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Student Employment: Ray Howard Library

The library hires students to work at the front desk and handle various tasks that keep the library functioning.

Job Description

Library Student Employee (Library & Archives Paraprofessional I)

Position Description- Updated Fall 2023 

Library & Archives Paraprofessional I performs a wide variety of tasks in the delivery of library or archival services offered by Shoreline Community College.  These may range from basic tasks at the entry level to complex work and problem solving at the higher levels.  
Perform library or archival tasks such as: assisting patrons with writing, reference, or informational questions; circulation; collection maintenance and preservation acquisition; interlibrary lending and document delivery; cataloging; input/update library records or archival databases; creating and providing materials in alternate formats. 
At the higher levels perform complex library and/or archival work involving intensive application of specialized knowledge and skills and may participate in the development and implementation of policies. 


  • Performs basic paraprofessional library and/or archival tasks and services. 

Distinguishing Characteristics 

This is the entry level of the series.  Positions work under close supervision and perform basic library and archival tasks and services. Refers patrons to higher-level staff when appropriate. 

Typical Work 

  • Provides courteous, effective and timely customer service  

  • Answers basic informational and directional questions; refers clients to appropriate employees for other services  

  • Searches for materials 

  • Performs prepping, scanning, and imaging procedures   

  • Performs circulation functions such as checking materials and other resources in and out, issuing library cards and collecting fines 

  • Receives and processes materials including stamping and labeling  

  • Shelves, shifts, and shelf-reads items in various collections according to specifications  

  • Creates temporary bibliographic records as appropriate  
    Desirable Qualifications 

High school graduation or equivalent and one year of clerical or customer service experience. Equivalent education or experience will substitute. 


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