Library Assistant

Hours: Up to 14 hours a week

Status: Part time

Starting Wage: $9.50-$10.50 an hour – depending on education and experience

The Butler Public Library is currently accepting applications seeking the right individual to serve our community as a Library Assistant. The position requires a forward thinking, creative, and adaptable individual who is organized, able to work independently, and prioritize tasks. The ideal candidate will provide excellent customer service; show a strong attention to detail; enjoy and embrace change; be comfortable with independent decision making; have the ability to work solo or as part of a team; and possess a strong work ethic.

This position will require a candidate to perform a variety of specialized technical duties included with circulation/reference desk, and processing new materials. The candidate must have strong social media and computer skills. Preference will be given to those with Library experience and/or education.

Job Summary

This position performs a wide variety of general library work assisting patrons with daily library operations such as helping find materials, using the CAFÉ catalog, using the computer, answering questions and making copies. It also involves checking items in and out using the Polaris system, processing, and shelving circulated items. The work is performed under the supervision of the Library Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Perform Circulation Desk Duties

  • Check materials in and out; renew items; and empty book drop
  • Find requested items for hold alerts, bundle, and route to designated libraries
  • Process incoming material from other libraries
  • Issue new cards; answer patron questions; and reserve materials
  • Assist patrons with reference questions
  • Assist patrons with computers, and making copies
  • Shelve Materials
  • Collect revenue from fines, copies and book sales
  • Prepare Curbside Pickup
  • Maintain patron records
  • Answer phones
  • Open and close the library
  • Schedule will include days, evenings, and Saturdays to meet the demands of the library

Additional Duties May Include

  • Clean and disinfect library materials, and high touch surface areas
  • Apply labels and covers, attach bar codes; stamp materials
  • Repair books and other library materials
  • Send letters on overdue accounts
  • Prepare and maintain displays
  • Read and straighten shelves
  • Assist with adult programming
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Library experience, education, or training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.
  • Knowledge of basic library methods, techniques and procedures
  • Knowledge of computers and the internet
  • The ability to learn the functions of the library automation system as they relate to acquisitions and reference services.
  • Ability to function in a team setting.

Working Conditions

Work in the library requires either standing or sitting at a computer terminal for extended periods of time. May be required to lift heavy books or office supplies from the floor or lift overhead. May also need to climb a six-foot ladder. Must be able to read library materials and computer screens. Manual dexterity required to process or mend library materials, use office equipment and computers. The ability to communicate orally and in writing with library patrons; Library Director; other employees; and volunteers is required.

The Village of Butler Employment Application can be found here. Applications may also be picked up at the Library. Completed applications can be emailed to the director at kszpiszar@butler.lib.wi.us, or dropped off at the Library. The deadline for accepting applications is Friday, September 18, 2020.