Job is Expired Patron Service Technician

Douglas County Libraries / Multiple Locations throughout the District

Job deadline Apply by June 8th, 2012   Job salary $12.60 to $17.06 per hour   Job type of library Public   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

We currently have six (6) 20 hour-Part Time, Non-Exempt open positions at various libraries (see Supplemental Question), and one (1) 32 hour-Full Time, Non Exempt open position at Highlands Ranch Library.

The Patron Services Technician performs a variety of patron contact duties including: actively assisting patrons with finding library materials and with using the catalog, assisting patrons with self-directed activities, handling all circulation duties, shelving library materials, and maintaining displays. Patron Service Technician staff members are usually the first point of contact for patrons and exhibits excellent customer service while performing all work duties. Work is performed under general supervision.

• Demonstrates effective public service skills, and an understanding of public library operations. Supports “patron first” practices. Proactively seeks to assist patrons with finding items. Circulates the library floor regularly while performing other work duties to actively assist patrons with their requests.
• Demonstrates tact and professionalism in all face-to-face patron communications. Provides accurate informational and directional assistance to patron inquires.
• Provides assistance to patrons with catalog inquires, all self-directed transactions, including self-checks and offers Reader’s Advisory assistance to patrons, as needed.
• Proficiently handles all circulation duties, including desk opening and closing procedures, use of all patron and circulation forms, patron fines and daily receipts.
• Proficiently handles the circulation functions of the libraries integrated system including log-in, check-in, check-out, placing holds and trace functions, collecting fines, searching patron database, patron registration, and issuing library cards. Performs these functions efficiently with a minimum of errors.
• Handles phone customer service transactions, demonstrating the utmost professionalism in all patron communications.
• Assists adults and youth with computer transactions as needed. Connects patrons with reference needs with Reference and Youth Departments for assistance.
• Consistently shows a professional, courteous and helpful attitude towards all patrons, in a variety of patron service situations.
• Performs collection maintenance duties, including maintaining displays and grooming shelves, as required.
• Assists with all circulation functions as needed, including shelving of library materials.
• Creates positive experiences for library patrons by effectively and efficiently performing job tasks; presents a positive image of the library in attitude, communications and appearance while performing duties in both the public and staff areas.
• Demonstrates a professional, positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with staff, co-workers, and volunteers.
• Stays current on DCL policies, processes, procedures and technologies required to perform work duties.

Description of Community

The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County. The County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment. Through engagement, education, and entertainment, Douglas County Libraries transforms lives and builds community, and is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Douglas County Libraries, **USA's #1 Library (Hennen American Public Library Ratings, 2009, 2010),** is a major contributor as to why Douglas County has been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Required Education

  • High School or Equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Associate's Degree

Other Education Credentials

Education: High School diploma or GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree is preferred.

Experience: Two years of previous public library or bookstore experience is required.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience (years)

Required Preferred
Supervisor - -
Professional - -
Library 2 -

Language Skills

  • Spanish is Not Required
  • English is Required

Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience

Required Qualifications:

• Must possess excellent customer service skills and be a self-starter.
• Must be able to learn library operating systems, online databases, reader’s advisory, and Internet searching.
• Must be able to provide efficient and courteous patron service towards a diverse patron population.
• Library shelving and circulation experience is required. Experience with maintaining merchandise displays is strongly preferred.
• Requires ability to handle patron complaints and handle difficult situations involving patrons.
• Requires the ability to work under periods of occasional stress resulting from peak periods of patron service requests.
• Must have the ability to work as an effective team member and work independently to complete work assignments as assigned.
• Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in skills, functions and technologies required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or cooperatively as part of a team, maintaining effective working relationships to complete assigned tasks and accomplish job responsibilities.
• Must communicate effectively using English. Must read, write and understand English at a level appropriate to the position.

Application Requirements

Apply via our online application system at Hand delivered, mailed or emailed applications and resumes will not be accepted. EOE.

Additional info


• Library shelving and circulation experience is required.
• Requires ability to handle patron complaints and handle difficult situations involving patrons.
• Requires the ability to work under periods of occasional stress resulting from peak periods of patron service requests.

Experience: Two years of previous public library or bookstore experience is required.


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Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science

Not required

Salary Wage Calculator $12.60 to $17.06 per hour

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Date Posted

May 24th, 2012

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