Patterson Library
40 South Portage Street
Westfield, NY

Job Opening – Circulation Clerk

Full-time: 40 hr/week position

Rate: $13.75/hr plus benefits including Health Insurance, Retirement, Paid Sick and Vacation Time

Hours: Will include regular evenings and weekends

Position Definition
Performs responsible and varied clerical library services in the circulation of books, periodicals, materials, equipment, and related collection items; performs clerical-administrative work; assists patrons in using library services and facilities; and maintains circulation statistics.

General Duties
• Receives oral or written instructions from Director.
• Plans work according to established procedures.
• Prioritizes tasks within work assignment.
• Allocates work to pages and volunteers.
• Maintains patron records, patron billing and charges, and circulation statistics.
• Greets visitors to library.
• Assists library patrons in use of materials including copier and fax machine.
• Responds to requests for information and assistance, or refers inquiries to a professional librarian.
• Charges and discharges library books, materials, and equipment.
• Inspects returned books, materials and equipment for damage.
• Follows routines in receiving compensation for overdue, damaged or lost library items.
• Sorts and shelves books and periodicals.
• Assists persons in applying for library membership.
• Processes membership applications.
• Enters and retrieves member and circulation information by computer terminal in a computerized circulation system.
• Supervises patron computer stations and assists with basic questions.
• Prepares statistical reports as needed.
• Reports work accomplished to supervisor.

Additional Duties
• Monitors reading rooms and areas to assure adequate reading environment.
• Receives and responds to general information requests by telephone or in writing.
• Reserves books and materials.
• Prepares books and materials, and repairs minor damage to books, materials and equipment.
• Maintains community announcement board, and distributable pamphlets and materials.
• Performs special duties as assigned, including programming, basic reference, ordering of materials, serials maintenance, etc.
• Regularly sanitizes patron and staff areas including computers and chairs.
• Relieves other employees as assigned by the Director
• Performs related tasks as assigned.

Supervised By
Receives general supervision from Director and task direction from Administrative Librarian.

Qualifications Profile
• The skills and knowledge required would generally be acquired with a high school education and two years library assistant experience in an educational institution or a public library, or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
• Ability to apply principles of library technical system to solve practical problems and to respond to routine information requests.
• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or schedule form.
• Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure.
• Ability to acquire a working knowledge of regulations and procedures pertaining to library responsibilities.
• Ability to type accurately.
• Ability to acquire skill to operate data and word processing equipment.
• Ability to maintain accurate files and records.
• Ability to deal cooperatively with others.

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

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