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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have three (3) benefit eligible positions open.  Please check below for postings:

  • PT Senior Library Assistant – Riverton Branch (20 hrs)
  • PT Senior Library Assistant – Public Computing (18.75 hrs)
  • Senior Library Assistant—Public Computing (30 hrs)

From time to time, we do have substitute positions open. If you are interested in applying for either, please complete the employment application below.
We will contact you in the event an opening arises for which your background seems a good fit.

If you are interested in applying please complete the Employment Application form and forward it to Human Resources or email it to hr@portlib.org

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Senior Library Assistant – Riverton Branch

20 Hours per week
Grade 59–Beginning pay $17.84/hr
Benefit eligible—includes leave (vacation, sick and personal), medical, dental and retirement options.

Portland Public Library (PPL) is a four-branch system that serves as the civic and cultural center of Maine’s largest city and a dynamic region providing resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning.

PPL is now accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours per week) Senior Library Assistant position open at the Riverton Branch.

Reporting to the Riverton Branch Manager, this position is responsible for processing a variety of computer-assisted circulation transactions, responding to patron reader’s advisory and reference inquiries, and assisting with programming activities.

  • The incumbent checks materials in and out using a computer terminal; places reserves on titles in the computer; codes and inputs patron registrations; processes and inputs new periodicals and any local materials into the computer; withdraws materials from the computer that are designated for withdrawal.
  • The incumbent processes overdue items, performs shelf-checks and computer inquiries; handles the daily deliveries to and from the main or branch libraries.
  • The incumbent assists patrons in finding materials in the collection, helps them use the catalog, performs computer inquiries and assists with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests.
  • The incumbent assists with class visits and special programs, which may include preparing and conducting story hours, holiday programs, and craft programs, including setting up displays, etc.
  • The incumbent oversees the opening/closing and daily operation of branch, including the supervising of temporary help in the absence of the Branch Manager.
  • The incumbent contributes to collection development and maintenance for the branch by making recommendations for materials selection and withdrawal.
  • The incumbent performs some shelving duties when needed.
  • Participates in maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for fellow staff and library users.
  • The incumbent assists patrons with various computer related questions and programs; including Microsoft products, email programs, and general internet searches.

At the entry level, this position requires a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or any equivalent combination of experience, training and education, which provide the following:

  • Knowledge of reader interests, books, authors and interest in promoting reading.
  • Ability to accept direction, from “system” format and from Branch Manager, as requested.
  • Ability to work independently, and to organize and follow through on multiple assignments.
  • Ability to remain calm and pleasant under pressure while maintaining attention to detail in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other members of library staff and administration.
  • Basic typing and filing skills.
  • Strong service orientation and demeanor appropriate to provide a high level of service to a diverse public. Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong knowledge of office and personal technologies is required.
  • An active interest in one or more of the visual, written and/or performing arts is preferred, as is fluency or proficiency in a language other than English.

Physical Demands:

The incumbent works at a public service point throughout the workday. This position requires the incumbent to be on his/her feet (moving throughout the collection). In addition, the incumbent will frequently need to lift or move materials and equipment weighing up to 25 lbs.

Schedule:

Wednesday   8:30 am-1 pm
Thursday      11:30 am-8 pm
Friday             9:00 am-12 pm
Saturday        8:30 am-1 pm

To apply, please send your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@portlib.org.  Please include the position title: Senior Library Assistant- Riverton in the subject line of the email.

Review of applications begins May 1, 2019.

(posted 4/17/2019)


 

PT Senior Library Assistant—Public Computing

18.75 Hours per week
Grade 59–Beginning pay $17.84/hr
Benefit Eligible—includes leave (vacation, sick and personal), medical, dental and retirement options.

Portland Public Library (PPL) is a four-branch system that serves as the civic and cultural center of Maine’s largest city and a dynamic region providing resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning.

PPL is now accepting applications for a Senior Library Assistant position open in the Public Computing Department.

Reporting to the Science and Technology Librarian, this position is an integral member of the Public Computing operation and Reader’s Advisory at the Main Library. The position serves at the Public Computing Service Desk, providing customer service and support to the primarily adult computer users, as well as scheduled off-desk computer tutoring and programming.

  •  Assists patrons in basic uses of computers and the internet, as time permits. This includes coaching in introductory use of the internet and the use of the library’s website and online resources
  • Assists patrons in the use of Pharos computer and print management system by helping them use the sign up, queue, and print release stations
  • Assists patrons using the wireless environment with basic connectivity and usage issues.
  • Utilizes a variety of technology, including social media; able to use Sierra, Word, Excel, PDF viewers, Publisher, etc. to perform daily functions.
  • Maintains a safe and welcoming environment for the staff and community in the public computing area and throughout the library by monitoring behavior and usage within PPL guidelines, working closely with Security and supervisory staff.
  • Handles the newspapers and periodicals shelved in the PC area including tracking and shelving items for daily public access and routine maintenance.
  • Processes 3D printing and scanning requests, manages printing queue, prepares and prints patron files as time allows.
  • Keeps statistical counts and descriptions of computing support activity and basic library navigation questions handled.
  • Provides Reader’s Advisory and basic information services for the library’s diverse user community. Assists patrons to locate materials and information in the library’s catalog and online resources, including eBooks and eReaders.
  • Participates in developing and teaching computer classes, as informed by own interests and abilities and the needs and interests of patrons.
  • Performs other related duties or tasks as required.

This position requires a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent. 

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university.
  • Two years public service experience (prior library experience preferred).
  • Advanced skills and confidence in working with computers, specialty software, and the internet. Experience researching, and/or implementing technology tools and advances preferred.
  • Ability to and interest in developing computer class materials, preparing for individual computer tutoring sessions, and teaching classes and/or tutoring.
  • Customer service-driven.
  • Ability to remain calm, courteous, and accurate in an often demanding environment, juggling tasks and using excellent judgment.
  • Excellent communicator with the patron community and colleagues.
  • Astute ability to balance and reconcile individual and institutional needs.
  • Comfortable to work independently.

The 18.75 position schedule is as follows:

  • Tues: 1-7
  • Wed: 4-7
  • Thurs: 11-5
  • Fri: 11-5

 To apply, please send your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@portlib.org.  Please include the position title: PT Senior Library Assistant—Public Computing in the subject line of the email.

Review of applications begins April 26, 2019.  This posting will remain open until filled.

(posted 4/9/2019)


Senior Library Assistant—Public Computing

30 Hours per week
Grade 59–Beginning pay $17.84/hr
Benefit Eligible—includes leave (vacation, sick and personal), medical, dental and retirement options.

Portland Public Library (PPL) is a four-branch system that serves as the civic and cultural center of Maine’s largest city and a dynamic region providing resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning.

PPL is now accepting applications for a Senior Library Assistant position open in the Public Computing Department.

Reporting to the Science and Technology Librarian, this position is an integral member of the Public Computing operation and Reader’s Advisory at the Main Library. The position serves at the Public Computing Service Desk, providing customer service and support to the primarily adult computer users, as well as scheduled off-desk computer tutoring and programming.

  •  Assists patrons in basic uses of computers and the internet, as time permits. This includes coaching in introductory use of the internet and the use of the library’s website and online resources
  • Assists patrons in the use of Pharos computer and print management system by helping them use the sign up, queue, and print release stations
  • Assists patrons using the wireless environment with basic connectivity and usage issues.
  • Utilizes a variety of technology, including social media; able to use Sierra, Word, Excel, PDF viewers, Publisher, etc. to perform daily functions.
  • Maintains a safe and welcoming environment for the staff and community in the public computing area and throughout the library by monitoring behavior and usage within PPL guidelines, working closely with Security and supervisory staff.
  • Handles the newspapers and periodicals shelved in the PC area including tracking and shelving items for daily public access and routine maintenance.
  • Processes 3D printing and scanning requests, manages printing queue, prepares and prints patron files as time allows.
  • Keeps statistical counts and descriptions of computing support activity and basic library navigation questions handled.
  • Provides Reader’s Advisory and basic information services for the library’s diverse user community. Assists patrons to locate materials and information in the library’s catalog and online resources, including eBooks and eReaders.
  • Participates in developing and teaching computer classes, as informed by own interests and abilities and the needs and interests of patrons.
  • Performs other related duties or tasks as required. 

This position requires a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent. 

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university.
  • Two years public service experience (prior library experience preferred).
  • Advanced skills and confidence in working with computers, specialty software, and the internet. Experience researching, and/or implementing technology tools and advances preferred.
  • Ability to and interest in developing computer class materials, preparing for individual computer tutoring sessions, and teaching classes and/or tutoring.
  • Customer service-driven.
  • Ability to remain calm, courteous, and accurate in an often demanding environment, juggling tasks and using excellent judgment.
  • Excellent communicator with the patron community and colleagues.
  • Astute ability to balance and reconcile individual and institutional needs.
  • Comfortable to work independently.

The 30 hour position schedule is as follows:

  • Mon: 9:30-7 (part of this day is at Reader’s Advisory)
  • Tues: 9:30-1
  • Wed: 10-5 6.5
  • Thurs: off
  • Fri:  9:30-6

To apply, please send your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@portlib.org.  Please include the position title: Senior Library Assistant—Public Computing in the subject line of the email.

Review of applications begins April 26, 2019.  This posting will remain open until filled.

(posted 4/9/2019)


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