Position Description

Library Assistant - North Sarasota Library (Part Time)
Job Code 4157
Requisition Information
Libraries & Historical Resources

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
North County (N. Fruitville)

North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$11.99 - $14.56

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Part time

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Library Assistant - North Sarasota Library (Part-Time) (Official Job Title: Customer Service Representative I)

****NOTE: This position is PART-TIME, no medical and/or dental benefits coverage:  The Library Assistant (LA) establishes a high-level of customer service by positively interacting with citizens as well as internal customers and co-workers. As a direct point of contact for customers, the LA welcomes library patrons, performs basic service requests and resolves routine questions. As a team member, the LA clearly understands when to refer customers to a specialist, professional or manager to successfully meet a need or complete a request. The LA plays a significant role in guiding library volunteers and in the presentation and maintenance of the library collection. All employees are expected to work together to create a positive library environment and a learning culture.  All employees will contribute to both setting and achieving goals as a section, library and system.

Special Note:   This position works where children regularly congregate and in accordance with Florida Statues applicants must pass criminal sexual predator and sexual offender check background check.

Selected candidate for hire is subject to passing substance screening:  This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.


Customer Service Skills and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates positive customer service skills: courteous, sensitive, tactful, with rapport & discretion.
  • Communicates well with others. Is a good listener. Speaks clearly and distinctly.
  • Works well as a team to effectively solve problems and resolve conflicts. Supports and respects diversity
  • Demonstrates good judgement and intuition. Demonstrates ability to handle all types of customers and/or situations.
  • Is open, sincere, honest and responsible. Is inquisitive, creative and eager to continue learning.
  • Implements standards of service that ensure the prompt and efficient resolution of each inquiry.
  • Provides assistance at all library locations and stations including: Circulation, Information Reference, Youth and Young Adult services. Assists users in locating, selecting, and using resources.
  • Assists library users in person, by phone, or electronically, answering questions, and /or redirecting questions to the appropriate person.  Provides directional and services related information to users.
  • Represents Sarasota County to library users. Communicates library/county use policies and procedures to users. Is aware of County and library services and programs in order to better inform users.
  • Possesses technical knowledge of phone, computer and library-related equipment and the ability to assist users.
  • Contributes to the development of section policies, procedures, and plans of service including process improvements. Participates in planning, presentation, and evaluation of library sponsored programs.
  • May facilitate in the setup of program rooms, materials, and equipment for public, library, and county events.
  • Attends annual cash management training and is competent in all areas of business unit cash management.


  • Assists in materials checkout/check-in, retrieves and process reserves, billing and missing items processes as needed and other circulation duties including issuing and renewing library cards.
  • Assists in cash management duties such as collecting fines, fees, and Unique Management collections, including such duties as daily shift, drawer counts, and deposits as needed.
  • Gathers statistical information as required and reports on a timely basis.
  • Assists in sorting and processing mail, as needed.
  • Performs routine equipment cleaning and maintenance.

Collection Development/Maintenance:

  • Sorts and shelves materials, and maintains an orderly arrangement of materials.
  • Assists in operation and basic troubleshooting of automated materials check-in, emptying and swapping materials bins, and routine maintenance.
  • Monitors physical condition of materials and recommends repair or de-selection.
  • Promotes the collection and services through displays and other methods.

 Staff Development:

  • Participates in cross training in other sections and aids in cross training in their section. Seeks opportunities for continuing development of self and others.
  • Trains, directs, and supervises volunteers as needed. Encourages volunteers to use individual talents.
  • Keeps abreast of developments, new trends, and innovations in libraries.


Minimum Qualifications:   A High School Diploma or equivalent and one year experience in clerical or public contact work and working knowledge of computer and hardware systems dealing with public response. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Customer service experience working in libraries or similar settingsSpanish language skills. 

Job Based Competencies: Demonstrates customer service skills, courteous, sensitive, and tactful, with rapport and discretion.  Ability to manage challenging customer service situations. Speaks clearly and distinctly.  Supports and respects diversity. Good listener who communicates well with others and demonstrates openness, sincerity and honesty. Enjoys reading and using materials commonly found in libraries and helping others of all ages enjoy and use library resources. Technical knowledge of phone and computer hardware/software is required.  Ability to use standard computers, software and business equipment.

NOTE:   When applying for positions, you will be requested to respond to some questions.  We recommend that you type your response in a WORD document (or similar software) and save your answers.  If for any reason you need to stop and come back to your application, you could be timed out and lose any unsaved information.  Applicants are asked to answer a number of questions where you can write a response up to 900 characters.  If you save your responses in WORD (or other software) and are time-out of the system for any reason, you will be able to cut and paste the responses into the application when you apply at a later time. 


Work Schedule:  The library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A typical schedule could be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 11:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Must be able to participate in all hours of operation including daytime, evening and weekend hours, as well as hours at other locations. May be re-assigned to a different work location.

Physical Demands:   Must frequently lift/move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  A dolly/cart or team member is available to help.

Info about Sarasota County Government Libraries:   Sarasota's County Library System was recognized as the  "2012 Library of the Year" by the Florida Library Association.  For more information on Sarasota County Libraries, please go to:  www.scgov.net/Library










Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA

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