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RPL Hiring for Assistant Librarian Position

Ruthven Public Library seeking new Assistant Librarian

Position of Assistant Librarian
Ruthven Public Library

Ruthven Public Library is seeking a part-time Assistant Director. Position is 12-15 hrs/week. Includes some evening and Saturday hrs.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Assistant Library Director performs many support activities involved in operating the library by assisting the Library Director following established rules and procedures and policies. May assist in the administration of the library in the absence of the Library Director. The Assistant Library Director generally works on both technical and user services. User services work is directly with the public to help them find the materials and information needed. Technical services is preparing materials for use. The Assistant Library Director shall perform routine general library work and may work on special projects.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction and supervision of the Library Director, who issues instructions and spot checks work, but has some latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.


The administration of the library in the absence of the Library Director; participates in all the work at the circulation desk such as processing interlibrary loans, and reserves books, may supervise computer use and train others in the use of the computer; instructs patrons in the use of media and equipment and operates equipment, answers telephone, processes overdue notices, etc.; orients patrons to the library by informing them of services available and the location of media, by recommending media and by explaining use of the catalog; records library statistics; ; helps to maintain the collection and takes cash for fees.

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS: Provides reference services for patrons, assists in locating reference sources and instructs in their use; operates and maintains audiovisual equipment; may assist in the promoting of programs for patrons; maintains the collection by recommending what media will be mended or discarded and by shelf reading; performs related duties as required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here 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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various office equipment. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop and crouch.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee performs a variety of simple tasks following instructions provided.

The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, ABILITY: Computer skills, knowledge of computerized circulation system, ability to assist public in using personal computers and products on local area network.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: Ability to deal with associates and the public in a courteous manner; ability to make decisions of other than a routine nature in order to meet controlling conditions; neat personal appearance; emotionally stable; pleasing manner.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Graduate from High School or equivalent and two (2) years clerical experience, preferably in a library.

This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position.

The application and full job description can be picked up at the Ruthven Public Library, 1301 Gowrie St., Ruthven, Iowa.  Deadline for application is Thursday, November 10, 2016. Applications and resumes can be turned in at the library or emailed to  For questions email or call 712-837-4820 and ask for Christina Liessmann.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.