Children's Assistant

York County Library, Rock Hill, SC

Application Deadline: open until filled


Starting Salary, Benefits, and Hours: Beginning salary is $13,344 for 20 hours per week. Fringe benefits package includes State retirement, vacation and sick leave. Work schedule includes night and weekend hours.


General Statement of Job: Plans and presents creative and effective library programs for children such as story hours and assists the children, parents and adults who work with children in selecting and finding appropriate library resources and information. Assists with the presentation of special events and projects. Reports to the Children’s Room Manager in Rock Hill.


A complete copy of the job description is available for review in the Administrative Offices of the Headquarters Library in Rock Hill, in each Branch Library, or on the Library's Web site at www.yclibrary.org.


Minimum Training and Experience: Requires Bachelor's degree in early childhood or elementary education supplemented by one to two years of relevant library experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Previous experience with computers and Internet required. Customer service experience desired.


Application Deadline: Applications may be obtained at any York County Public Library. Personal resume encouraged in addition to application. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a York County Library employment application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. A separate application must be submitted for each position.


Completed application and resume may be hand-delivered or mailed to: York County Library, Attn: Shasta Brewer, Deputy Director; PO Box 10032, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Due to large volume of applicants we will be unable to answer questions concerning the status of the application.


YORK COUNTY LIBRARY
CLASS DESCRIPTION
2005


CLASS TITLE: CHILDREN’S ASSISTANT
CHILDREN'S SERVICES DEPARTMENT


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS


Under general supervision, plans and presents creative and effective library programs for children and assists the children, parents and adults who work with children in selecting and finding appropriate library resources and information. Assists with the presentation of special events and projects. Performs a variety of duties to help ensure the provision of effective children’s services and efficient department operations. Reports to the Children’s Room Manager.


Core Tasks: The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

  • Assists children, parents and adults who work with children in selecting and locating appropriate library resources and information. Prepares bibliographies and webliographies of children’s resources.
  • Assists with the planning and implementation of library programs for children at the headquarters library, including infant and toddler programming, preschool storytime, programs for day care children, programming for older children or special groups, etc. Maintains statistics of attendance, registration, etc.
  • Assists with the planning and promotion of special events and projects, including, the Vacation Reading Program, the Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival, Deck the Hall, Children’s Book Week, etc. Plans and initiates bulletin boards or displays to stimulate an interest in reading and to highlight special events.
  • Performs computer data entry to record and retrieve various data, access online services, and for word processing. Assists library customers in using the online catalog, in accessing information on the world wide web, or in using the library databases.
  • Visits public and private schools and other community agencies to promote reading and the use of the library; assists in providing information to the public through the distribution of promotional materials, etc.
  • Attends meetings, workshops and conferences as appropriate. Serves on various library committees.
  • Assists with weeding and discarding of library materials as assigned.
  • Assists with Scholastic Book Fairs offered in the library.
  • Maintains an orderly and attractive department. “Reads” shelves for correct shelve order; Straightens and shelves books and materials as required.
  • Conducts library tours as required.
  • Assists with the security and safety of the facility, of customers, and of library personnel. Performs security duties, including but not limited to monitoring alarm system, maintaining order in the Library at all times, controlling facility keys, and securing the building at closing, etc. May remain with minors who are awaiting transportation home. Refers any problems to the security officer, department manager or library director.
  • Receives, reviews, prepares and/or submits various records and reports including time cards, Reference materials, books, magazines, newsletters, bibliographies, webliographies, program statistics, mileage and expense forms, leave request forms, schedules, memos, etc.
  • Operates a variety of equipment such as computers, printers, scanners, telephone, copier, fax machine, calculator, laminator, TV/VCR, DVD player, sound systems, digital cameras, two-way radios, cell phones, etc.
  • Interacts with and communicates with various groups and individuals such as Manager of Children’s Services, the Children’s Room Manager, other department managers and staff, customers, vendors, teachers, school district personnel, community leaders, professional peers, authors, performing artists, storytellers, volunteers, etc.
  • Substitutes on the bookmobile when necessary; assists with duties in other departments as needed.
  • May work additional hours for special events.
  • Assists customers in the library Technology Center as assigned.
  • Performs general clerical duties as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

INVOLVEMENT WITH DATA, PEOPLE, AND THINGS


Data Involvement: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.


People Involvement: Requires giving information, guidance or assistance to people to directly facilitate task accomplishment; may give directions or assignments to helpers or assistants.


Involvement with Things: Requires handling or using machines requiring moderate instruction and experience with computers, and software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets or custom applications.


COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS


Reasoning Requirements: Requires performing semi-skilled work involving set procedures and rules but with frequent problems.


Mathematical Requirements: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, to multiply and divide, to utilize statistics and mathematical formulas, to determine percentages and decimals and to determine time. Must be able to use practical applications of fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion.


Language Requirements: Requires ability to read a variety of reference materials, policy and procedure manuals, computer manuals, indexes, etc. Requires the ability to prepare routine and statistical reports, budget requests, correspondence, etc. with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control and confidence.


Mental Requirements: Requires doing clerical, manual or technical tasks requiring a wide range of procedures and requiring intensive understanding of a restricted field or complete familiarity with the functions of a unit or small division of an operating agency; requires normal attention with short periods of concentration for accurate results or occasional exposure to unusual pressure.


VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE PREPARATION


Vocational/Educational Preparation: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education supplemented by one to two years of relevant library experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Special Certifications and Licenses: Must possess valid state driver’s license.


Experience Requirements: Basic computer competency and the ability to utilize a variety of Microsoft office applications required.


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITES ACT REQUIREMENTS


Physical and Dexterity Requirements: Requires light work that involves walking or standing much of the time and involves exerting up to 25 pounds of force on a recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office or shop machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy. Must be able to lift 35 pounds and meet other physical demands of shelving books and materials, including pushing loaded book trucks; stooping, bending or stretching.


Environmental Hazards: The job risks exposure to no known environmental hazards.


Sensory Requirements: The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, and color perception.


JUDGMENTS AND DECISIONS


Judgments and Decisions: Responsible for actions of others, requiring almost constant decisions affecting co-workers, customers, volunteers or others in the general public; works in a moderately fluid environment with guidelines and rules, but frequent variations from the routine.


ADA COMPLIANCE


York County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.