The Town of Esopus Library is looking for a creative and motivated person to fill a part-time (25-
30 hours/week) Library Assistant position.
The Library Assistant performs paraprofessional library duties assisting a professional librarian.
They may perform circulation work, cataloging, book repair, etc. Additionally, they interact on
a regular basis with other public libraries and institutions in locating material and obtaining
information. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level employee with
leeway allowed to make independent decisions on routine issues. Supervision may be
exercised over subordinates. Does related work as required.
Employees in this title may perform some or all of the following, as well as other related
activities not described. Processes patrons’ requests for library materials or information using
an on-line telecommunications network or manually searching several print sources; verifies
information using a variety of library resources; instructs library patrons on the use of the
computers, the internet, various devices, including a patron’s cell phone, and the online
catalog; selects books, pamphlets and posters for display in popular reading areas, career
section and general display area; promotes programs for various segments of the community;
processes new books to be shelved; maintains files and prepares monthly and annual statistical
reports; attends workshops, training sessions and local meetings regarding the provision of
library services; orders documents and other publications through government and private
publishers; drafts memoranda and routine correspondence; plans, assigns and reviews the
work of subordinates; assists in the execution of administrative policy.
The Library Assistant must be computer savvy, with experience using a variety of social media
as well as Constant Contact, Google Drive, and website building software such as Wix. They
must also have the ability to tackle tech problems independently and with ease.
The right candidate will also possess good knowledge of the principles and practices of library
service; good knowledge of the arrangement and uses of library materials; working knowledge
of cataloging, classification, circulation and reference activities; ability to work independently;
ability to promote library programs to the community; ability to instruct patrons; ability to
make decisions; ability to maintain files and compile statistics; ability to learn data processing;
ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to assign and supervise the
work of subordinates; good judgment; initiative; tact and courtesy; physical condition
commensurate with the demands of the position.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either:
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university
with a bachelors degree;
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university
with an associates degree and two (2) years of experience, in a library setting, performing
duties related to library functions;
C. Graduation from high school, or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and four
(4) years of experience, in a library setting, performing duties related to library functions;
D. An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated A, B and C above.
The salary begins at $15.58 per hour, and includes benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, Vision,
Employee Assistant Program, Personal Business time off, Vacation, Sick days, Paid Holidays,
Paid Family Leave, New York State Retirement.
Please send a meaningful cover letter, resume and three professional references to Library
Director, Brooke Dittmar at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and remain open until filled.