Library Associate I – New Orleans Public Library

Library Associate I

New Orleans Public Library


 The Opportunity:

Library Associate I

This is an entry level para-professional position that involves the application of a

thorough knowledge of the procedures of a library and a working knowledge of

modern library techniques. The incumbent performs various technical tasks in

connection with the daily operation of the library and even exercises independent

judgement in some operations. Emphasis is on the technical rather than the

professional aspects of library work.

Essential Job Duties:

 Opens and closes the service points or location;

 Charges and discharges library materials; assists in keeping the daily and monthly departmental

statistics; prepares reserve cards and requests for patrons.

 Assists patrons by telephone and in person with routine procedural and directional

questions; processes and issues library cards; assists patrons with automated products.

 Verifies patron and circulation information by use of computer terminal; processes reserves;

empties book drops and returns materials to the designated branch for processing

the re-shelving; notifies patrons when reserves are available.

 Collects fines and fees from patrons

 Assists with special projects, programs, or specialized library area.

 Maintains library materials and equipment in an assigned library area.

 Performs related lower level work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

 Working knowledge of library techniques, systems, circulation, and procedures.

 Working knowledge of library material and tools.

 Positive attitude toward public service work; considerable knowledge of customer service

principles and techniques.

 Knowledge of the general rules and regulations of the public library system.

 Ability to communicate in verbal and written formats; ability to understand, follow,

and communicate verbal and written instructions.

 Ability to handle simple monetary transactions.

 Considerable ability to accurately perform data entry work on computer workstations.

 Ability to learn routine and specific tasks within a reasonable time period.

 Ability to make decisions in accordance with library policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

 A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

 Must be able to work nights and weekends.

 Must be able to stand for extensive periods of time during work.

 Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

 Must be able to work at any location in the New Orleans Public Library System.

Compensation: $26,807

To Apply: Submit an application through the City of New Orleans Civil Service Department:

Prepare the following documents: An original official Transcript or diploma reflecting a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited or approved equivalent graduate school.

Once you meet the requirements above, Civil Service will notify you that you have been added to the “register” for the position. The register is used by the New Orleans Public Library to contact candidates they would like to interview.

After you have been added to the register, you may email a cover letter and resume for additional consideration to Jason Johnson Human Resources Director New Orleans Public Library 219 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, LA 70112 T: 504‐596‐2607

Employment offers are conditional upon a successful drug screening, background check, and refer‐ ence checks. The New Orleans Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about the New Orleans Public Library, please visit