Library Clerk I


St. James Parish Government is hiring a Library Clerk I under the Operations Department.

JOB FUNCTION: This position is required to have mastered the skills necessary to be a circulation clerk.  This person also assists with the processing of library materials and what is considered the technical services function of the library.  This is a nonexempt position, forty hours per week.  This person may assist with closing until 6:00 or 5:30 and will be expected to work some Saturdays.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Includes any combination of the following illustrative examples of duties and responsibilities including but not limited to:

 ·         Computer searching and matching of records to be downloaded into to the Cataloging Software.

 ·         The processing of library materials i.e. property stamps, bar codes, implanting the security tags, spine labels, book covers, and changing the status of materials in cataloging.

 ·         Assists with the order preparation for new materials.

 ·         Legwork associated with the maintenance of the database.

 ·         Assists with the checking in of magazines and newspapers.

 ·         This position will also work at the circulation desk so all aspects of the circulation clerk’s responsibilities should also be considered.

 ·         Other duties and projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  This document outlines the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required. . Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/ OR EXPERIENCE: Must be a high school graduate.  A working knowledge of libraries is preferred with the ability to learn library terminology, techniques, and procedures mandatory.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: This person must be able to add subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers.  The person who fills this position must be able to make change, calculate fines, and compile statistical reports.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to interpret library rules and regulations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License, (class “E”) and have an acceptable driving record. 


 ·         Be able to speak clearly and free of any speech and hearing impediments that would interfere with dealing with the public both in person and over the telephone.

 ·         The ability to perform basic office procedures such as filing.

 ·         Ability to use basic office equipment such as typewriters, adding machines, and computers.  Should be able to type 30 correct words per minute, use Microsoft Word, and the Internet.

 ·         Must be able to provide transportation to and from work, run errands when necessary and be comfortable traveling to library-sponsored workshops that may require over night stays.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 This job involves equal parts of standing and sitting.  While performing this job, the employee must be able to climb a ladder to retrieve materials from shelves approximately seven feet from the ground.  They must be able to bend to retrieve library materials from the bottom shelf on the ground level.  Some library materials weigh up to 15 or 20 pounds per item.  Must be able to push or pull a loaded book cart that weighs approximately 60 pounds.  Sometimes moving equipment such as computers and furniture will be expected.   In addition, the lifting and packing of books in boxes or bags for mailing or delivery is expected.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment for this position is primarily inside the either the library headquarters located in Lutcher or the Vacherie Branch Library.  Although one would hope the work environment of a library would be peaceful, often it is not. It involves providing services to large groups at a time and considerable hurrying from one patron to the next. It will involve patrolling the library and implementing the library’s policies for behavior and electronic access.  On occasion, the employee will have to make judgment calls concerning patron situations and determine those that the staff can control and those that need to be turned over to the proper authority.  On occasion, the employee will be asked to assist the patron in finding information that, you personally may find offensive or morally wrong. 

The St. James Parish Library operates in a dynamic work environment. Services and hours of operation are ever changing and when necessary, so will work schedules and job descriptions.   All Library employees are reminded that they work for the library as a whole and the community it serves.  Specifically being assigned to a branch or a position does not exempt library employees from being assigned to work nights or weekends on a temporary or permanent basis at any or all of the library points of service. 

St. James Parish is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.  The parish will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, agree or political affiliations.   

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