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Circulation Assistant

POSITION AVAILABLE: Circulation Assistant

CLASSIFICATION: Library Assistant 1

SCHEDULE: Half-time position

BEGIN REVIEWING APPLICATIONS: Wednesday, July 7, 2021; will be open until filled

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:  A clerical position requiring outstanding customer service skills, strong attention to detail, excellent organizational proficiency, familiarity with Library policies and procedures, and an ability to interpret these to the public.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Checks materials in and out; Issues library cards; Assists patrons in circulation procedures, such as holds, renewals, and item searches; Collects and records payments; Interprets and enforces Library policies; Maintains shelves of collections housed near the Circulation Desk; Instructs patrons in basic library use, including the use of catalog terminals; Assists patrons in the use of study rooms and conference rooms; Sorts materials according to collection codes for shelving; Organizes and shelves library materials; Straightens and reshelves materials as needed; Assists in conducting collection inventory; Answers telephone calls and directs patrons to the appropriate department; Performs other duties as assigned by the Circulation Supervisor

EDUCATION/REQUIREMENTS: Two years of college preferable, or equivalent experience; Ability to interpret and apply Library policies and procedures; Excellent communication and public relations skills; High clerical aptitude, detail-oriented; Above average computer skills, with working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs; Ability to bend, lift, and carry repetitively; Strong aptitude for organization and alphabetizing; Must be able to work independently; High level of dependability and able to work a flexible schedule.

BENEFITS: Benefits package includes a monthly accrual of sick and personal leave, a yearly accrual of two weeks vacation and ten paid holidays per year; health, dental, and vision insurance available at COBRA rates.

STARTING SALARY: $11.9664/hr.

APPLICATION: Applications are available at the library, 1901 E. 20th St., or download an application at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Eden Elliott at (417) 623-7953 ext. 1013, or email

The Joplin Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

The Library only accepts applications when there are available positions.