Blue Hill Public Library
Position Title: Assistant Director
Reports to: Library Director
Classification: Full Time, 40 hours per week basis, exempt.
1. Works closely with library director to implement exemplary library services.
2. Provide outstanding reference services using resources in various formats.
3. Oversee circulation functions.
4. Assist patrons with inter-library loan requests.
5. Plan, assist and implement great library programs.
1. Respond to Inter-library loan and Reference requests promptly and accurately
2. Search, order, track, send and return all Inter-library loan requests to or from the
3. Conceive, design and implement various cultural programs for adult patrons.
4. Answer reference questions using the library’s reference and circulating
collections, electronic resources and materials in other formats.
5. Perform reference interviews using standard library reference interview practices.
6. Maintain a record of Reference questions, inter-library loan requests and their fill
7. Assist in selection of reference and circulating materials.
8. Oversee the smooth operation of circulation functions, including:
a. Scheduling workers for the circulation desk as needed.
b. Implementation of overdue and material replacement policies.
c. Performing regular shelf reading of the library’s collections.
d. Contributing to the inviting appearance of the library by:
i. Maintaining order on the shelves.
ii. Creating displays featuring various segments of the collection.
9. Coordinates volunteers.
10. Create informative displays that highlight the library’s collections.
11. Assist patrons with all aspects of library use.
12. Perform additional duties as needed or assigned including any task necessary to
help insure the patron safety and smooth operation of the library.
Authority: In charge of Library policies and procedures in Director’s absence. Supervises
circulation and shelving staff, does not engage in corrective discipline. Sets schedule of
Work Schedule: In addition to regular daytime hours, this position will require various
evening and weekend hours
Revised and approved June 2006
Skills & Education:
1. Knowing basic library skills and procedures
2. Interacting with and assisting patrons with the use of the library facility and
services in a friendly, courteous manner.
3. Ability to maintain strict patron confidentiality, knowledge of ethics as applicable
to library service, familiarity with ALA Code of Ethics, Library Bill of Rights and
Freedom to Read Statements.
4. Using an automated Catalog/Circulation system accurately and efficiently.
5. Keyboarding skills, computer use, creating and maintaining a database.
6. Ability to learn new computer applications.
7. Exercising tact, initiative, independent judgment and confidentiality consistent
with library policy.
8. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff and a
positive support/service attitude with the public.
9. Communicating effectively in person, in writing and on the telephone.
10. Ability to switch easily from one task to another.
11. Ability to access all areas where needed, including where information and
equipment are located.
12. Having the physical strength and dexterity to handle items and boxes up to 25
pounds in weight, to transport loaded book carts, and to reach items on high and
13. Ability to maintain the work schedule.
Education and Experience Required:
1. A bachelor’s degree and some library experience.
2. Demonstrated ability to apply professional library practices with an emphasis on
Reference and Inter-library loan procedures.
3. Demonstrated familiarity with basic Reference materials both print and electronic
and a general knowledge of human civilization and literature to facilitate
Reference and Inter-library loan work and selection duties.
4. An interest in continuing education classes to develop job-related competencies.
1. Knowledge of local history and resources available at other local institutions.
$27,500 – $33,000 annual salary, depending on experience and qualifications.
Other benefits as outlined in the employee handbook.
Revised and approved June 2006