer service for the City Library. The class is responsible for performing all aspects of materials circulation and customer service for the City Library. The class works according to set procedures under direct supervision. This class requires working some evenings and weekends on a rotating schedule.

Supervision:
Exercised: Classification typically does not supervise.
Received: Typically reports to Library Customer Service Coordinator, Administrative Project Analyst, Librarian II or Library/Community Services Manager.
Note: Other reporting relationships may apply

Example of Duties:

The City of Richmond’s Public Library Team is seeking a qualified candidate who is passionate about “Building the Best Richmond” to fill a full-time Library Associate I, Children’s Services position at the North Avenue Branch. This position requires working some evenings and weekends on a rotating basis.

The mission of the Richmond Public Library is to inform, enrich and empower Richmond’s residents by promoting reading and the active use of cultural, intellectual, and information resources through a dedication to excellence and professional service.

The responsibilities listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this role. Other responsibilities may be assign as needed.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning, developing and implementing programs and special activities for children and families;
  • Coordinating and developing in-house and outreach programming;
  • Developing and planning early literacy focused story times;
  • Serving as the liaison with area schools and represents the City of Richmond at community events;
  • Performing routine and difficult reference interviews and information searches for library patrons;
  • Advising children and adults on books and non-print selections;
  • Providing information regarding services and programs at the assigned library or work unit to other staff or the general public;
  • Preparing periodic reports, including statistics to document the outcomes of library programs and/or special activities;
  • Assisting patron with locating desired materials in the computer or manual catalog, with physically locating materials and operating copier and other library equipment;
  • Supervising and training staff and volunteers as directed by supervisor;
  • Providing support with circulation functions such as discharging, sorting, shelving, retrieving and checking in printed and multi-media materials as needed;
  • Participating in team decision making, staff development and training when offered;
  • Performing special projects as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications, Special Certifications and Licenses:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in library science, literature, education or in a related field;
  • Prefer a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school and proficiency in Microsoft Office;
  • Requires up to one year of public library experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • At least one (1) year of experience using on-line catalog and database systems;
  • At least two (2) years of experience providing early literacy programming to children and families in a school or library setting;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse customer group.

Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements:

PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS:
Physical and dexterity refers to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Requires work that involves walking or standing most of the time; and involves exerting up to 30 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis to lift and move library materials; and routine computer operations.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS:
Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

The job risks exposure to no environmental hazards.

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Sensory ability refers to hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell required by the job.

The job requires normal visual acuity, field of vision, hearing, speaking fluently, and color perception

ADA COMPLIANCE
The City of Richmond, Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

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