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Summer Library Internship at Creswell Library

Announcement:

Join the fun-loving Creswell Library team this summer for a two-month internship helping with Summer Reading Program, youth programming, and other library tasks as needed, including Library Assistant tasks. We will provide training as needed.

Library school graduate students and university students with an interest in librarianship will be considered.

Some flexibility with the number of weekly hours and schedule is possible depending on the person(s) hired. $15/hour as a temporary employee, 20-40 hours per week, June 10-ish to August 15-ish. Please apply by May 31 using the information below.

Creswell Library is located in Creswell, Oregon—10 miles south of Eugene with easy access by freeway. We serve a population of approximately 10,000 from the City of Creswell and the surrounding rural area.

Direct any questions to Su Liudahl (director.su@creswell-library.org) or Nick Caum (nick@Creswell-library.org).

To apply:

Please submit the following by email to both director.su@creswell-library.org and nick@creswell-library.org by May 31.

A cover letter telling us a little about yourself, what you're looking for in an internship, what your scheduling needs are, and why you think you would be well-suited for the position:

A resume: a simple resume telling us about your education, employment experience, and a list of references.

A Lane Library District employment application

2022 LLD Employment Application.docx

Job Description:

The following information is designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

General Position Summary:

The Library Intern's primary role is to assist with the Summer Reading Program, Youth Services, and also perform a variety of customer service, circulation, and/or technical services duties to ensure quality library service and a positive library atmosphere. The Intern will also assist in other library tasks as needed.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Assists with youth programs and events including the Summer Reading Program.
  • Leads preplanned activities for youth.
  • Greets, assists, and refers patrons according to their needs.
  • Checks in and out all library materials and collects appropriate fines for lost or damaged materials.
  • Performs registration of new and reregistered patrons and inputs patron information.
  • Perform patron registrations and updates as well as other patron records tasks.
  • Performs all aspects of opening and closing library and circulation desk.
  • Performs simple data entry.
  • This job description does not necessarily include all of the essential functions that may be assigned to this position, based on the continuing needs of the organization.

Secondary Functions:

  • Maintains a working knowledge of the Lane Library District system and its processes.
  • Answers incoming phone calls; makes referrals or takes messages as appropriate.
  • Assists in training and monitoring of new volunteers.
  • Shelves, shelf-reads, and straightens new books and other circulating materials as necessary.
  • Participates in continuing education activities to foster professional and personal development.
  • Performs minor repairs on circulating materials.
  • Assists the public in the use of patron computers, printers, and the copier.
  • Learns and complies with library policy.
  • Makes recommendations for improvements in collection and services.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Job Scope:

Performs duties independently with minimal supervision, operating from specific directions and instructions. Decisions are of a routine nature, made within prescribed operating guidelines, policies, and procedures. Mistakes/errors may result in inefficiency, work stoppage, or patron inconvenience, all of which can have negative implications for the district.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position may require limited supervision of volunteers. Typically, these relationships will be more cooperative/collaborative than supervisory.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Has regular contact with others both inside and outside of the organization. The most common internal contacts are with volunteers, coworkers, and the Director. There is also occasional contact with the Lane Library District Board of Directors and our companion organizations: Creswell Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Creswell Library. The most frequent external contact will be with patrons and community members. Internal and external interactions involve information exchange, problem-solving, and negotiation.

Most contacts will be face to face, although phone interactions with patrons and vendors are frequent. Library interactions frequently involve discussion of confidential/sensitive matters.

Specific Job Skills:

  • Ability to work with and relate to young children.
  • Ability to make decisions within stated guidelines and to work independently in a wide variety of situations
  • Ability to alphabetize and file and perform clerical tasks with neatness and precision
  • Ability to apply library rules and regulations as found in staff manuals and statements of library policy
  • Ability to communicate and deal with the public and staff effectively in person, in writing, and by telephone
  • Ability to operate office and automated equipment
  • Ability to type accurately, at a reasonable rate
  • Aptitude and interest in library work
  • Ability to shelve and retrieve library materials
  • Ability to read both print and computer-monitor display lettering
  • Ability to manipulate electronic equipment for circulation functions
  • Ability to work cooperatively and harmoniously with others
  • Ability to maintain proper emotional balance in all types of situations
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, stand for extended periods (when working at Service Desk), and ability to stoop and reach to shelve books on both low and high shelves.

Education and/or Experience:

Applicants must be either an MLIS student or a current university undergraduate with an interest in librarianship. Ability and willingness to learn and perform job skills is essential, but library experience is not required. 

Job Conditions:

This position requires the incumbent to work in an environment where there may be regular exposure to fumes, building temperature fluctuations, dust, noise, chemicals, odors, and outside weather. Other working conditions may include frequent interruptions, working alone (infrequently), evening and weekend work, repetitive tasks, and exposure to computers and monitors.

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