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Goleta Valley Library - Library Assistant I

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This recruitment will be used to fill NEW Book Van positions and in-library vacancies at Goleta Valley Library.  The recruitment will be open continuously and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as needed.

BOOK VAN LIBRARY ASSISTANT I: There are two grant-funded positions available for 18 hours per week through June 2023.  The Book Van Library Assistant I will be responsible for driving a large Sprinter van (book van) to scheduled stops within Isla Vista and Goleta. With the assistance of a Page, they will set up tables and carts of materials to be checked out, creating library cards for new users, checking out materials, and assisting mobile library users. Applicants must have a clean driving record and proof of personal vehicle insurance. Driver-training specific to the van will be provided. Bilingual English-Spanish desired, but not required.

GOLETA VALLEY LIBRARY ASSISTANT I - This position is located on-site at the Goleta Valley Library. The schedule is 15 hours per week. Please see duties listed below.


To perform a wide variety of technical and clerical library work including cataloging and circulating material for a specific function of the library; to perform technical and clerical work in support of various sections of the library; and to provide general information and assistance to library patrons.
This is the entry level class of the Library Assistant series. This class is distinguished from the Library Assistant II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned. Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.


Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for positions in this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all listed job functions, nor are all listed duties necessarily performed by everyone in this class depending upon business need and changing business practices:

  1. Provide exemplary customer service to all individuals by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.
  2. Check out library materials to patrons, check in and prepare materials for return to the circulating collection, register new patrons, collect overdue fines.
  3. Respond to patron in-person and telephone requests for library materials, services and information, assist patrons in completing requests for materials not available in the local collection.
  4. Process items received on loan including the creation and deletion of temporary catalog records in online circulation system, may process interlibrary loan requests.
  5. Input data into library computer systems, make corrections, add or delete entries on bibliographic records, correct author and subject entries, search for missing books as necessary.
  6. Monitor overdue loans, prepare special billings, receive, deposit and post money from patrons for fees owed to the library.
  7. Perform general clerical work, type a variety of documents, answer phones, enter information into computer, maintain files and records; process and distribute the mail.
  8. Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer, typewriter, telephone system, cash register, copy machine, facsimile machine and other related equipment.
  9. Assist in monitoring, ordering and receiving supplies, maintain files of equipment and supplies.
  10. Participate in the preparation and maintenance of displays and exhibits, assist with seasonal and ongoing programs and activities.


Typical Qualifications

Education, Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:                  

  •  Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. 


  •  One year of general clerical experience. 

Knowledge and Abilities
      Knowledge of:

  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Basic mathematical principles.

 Ability to:

  • Learn basic library services and functions.
  • Learn library terminology.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following:Sitting or standing for extended periods of timeOperating assigned equipment
  • Maintain effective audiovisual discrimination and perception needed for:Making observationsCommunicating with othersReading and writingOperating assigned equipment


Supplemental Information

The physical and mental demands herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.

  • Mental function:  Includes reading, writing, mathematical computations, operating a computer, problem solving, managing multiple projects, calmly handling complaints and problems from irate citizens or contractors, and decision making under stressful conditions.
  • Productivity:  Incumbents must perform work in an efficient, effective and timely manner with minimal direction.
  • Mobility:  Incumbents require sufficient mobility to work in an office setting and operate office equipment. Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time; requires some bending and lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Vision:  Vision sufficient to read small print, computer screens, and printed documents, and to operate assigned equipment.
  • Hearing:  Incumbents are required to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
  • Environment:  Library environment; work closely with the public; work with computer and office equipment.
  • Other factors:  Incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.  Incumbents may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings and to use a personal vehicle in the course of employment.

Apply at the City of Goleta