CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 253
Established:  10/73
Revised:  05/84, 07/96
FLSA:  Non-Exempt
EEO:  5

LIBRARY ASSISTANT 1

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of routine paraprofessional and clerical library duties; to meet and assist the general public and other users in the effective use of the library and its systems; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The General Services Agency coordinates various support divisions that provide services to residents of the County. Divisions include the Library, Library Network, Cable Administration, and Electronic Services.  The Library Division provides patron services at library branches in various locations throughout the County. 

The Library Assistant series performs a broad range of paraprofessional library duties.  The Library Assistant 1 is the entry level classification in the Library Assistant series, performing paraprofessional library duties.  This classification is characterized by a high level of direct patron contact and may lead the work of part time and temporary employees or volunteers.

The Library Assistant 1 differs from the higher level Library Assistant 2 which operates with less supervision and has specialized program assignments.  It also differs from the Office Specialist 1 by the specific knowledge and skills required to implement procedures, techniques and systems unique to a library system.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assists patrons in the use of library materials and services and in their selection of materials; explains use of on-line catalog and the library classification system; checks books in and out for borrowing purposes; accepts and collects fines; processes new library cards; answers basic reference questions.
  2. Assists in the processing of new books, periodicals and other printed materials; shelves books and assists in the implementation of circulation procedures; provides suggestions for material selection; maintains on-line system data, files and other clerical records related to the library.
  3. Conducts bibliographic searches for interlibrary loan requests; processes items to be mailed or picked up by courier; mends damaged materials; assists in keeping the library facilities clean and orderly; opens and closes deposit site locations.
  4. Serves on committees to improve library services; assists the Library Assistant 2’s with special library programs and services.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Some knowledge of: Library methods, procedures, practices and terminology; basic English composition, spelling, arithmetic; Dewey Decimal classification system; library collection location; computer equipment and related library software; data entry and record keeping systems.

Skill to: Deal tactfully and courteously with the public; effectively perform a wide range of responsible clerical and library duties; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; assist in the preparation of concise and accurate records; accurately and rapidly operate computers for information search and data retrieval; effectively learn and use existing basic reference materials; perform detailed tasks with accuracy; collect, search, process and interpret simple data; interpret and apply rules and standards of the County’s library system; perform multiple tasks simultaneously; lead the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, the general public and staff of other libraries.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Some positions require lifting to shelve, mail and organize print and non-print materials; incumbent may be exposed to a variety of environmental elements, including dust.  

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Positions within Business and Community Services Department must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment.  Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with state and federal legislation.

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.