Circulation Clerk, Patterson Library - Westfield, NY
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Permalink

Job Opening - Circulation Clerk

Full-time: 40 hr/week position

Rate: $13.75/hr plus benefits including Health Insurance, Retirement, Paid Sick and Vacation Time

Hours: Will include regular evenings and weekends

Position Definition
Performs responsible and varied clerical library services in the circulation of books, periodicals, materials, equipment, and related collection items; performs clerical-administrative work; assists patrons in using library services and facilities; and maintains circulation statistics.

General Duties

  • Receives oral or written instructions from Director.
  • Plans work according to established procedures.
  • Prioritizes tasks within work assignment.
  • Allocates work to pages and volunteers.
  • Maintains patron records, patron billing and charges, and circulation statistics.
  • Greets visitors to library.
  • Assists library patrons in use of materials including copier and fax machine.
  • Responds to requests for information and assistance, or refers inquiries to a professional librarian.
  • Charges and discharges library books, materials, and equipment.
  • Inspects returned books, materials and equipment for damage.
  • Follows routines in receiving compensation for overdue, damaged or lost library items.
  • Sorts and shelves books and periodicals.
  • Assists persons in applying for library membership.
  • Processes membership applications.
  • Enters and retrieves member and circulation information by computer terminal in a computerized circulation system.
  • Supervises patron computer stations and assists with basic questions.
  • Prepares statistical reports as needed.
  • Reports work accomplished to supervisor.

Additional Duties

  • Monitors reading rooms and areas to assure adequate reading environment.
  • Receives and responds to general information requests by telephone or in writing.
  • Reserves books and materials.
  • Prepares books and materials, and repairs minor damage to books, materials and equipment.
  • Maintains community announcement board, and distributable pamphlets and materials.
  • Performs special duties as assigned, including programming, basic reference, ordering of materials, serials maintenance, etc.
  • Regularly sanitizes patron and staff areas including computers and chairs.
  • Relieves other employees as assigned by the Director
  • Performs related tasks as assigned.

Supervised By
Receives general supervision from Director and task direction from Administrative Librarian.

Qualifications Profile

  • The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with a high school education and two years library assistant experience in an educational institution or a public library, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
  • Ability to apply principles of library technical system to solve practical problems and to respond to routine information requests.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or schedule form.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure.
  • Ability to acquire a working knowledge of regulations and procedures pertaining to library responsibilities.
  • Ability to type accurately.
  • Ability to acquire skill to operate data and word processing equipment.
  • Ability to maintain accurate files and records.
  • Ability to deal cooperatively with others.

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

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