Assistant, Library

City of Boynton Beach, FL
November 18, 2023
Boynton Beach, FL
Job Type


Purpose of Classification

The purpose of this classification is to perform part-time paraprofessional library work under direct supervision of a Librarian, which includes circulation activities, operating the on-line circulation system, library technical processing and data-entry, assists with makerspace/digital/virtual reality programming, shelving library materials, collection shelf-reading, setting up tables, chairs, screens for meetings and clerical tasks. Duties require some expertise and some independent judgment.

Essential Functions

The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. Customer Relations Library Aide performs the following tasks:

Operates computerized online circulation system; conducts collection and patron database transactions; applies State Statutes regarding confidentiality of Library Records.

Interprets and applies policies and procedures to public.

Responds to incoming telephone calls, satisfies patron needs or directs to appropriate staff member.

Performs cash handling/cash collection duties.

Assists patrons in the use of the library.

Assists patrons with the self-check in machines.

Performs customer greeter functions.

Assists patrons with electronic items available for checkout such as laptops.

Assists with makerspace/digital/virtual reality programming.

Shelves books, videos, and stray library materials; straightens books on shelves; ensures books are in correct order on shelves; shelves special collections and videos; shifts or relocates parts of the library collection.

Files ephemeral materials.

Assembles and sets up tables, chairs and other furniture and equipment for city activities, meetings, luncheons, classes and other events as needed; picks up and delivers chairs and tables; disassembles and stores items after meeting has convened.

Assists in maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of various areas throughout the Library.

Performs shelf-reading tasks.

Reviews all library offerings to provide public with available services.

Assists in processing item holds, customer Interlibrary Loan's (ILLs), courier items, items checked out and returned, magazines, new items, and removed items.

Assists with book displays and Radio-Frequency Identification RFID tasks.

Creates customer records and assists in maintaining the customer database.

Provides limited Readers Advisory.

Collects data and prepares reports as requested by supervisor.

Processes and prepares book and non-book materials for circulation, including but not limited to, inserting theft detection targets, attaching book labels, and book covers; laminating paperback books; uses computer; uses postage meter; uses laminating machine.

Library Assistant - Administration performs the following duties:

Supports Accounting Technician by performing accounts payables and receivables duties, counts cash; makes monetary deposits at City Hall.

Answers telephones, makes copies, sorts mail, faxes documents.

Processes library periodicals.

Performs routine typing, data entry and report preparation using Word Processing,

Excel spreadsheets and other data management software.

Assists with preparing payroll.

Gathers and maintains data for reports, as required by administration, the State Library, and national organizations.


Performs closing procedure and secures the building. Performs other related duties as required.

Library Assistant - Creative Edge Studio performs the following duties:

Assists librarian in charge of the Creative Edge Studio by assisting with the duties of performing a successful program to the public.

Performs one on one patron appointments. Assists patrons in the training and use of equipment.

Responds to incoming telephone calls, satisfies patron needs or directs to appropriate staff member.

Assists patrons in the use of the library.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or valid equivalent; and
  • Knowledge of Dewey classification and alphabetical shelving.


Minimum Qualifications for education and experience must be met before consideration of the following Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous public library experience.
  • Possess six (6) months of customer service experience.

Supplemental Information


Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed.


Knowledge of library principals, methods, materials, programs and practices.

Ability to work with the public and library colleagues in a professional manner.

Ability to explain and demonstrate procedures for performing a variety of work activities.

Basic skills in computer software and applications.

Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Ability to learn/perform a variety of work activities with the assigned Department/Division.


Physical Ability : Tasks require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (20 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.

Sensory Requirements : Tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and visual cues or signals. Tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors : Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances. Essential functions are regularly performed in usual office conditions with rare exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S. C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and ability.


Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

Full time benefits package not available for part-time employees. EAP is available for all employees (full-time and part-time).

Closing Date/Time: 11/23/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

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