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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.

Example of possible hours – Two vacancies: 

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

OR

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

COMPENSATION:  $12.50 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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Browsing opportunities this week

Masked patrons may browse the library during during the following hours this week-
Thursday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-4:30PM
Friday 11AM-4PM
Stays are limited to 20 minutes.

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June Library Services

Our services will be updated once the Community Center building is open to the public again. Check http://www.astonlibrary.org or call 610-494-5877 to see our current status.

To place materials requests, use the catalog at https://encore.delco.lib.pa.us/ or call us at 610-494-5877. You may request materials from all 26 Delco libraries and the inter-library delivery will bring them here. You will be emailed when a requested item is ready for pickup.

Library staff will be available for CURBSIDE PICKUP of ready items during these hours-

(Closed Sunday )

Monday 11AM-4PM
Tuesday 2-8PM
Wednesday 2-8PM
Thursday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM
Friday 11AM-4PM
Saturday 10AM-2PM
When picking up available items, please call the library (610-494-5877, then option 0) from our parking lot and we will arrange contact-free pickup.

Do you need something faxed or copied and nowhere else to go? We can handle it for you curbside.  Just give us a call.

Coming soon: Outdoor in-person storytimes for the kids.


To take part in all of Ms. Debbie’s online programs (including storytimes for kids and crafts for adults) and get her regular emails, contact her at debbie@astonlibrary.org .

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday June 15th at 7PM. The meeting will be held outside, behind the Library building (on the North side). Mask wearing and social distancing will be required. If there is inclement weather, the meeting will be accessible by phone +1 516-399-4738 , PIN: 264501064 .

The County Library System has added Hoopla Digital to the online services available with your library card.  This includes movies and music as well as e-books and comics.  You can see the resources available with your library card, and sign up for a card, by going to www.delcolibraries.org .


If you or your family member needs mobile internet access for a week or two, you may be able to reserve one of the Library System’s “hotspots” for free.  Search the catalog for “hotspot” to request one!

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We are closed for Memorial Day

Memorial Day picture

The library will be closed and will have no services on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021.  Have a wonderful holiday, and we hope to see you soon!

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Browsing opportunities ending for now

Due to the Community Center building being closed to the general public, the Library will not be able to offer further browsing service at this time.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  We plan to offer masked browsing again once the building is reopened.

Curbside service continues during the hours for that service-

(Closed Sunday )

Monday 11AM-4PM
Tuesday 2-8PM
Wednesday 2-8PM
Thursday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM
Friday 11AM-4PM
Saturday 10AM-2PM

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Browsing opportunities Thursday to Saturday this week

Masked patrons may browse the library during during the following hours this week-
Thursday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM
Friday 11AM-4PM
Saturday 10AM-2PM
Stays are limited to 20 minutes.  Patrons will need to park in the upper lot due to the vaccine clinic.

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Browsing opportunity Tuesday

Masked patrons may browse the library from 2:30PM to 7:30PM on Tuesday, May 4th.  Stays are limited to 20 minutes.  Patrons will need to park in the upper lot due to the vaccine clinic.

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May Library Services

As library staff become fully vaccinated, the Library hopes to have masked browsing available inside. Check http://www.astonlibrary.org or call 610-494-5877 to see our current status.

To place materials requests, use the catalog at https://encore.delco.lib.pa.us/ or call us at 610-494-5877. You may request materials from all 26 Delco libraries and the inter-library delivery will bring them here. You will be emailed when a requested item is ready for pickup.

Library staff will be available for CURBSIDE PICKUP of ready items during these hours-

(Closed Sunday )

Monday 11AM-4PM
Tuesday 2-8PM
Wednesday 2-8PM
Thursday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-5PM
Friday 11AM-4PM
Saturday 10AM-2PM
When picking up available items, please call the library (610-494-5877, then option 0) from our parking lot and we will arrange contact-free pickup.

Do you need something faxed or copied and nowhere else to go? We can handle it for you curbside.  Just give us a call.


Every Tuesday at 9:45AM, we have “Music with Ms. Jill” via Zoom! Music With Miss Jill is a lively , interactive music program for toddlers through Kindergarten.  Email debbie@astonlibrary.org to sign up.
To take part in all of Ms. Debbie’s online programs (including storytimes for kids and crafts for adults) and get her regular emails, contact her at debbie@astonlibrary.org .

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday May 25th at 7PM. The meeting will be held outside, behind the Library building (on the North side). Mask wearing and social distancing will be required. If there is inclement weather, the meeting will be accessible by phone +1 516-399-4738 , PIN: 264501064 .

The County Library System has added Hoopla Digital to the online services available with your library card.  This includes movies and music as well as e-books and comics.  You can see the resources available with your library card, and sign up for a card, by going to www.delcolibraries.org .


If you or your family member needs mobile internet access for a week or two, you may be able to reserve one of the Library System’s “hotspots” for free.  Search the catalog for “hotspot” to request one!

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New Switch games coming, thanks to Constellation Energy!

Thanks to a generous grant from Constellation Energy, we are able to update our collection of Nintendo Switch games this year! Look for them in our catalog soon!

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Closed for Good Friday

The Aston Public Library will be closed and have no services Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday.  Sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to see you again soon!

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