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The Lansdowne Public Library

JOB DESCRIPTION: Processing Assistant

Hiring: 1-2 individuals, 10-32 hours per week

Compensation $15-16/hr, depending on experience


Updated December 2023

The Processing Assistant works under the direction and supervision of the Head of Circulation & Cataloging and is responsible for the timely completion of processing tasks and assisting with various aspects of library operations. This role entails a flexible schedule including some night and weekend hours.

Responsibilities include:

  • Fulfill all cataloging duties as assigned by the Head of Circulation & Cataloging or Library Director, including book covering, repair, and collection item maintenance.

  • Train circulation clerks in all aspects of processing and delegate duties to others as needed or instructed.

  • Make recommendations to the Head of Circulation & Cataloging about materials needed to complete tasks.

  • Provide circulation services, troubleshooting, customer service, and reader's advisory as needed.

  • Maintain current knowledge of general library trends and specific library programs and events.

  • Maintain familiarity with all aspects of the library collection.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Requirements, Knowledge & Abilities:

Requirements – Undergraduate degree with at least 2 years of library or related experience preferred.

Knowledge – General practices and procedures, library classification/automated circulation systems, Microsoft Office, computer equipment, customer service, and the principles of library practices and procedures. Must understand copiers, fax machines, and emerging technologies, and be able to perform troubleshooting.

Abilities – Be courteous and tactful with the public, communicate effectively verbally and in writing, establish and maintain working relationships with patrons, employees, vendors, DCLS staff, Borough employees, and the public. To implement policy and procedure, exercise initiative and judgement in completing tasks, maintain confidentiality, and address staff and patron issues respectfully. Additional ability to train employees, stand and sit for long periods of time, lift and move up to 25 pounds, and move materials from both lower and higher shelves. Provide close attention to detail despite interruptions, set priorities, meet deadlines, and delegate effectively.



To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Please, no phone call inquiries. Recruitment will continue until the position or positions are filled. As an employee of the Borough of Lansdowne, new employees are subject to a six-month probationary period.

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