Sno-Isle Libraries seeks qualified candidates to fill part-time Public Services Assistant I openings at the Edmonds, Marysville, and Mukilteo community libraries. These positions will work 15-hour per week schedules and may include morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours including one or more Sundays per month. Successful candidate may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs.
The Public Services Assistant I performs basic public service and library support tasks at one or more community libraries or Library on Wheels to contribute to their effective operation, providing library services, spaces, and resources that are representative of diverse cultures and perspectives, intentionally inclusive, and accessible to everyone.
- Provide assistance at the library circulation desk, answers phones, checks library materials in and out, registers customers for library cards, and orders various library materials.
- Assist customers with self-checkout machines and answers questions in the hold areas.
- Return library materials to proper locations and supports circulation duties.
- Provide assistance to library customers with basic reference questions.
- Respond to technical services calls and assists with problems with the fax machines, public copiers, pay-for-print stations, vending machines, and printers.
- Submit and monitor technical reports for library technology service issues.
- Perform other public service and general clerical support tasks as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepare correspondences and reports.
- Train new staff as needed.
- Attend meetings, trainings, and workshops as assigned.
- Assist with special projects as required.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The position may report to the building Circulation Supervisor or to the Supervising PSA. Although direct supervision is not a normal part of this position's work, incumbents may be called on to provide task direction to Page staff and library volunteers in absence of a supervisor.
Core Library Competencies
- Adaptability: Adjust nimbly to obstacles or changing conditions to arrive at the desired goal.
- Communication: Express self clearly, effectively, and compellingly in written, verbal, and nonverbal messages.
- Customer Service: Build and maintain responsive, effective relationships with internal and external customers.
- Interpersonal: Accurately perceive others and the impact of one's own behavior to balance relationship and goal needs appropriately and positively in interactions.
- Professionalism: Align behavior with the library's mission, values, and strategic focus in serving a diverse stakeholder community.
- Valuing Diversity: Manages relationships with all people inclusively and equitably; conveys respect by valuing and encouraging the unique dimension each employee adds to the organization and each member of the community brings to the whole. Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to expand one’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills of others’ cultures, beliefs, identities, languages, interpersonal styles, and behaviors.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of established practices and procedures for an integrated library system (ILS).
- Knowledge of Library District's policies and procedures.
- Strong customer service and communication skills.
- Strong organization and attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and to set priorities.
- Ability to handle and resolve disruptive behavior effectively.
- Ability to communicate, write, and understand English clearly and concisely.
- Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective interpersonal skills with the public and co-workers.
- Ability to operate relevant computer systems including hardware and software, such as word processing, database, and spreadsheet software, e-mail, and internet navigation in addition to other office equipment and security systems.
Education and Experience
- High School diploma or G.E.D. required. Two years of college level education preferred.
- These skills and abilities typically are acquired through completion of secondary school or equivalent together with several months in a public service environment.
- Experience in public services work in a library or an organization where public service is provided in intellectual or educational services preferred.
Physical and Environmental Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must identify and organize library materials such as books, audiobooks, and DVDs based on small-print numbers and alphabetical characters; scan and inspect library materials including opening media cases; communicate with coworkers and members of the public; and operate computers for extended periods of time. An incumbent must occasionally move objects or materials weighing up to 35 pounds, including transfer of books and other materials to carts or shelves of varying heights. Incumbents may be required to push carts of books and other materials and frequently remain stationary at one workstation for extended periods of time.
Sno-Isle Libraries is a large, two-county library district in the beautiful north Puget Sound region of Washington State. District boundaries stretch from rugged timberlands to suburban centers, from rolling farmlands to the ocean vistas. Set in the fastest-growing corner of the state, Sno-Isle Libraries serves more than 770,000 residents through 23 community libraries, online services, Library on Wheels, and our website at www.sno-isle.org.
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