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

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

(VAC# 2450-8)

Richland Library is seeking an enthusiastic, outgoing, and strongly customer-service oriented individual to work at the Research and Readers’ Advisory Department at Main. In this position, you will be assisting customers in locating and using materials, Library equipment, and other technology resources; and offering fluent readers’ advisory service to our customers in person, via telephone, or online.

Good judgment, accuracy, tact, and adaptability are some of the attributes needed to perform the tasks associated with this position, ensuring that our customers have an enjoyable library experience.

Are you ready to become knowledgeable about library operations and energized by your ability to make every customer thrilled about the Library? If you answer is “Yes”, we encourage you to apply!

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

  • Answering reference questions for Library customers in the Library, utilizing print and online resources at the Business and Careers and Research and Readers’ Advisory Departments.
  • Providing readers’ advisory services and bibliographic instruction.
  • Conducting interlibrary loan activities.
  • Communicating and interpreting general Library policies and procedures to customers.
  • Assisting customers in various capacities, such as: working on résumés and job applications; locating and using materials, using a variety of Library equipment, e.g. microfilm equipment, assistive technology equipment; assisting with reserves and renewals.
  • Assisting with collecting and reporting transaction statistics; as well as organization and maintenance of department collections, files and databases.
  • Assisting with programs related to the Business and Careers and Research and Readers’ Advisory Departments, including conducting computer classes.
  • Assisting with troubleshooting issues with computer software and hardware.
  • Participating in special activities as assigned.
  • 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 subject knowledge or skills developed through work experience and/or education where appropriate. In this position, skills include current technology pertinent to Business and Careers and Research and Readers’ Advisory, for example: IM, videoconferencing, social software, 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: $13.00 per hour
  • Hours: 20 hours per week: Mondays and Tuesdays 1:00 - 9:00 pm; every other weekend: Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 pm
  • (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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