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Employment Opportunities with OPPL

Join our team!!! The Ouachita Parish Public Library is located in the beautiful twin cities of Monroe/West Monroe in northeast Louisiana. The library system consists of 6 branches plus a bookmobile, with a 7th branch in the planning stages. Ouachita Parish Public Library serves a population of 146,985 and is proud to be one of the top libraries in the state.

The library offers liberal benefits, including an excellent retirement system, vacations, sick leave and health insurance. Employees may advance to higher positions according to their abilities, qualifications, education, and special interests based upon the needs of the library. After offered employment at the Ouachita Parish Public Library, the applicant agrees to be tested and to successfully pass a drug screening in order to be added to the payroll. The screening will be done by an independent laboratory with the cost to be covered by the library. Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Present library employees are given three days priority in applying for the vacant position before outside applicants will be considered. Library employees may still apply after the designated deadline but priority will not be given.

Applications and resumés may be submitted to the Operations Coordinator, Carolyn Chatham, in person or by email. The official form may be obtained by picking one up at the office or by following this Link. Submit the form by clicking the Submit button at the end of the form. For more information call the office of Operations Coordinator at (318) 327-1490 or email (cchatham@oplib.org ). Applications may be returned on line or in person Monday through Friday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to:       

Ouachita Parish Public Library
Office of Operations Coordinator
1800 Stubbs Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201
Fax: 318-329-4057

Current OPPL Vacancies   - August 28, 2014

 

Library Assistant I – Floater
Librarian I -   Reference - Main Branch
Library Associate I - Technical Services-Purchasing – Main Branch
Library Assistant I - Circulation - Main Branch - Part Time
Library Assistant  I  -  Circulation – Sterlington Branch - Part Tine
Library Assistant I – Building & Grounds Aide
Library Associate I - Children’s Department – Sterlington Branch

 

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Library Assistant I – Floater
Starting Hourly Wage: $8.1402 per hour       
                                               
Answers to: Operations Coordinator                 
                     Branch Manager

Nature of Work:
            Serves as System substitute.  Responsible for providing "customer service" to the public
            in all branches of the Ouachita Parish Public Library.
           
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
            Checking in/out materials
            Registering patrons
            Collecting fines and other library related charges
            Place holds on materials for patrons
            Answer telephones
            Identify and send in materials for cleaning and repair
            Assist patrons in basic reference and other areas of the library
            General duties of any department where a substitute may be needed on a short term basis
           
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
            Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
            Ability to deal effectively with co-workers and the public
            Work effectively in automated system used for library circulation
           

Physical Requirements:
            Work is performed in office environment and requires sitting, standing, stooping,
                        walking and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs.; may require lifting
                        objects in excess of 25 lbs. occasionally.
            Common abilities such as mobility and dexterity

Required Qualifications:
            High school diploma or equivalent

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.
           
The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will employer.

A criminal background and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

 

 

 


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Librarian I -   Reference - Main Branch
Full – Time – 40 hours per week.
Pay commensurate with education and experience


ANSWERS TO:  Head of Reference
                          Branch Manager

NATURE OF WORK:
            Under broad supervision, performs advanced reference and research tasks. Does not supervise but may direct tasks of Assistants and Associates if requested by supervisor.
                       
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist in developing programs and promotional materials
Assist  public in use of all forms of reference resources
Perform advanced research projects as necessary and requested
Teach computer and other designated technology usage and classes  to public and staff
            Other duties as required

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
            Advanced knowledge of  library practices and procedures
            Extensive knowledge of Reference techniques and sources
            Skilled in computer usage and resources
            Must possess effective oral and written communication skills
            Must possess effective people skills in dealing with staff and the public
           
Physical Requirements:
            Work is performed in an office environment and requires sitting, standing, stooping,
            walking, and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs.; may require lifting
            objects weighing in excess of 25 lbs. occasionally.  Common abilities of
            mobility and dexterity.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
            Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited School of Library Science.
            Experience preferred.

           
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will employer.

A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

 

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

         

 

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 Library Associate I - Technical Services-Purchasing – Main Branch
Full time – 40 hours per week
Beginning hourly rate: $10.1299 commensurate with experience and education

ANSWERS TO: Head of Technical Services

NATURE OF WORK:
            Under broad supervision, order and account for library materials and supplies
           
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
            Process orders for library materials and office supplies
            Process and reconcile invoices and packing lists for library materials and supplies
            Monitor materials budget
            Distribute supplies to branches and storeroom
            Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
            Knowledge and operations of standard office equipment
            Computer usage and working knowledge of specified software programs
            Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
            Appropriate oral and written communication skills
            Ability to deal effectively and courteously with co-workers, public and vendors
            Proficient in total purchasing process; governmental purchasing experience preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
            Work is performed in office environment and requires sitting, standing, stooping,
            walkin and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs.; may require lifting
            objects in excess of 25 lbs. occasionally.
            Common abilities such as mobility and dexterity

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
            BS/BA  in business, general studies or other relevant degree, OR
            2 yrs (60 hrs) college credit + 1 yr. exp in specialty area or 2 yrs. related experience, OR
            HS  diploma +min of  6 yrs. purchasing  or related experience

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this
Position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.
                                   
                       
The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will employer.

A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

 
 

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Library Assistant I - Circulation - Main Branch - Part Time
Part-time – maximum 25 hours per week
Beginning hourly rate: $8.1402 per hour
                                                                                                                      

Answers to: Head of Circulation, and Branch Manager

Nature of Work:
           Under general supervision, responsible for providing frontline "customer service" to the   
            public
           
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
            All duties of the Page position in addition to:
            Check in/out materials
            Register patrons
            Collect fines and other library related fees
            Place holds on materials for patrons
            Answer phones
            Identify and send in materials needing cleaning and repair
            Answer general questions and assist patrons in locating materials
            Other duties as requested

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
            Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
            Ability to deal effectively with co-workers and the public
            "Frontline" public service skills
            Basic computer skills, using Windows environment
            Ability to operate office and other equipment relative to library functions

Physical Requirements:
            Work is performed in an office environment and requires sitting, standing and stooping
            walking and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs.; may require lifting
            objects weighing in excess of 25 lbs. occasionally.

            Common abilities such as mobility and dexterity

Required Qualifications:
            High school diploma or equivalent

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will  employer.

A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT


           

 

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Library Assistant  I  -  Circulation – Sterlington Branch
Part–time – 25 hours per week maximum
Beginning hourly rate: $8.1402

ANSWERS TO:  BRANCH MANAGER

NATURE OF WORK:  Frontline Customer Service Representative  for the Library

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist with Page duties when needed
Checking in/out materials
Patron Registrations
Collecting fines/fees
Place hold on materials for patrons
Answer phones
Identify and send in materials for cleaning and repair
Assist patrons with basic reference and informational queries

Obtain basic working knowledge of all aspects of the Branch and assist co-workers as needed.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
Ability to deal effectively with co-workers and the public
Basic computer skills including working in a windows environment
Function as a Team-Player with co-workers and assist in all areas of the Branch as needed
Operation of debit/charge machines

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Work is performed in office environment and requires sitting, standing, stooping, walking and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs; may require lifting objects weighing in excess of 25 lbs occasionally. Common abilities such as mobility and dexterity.

REQUIREED EDUCATION:

High School diploma or equivalent.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.

Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will employer 

A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process


           

 

       

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Library Assistant I – Building & Grounds Aide
40 hours per week – Beginning hourly rate $8.1402

Answers to:  Operations Coordinator

Nature of Work:
          Under general supervision, responsible for maintaining clean and neat facilities, prepares   
          designated areas for programs and activities as directed and may perform minor
           maintenance functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
            Disposal of exterior waste and debris at all branch facilities
            Fill vending machines
            Set-up tables and chairs for specific programs
            Assist in grounds maintenance at all branches
            Keep all departments supplied with copier paper.
            Assist with loading and unloading of freight as needed
            Assist with transport of materials between branches as needed
            Assist with keeping supply closets stocked
            Assist with moving of furniture as needed
            Perform janitorial duties when needed in absence of regular janitor.
            Make trips to courthouse for Business Office
            Dispose of old newspapers
            Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
            Must be able to function as a team with other maintenance and building staff under
                        supervision of Operations Coordinator
            Must have a valid driver's license or obtain license within 30 days of employment
(a driving record check will be performed on all employees driving Library vehicles)
Must be able to follow written and oral instructions
            Needs enough initiative to see things that need to be done without being told
            Basic knowledge of using basic tools for doing small repair/maintenance tasks

Physical Requirements:
            Work is performed both indoors and outdoors and exposure is to a variety of
            weather conditions and temperatures.
            Work requires considerable and strenuous standing, stooping, climbing, walking and
            lifting objects in excess of 74 lbs.
            Work areas are sometimes difficult or dangerous access

Required Qualifications:
            High school diploma or GED
           
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will  employer.

A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

 

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Library Associate I - Children’s Department – Sterlington Branch
Full time – 40 hours per week
Beginning - $10.1299 per hour

ANSWERS TO: Sterlington Branch Manager

NATURE OF WORK:
Under general supervision, assists children and parents in the use of library materials and facilities  and provides children’s programs. Does not supervise
           
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
            Answer computer and reference related questions for children and parents
            Locate requested materials
            Assist and train children and parents in the use of library materials/research
                        materials , including computer programs and downloading of application
                        software
            Ensure availability of designated children's areas of the library
            Ensure a child friendly environment
            Assist in the development and presentation of children's programs and events
            Plan and conduct story ties, school visits and other special children's programs
            Other duties as requested

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
            Knowledge of library procedures and policies
            Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
            Communication skills, both oral and written
            Ability to deal effectively with co-workers and public
            Skill in working with children
            Adequate computer skills
           
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
            Work is performed in office environment and requires sitting, standing, stooping,
walking and lifting of objects weighing less than 25 lbs.; may require lifting
            objects in excess of 25 lbs. occasionally.
                Common abilities such as mobility and dexterity

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
BS (Successful completion of LSSC Program may be substituted 
for this entry-level  classification                                                       OR
2 years college (60 hrs)+ 2-4 yrs. library or related experience                        OR
            High school diploma + 5-7 yrs library or related experience
 
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work for this position and are not presented as an exhaustive list of all job duties of the position.

The Ouachita Parish Public Library is an equal opportunity and an At-Will employer.
A criminal background check and a drug screening are part of the pre-hire process.

FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT


 

 

 

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