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Library Asst - Branch & Program Services

Date Posted: 12/07/2023
Department: Library-Old Fort
Salary Grade: 61

Compensation: $31,837
Hours: Full-time 
Varies, some evenings and Saturdays will be required

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


Under general guidance from the Library Director and direct supervision of the Programming and Outreach Librarian, the Branch and Program Services position performs a wide variety of clerical and circulation duties, as well as designing and providing programming and outreach on behalf of the Old Fort Library, in collaboration with the programming and outreach team.


Additional responsibilities include patron assistance, with considerable emphasis placed on interactions with the public. Serves as the branch representative of the Program and Outreach Department including, but not limited to: leading storytimes, assisting with school visits, bookmobile outreach, and assisting with system-wide special events. 


This position is non-exempt under the guidelines of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establishes and maintains community collaborations and partnerships. Acts as liaison to various community stakeholders and organizations. 

  • Assists the Library Manager by helping them oversee the maintenance of assigned library buildings by reporting issues to the county, bringing problems to the attention of maintenance staff, and contacting the appropriate authorities when emergencies arise.  Keeps Library Manager informed of building issues and solutions. 

  • Provides information services, including research assistance and readers advisory as needed. 

  • Assists the Library Manager by maintaining branch collection, which includes identifying gaps, making suggestions for purchase, and weeding.  Suggests new materials in an assigned area for the library system.  

  • Responds to complaints and problems that may arise in the library.

  • Markets and promotes the library and its services to the public through multiple forums

  • Conducts and/or participates in various meetings and conferences, as requested and/or assigned, to share and acquire best practices, keep informed on key issues, and to bring forward ideas for new services and programs.  

  • Serves as the liaison for the Program and Outreach Department, maintaining communication with the Programming and Outreach LibrarianWorks together with the Library Manager and Program and Outreach Department to develop and lead programming for children, teens, and adults.

  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


Additional examples of duties:

  • Computer check-in and check-out of books and other materials.

  • Answers telephone promptly while on desk duty.

  • Empties book drops daily as assigned.

  • Performs library opening and closing procedures when needed.

  • Reserves books as requested by patrons, and calls patrons when books are available.

  • Prepares daily newspapers and periodicals for shelving as assigned.

  • Prepares library cards for patrons following library procedures.

  • Is familiar with complaint procedures; documents and handles initial problems; refers these to the Library Manager or Library Director if necessary.

  • Shelves materials and reads shelves for accuracy as assigned.

  • Serves as the Old Fort Branch supervisor on duty in the absence of the branch manager.

  • Steps in to lead programs when needed

  • Is open to driving the book mobile and leading off site events.

  • Cultivate an atmosphere of active engagement and create learning environments that support the needs and interests of patrons.

Minimum Requirements

  • Strong written and oral communication and customer relations skills.

  • Familiarity with library procedures and materials.

  • Ability to deal tactfully with the public and with co-workers

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift book bags, push loaded book cart.

  • Computer knowledge and skills, including Internet and word processing.

  • Valid North Carolina driver’s license.

Desirable Training and Experience

  • Public library experience.

  • Experience planning and leading programs for children, teens, and adults.

  • College education desirable, high school required.


Benefited after 30 days

Medical, dental, and life insurance
Sick, vacation, and holiday pay
Membership in the Local Government Retirement System

Supplemental retirement 401k/457

How to Apply



APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT ONLY FOR INFORMATION PROVIDED IN RESPONSE TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. No additional information will be solicited by the McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience.


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or national origin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify.


Applications are available:


  • on our website:

     under “Job Opportunities”

  • McDowell County Administration Building(s):

              60 East Court St Marion, NC 28752 ​

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752


Applications can be submitted:

              60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

              25 W Fort Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by Mail to:

               McDowell County Human Resources

               60 East Court Street Marion, NC 28752

  • or by email to: 


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