Library Assistant

City of Austin - Austin, TX4.2

30+ days agoFull-time
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, plus two (2) years experience in library services.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to a maximum of four (4) years

  • Licenses or Certifications:

    • May require a valid Texas Driver’s license

    Physical Requirements:

    • Must be able to stoop, bend, walk and reach heights of six (6) feet.

    • Must be able to lift or pull book bags and equipment up to fifty (50) pounds.

    • Must be able to push loaded book truck up to three hundred (300) pounds.

    • Must have manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard.

    Notes to Applicants
    This is a lead position in a regional branch library that is open to the public every day of the week. Ideal candidate should be prepared to handle the scheduling of staff, advising staff on circulation procedures, cash handling, community outreach and engagement, as well as branch programming. This position will report to the branch manager.

  • Must be able to work in confined spaces, sit and stand for long periods, walk, climb, stoop, kneel and crouch.

  • Must be able to twist, reach, feel and have finger and manual dexterity.

  • Ability to read small print.

    • All new employees are required to attend City of Austin and Austin Public Library training as scheduled, and should arrange their outside schedules to accommodate such training.

    • Although a work location is listed regarding this job posting, the location is subject to change and/or other locations may be added. If you are interested in this job, we encourage you to apply, regardless of the location, because other positions may be filled from this job posting/applicant pool as they become vacant.

    • A detailed and complete job application is REQUIRED and helps us to better evaluate your qualifications. In completing your job application, please be sure to provide a COMPLETE employment history regarding any and all relevant work experience that you would like for us to consider. This information will also be used to determine salary in the event that you are selected for this position. You will not be given the opportunity to provide additional work experience once you complete and submit your job application. Furthermore, if selected as the top candidate, you will not be permitted to present additional work experience for salary calculation purposes. NOTE: A cover letter and/or resume will NOT be used to substitute for an incomplete job application; hence, any and all information that you would like for us to consider must be included on your job application.

    • Candidates selected to move forward in the hiring process may be required to successfully complete an assessment as part of their interview process.

      Pay Range
      $17.11 – $21.29

      Regular/Full-Time (40-hours a week):
      • Work will include days, evenings, and weekends to meet operational needs.

        Job Close Date


        Type of Posting



        Grant Funded or Pooled Position
        Not Applicable


        Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, 78758

        Preferred Qualifications
        • 2-years of cash handling experience in a library.
        • 2-years’ of experience as a lead or supervisor in a library.
        • Fluency in Spanish language.

          Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
          Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

        • Inputs library patron information into library automation system or other databases and monitors information input by other staff members.

        • Performs clerical activities such as answering telephones, sorting mail, filing, typing, and photocopying and mailing out materials. Develops work schedules and monitors timesheets and payroll for administrative and volunteer staff.

        • Handles, reports, and reconciles library funds.

        • Provides assistance to librarians in the maintenance of collection of books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and audiovisual and other materials, customer services and research needs.

        • Sorts books, publications, and other items according to established procedures and return them to shelves, files, or other designated areas.

        • Troubleshoots basic computer, printer and copying equipment problems that arise.

        • Acts as a liaison with Library vendors, delivery services and maintenance.

        • Instructs and assists staff and the public with using reference sources, automated information sources, software and the internet. Explains and enforces library policies and procedures to the public and staff.

        • Answers routine inquiries, and refers patrons in need of professional assistance to librarians.

        • Locates library materials for patrons, including books, periodicals, audio tapes, Braille volumes, and pictures.

        • Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

          • May lead and train others

          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
          Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

          • Knowledge of electronic databases, internet resources, bibliographic sources, reference materials, circulation software, and library automation systems.

          • Knowledge of library systems, policies and procedures.

          • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws.

          • Knowledge of City practice, policy and procedures.

          • Skill in oral and written communication.

          • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

          • Skill in using computers and related software, including Microsoft Office products.

          • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.

          • Skill in planning and organizing.

          • Ability to review materials to ensure accuracy, completeness and adherence to established formats and procedures.

          • Ability to stay current on library topics and trends.

          • Ability to provide customer service.

          • Ability to mediate.

          • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

          • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

          Does this job require a criminal background investigation?
          This position requires a criminal background investigation

          City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

          Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within
          the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.