Library Assistant

Position Type: Non-MLS

Library Type: Public


Under supervision of the Library Director or Department Head, to perform limited professional library work or to take the lead responsibility for a specific function or activity of the library, to supervise and train library assistants and pages, and to do related work as required.


  • Performs all the duties of a library assistant.
  • Supervises library building during absence of Library Director or Department Head.
  • Assists in the management of the library?s computers and computer network.
  • Performs bibliographic verification of materials requested for purchase.
  • Reads professional periodicals and book reviews.
  • Suggests books for purchase.
  • Answers questions for patrons about library services and resources.
  • Conducts tours and explains the services and policies of the library to individuals and groups.
  • Assists borrowers in selecting books.
  • Assists in establishing and enforcing library policies and procedures.
  • Advises the Director or Department Head on all phases of library operation.
  • Schedules, directs, and reviews the work of library assistants, part-time pages, and volunteers.
  • Trains personnel, interviews personnel with Director and Department Head, and evaluates personnel.
  • Keeps records and prepares reports as requested.
  • Writes library procedural statements.
  • Devises and executes library programs and services.
  • Works cooperatively with other libraries and their staffs.
  • Represents the library at meetings as assigned by the Director or Department Head.
  • Maintains proper behavior of patrons.
  • Handles interlibrary loan requests.
  • Locates books requested by other libraries.
  • Supervises the operation of library special equipment.
  • Supervises inventory and other collection maintenance functions.
  • Catalogs books and other materials and assists in the maintenance of the library?s materials databases.
  • Develops and maintains the library?s home page on the Internet.
  • Performs reference services and assists researchers.
  • Maintains the Lewiston History database.
  • Presents programs to groups and organizations.
  • Maintains vertical file.
  • Assists patrons in the use of library computers including the OPAC, Internet,and other programs.

Employment Standards

  • Minimum educational requirements: High school diploma and eight (8) to twelve (12) credit hours in library science education or equivalent. College degree preferred.
  • Minimum experience requirements: Two (2) years recent library experience or equivalent.
  • Positive, friendly personality and ability to generate the same from subordinates and other staff.
  • Knowledge of general library methods and procedures.
  • Ability to learn classification system and arrangements.
  • Ability to meet the public and assist them in locating materials of interest.
  • Ability to instruct others in the use of library facilities and services.
  • Ability to keep records and files and compile routine statistical reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others and to supervise library assistants.