Sioux City Iowa Part-Time Library Assistant in Sioux City, Iowa

Part-Time Library Assistant

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August 11th, 2017

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Main Library Sioux City, IA 529 Pierce St. Sioux City, IA 51101

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August 1998

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Part-Time Library Assistant, $19.79/Hour. The Sioux City Public Library is seeking a 20-hour-per-week Library Assistant who is well-organized and detail-oriented; possesses excellent customer service and communication skills; excels at working both independently and as part of a team; and is conscientious with strong critical thinking and technical skills. You will staff the Library’s public service desks, helping children and adults use the Library and its resources. You will provide one-on-one tech consultations, assisting patrons with use of computer software and apps. You will contribute to the Library’s website and social media presence. You will help patrons discover their next good read, as well as develop engaging book lists and displays. You will also help evaluate resources for inclusion in the Library’s collections. Varied schedule includes rotating evening and weekend hours and ability to travel between work sites in allotted time. Bachelor’s Degree, fluency in online searching and Microsoft Office, and previous customer service experience required. Please mail your resume, cover letter, and completed City of Sioux City application form to City Hall Human Resources Room 204, P.O. Box 447, Sioux City, IA 51102. Initial review of applications will begin August 28, 2017. Applications accepted until position filled.

Job Description


Under general supervision, provides Library patrons with assistance regarding reference and general use of materials and assists with circulation duties, programs and the general maintenance of library collections and materials.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists patrons in person or via telephone with general use of the Library, answers questions and makes suggestions using various reference tools and resources;

  • Conducts specific research in response to requests for information;

  • Assists with the planning and delivery of various outreach programs;

  • Plans, promotes and conducts children’s programs including special book programs for the public;

  • Assists with collection development, reviews materials and makes recommendations for additions and deletions for the collection;

  • Maintains specialized files for public and professional use;

  • Shelves books and reviews shelves for proper order and identifies lost and misplaced materials;

  • Makes presentations to groups and conducts library tours;

  • Organizes and prepares books and materials for use in the book van;

  • Prepares library guides, book lists, pathfinders, etc.;

  • Prepares and maintains professional communication with individuals and organizations concerning Library business and services;

  • Staffs the public service desk assisting patrons in person and via telephone, answering routine questions regarding Library policies, practices and procedures; checks materials in and out;

  • Gathers and maintains records and data for use in preparing reports regarding Library activities.

Preferred Skills


Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and at least one year of experience working in a library or other public contact or public service work.


Physical requirements

Requires ability to reach and handle a variety of paper documents using fingers and hands; precise use of fingers in typing and entering data using a standard keyboard. Occasionally lifts and carries objects and documents weighing up to 40 lbs. and may push or pull objects up 100 lbs. Requires clarity of vision at 20” or less, numerical/clerical/form perception and discrimination, visual and sound perception, manual dexterity and motor coordination of eyes, hands and fingers at a normal speed in handling various sized objects.

Cognitive Demands

Requires a thorough knowledge of Library policies and practices; a broad range of reference and readers’ advisory materials and services; general clerical methods and procedures. Ability to apply current Library technology and automated services in selecting appropriate materials, resources and services to assist patrons. Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative in serving the general public. Knowledge of basic business math, public relations and the ability to use the English language effectively. Ability to maintain records and reports regarding Library usage and services.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication

Requires effective communication skills and the ability to provide technical assistance and direction to other employees and Library patrons. Requires the ability to speak clearly, distinctly and effectively with patrons and fellow employees; read in English and compare similarities and differences between words and series of numbers; apply common sense understanding to the work process, procedures, programs and services; and follow verbal and written instructions. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working rapport with fellow employees, patrons and City officials.

Work Environment

Work is normally performed in a general inside office environment with appropriate heating and cooling and is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards other than those normally associated with general public contact. Some occasional exposure to extreme weather conditions is involved.

Special requirements

Employee must personally provide reliable transportation between assigned work sites within established time limits. Individuals appointed to a position in the Youth Services Section are required to possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license issued by the State of Iowa.