(Young Adult Specialist)

Athol Public Library


The position of Part Time Library Technician/Young Adult Specialist involves public service, circulation, materials processing, library-related clerical and computer-related duties, in support of the effective operation of the town library.


Serves under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director.  Following training, performs regular duties independently in accordance with established policies and procedures.


1.     Provides general library service to library users and the general public at the circulation desk, meeting and assisting the public.  Charges materials in and out and registers borrowers using the automated library circulation system.

2.     Provides answers to reference questions and assists the public in the use of the library.

       3.   Receives library incoming calls, answering questions or directing calls to the
             proper staff.  Telephones library users for reserved books or overdue materials.

4.     Provides instruction and assistance to library patrons of all ages in the use of the
computer catalog, Internet, and word processing computer resources.

5.     Provides instructions and assistance to the general public with the photocopying
machine and other library equipment and services.

6.     Processes new library materials for circulation.  (book covers, barcodes, computer records, etc.)

        7.   Types, files, enters data into computer programs, provides other clerical and
              technical support to maintain library services.

8.     Provides special services such as programs, displays, reserve book collections, and reference materials for adults, young adults, volunteers, and other groups including special programs such as Community Reading Day and the On the Same Page program.  Creates publicity for these library events.

9.     Maintains, selects, and weeds young adult collection.  Develops programs for young adults such as book discussions, summer programs, and other activities. 

10. Serves as liaison to the middle and high schools, coordinating assignments and
summer reading lists with school personnel and presenting book talks ae
 requested by teachers.

11.  Compiles lists of new acquisitions and forwards to newspapers.

12.  Performs related work as required.


   1.  Ability to deal with library patrons of all ages tactfully and courteously.

   2.  Ability to learn some technical aspects of library operations.

   3.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with library
        employees, patrons, and the general public.

4.     Ability to type and file accurately.

5.     Knowledge of basic computer operations, including the Internet.  Knowledge or
willingness to learn about computer reference software and other library-relate

6.     Ability to perform physical tasks, including lifting, bending, and standing for long periods of time.

7.     Ability to maintain confidentiality of library records.


Graduation from high school and at least 2 years of college required with 2 years of library work experience preferred, or a combination of education and experience demonstrating the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees 17 May 2006