Library Associate – Anoka County Library

Salary: $19.10 – $19.67 Hourly
Location: North Central Branch Library, MN
Job Type: Part Time under 30 hours
Division: Library
Job Number: 18130
Closing: 6/21/2018 4:30 PM Central

Are you looking for a rewarding career in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area where you can make a meaningful difference in others’ lives and enjoy a positive work-life balance?

Our diverse Anoka County team brings next-level talents, personalities and experiences together in ways that make us both effective and efficient. Our team of nearly 2,000 employees is united by a common mission to preserve the public’s trust. We do this by bringing our very best to work every day and serving Anoka County’s 345,000 citizens in a respectful, innovative and fiscally responsible manner.

If your career aspirations resonate with our mission, we invite you to Find Your Path with Anoka County! Apply today to join our team.

Library Associate:
The Anoka County Library System connects the community to ideas, information and inspiration. The Library Associate has the great opportunity to help readers find the next good book and share library resources with people of all ages. This role puts information into the hands of those who seek it, while being actively involved in all aspects of library operation. This part-time position’s initial assignment will be at the North Central Library, Ham Lake.


These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Library Associate.
• Delivers consistent quality customer experience;
• Plans, conducts and evaluates classes and training to the public for youth and adults;
• May plan, conduct, and evaluate storytimes for young children;
• Provides information to patrons in-person, by phone, and email;
• Performs basic research activities and readers advisory – advises patrons on appropriate materials;
• Advises and instructs library patrons in using technology necessary to access library resources;
• Performs circulation duties including checking materials in and out, shelving, and dealing with special situations;
• May work as the person in charge of the branch or department for a limited time period;
• May participate in system-wide initiatives and programs.

• Bachelor’s degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Library Science preferred).
• One year paid library experience (one year paid public library experience preferred).
• One year customer service experience.
• One year digital literacy experience encompassing computers, electronic devices and other technology; or an equivalent combination of education and library customer service work experience.

Knowledge of: Principles of efficient and effective customer service; Current public library practices, tools, methods and procedures; Principles of youth development; STEM-based learning and Every Child Ready to Read; Publishing trends and reader’s advisory principles; Computers, technology and electronic devices with high degree of digital literacy; Ability to perform troubleshooting tasks and ability to teach and assist patrons.

Ability to: Develop, present and evaluate classes, programs and story times for all ages; thrive working in an environment with public service to people from all backgrounds and age groups; ability to form community relationships and partnerships as well as ability to work on teams within Anoka County Library; demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers and community; creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner; multi-task and prioritize; demonstrate innovation and flexibility; use technology including email, internet, databases, social media and other software; follow written and oral directions; learn the use of an automated circulation system; handle simple monetary transactions with a high degree of accuracy, make decisions in accordance with library policies and procedures; create displays and program visuals; work independently.

Skill in: Interpersonal communication; using and assisting customers with technology; providing research assistance and instruction, readers and media advisory service to all ages; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with others; advocating for Public Library Services for families by engaging community contacts.

Physical requirements: The physical demands described here are not all inclusive of those necessary to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is regularly required to hear, talk, see, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, grasp and occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check.

Anoka County Salary Schedule, Grade B010
Normal hiring range: $39,728 – $40,919 ($19.10 – $19.67 per hour)
2018 full salary range: $39,728 to $60,174 ($19.10 to $28.93 per hour). Career potential up to $66,081 ($31.77 per hour).
After successful completion of an initial hire probationary period, eligible for a probationary period increase.

Part-time; 48 hours per 2 week pay period.
The schedule will include days, evenings and weekends and may vary based on business needs and at supervisor discretion.

Selection Process:
The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a review of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an oral exam.

Additional Information:
Include responses to all supplemental questions with your application no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date of the position. Resume and cover letter submissions are accepted but are not required. The resume cannot be used in lieu of the application.

If you have a disability that would prevent you from testing for a position under standard conditions or if you wish to submit Veterans’ Preference information, please notify the Anoka County Employee Relations Department at 763-324-4307 so that every reasonable effort can be made to accommodate you.

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