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Library Assistant

Mesa County Libraries

Grand Junction, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Jul 5th, 2021


$14.03 per Hour   Calculate


Grand Junction, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

High School (or Equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

                              Are you passionate about the transformative power of libraries?  
                                   Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children?
We are looking for the right person who can create amazing library experiences for our young patrons ages 11 and younger.  
If you…  
         -    want to engage and inspire children
         -    want to create an environment that makes children feel welcome
         -    want to promote early literacy issues
         -    can develop and implement new experiences and programs
         -    can offer mentoring with puppet shows and story time programming
         -    enjoy reading, talking about, and recommending the latest children’s books, movies and music
         -    have great ideas to share
…then we have your dream job! As a Library Assistant in Youth Services, you can help children express their creativity, connect over literature, music and media, and spark their curiosity.

POSITION TITLE: Library Assistant EXTERNAL TITLE: Library Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Youth Services GRADE: 23 FLSA: Non-Exempt FTE: 1.0

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provides library service to all patrons as needed

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the direct supervision of the Head of Youth Services



Service to Library Customers
Provides exceptional library service to children and their caregivers including: answer reference questions, offer reader’s advisory, place holds, issue library cards, locate print and online materials, and provide basic instruction on the use of library technologies. Responds to routine patron inquiries concerning library procedures and policies; Works with staff throughout the library district to improve and provide outstanding library service to all patrons.

Develops and supports programs for youth, along with submitting requests for publicity and purchase orders for needed supplies.

General Responsibilities
Merchandises the collection, creates book displays, and maintains an inviting well-organized library by shelf reading and straightening materials and furniture. Supports collection development and weeding. Maintains a working knowledge and basic understanding of all MCL services, programs and events. Communicates consistently and in a timely manner verbally and through email, works with others to complete assignments. Practices self-evaluation and completes other duties as assigned.

Maintains self-development and keeps up-to-date on Library affairs
Attends monthly staff meetings and training; serves on committees and attends external trainings as requested, stays aware of changes via staff wiki.
Performs other duties as assigned or requested: Performs additional duties as opportunities arise that assist the department and the Library in achieving specified goals and objectives.


Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image.

Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.

Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements.


Builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments to customers are met, solicits opinions and ideas from customers, responds to internal customers.

Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs

Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.

Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization.

Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.

Knowledge of youth age group interests and needs
Knowledge and current awareness of library policies and procedures
Knowledge of alphabetical and Dewey Decimal filing systems
Knowledge of Internet resources and basic searching techniques
Knowledge of standard safety practices
Skill in understanding and applying oral, written, illustrated or demonstrated instructions
Skill in observing groupings and identifying misplaced items when shelving materials
Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer
Ability to operate a variety of library equipment in a safe and effective manner.
Ability to effectively use all office technology available

Ability to remain standing or bending for extended periods of time
Ability to maneuver about the library in a timely fashion
Ability to bend to floor level or reach a height of 75 inches
Ability to push movable carts loaded to a maximum of 250 pounds.
Ability to read a minimum print size equal to 10 point
Ability to tolerate dust, mold, etc. that may have accumulated on books.
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds

Subject to many interruptions, performs duties within limited space at the Youth Services’ desk

Education or training associated with the completion of a two-year degree in college, vocational or technical school courses of study related to the area of assignment, or two (2) years’ previous library experience or retail customer service experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Unpaid meal break of at least ½ hour per day to be taken for each 5 hours scheduled.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and rotating weekends and to be available to work additional flexible hours to cover unplanned staffing shortages.

This full-time position includes a full benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and supplemental insurance coverages as well as HRA and retirement savings.

Visit our website at www.mesacountylibraries.org and look for 'Jobs' in the 'About Us' section.  Apply for the YS FT Library Assistant position.   Upload a cover letter and current resume. 
Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback regarding the status of your application. All applicants will be contacted by email or phone within two weeks of the position closing date.

Search is open until position is filled; applications received prior to Monday July 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. will be considered.  Mesa County Public Library District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.  For more information about E-verify, please visit this link:  http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/what-e-verify

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

This full-time position includes a full benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, AD&D, and supplemental insurance coverages as well as HRA and retirement savings.

Posted Jun 23, 2021