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Senior Library Associate

Salary: Hire in rate 33,263.00

General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible paraprofessional programming for adult services and clerical work in the library.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class plans and conducts programming for adults including career enrichment, career search, crafts, clubs, arts, literacy, and related programming. Work also includes the Book a Librarian program providing one on one assistance for job searches, application forms, reference and research work, and other needs; customer service in circulation; reader's advisory; collection development; and general provision of library services. Work requires ability to plan and execute program focused on specific populations, marketing, knowledge of library resources, knowledge of career resources, ability to facilitate groups, and significant public contact. Work also requires employees to be tactful and courteous in enforcing library policies. Work is performed in an inside environment under regular supervision. Work is evaluated for customer service and programming effectiveness and quality of work activities through observations, discussions and review of completed work.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Performs collection development in area of assignment; identifies trends, needs and patron requests in setting priorities; weeds outdated and unused materials.

  • Creates, plans, organizes, markets, and conducts a variety of programming focused on adult populations designed to help meet emotional, mental and educational needs including programs focused on researching and learning, educational programs, art classes, crafts, and related activities.

  • Provides career search and application assistance one on one in Book a Librarian program or ad hoc as needed; provides assistance with completing employment applications, writing letters, and other needs; provides assistance in applying for unemployment insurance.

  • Provides assistance with general use of technology including hardware, software, on-line resources, copiers, faxing, and other resources; teaches patrons to use systems; assists with setting up email accounts.

  • Performs outreach to senior centers nursing centers, community college and other partners and stakeholders to market programs, assess needs and provide resources.

  • Serves as back up cataloger; inputs new books into the shared cataloging system using standard practices.

  • Collects, sorts, and manages book donations and fills up Little Free Library.

  • Serves as back up scheduler and trainer for circulation; participates in circulation desk activities as needed; assists patrons with reader’s advisory, locating materials, checking items in and out, technology use and questions, making copies, faxing, assisting with interlibrary loan, etc.

  • Applies knowledge of online and print resources to assist patrons with research and reference work; assists with career information and applications, tax forms and filings, databases, genealogy resources and research, etc.

  • Performs and interprets library policies and procedures such as checking books in and out, overdue charges and waivers, patron registration, loan periods and renewals, reserving books and materials, and lost book procedures.

  • Participates in monitoring and tracking grants and budgets.

  • Instructs patrons in the use of the catalogue and index software, public access computers and other technology; assists with maintenance and operation of technology.

  • Shelves books and audio materials; keeps magazines on rack up to date; straightens books and materials on shelves.

  • Makes materials for bulletin boards and other displays for monthly, seasonal and holiday themes.

  • Answers telephone and provides information, transfers calls or takes messages.

  • Assists in keeping library neat, orderly and clean; sweeps, dusts and vacuums.

Additional Job Duties

Backs up other staff as needed.

Performs related tasks as required

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of library procedures, methods, materials and practices. Considerable knowledge of books and authors and media for assigned population.

  • Considerable knowledge of the use of technology in libraries, for programming and for patron assistance with technology use.

  • Considerable knowledge of career resources and workforce development program resources and practices and unemployment insurance regulations.

  • Considerable knowledge of reference and research principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of marketing and outreach programming.

  • Knowledge of cataloging principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of the emotional, social and educational needs of older adults.

  • Some knowledge of County budget and purchasing policies and procedures.

  • Skill in teaching, lessons, facilitating groups, customer service excellence, collaborative conflict resolution, and teamwork.

  • Ability to track budgets and grant requirements.

  • Ability to establish rapport and work with a diverse group of older adults.

  • Ability to assess needs, research and plan programs independently.

  • Ability to plan and execute creative, interesting and engaging programs.

  • Ability to establish rapport and work with assigned population group.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, volunteers, and patrons.

  • Ability to assign and monitor work and train volunteers.

Physical Requirements

  1. Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing, walking, reaching, grasping, fingering, talking, lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, hearing, and repetitive motions.

  2. Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pound of force occasionally; up to 10 pound of force frequently; and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

  3. Must possess the visual acuity to maintain records, match books with cards, read book spines, count money, and operate a minicomputer.

Desirable Training and Experience

Graduation from a community college with courses in library science, media, adult education, gerontology or related fields and considerable experience in library programming and career assistance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to obtain Item Cataloging Certification in the time frame required by the County.

  • May require possession of a valid driver’s license.


04/20/2023-Until Filled

Submit completed application, resume and cover letter to Caswell County Human Resources Department, Attn: Ashley Powell, PO Box 98 Yanceyville, NC 27379.

Email: [email protected]

Applications can be found on the Caswell County Official Website:

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