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Research and Readers’ Advisory Associate, Full-time (Classification Level 104)

We’re seeking to hire a Research and Readers’ Advisory Associate, Full-time!

(VAC# 2450-9)

Richland Library seeks an enthusiastic and resourceful candidate committed to provide exceptional readers’ advisory, information and reference services at the Readers’ Advisory Department at Main.

Knowledge of books and general public reading interests, personal interest in reading and ability to discuss books effectively, are some of the attributes needed to perform the tasks associated with this position, ensuring that our customers have , and enjoyable library experiences.

If you are interested in embracing this outstanding opportunity to grow and contribute, the Richland Library encourages you to apply!

Here are some of the things you would be doing if serving in this position:

  • Promoting the library’s circulating collection by designing, maintaining, and rotating materials displays in and around the library.
  • Participating in reading plan to enhance fiction and/or nonfiction book knowledge.
  • Creating readers’ advisory content for the Library’s website and other customer oriented advisory materials.
  • Conducting interlibrary loan activities.
  • Performing administrative and support functions for the Research and Readers’ Advisory Department.
  • Communicating and interpreting general library policies and procedures to customers.
  • Promoting the library’s collection through written book reviews.
  • Providing e-resource assistance and instruction for adults.
  • Serving on departmental and library-wide committees.
  • Planning, developing, and conducting programs and presentations.
  • Representing the library at community group meetings.
  • Keeping informed of professional developments.
  • Assisting with collecting and reporting transaction statistics.
  • Assisting customers in locating and using materials and in use of a variety of library equipment.
  • Performing work in other public service areas as needed.
  • Interested in what you’ve seen so far? Here are the minimum requirements needed to be considered for this position:

  • At least two years of post high school education from an accredited college or university. Transcripts must be provided upon hire.
  • Specialized knowledge or skills developed through work experience related to readers’ advisory service in public libraries or bookselling. In this position, such skills may include current technology such downloadable resources, social networking sites, and MS Office Products.
  • Valid drivers’ license and safe driving record may be required.
  • Ability to perform duties of the job functions: additional skills as required by job.
  • Basic information about the job: Location, salary, hours

  • Where: Research and Readers’ Advisory Department **1431 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Salary: $975.00 biweekly, plus benefits
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week, including every other weekend: Sat. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 1:45 – 6:00 pm. Schedule details to be discussed during interview.
  • (Job Classification Level 104) (FLSA Status: Non-Exempt)

    This job involves being “on the move” in our libraries: It will include standing, walking, crouching, stooping, squatting, twisting, climbing, pushing/pulling, and lifting.

    Why the Richland Library?

  • Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a great variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customized, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.
  • The Richland Library is an award-winning, forward-thinking public library system because of our exceptional, diverse staff, who are passionate about serving our community. Be a part of our team and help us to continue to fulfil our mission to help our customers learn, create and share.
  • We are guided by our shared Vision: “to enhance the quality of life for our entire community”; and by strategic objectives including advancing our community, having an engaged staff who make a significant positive difference, and enhancing the experience and outcomes of customers who interact with Richland Library.
  • APPLY IMMEDIATELY. No deadline is presently established for this Vacancy. Applications being accepted now. When a deadline is determined, the deadline will be announced 24 hours in advance on the Library’s website.

    Please do not send your resume/cover letter separately; only materials submitted through our online system are reviewed. All applicants must submit an online employment application using our online system. In addition to the online application, you may also attach your resume and/or cover letter; but the resume and/or cover letter will not be acceptable as an alternative to completing the online application fully. Keep in mind that if you are applying for multiple positions, you will need to submit an application for each position.

    Click here to begin the application process

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