Reference Assistant - Historical Room

Library System/Company Name
Pickens County Library System
Job Description

The purpose of the class is to staff the Library’s reference desk and provide information and guidance regarding academic, community, historical, governmental and other topics, and to perform related professional and administrative work as required. The class works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.



The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class.  Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Assists the public in a professional and courteous manner.

Opens and closes assigned branch and performs related security procedures.

Staffs the Library’s reference desk.

Interprets Library policies and procedures to the public.

Provides answers to reference questions; directs patrons to appropriate informational resources and/or assists patrons in researching topics as necessary.

Assists Library patrons in using various resources and equipment of the Library, including computer hardware, software and Internet.

Coordinates historical room collection. Responds to public inquiries regarding collection, local history, and genealogy research.

Plans, coordinates, implements programming related to local history and genealogy. 

Manages Book-a-Librarian program for Main Library.  Responds to requests and schedules appointments.

Shelves Library materials.

Assists in maintaining and performs minor troubleshooting of Library automation systems.

Attends staff, committee, County and community meetings as appropriate.

Receives and responds to public inquiries, requests for assistance and complaints in areas of responsibility.

Keeps supervisor informed of all issues and concerns encountered.

Assists co-workers with duties as required.

Performs routine administrative / clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, sending and receiving faxes, assembling materials, answering the telephone, etc.

Receives and deposits monies using the cash register; generates receipts and reconciles money daily; prepares reporting paperwork.

Attends continuing education classes, professional meetings, conferences and/or workshops to maintain and enhance job knowledge and skills.

Performs other duties as assigned.

$18.13 per hour. 37.5 hours per week.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree or education and training equivalent to four years of college education in liberal arts, library science or a closely related field.


Must possess valid state driver’s license.


Requires over two years and up to and including four years.

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