Wednesday, December 4, 2019

San Leandro - City of San Leandro - Senior Library Assistant


$26.00 - $31.62 Hourly

Close Date


Position Definition: 

Senior Library Assistant at a Branch Library: Performs a variety of clerical and technical duties including paraprofessional library work; supervises a branch library or coordinates a major function at the main library such as circulation, customer service, technical processing and performs related work as required.

The Senior Library Assistant at the Museum:  Manages and implements the San Leandro History Museum's programs for school-aged students, focusing on 3rd and 4th grade California. Each program consists of a reader's theater performance, tour and hands-on station activities.
Leads the full-day, hands-on school tour programs as the primary staff person; work with other staff including the Curator, volunteers and library staff to create field trip schedules and to develop and implement additional programs at the Museum for children and adults; prep and clean-up for each tour; communicate with local schools (scheduling field trips, field trip prep, payments, general pre-tour communication); yearly review of program - edits and updates of all written program materials; develop additional curriculum as needed.

It's a wonderful opportunity to work with students on a part-time basis and have an impact teaching about local Bay Area history and culture. The programs offered are hands-on, creative, energetic and inspiring.

Supervision Exercised and Received:  

Provides lead direction to assigned staff and volunteers.  Receives general supervision from assigned management and/or supervisory staff.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

The functions of the classification may include, but are not limited to, the functions below and are subject to changes in operational necessity.

Schedules, assigns work to, and oversees part-time and full-time paraprofessional staff  and volunteers;

Provides reference and information assistance to library patrons; locates books and other materials; instructs and assists patrons in locating information and materials utilizing a variety of media including the Internet;

Interacts with and serves the needs of patrons, provides directional information, renders circulation services, receives complaints related to circulation and determines appropriate action to remedy complaints; oversees circulation function, including cash drawer preparation;

Promotes interest in library programs through publicity, bulletin board displays, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups, and public contacts; speaks before citizen groups, students and other business and civic organizations, conducts library tours;

Supports educational programs and activities for the San Leandro History Museum including development and implementation of elementary school tours and programs;

Responsible for and participates in library activities, programs and services;

Follows all safety rules and protocols included in the Injury and Illness Prevention Program; takes appropriate action as required to identify and correct safety hazards and report safety concerns to his/her supervisor;

Performs required duties under the City's disaster response plan;

Determines charges to be made for damaged materials, collects fees and fines; prepares weekly branch deposit(s);

Supports all activities and services for a busy, neighborhood branch library;

Makes recommendations to the librarian for library materials; determines need and orders materials and supplies for branch library; initiates payment vouchers for review; reconciles library books and media accounts; compiles branch statistics and makes branch deposits;

May be required to set-up meeting rooms;

Surveys library for cleanliness and safety; contacts appropriate departments to correct/resolve issues; and

Provides coverage for Circulation Supervisor in their absence or as otherwise needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of modern library practices, procedures, terminology, and materials;
Office methods and equipment;

Standard English usage including spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and

Basic arithmetic.

Ability to:

Perform difficult library clerical tasks with speed and accuracy;

Provide input related to supervision and training of subordinate personnel;

Work in a fair, tactful and courteous manner with a multi-cultural public, departmental and City personnel;

Plan and implement programs;

Use library computer files and tools to locate information and materials;

Multi-task between ongoing job functions and interaction with public/patrons;

Solve problems in a non-confrontational manner;

Follow oral and written directions;

Prepare publication-ready written materials for newsletters and brochures;

Train and lead subordinate personnel and volunteers in accomplishing program objectives; and

Use appropriate office, library and computer equipment and applications.


High school diploma or certified equivalent (GED).


Two years of responsible library clerical and technical experience including lead or supervisory duties.

Licenses/certifications/other requirements:  

Must be willing to work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job requirements; travel to various branch locations.  Classification requires the possession and continued maintenance of a valid class "C" California driver's license.

Conditions of Work: 

During the course of performing the functions of this position, the employee may encounter the following conditions:

Working indoors, working outdoors, dust, computer monitor use, solvents, grease, oil, working alone or with other individuals.

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