• Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Jun 01, 2020
Full Time Library Services
  • Salary: $3,076.67 - $4,199.87 Monthly USD

Job Description

Position Description
  • Priority Screening Date:  January 21, 2020.

Library Assistant I:  $15.64 - $21.35 hourly
Library Assistant II:  $18.11 - $24.72 hourly

Monterey County Free Libraries seeks candidates with a strong desire for meaningful public service and the ability to work with a wide variety of needs in an ever-changing environment.  The Monterey County Free Libraries is a supportive place of learning and success for the entire community, where each member of the staff has a chance for job growth and development, addition of skills, and experience that translates to any field.  Flexibility, adaptability, and a positive attitude are essential, as is a respect for the goals of public service and meeting the needs of the entire community.  Openings include outreach, literacy and other independent positions, along with positions in branch libraries across the County.  Full-time, part-time, temporary, and on-call openings are available.  

Eligible lists for these classifications will be used to fill current and future vacancies on both permanent and temporary basis as needs arise at various locations throughout Monterey County.  This is part of a flexible staffing series.  Once appointed, incumbents may be flexibly promoted throughout the series without further competitive process.

Examples of Duties Significant Duties
Both Level I and II duties include:
  • Utilizing the Integrated Library System (ILS), performs circulation duties such as checking in/out books for patrons
  • Assists patrons in locating library materials both physically in the branch and securing materials through system hold or inter-library loan
  • Explain library policies and services to the public
  • Answer patrons' reference questions, referring more difficult questions to higher level staff, including Librarian
Some Library Assistant II positions may also:
  • Sort and shelve books, maintaining proper shelf order and assisting in weeding collections
  • Perform cataloging of library materials under the direction of a Librarian
  • Perform library materials acquisition duties such as ordering, verifying receipt of items, initiating payment, as well as oversight of materials budget accounts
  • Oversee filling requests for the inter- and intra- library loan of materials, or notification of holds and over-due books
  • Operate a library bookmobile or other library vehicles
  • Coordinate homework centers in a branch providing learning assistance to students, filing statistics and doing outreach
The Ideal Candidate
  • The Library Assistant I will understand how to deliver quality customer service to library patrons, and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.  They will have the ability to operate a personal computer with standard software and be able to learn specialized library software systems.  They will be an effective communicator, both orally and in writing.  These duties will increase in frequency and independence at the Library Assistant II level.
  • In addition to the above qualifications, the Library Assistant II will have a working knowledge of public libraries' general purposes, routines, services; books, literature, media.  They will be knowledgeable in basic reference resources and services, such as conducting a reference interview.  They will have a working knowledge of general office procedures and record keeping and have at least some knowledge of principles and practices of public relations and customer service.
  • Some positions must possess a valid California Class C Driver's License and maintain a good driving record in order to drive a library bookmobile or van (no special license is required).
  • Spanish speakers are desired.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed are qualifying.  Typical ways to acquire the knowledge and skills listed above are:

Library Assistant I
Approximately 1 year of experience performing duties equivalent to those of a Library Page for a library or approximately one year experience in public contact and clerical work involving computer use.OR
Graduation from high school. Clerical training at a community college or adult school, or classes in library technology at a university or community college.

Homework Center Coordinator Positions:
The Experience and Education required for general positions also applies to Homework Center Coordinators (HCC). For HCC positions, the combination of experience, education and/or training should include a minimum of 6 months teaching or tutoring groups of students.

Library Assistant II
Approximately 2 years of experience performing duties equivalent to those of a Library Assistant I for the Monterey County Free Libraries:OR
Approximately three years performing sub-professional duties equivalent to a Library Assistant I in another library setting.
Completion of courses required for an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in library science, liberal arts, or a closely related field at a college or university.

Additional Information Notes:
Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.
  Application and Selection Procedures
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Applications may also be obtained from and submitted to:
Monterey County, Human Resources Department
Attn: Ginger Ramirez, Associate Personnel Analyst
168 W. Alisal Street, 3rd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Email: | Phone:(831) 759-6723
To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

For a guaranteed review, application materials must be received no later than the priority screening date January 21, 2020. Application materials received after this date will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.  Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the examination process.
Monterey County is a drug-free work place and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 759-6723.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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