Library Assistant – The Contra Costa County Library

Job Title: Library Assistant – Journey Level
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 05/09/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $17.24 – $22.02 Hourly
$1,379.37 – $1,761.51 Biweekly
$2,988.63 – $3,816.60 Monthly
$35,863.56 – $45,799.20 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Contra Costa County, California

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The County Library is seeking qualified individuals to fill permanent full-time, permanent part-time, permanent intermittent (on-call substitute), and temporary Library Assistant-Journey Level vacancies. The Library operates 26 community Libraries within a 750 square mile area and serves close to 1 million urban, suburban and rural patrons with an annual circulation exceeding 7.4 million. Library Assistant-Journey Level responsibilities include, but are not limited to, helping library patrons locate information and use various reference sources; instructing patrons on the use of library resources; assisting at the circulation desk and processing library materials. Other duties include training new employees and student assistants and providing support in other areas of the library. Excellent interpersonal skills are required for these positions in order to effectively and tactfully deal with fellow workers and the public.

Library Assistant – Journey Level positions may be assigned to the Sheriff’s Department detention library facilities: Martinez Detention Facility, West County Detention Facility in Richmond and the Marsh Creek Detention Facility in Clayton. These positions maintain browsing libraries in the detention facilities which allow inmates to obtain direct library services such as locating specific title, authors, or subject areas. Responsibilities include: sorting, packing and unpacking shipments between library branches; coordinating periodic contests; recording and submitting statistics; preparing book selections, loading into book carts and delivering to inmate housing units. Individuals assigned to the Sheriff’s Department must have the ability to establish and maintain interpersonal skills to effectively and tactfully deal and work closely with custody staff and inmates. A permanent job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a thorough Office of the Sheriff’s background investigation. The employment list established by this examination may remain in effect for twelve (12) months.

 Typical Tasks:
  • Answers general reference and information questions
  • Assists patrons in selecting and locating specific titles
  • Instructs patrons in the use of the catalogue
  • Processes new library materials
  • Processes interbranch loans
  • Assists at the circulation desk, including checking books in and out, issuing library cards, and calculating and collecting fines
  • Assists in planning and presenting library programs
  • May be responsible for opening and/or closing a branch library according to established schedules
  • In the Detention Library System, trains and supervises inmate workers; sorts, packs and unpacks shipments between library branches; coordinates periodic contests; records and submits statistics; prepares book selections, loads into book carts and delivers to inmate housing units.
 Minimum Qualifications:
Education/Experience Options: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
One (1) year full-time or its equivalent of varied technical work experience in a public library andpossession of either 1) 60 semester or 90 quarter unit from an accredited college or university which included 15 semester or 18 quarter units in humanities, social science or natural science, or 2) a Certificate of Library Technology from an accredited college or university;
Two (2) years full-time or its equivalent of para-professional experience in a public library which must have included readers advisory and information services and bibliographic searching.



ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD CAREFULLY REVIEW THE DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THIS POSITION AND APPLY ONLY IF THEY CLEARLY MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS STATED ABOVE. To view the typical tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit our website to see the detailed job description. Applications received without completed supplemental questionnaire and the required official or unofficial college/university transcripts, will not be accepted..

 Selection Process:
1. Application Filing: Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at Contra Costa County Department of Human Resources, or, a completed Contra Costa County application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be received or postmarked by the closing date/time listed above. Faxed applications WILL NOT be accepted. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. An application may be obtained by visiting our office at 651 Pine St., 2nd floor, Martinez, CA 94553, or the County Application can be received by visiting our website at the web link listed above. To view the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit our website to see the detailed job description.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Written Exam: A multiple-choice written test will be administered to all accepted candidates. Candidates will be tested in job-related dimensions such as: Common Library practices, procedures, and terminology, reading and understanding written material, clerical skills/abilities, interpersonal relations and written communication. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to participate in the oral interviews. (Weighted 100%)





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