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Technical Services Library Aide

Location: Technical Services, Central Library
Position Type: Part Time
Hours: 12-15 hours per week. Daytime hours.
Salary: $10.35/hr

Send applications to Angella Flatt at alflatt@dmpl.org.

Job Application Form

Job Description

Summary

Under the direction of a supervisor, unpacks and processes library materials. Enters materials information into the library’s Integrated Library System. Locates, sorts and organizes materials and supplies. Performs related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Physically processes all formats of library materials for circulation.
  • Unpacks library materials and sorts onto carts.
  • Runs the departmental pull list and sorts materials.
  • Organizes materials and supplies.
  • Operates a variety of library equipment.
  • Performs light cleaning and maintenance duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. on a frequent basis.
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to read and verify a large variety of library materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.
  • Sufficient mobility to stoop and reach well enough to shelve and retrieve materials.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work quickly and with 100% accuracy.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply a wide variety of library policies and procedures.
  • Skill in operating various types of office equipment.
  • Ability to communicate with staff and patrons in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to spell, use correct grammar, and make simple mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to alphabetize and file using the Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service to internal customers, and if necessary, to external customers.

Education and Experience

Graduation from middle school. Must be sixteen years of age.


Library Clerk


Department: Customer Service
Location: Central
Travel Required: Between buildings
Position Type: Part-Time
Salary: $15,386

Job Description

SUMMARY

This is a half-time position of 20 hours per week. Under the direction of a supervisor, checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk. Demonstrates proficiency in using a variety of library technology and operating systems, provides excellent service, and does related work as required. This position requires regular evening and weekend hours.

Essential Job Functions

  • Checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk.
  • Provides exemplary service to library customers.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Creates and maintains customer records and accounts.
  • Proficiently uses a variety of library technology and operating systems.
  • Accurately handles money transactions.
  • Provides training and direction to library aides.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in using current library technology and operating systems.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service, both in person and on the telephone.
  • Ability to interpret and apply library policies and procedures.
  • Ability to correctly spell, use proper grammar and make simple mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to conduct regular cash register accounting functions.
  • Ability to accurately type 30 wpm using a keyboard.
  • Ability to use Microsoft products to create word documents and spreadsheets.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment as the member of a team.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines .

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and read library materials.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to write legibly, operate a keyboard and access relevant library materials.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.
  • Ability to stoop, reach, and push well enough to perform circulation and delivery procedures, and to retrieve materials from the shelves.

Education and Experience

  • Graduation from high school. Library experience and customer service experience are desired.

Application Information:

If you have a resume on file and have completed the pre-interview tests in the last 6 months, please send notification of interest in this position to Linda L. Roe via email at llroe@dmpl.org or submit a letter of interest.

New or internal candidates that have not taken the pre-interview tests in the last 6 months must send in a letter (or email) of interest and call 283-4152 ext. 4 to schedule pre-interview screening and keyboarding tests at the Central Library. All tests must be completed by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018.

All applications, notification of interest and tests results must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018.


Part-time Library Aides are hired at each of our six locations and applications are kept on file in each building. You are welcome to print out the application form below and take it to the Central Library or any of the five branches.

Job Application Form

Contact Human Resources

The Des Moines Public Library welcomes your questions about employment opportunities. 

Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102
Email: llroe@dmpl.org