Library/Youth Services Assistant

A part-time library/youth services assistant position is available at the Park Central Branch Library and will be posted until the application deadline of Aug. 5. The job is scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week and pays $10 per hour. This position requires 60 hours college credit - to receive credit for any college courses or degrees, transcripts must accompany your application.

The vision for the Springfield-Greene County Library is to be a thriving Library that is an integral part of the lives of the community. Library employees will be expected to embrace the following values:

  • Empowerment - To give someone the means or ability to do something.
  • Respect - To treat all people with dignity.
  • Excellence - To be the best in everything we do.
  • Innovation - To start or provide something new.
  • Confidence - To be certain of trustworthiness.
  • Synergy - To produce a combined effect greater than what we can do individually.

Essential Functions

  • Routinely checks-in, checks-out and renews library materials
  • Registers patrons for library cards, voter registration and other library functions
  • Assists patrons with directional information
  • Collect overdue fines, book deposits and other fees, make change, issue receipts
  • Assist patrons with reader's advisory, information and location of library materials
  • Assist and instruct patrons in the operation of patron computers (PCs) and other reference materials
  • Routine telephone reference and information work
  • Performs computer data searches, keyboard work at 35 wpm
  • Plan and implement children's, tween's and teen's programs, story hours and displays inside and outside the branch
  • Assist with collection development in children and youth areas
  • Assist with department programming (planning and presenting) and displays
  • Public Speaking, leading groups of children, 'tweens and teens in program activities and tours
  • Assist supervisor with departmental reports and correspondence as requested
  • Basic file-keeping and clerical activities
  • Regular handling of library materials
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Interpret and implement the Library's General Conduct Policy
  • Timeliness:  Since employees in this position work with other staff and provide assistance to the general public who patronize the Library, Youth Services Support Associates must be punctual and timely in arriving to work and completing tasks.  A Youth Services Support Associate must also be capable of working all of the hours in their assigned shift.
  • Ability to work with others and the general public:  A Library Assistant/Youth Services Assistant job is interdependent and mutually dependent regarding other job categories.  Library Assistant/Youth Services Assistants also have a great degree of direct contact with Library patrons. Therefore, it is essential that individuals who work in this position have the ability to work and interact in a cooperative, pleasant, and constructive manner with others and encourage and nurture positive relationships between youth, families, the Library, staff and administration.


  • Minimum of 60 college hours in a related field
  • At least one year public service experience preferred
  • Experience working with children and teens preferred
  • One year library experience preferred

Skills/Job Knowledge

  • Ability to relate knowledge of children's developmental needs and stages to children's resources, programs and services
  • Demonstrates artistic and creative ability in the production of children's programming and display
  • Ability to interact pleasantly, constructively and cooperatively with library patrons and staff
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written
  • Ability to effectively listen to and respond to patron inquiries
  • Ability to perform basic functions during times of high public usage
  • Demonstrates organizational skills in the areas of department management, program planning and preparation of reports
  • Computer and keyboard skills, to include windows, word-processing and spreadsheet construction


  • Regular, daily public contact
  • Works closely with other department personnel
  • Routine telephone and email contact with other departments and branches


  • Supervised by Branch Manager

Physical Demands

  • Performs bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from floor level to 6 feet in height
  • Displays good coordination and mobility
  • Routine lifting of library materials weighing up to 20 lbs.

Working Environment

  • Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general library environment.

Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a security background check.


Education and experience will be evaluated with regard to quantity, recency and quality.

To receive credit for college courses or degrees, transcripts must accompany your application.

Applications may be reviewed for qualifications beyond the stated minimums on the job posting.

Those with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act before testing or appointment. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - M/F/V/D

Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in the United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment.


Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. citizens). The Library uses the E-Verify system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information, view the E-Verify poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf). For information about the right to work, see the right to work poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf).

Find more information about applying for this job, or download an Application for Employment (pdf).

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