Job Posting – Part-time Library Associate

The Aston Public Library is seeking a tech-fluent and interpersonally effective person  to provide service to our patrons. Duties include providing all types of service to our patrons, operating our circulation system, and record-keeping.  Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent, strong computer and customer service skills and a love for libraries. Prior library experience is preferred.  

Job description and compensation details are below.  Submit letter of interest, resume and references to Stephen Sarazin, director@astonlibrary.org .

ASTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

PART-TIME LIBRARY ASSOCIATE JOB DESCRIPTION

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Provides essential patron assistance at the service desk.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE POSITION: 

Performs customer service, circulation, clerical and financial tasks, operates a variety of machines and software and assists with reference to help patrons use the library and its services effectively.  Reports to the Director.

EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Registers patrons, issuing cards, updating records.
  • Collects monies and issues receipts for all library financial transactions including rentals, overdue fines, lost or damaged materials, donations, book sales, printing etc.
  • Checks out and checks in books.
  • Shelves with 95% accuracy and shelf reads.
  • Knows and correctly executes the opening and closing procedures, including locking the doors, arming and disarming the alarm, collecting and checking in materials from the book drop, pulling requested items from the shelves etc.
  • Assesses materials for condition and refers them for mending or withdrawal.
  • Prepares and mails overdue/reserve notices.
  • Places book requests for patrons.
  • Calls patrons to inform them of requested items received.
  • Troubleshoots computer programs and machines.
  • Maintains current training in areas of work, including staying current with practices in:
  • Circulation
  • Online Catalog
  • Conducts reference interviews and assists patrons with reference questions, knowing when to refer questions to the Director.
  • Locates material in the catalog or in the building.
  • Is professional and friendly in person, on the phone or in e-mail.
  • Informs the public of library policies and procedures, including information about their own records or requests.
  • Keeps bulletin boards and displays current.
  • Files records by name or date.
  • Supervises volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Is committed to public service values: is patient and helpful with all patrons; cares about patrons and their needs
  • Knows and follows library policy and procedures; accepts management’s direction when given
  • Must be able to learn and meet the minimal competencies for telephone system, web site, staff email and wiki, and be able to operate and troubleshoot technology/software
  • Knows and follows safety procedures, pointing out problems and keeping equipment in satisfactory condition
  • Keeps informed on library issues: reads emails, attends staff meetings
  • Keeps skills current and growing: attends required trainings, actively seeks opportunities to learn new things
  • Shares knowledge and skills: documents procedures, trains others to do tasks
  • Works well with others, including patrons, volunteers, and fellow staff
  • Is flexible, has a good sense of humor about the irritations of daily work life, and respects the feelings and needs of co-workers
  • Understands that change and evolving library procedures are constants in library work
  • Is sensitive to patron privacy and intellectual freedom issues
  • Is a good office citizen: submits timecard weekly, keeps work and break area clean, responds to emails and requests promptly, has a positive attitude

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Works effectively under stress with the public and co-workers. 
  • Demonstrates courtesy and empathy.
  • Communicates well in writing and face to face.  Performs essential clerical and math functions–filing, spelling, typing, adding, making change–accurately. 
  • Uses the Windows operating system, basic office software, web browsing and search engines skillfully.
  • Shifts from one task to another quickly. 
  • Moves book trucks with 25 pounds of weight. 
  • Shelves books at heights between seven feet and floor level. 
  • Reads small print and computer screens. 
  • Handles monotonous tasks with fine detail accurately. 
  • Works independently and demonstrates good judgment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate physical effort is required to perform duties under typical office conditions. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, speak, hear, and use hands to operate office equipment, and reach with hands and arms. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and complex documents and use a computer.

SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS: Must be available to work day, night or weekend shifts.  Must be available to work a schedule that fulfills the staffing needs of the desk.  Must be punctual and dependable.

Approximate anticipated hours

Monday 3PM-8PM , Tuesday 2PM-8PM, Wednesday 10AM-3PM, Thursday 10AM-4PM, One to Two Saturdays per month 10AM-5PM

COMPENSATION:  $11.75 per hour.  Approximately 20 work hours per week.  No benefits provided. 

CLEARANCES: Satisfactory passage of FBI Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances will be required every three years.

PROBATION: The position is probationary for one year and non-probationary afterwards.

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August Library News

The Library’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” is continuing one last month, with rewards for reading and fun performances.

The performances include–

Special Evening Programs at 6:30 pm

  • Drum Beats Workshop- Tuesday- August 7th

Wednesday Summer Programs at 1:00 pm

  • Puppets Pizzazz- August 8th
  • David Darwin’s One Man Sideshow- August 15th
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole – August 22nd
  • Makin Music- August 29th

Join the Library Movie Discussion Group to view and discuss ” The Shape of Water ” on Monday, August 27th at 11AM. Light lunch will be provided.

Our next series of Chair Yoga classes will start September 1st and be on Saturdays at 11AM. Chair Yoga is a gentle form of Yoga using a chair for support.

The Kids Can Build Club is at the Library on Tuesdays at 4PM ! Your child can learn to build things using the library’s Lego collection and other materials as well! All ages are welcome.

3D Printing Services Available! Ask Debbie or Stephen at the desk to find out how you can get your first small 3D printed item for free! Check out the designs the staff have made for ideas. They are on display in our display case!

Storytime! Your young child can learn basic literacy skills while having fun! The Aston Public Library offers story times every week, open to everyone! Join Ms. Debbie for toddler time (ages 2-3) on Tuesdays at 10:30, infant time (up to 24 months) on Wednesdays at 10:30, and preschool time (ages 3-5) on Thursdays at 10:30!

Stop by Tuesdays at 11AM to learn the art of Crochet with our diverse group with many levels of experience. Stop by Thursdays at 6PM to participate in a wide variety of crafts with an even more diverse group.

Need help with an e-book reader, laptop or tablet computer? Stop by for our drop-in help time on Friday mornings. 10AM is the time for ebook readers. 11AM is the time for laptops and tablets.

More information and registration for all our programs is available via the Calendar at http://www.astonlibrary.org .

Join the Friends of the Library! Go to http://www.astonlibrary.org and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

The Aston Public Library Board of Trustees do not meet in August.

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to http://digitallibrary.delcolibraries.org/ to see what is available!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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Altered hours Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st

Due to the services for Commissioner McGinn, the Library will be closed from 2PM on Monday the 30th to Noon on Tuesday the 31st.  Programs scheduled during the closed time are canceled.

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We are closed for July 4th

We will be closed July 4th, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Have a wonderful Fourth!

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Summer Kids’ Programs at our Library!

Special Evening Programs at 6:30 pm
Mr Malcolm- Thursday -July 12th
WINTERTHUR- Thursday -July 26th
Drum Beats Workshop- Tuesday- August 7th

Wednesday Summer Programs at 1:00 pm
The Magic of Ari Paul Felber- June 27th
Magician Ed Schmitt- July 11th
Safari Parties -July 18th
The Franklin Institute- July 25th
John Hadfields Comedy Show- August 1st
Puppet Pizzazz- August 8th
David Darwin’s One Man Sideshow- August 15th
Rolie Polie Guacamole- August 22nd
Makin Music- August 29th

Thursday Summer Program at 1:00 pm
Peter Moses – Singer – July 5th

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June Library News

The library is offering its Summer Reading Program and rewards again for the kids this summer. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock”. The big performances will be on Wednesdays at 1PM in the gym. The first performances will be–

June 20 – Robin Brady, Storyteller

June 27 – Ari Paul Felber, Magician

July 5 (Special day – That is a Thursday at 1) – Peter Moses Music

If your child logs his or her reading at http://www.tinyurl.com/AstonSRP18 and brings the list to the library, we will provide a prize for each week the child reads a book!

Join the Library Movie Discussion Group to view and discuss ” The Darkest Hour ” on Monday, June 25th at 11AM. Light lunch will be provided.

Free Chair Yoga classes will be on Saturdays at 11AM starting June 2nd . Chair Yoga is a gentle form of Yoga using a chair for support.

Doterra Essential Oils will visit us on Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 pm. Join us for this FREE program as Tina Mulholland RN, BSN explains what an essential oil is & why they work so well. She will explain to us how to safely & effectively use essential oils for the entire family, and ways to support common issues such as sleep, seasonal threats, and immune boosting. Make a blend to take home !!

Kids 8 & up can learn to play chess at the Aston Public Library!! Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm. Join Mr Ed Finn as he teaches you the game of chess. Seating is limited…Register now!

You can now check out a pass to the Mütter medical museum for free with your library card!

We are holding a Coloring Contest for our young patrons! Kids of all ages are eligible. An entry form can be obtained at the Library or at http://www.astonlibrary.org on the web. Just bring your child’s entry (with the child’s information on the back) to the library’s service desk by July 1st to be considered.

The Kids Can Build Club is at the Library on Tuesdays at 4PM ! Your child can learn to build things using the library’s Lego collection and other materials as well! All ages are welcome.

3D Printing Services Available! Ask Debbie or Stephen at the desk to find out how you can get your first small 3D printed item for free! Check out the designs the staff have made for ideas. They are on display in our display case!

Are you looking for a book club? There are several options at our library! The group meeting on Thursday the 14th at 1:30PM is discussing ” The Cookbook collector “. The group meeting on Wednesday the 20th at 7PM is discussing ” The Beekeeper’s Wife “. Stop by and try one out!

Storytime! Your young child can learn basic literacy skills while having fun! The Aston Public Library offers story times every week, open to everyone! Join Ms. Debbie for toddler time (ages 2-3) on Tuesdays at 10:30, infant time (up to 24 months) on Wednesdays at 10:30, and preschool time (ages 3-5) on Thursdays at 10:30!

Stop by Tuesdays at 11AM to learn the art of Crochet with our diverse group with many levels of experience. Stop by Thursdays at 6PM to participate in a wide variety of crafts with an even more diverse group.

Need help with an e-book reader, laptop or tablet computer? Stop by for our drop-in help time on Friday mornings. 10AM is the time for ebook readers. 11AM is the time for laptops and tablets.

More information and registration for all our programs is available via the Calendar at http://www.astonlibrary.org .

Join the Friends of the Library! Go to http://www.astonlibrary.org and click on “Join Our Friends” to send in your info!

The Aston Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the Library on Tuesday the 19th at 7PM.

You can access books for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-book reader with your library card! Go to http://digitallibrary.delcolibraries.org/ to see what is available!

Are you on Facebook? Follow the Aston Library there! Go to
http://www.facebook.com/astonlibrary
and “like” us!

-Stephen Sarazin, Library Director

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We are closed for Memorial Day

Memorial Day picture

The library is closed for Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2018.  Have a wonderful holiday, and we hope to see you soon!

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