Circulation Assistant - Part Time

Job ID#: 21-0331
Department: Library
Job Type: Staff
Job Status: Temporary
Date Posted: 03/31/2021
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Reports to: Circulation Supervisor
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

Provides circulation and reference service in the library. Primary duties include: checking out materials, shelving library materials, interlibrary loan, and shelf maintenance. Customer service: responding to questions, assisting patrons with questions and in locating library materials and answering the phone.

Essential Responsibilities

Staff circulation desk

  • Check books in/out
  • Register new patrons/Update patron records
  • Collect fines
  • Answer phone
  • Prepare mailing of PCM library materials as requested
  • May process morning holds report as required
  • May process incoming holds items as required
  • May process daily patron reports as required
  • May process interlibrary loan requests as required     

Maintain bookshelves

  • Shelve books, periodicals and audiovisual materials
  • Shelf read collections as assigned
  • Assists with special projects as required

General library duties

  • Copy articles and other papers as needed
  • Assist patrons with directional and simple reference questions
  • Refill supplies (printer paper, pencils, staples, etc.)
  • Straighten newspaper reading and computer areas

Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience


General routine work involving simple to moderate levels of difficulty: Examples of these types of tasks include data entry, word processing, and learning new computer systems such as CAMS or Dynamics in addition to simple tasks.

  • Uses SirsiDynix, the YLN library database
  • Uses EBSCOHost, OCLC, Google Scholar, and other library databases



Some knowledge of a special skill needed and/or experience of 1 year or less: This might include reception work with a high level of external contacts that requires previous phone experience, a tour guide that needs to have been a student for a year to have an understanding of the student experience, a cook in the café or an office assistant that has experience dealing with highly confidential information.

  • Requires attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently once trained.
  • Good computer skills
  • Ability to learn new programs (SirsiDynix cataloging system, library databases)
  • Customer service experience
  • Prioritizes and performs multiple tasks with attention to detail