Job Opening Announcement

Library Assistant II

Date: July 22, 2020
Due Date: August 12, 2020
Salary: $3,190 - $3,979 per month DOQ

Job Announcement

COMMENTS:  The City of Coos Bay is soliciting applications for the position of Library Assistant II.  To apply for the position, interested parties should submit a city application, resume, and letter of interest to the City Manager’s Office.  City applications are available from the City Manager’s Office, City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420, by telephone 541-269-8912, or listed at the bottom of this announcement.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 5:00 p.m., August 12, 2020.  Applications postmarked on or by August 12, 2020 will be accepted.  Please include a valid e-mail address where you can be contacted.  All notifications regarding your status in the selection process will be made via electronic mail. 

The City of Coos Bay is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap or any other non-merit factor.  If reasonable accommodation is required to complete the application process, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-269-8912 during the hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.


GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  Performs paraprofessional work assisting Librarians in technical processing, programming, and service desk functions.  Performs related work as required. Employees in this class exercise considerable judgment and the work only reviewed periodically.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the day-to-day supervision of the Librarians. The Assistant Library Director reviews and evaluates work for conformance with established library policies and procedures.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervision of other employees is not a normal responsibility of an employee in this class.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this classification may perform any of the following duties. However, these examples do not include all the specified tasks which an employee may be expected to perform.

  1. Performs high level of customer service at various service points
  2. Assists with cataloging and processing of library materials 
  3. Maintains quality of data in ILS database
  4. Implements programming for various age groups as directed 
  5. Assist patrons with a wide variety of technology needs



KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:  Demonstrated knowledge of practices, principles and philosophy of modern library science including reference tools, library classification systems, and alphanumeric organization. Skill and ability to operate and maintain computers and other library or office equipment. Specific knowledge of, and demonstrated ability to accomplish, library materials acquisitions, cataloging and classification, and technical processing is required. Ability to verify bibliographic information using AACR2, and MARC is required. A Library Assistant II Competency Test will be administered.

Must have ability to pay close attention to detail, and produce accurate work in a technological environment. Ability to understand oral and written instructions and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers and the general public and to function within a team in providing library service. Ability to work under pressure at busy public service desks.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Must be able to develop and maintain positive cooperative team-oriented relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, and other you come in contact with. 

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:  Two years of library or related experience required. Graduation from high school or the equivalent GED certificate required. College level course work in library science or related field preferred. Any other satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which demonstrates the ability to perform the work may be considered.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Copy and fax machines, phone, networked personal computers and printers, light pen and scanner, standard office software applications including word processing, spreadsheet and email, postage meter, book trucks, simple repair tools, glue gun and supplies such as adhesives, marking pens or correction fluid.

Physical Demands

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Ability to speak in order to interact with library users and co-workers. Ability to move from one area to another quickly. Ability to reach arms above head to place or retrieve objects weighing up to ten pounds on 7-foot shelves. Ability to bend, kneel, sit, twist, squat, stand, crawl, climb and balance and to change positions quickly and frequently.  Ability to use both hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. Vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus while engaged in tasks such as checking patron identification, recognizing patrons for identification purposes, locating books or other materials on library shelves, reconciling book shipments with invoices, monitoring children’s movements during programs. Ability to use eyes, hands and fingers simultaneously.  Ability to hear in order to interact with library users or co-workers in an immediate way.

Ability to push and pull book trucks with a force of up to 2.75 pounds. Ability to lift and carry piles of books or supplies weighing up to 25 pounds. Ability to spend up to eight hours at a public service desk, with standard meal and rest breaks. Ability to use a personal computer and online terminal to access, input, retrieve and manipulate data in an efficient manner, including times of simultaneous interaction with library users and co-workers. Ability to frequently and quickly communicate using a telephone and email.

ESSENTIAL COGNITIVE DEMANDS:  The cognitive demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to learn detailed library practices and procedures. Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, with staff, volunteers and library users. Ability to gather, read, interpret, organize and apply sometimes large volumes of detailed information related to library services. Ability to exercise good judgment in interpreting library policies and procedures. Ability to make decisions based on pertinent criteria. Ability to efficiently plan and organize personal daily tasks and some of the overall activities within the division. Ability to use basic math skills in order to carry out tasks such as making change, interpreting fines, processing invoices, maintaining records. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to sort numerically, using whole numbers and decimals. Ability to alphabetize using the English language alphabet. Ability to shift quickly back and forth between mental tasks.

Work Environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level is generally low. Work environment includes the presence of book dust; concrete floors; close proximity to operating machines; central air conditioning; fluorescent lights; frequent interruptions from telephone, people and equipment; sharing work stations with other staff and volunteers; contact with library users from all walks of life with varying physical and mental abilities.

GUIDELINES:  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Employees work in a strong team-oriented environment and receive a generous employee benefit package which includes eleven paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, long term disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, and retirement through the Public Employees Retirement System. The City pays 90% of the medical and dental insurance premium for the employee and their family.  

Hiring Process

Applicants must complete and submit the required City application packet by 5:00 p.m. August 12, 2020 as specified in this job announcement.  All applicants will be notified of the final status of their application.  

Application Acceptance Period: ............................... July 22nd – August 12th

Review of Applications: ............................................ August 13th – August 14th 

Interviews with Selected Candidates: ........................ August 17th – August 20th

Follow-up Interviews (as needed): ............................ August 21st 

Probable Date for Offer of Employment: ....................August 24th  

Projected Start Date: ................................................. September 8th