Youth Services Senior Library Assistant PT - Plainsboro Public Library

Plainsboro Public Library seeks an energetic and self- motivated Youth Services (YS) Senior Library Assistant for a part-time position. YS Senior Library Assistant provides friendly, high quality customer service to library patrons, most importantly making people feel welcome and offering assistance to ensure the needs of the public are being met, under the direction of the Head of Youth Services.  YS Senior Library Assistant must possess the ability and enthusiasm to learn software and tech in order to run workshops, challenges, and classes in the department’s Science Center. Work involves responsibility for Youth Services desk functions using the Library’s ILS, shelf maintenance, and assisting customers at the Youth Services public computers.  

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
•    Assists patrons on the selection of reading materials appropriate for their needs and assists in locating library materials;
•    Answers basic reference questions and refers more in depth reference questions to the Reference Desk;
•    Answers and routing telephone calls;
•    Provides customers with directional assistance and/or directing them to the appropriate service desk for help;
•    Provides customers with assistance with equipment in the Science Center including troubleshooting problems;
•    Oversees and directs the work of library pages and volunteers;
•    Assists the Head of Youth Services in developing and running workshops, challenges, and classes in the Science Center;
•    Assists the Head of Youth Services in developing and implementing children’s and teen’s programs;
•    Assists the Head of Youth Services in weeding children and teen collections;
•    Shelves library materials, shelf-reading and searching for items from system generated lists;
•    Creates and maintains displays and develops reading lists and brochures;
•    Receives, refers, and responds to customer compliments, complaints and suggestions;
•    Attends webinars, meetings, workshops, and seminars related to duties;
•    Attends department and general staff meetings and reads the staff wiki and YS wiki;
•    Exercises proper procedure for evacuation of public and staff during an emergency or drill; and
•    Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
A YS Senior Library Assistant must have:

•    Ability to provide excellent customer service;
•    Knowledge of children’s and teen’s literature;
•    Good knowledge of library clerical procedures and practices;
•    Ability to communicate effectively in the English language;
•    Ability to shelve and file materials by alpha numeric codes;
•    Knowledge of library software, databases, digital resources, apps and common computer software such as MS Office and Google Drive, Docs, Sheets;
•    Ability to learn new software and tech;
•    Good ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions;
•    Considerable ability to pay attention to detail; and
•    Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, colleagues, and the general public.

Schedule:  Wednesdays 12:30-8:30 pm, Fridays 9:30-5 pm and Saturdays 9:30-5 pm.  Flexibility to cover additional shifts when needed preferred.


Education and experience: A Youth Services Senior Library Assistant must have a bachelor’s degree or any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.  Three years of experience in public library work and working with the public is preferred. 

Employment offers are conditional upon a successful background and reference check and include a six month probationary period. Plainsboro Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicant must comply with the “NJ First Act.”
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
Youth Services
Salary: $18.08 per hour
How To Apply:: 

For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to: Include “YS Part-time Position” in the email subject line.  Please no phone calls.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be notified.