Do you enjoy helping people? Do you love books? Join our team!

We are hiring for the positions of Branch Manager and Library Assistant.

Fair pay and great benefits. The Branch Manager position closes on 2/11/22 and the Library Assistant position is open until filled. For complete job descriptions and more information, see www.swlplibrarydistrict.org.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to swlplibrary@gmail.com.

The Southwest La Plata Library District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen has been selected as the new Library Director, replacing Patricia Johnson, who has served as Interim Director since Sept. 2020.  Elizabeth will be begin working for the district November 8th, 2021.

Elizabeth joins us with over 15 years of library experience in Southwest Colorado.  She will oversee the Ft. Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside public libraries, assist the Board in developing a strategic plan, perform community outreach, administer and monitor expenditures, and serve as liaison between Southwest La Plata Library District and Durango School District 9R, La Plata County, and community service organizations.  We look forward to her leadership and direction.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the Southwest La Plata Library District.

 

Job Description for Southwest La Plata Library District Branch Manager

 

Under the direction of the Southwest La Plata Library Director, the Branch Manager will be responsible for the following at his/her library branch:

Patron Assistance

The Branch Manager will provide assistance to library patrons in finding and selecting library materials, will assist patrons in the use of library equipment, will provide proactive, friendly service to internal and external customers, and will provide a safe and welcoming environment for library patrons, including maintaining an orderly appearance of the library

Library Materials

The Branch Manager will perform all circulation activities including checking in and out materials, issuing fines, and maintaining records on overdue books. The Branch Manager will maintain the library’s collection by regular examination and weeding, repairing and/or replacing damaged items, and purchasing and cataloging books and other materials.

Community Outreach and Special Events

The Branch Manager will schedule, plan, budget, conduct, and publicize library activities and programs for a variety of patron groups, including the Colorado Collaborative Summer Literacy Program. The Branch Manager will also conduct library tours and orientations for new patrons and student groups.

Other Duties

The Branch Manager will maintain statistics on operations and activities in the branch and will provide these statistics to the Library Director in a timely manner. The Branch Manager will attend trainings and will be familiar with all library policies and procedures. The Branch Manager will, under the direction of the Library Director, work with other Southwest La Plata Library District staff, The Friends of the Southwest La Plata Library District, and Durango School District 9R personnel. The Branch Manager will perform related duties as required by the Library Director, including hiring, training, and supervising volunteers, substitute library clerks, and other library staff.

 

Library Assistant I, Job Description

POSITION TYPE

Paraprofessional

 EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Non-Exempt, Part time

15-25 hours per week 

 COMPENSATION SCHEDULE

– Range of $13.00-$18.00 per hour

– Leave earned as per SWLPLD Leave Policy in the Employee Handbook

– Base wage may increase annually, commensurate with the state minimum wage rate, merit increases, and/or cost of living adjustment increases (COLA) 

 REPORTS TO

Branch Manager POSITION OVERVIEW:

This employee’s primary responsibilities are to assist with the After School Enrichment Program and provide outstanding customer service, answer questions, and provide assistance and information to library patrons. Under the direct supervision of the Branch Manager, this employee is responsible for greeting and assisting library patrons, shelving and circulating library materials, filing, and maintaining records. This employee serves as a backup to other staff covering additional shifts when possible. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES OF CUSTOMER SERVICE/MAIN SERVICE DESK

  1. Serve the general public at the public service points.
  •   Assist patrons with circulation and borrowing processes.
  •   Answer questions in person, by phone, and online.
  •   Provide ready reference, reader’s advisory service, and instruction in the use of the library to patrons.  
  •   Provide basic reference service by utilizing the physical and virtual services available within the library (library collection, union catalog, databases, nearby libraries, Interlibrary Loan, etc.).
  1. Shelve returned materials; read and straighten shelves to maintain proper order.
  2. Promote all library services and programming to the general public.
  3. Provide basic computer and device support and informational instruction to patrons on the use of library catalog, online databases, Internet, and downloadable media.
  4. Assist with Community Room scheduling (if applicable), equipment, and proper use of the facility.
  5. Help with displays and merchandising.

 The duties listed above are not meant to be all-inclusive, but are intended to be merely illustrative of the nature of the work to be performed by a person in this classification. Employees may perform other related duties as established to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

 REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  1. Strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with others by phone, by email, in person at meetings, on site, and whenever representing the library. Ability to communicate with adults, children, teens, seniors, and all members of the diverse and multicultural community.
  2. Excellent computer and device skills.
  3. Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out written and verbal instructions.
  4. Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and to act confidentially with respect to patron information on behalf of the library. Remains flexible in order to accommodate the changing needs of our community.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff, children, adult and teen patrons, Trustees, vendors, and other parties. Displays humility in order to better work for the good of our community.
  6. Analytical skills: identify problems and opportunities; review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one; utilize information and resources available when making decisions.
  7. Problem-solving skills: develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; initiate actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; refer problems to Library Director or other staff when necessary.
  8. Creative decision-making: effectively evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge, or training.
  9. Time management: ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION:

This is half an office-type position with many hours spent with the public, at a desk, and on the computer and half a position with direct service to children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. There will be a great deal of time spent with library patrons, children, library staff, and outside organizations. Some travel between branches or to attend meetings throughout La Plata County and Colorado may be necessary. 

This can be a very physical position. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Must have the ability to stand, sit, and walk for up to 60 minutes at a time. Must have ability to push and move full book carts weighing up to 50 pounds. 

Acceptable eyesight to read printed material and a computer monitor and to operate office equipment. Acceptable hearing to communicate with others in person or through telephonic means. Ability to withstand extensive VDT exposure.

A pleasant demeanor, especially with children, is required. 

Note: 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.

 ENVIRONMENTAL/WORKING CONDITIONS:

Indoor and Library work environment; extensive contact with the public and vendors.

Part time position working an average of 15-25 hours per week, which will often involve evening hours.

 EQUIPMENT USED:

Computer, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, telephone, and other standard office equipment.

 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Minimum Requirements:  

  • Pleasant disposition
  • General understanding of library services

Minimum Preferred:  

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Customer Service Experience

We are also currently accepting applications
for the position of Library Clerk Substitute

SWLPLD Library Clerk Substitute
Job Description

Under the direction of the Southwest La Plata Library Director, the Library Clerk Substitute will be responsible for the following:

I.  Patron Assistance

The Library Clerk Substitute, in the absence of the Branch Manager, will provide assistance to library patrons in finding and selecting library materials, will assist patrons in the use of library equipment, will provide proactive, friendly service to customers, and will provide a safe and welcoming environment for library patrons, including maintaining an orderly appearance of the library.

II.  Library Materials

The Library Clerk Substitute, in the absence of the Branch Manager, will perform circulation activities including checking in and out materials.

III.  Other Duties

The Library Clerk Substitute will perform related duties as required by the Library Director or the Branch Manager.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:.

● Current public service principles, practices and methods

Ability to:

  • Operate a variety of library and office equipment, including computers, in a safe and effective manner.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make sound decisions.
  • Interact in a positive manner with staff and the public.

Physical Activities:

Note:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift, push and move office supplies weighing up to 20#;
  • Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, reach, carry, grasp and turn objects;
  • Ability to stand, sit, and walk for up to 60 minutes at a time;
  • Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hands and fingers to operate office equipment, use computer keyboard, computer mouse, and to perform other office tasks;
  • Acceptable eyesight to read printed material, a computer monitor, and to operate office equipment;
  • Acceptable hearing to communicate with others in person or through telephonic means;
  • Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to effectively communicate with others via the phone, at meetings and to greet and assist visitors;
  • Ability to withstand extensive VDT exposure.


To apply, please use our contact page to send your cover letter and resume.

Finalists will be notified of additional application requirements, including providing a portfolio or presentation describing their relevant accomplishments.