Library Associate (Part Time), Grade 18
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is seeking a part-time Library Associate to join our team. You will provide a full range of library services and programming to incarcerated individuals in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF).
MCPL is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. MCPL values diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures. MCPL encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. As part of this commitment, MCPL provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process or to perform the essential functions of this position.
MCCF Library offers a full range of services to incarcerated individuals, including legal reference materials, educational support, self-help, and general popular interest reading materials to improve and enrich their lives and enable their successful re-entry into the community.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a passion for serving incarcerated individuals, excellent customer service and communication skills, and a strong work ethic. The ability to work collaboratively with a team and independently is also essential.
About Montgomery County Library System:
MCPL has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. To support this vision, we create opportunities through meaningful connections by acting as the knowledge sharing center for over 1 million diverse customers.
Approximately 500 engaged and passionate staff provide services in 21 library locations and in community engagement using direct outreach and virtual assistance. MCPL is an open, inviting, and vital gateway to the information, ideas and enrichment that strengthens our county. A diverse, highly qualified staff continually assesses community needs and interests to support, encourage and inspire our customers.
MCPL believes in the right of all to learn and to grow. We value intellectual freedom, accountability, quality service, diversity, fairness, professional ethics, integrity of information and respect for our customers, our community, and ourselves. We are a learning organization that functions openly by exploring new ideas and using the collective talent, knowledge, and creativity of employees at all levels.
Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:
- Answering reference questions and helping inmates locate materials.
- Creating and maintaining inmate library accounts.
- Assisting with library programming, including book clubs and literacy programs.
- Assisting with weeding and merchandising materials in the branch collection.
All employees should expect to work daytime, evening, and weekend hours. Positions in this class assigned to the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) or assigned to regularly work at DOCR facilities require a Medical History Review with Drug/Alcohol Screening and a Mental Health Examination.
Generally, this position is covered by Retirement Savings Plan, Group CM. If the successful candidate is an internal employee, retirement plan coverage will be determined at the time the job offer is made.Additional Employment Information
OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.
Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov . Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.
Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference .
All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicants responses in conjunction with their resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a Lateral Transfer candidate and may be considered for interview.
If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.
Montgomery County Ethics Law : Except as provided by law or regulation, the Countys Public Employees (which does not include employees of the Sheriffs office) are subject to the Countys ethics law including the requirements to obtain advanced approval of any outside employment and the prohibitions on certain outside employment. The outside employment requirements of the ethics law can be found at 19A-12 of the County Code . Additional information about outside employment can be obtained from the Ethics Commission website.Minimum Qualifications
Education : Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
Experience : None
Licensure : None
Note : An appointee with only a bachelor’s degree shall have two (2) years from date of appointment to complete a minimum of ninety (90) hours of in-service training by attending the Maryland State Library Associate Training Program under Departmental sponsorship or, complete nine (9) hours of formal course work in library science for compliance with the Maryland State Board of Education Bylaw for Public Library Associates.
Physical Ability : Ability to perform light physical effort, such as keyboarding, standing, or staying in place for long periods of time and lifting, carrying and/or moving of book tubs, carts and library books and materials weighing 20 pounds, regularly, and up to 50 pounds, as required. Ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure.
Medical Protocol: Positions in this class assigned to the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR) or assigned to regularly work at DOCR facilities require a Medical History Review with Drug/Alcohol Screening and a Mental Health Examination.
Continuing Education : Employees will be responsible for maintaining an appropriate level of Continuing Education to meet State requirements. Note : There will be no substitutions for this section.Preferred Criteria
All minimally qualified will be placed on the eligible list as Qualified. Candidates with the following experience may be extended an invitation to interview. Taking the time address these areas in your resume is recommended.
- Direct service to customers.
- Experience working directly with incarcerated service populations.
- Knowledge of library management systems.
- Experience with library programming.
- Formal or informal technological literacy instruction of software, apps, tablets, or e-readers.