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Paraprofessional - Children's Services

Reports to: Childrens' Librarian or Branch Manager

Salary Track: D

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Position Summary

This position performs public service duties focused on children ages birth to 12 y ears old.  In the reference area, the Paraprofessional responds to initial inquiries, performs reference interview, locates the basic information or materials and offers alternate sources.  More complex questions are referred to the librarian. The Paraprofessional plans and presents programs and story times, merchandises the collection, and actively engages in reader advisory with children or adults.  Will provide clerical assistance in the children’s area and at peak times may work at the circulation desk.   Performs routine work independently, seeks guidance for complex questions or issues.

Public Service Responsibilities

  1. Provides basic reference and reader advisory assistance.
  2. Plans and presents children’s programs for children birth to age 12.
  3. Presents programs in the branch library or at outreach locations.
  4. Participates in the planning of programs, events, or story times.
  5. Gives tours of the branch to customer groups.
  6. Promotes the library at a variety of community events.
  7. Assists with special projects.

General Duties

  1. Fill requests and reserves for customers.
  2. Answer questions related to computer hardware or software.
  3. Assist customers with downloads to internet based devices.
  4. Assist customers with internet searches or use of electronic resources.
  5. Assist customers with material selection.
  6. Merchandises the collection.
  7. Under supervision weeds the collection.
  8. Participate in the opening or closing of the branch.
  9. Perform circulation duties as needed. 
  10. Serve on committees within the District related to this position.
  11. Perform other related duties as assigned.


  1. Knowledge of general library operations.
  2. Prior experience working with children birth to age 12.
  3. Proven ability to ignite enthusiasm for reading and learning.
  4. Clerical skills and ability to use Microsoft Office suite.
  5. Professional telephone manners.
  6. Strong computer skills and ability to troubleshoot problems or answer customer questions using search engines, automated catalog, and electronic resources. 
  7. Familiarity with internet based devices.
  8. Knowledge and ability to promote the library using social media sites.
  9. Ability to set up video projectors.
  10. Ability to operate library equipment: copier, phones, fax, and bill changer.

Essential Physical Abilities   (Accomplished with or without reasonable accommodation)

  1. Ability to lift materials or push or pull carts weighing up to 30 pounds.
  2. Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to arrange chairs and tables for children’s programs.
  4. Ability to reach high or low to return materials to shelves and move through aisles.
  5. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to communicate well with staff and customers.
  6. Sufficient vision to review a wide variety of library materials, written correspondence, reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  7. Sufficient personal mobility to attend meetings at various locations within the District.

Education and Experience

  1. BA/BS degree or equivalent library assistance experience.
  2. Prior experience working with children ages birth to 12 years old.
  3. Library or education experience preferred.
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Two years library assistant experience may be substituted for 30 college credit hours.

All Paraprofessionals must complete the District’s Paraprofessional Training, within the first year of employment as a Paraprofessional.   With approval of the Assistant Director or Director some or all of the training classes may be waived based on prior library experience or course work.

Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.


(Revision approved 6/9/97, 11/12/13)