Library Assistant – Circulation Desk | Oak Park and River Forest High School

Posted on Jul 20, 2018


  • Experience and strong interest in working with young adults.
  • Knowledge of basic library procedures.
  • Possess excellent word processing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  • Good organizational and technical skills are required.
  • Able to accurately pass a five-minute typing test with an average speed of 30 WPM
  • Must be attentive to details.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Capable of learning to be proficient in District computer programs, including student information system and the Library Online Catalog and Circulation system.
  • Proficient in use of basic office equipment including copier, printer, scanner.
  • Able to problem-solve.
  • Able to shift focus with a minimum of effort and to confidently prioritize tasks.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to customer service.
  • Willingness to exhibit positive employee attitude and professionalism to students, staff and others.
  • Able to be sensitive, tactful, and confidential regarding student issues in all interactions.
  • Able to lift heavy boxes, push heavy book carts and reshelve books.
  • Able to identify, troubleshoot, and communicate basic computer-related issues.
  • Able to supervise students and interact with staff and co-workers politely and professionally.


  • Library Technical Assistant Paraprofessional Certificate with library experience; Library and Information Technology Certificate and Associate degree; other Associate degree with library experience.


Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a comprehensive public high school located in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb eight miles due west of downtown Chicago. We are a one-school district, with the majority of our students coming from two sender districts, River Forest Public Schools District 90 and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. We offer more than 200 courses, a variety of programs for students with special needs, 75 clubs and activities, and 29 competitive sports. We prepare our students well for post-secondary success, with an average ACT composite score of 24 and a 94% graduation rate.
Oak Park and River Forest are communities that highly value diversity. OPRF is a founding member of the national Minority Student Achievement Network, and our school is racially and economically diverse, with about 44% of our 3,300 students identifying as African-American, Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. Our villages have long embraced the LGBTQ community, and we have a significant mix of homeowners and renters.
We seek faculty and staff who have high expectations for all students, and who value student voice in education. As a school, we are particularly focused on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.
OPRF is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. OPRF’s goal is to increase its representation of people of color.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but our future. The District prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive 9-12 college and career readiness curriculum and a rich arts education program.  Our students are curious, creative, and they come ready to learn. More than 90 percent of our students go on to college.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 believes that we can “become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential.” We can accomplish this through dedicated teachers, staff, and administration who build relationships with students and have high expectations for themselves and their students. We believe in planning for and providing the academic and developmental support students need to meet those expectations. We further believe that every student can learn through exposure to academically challenging content, feedback during learning, and the educator’s knowledge and skill.
Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a great place for those who are interested in an environment that supports creativity, leadership at all levels, innovation, a focus on professional and curriculum development, and the best practices of instruction. We are currently seeking individuals to join our team where we enable all students to achieve their full potential every day.
Job Summary:           
Assists with the daily operation of the school library program. Trained and skilled in library procedures, including circulation desk operations and shelving system. Assists Librarians by providing a wide variety of support and organizational services in the library. Creates a respectful and welcoming library environment. Responds to immediate needs of students and staff. Understands and promotes the mission of the library.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide opening and closing duties as required.
  • Make sure that catalog computers are online daily.
  • Check out materials to students and staff.
  • Monitor library entrances and exits to ensure security of library materials.
  • Answer students’ requests for information.
  • Supervise students in the library on passes and during lunch.
  • Assist students and other library users to locate materials with online catalog, databases and the library website to support teaching and learning.
  • Assist students in using computers and other library technology such as printers, copiers, and chargers. 
  • Pull material as requested by librarians to prepare for classes.
  • Notify librarians of lost and damaged books.
  • Maintain inventory of circulation desk materials.
  • Maintain printers and printer supplies. 
  • Troubleshoot minor equipment problems.
  • Submit request for service when needed.
  • Create and maintain some displays.
  • Maintain a neat appearance of library (chairs pushed in, books to the fronts on shelves, displays filled, etc.).
  • Assists with inventories and withdrawal of materials.
  • Complete other library support tasks and participate in projects as assigned.

Job Duties and Responsibilities Specific for Library Assistant – Circulation:

  • Prepare and distribute overdue notices.
  • Handles student obligations for lost or damaged material.
  • Maintain bookshelves by shelving and conducting periodic shelf reading.
  • Supervise and train student workers to perform basic library tasks such as reshelving and pulling books.

Job Duties and Responsibilities Specific for Library Assistant – Technical Services:

  • Process all library materials to ensure shelf-readiness according to guidelines and specifications as determined by Librarians.
  • Repair all library materials.
  • Confirm deliveries for accuracy.
  • Track and process purchase orders and invoices on the district financial system.
  • Maintain and order office and library supplies.
  • Coordinates paperwork for Student Workers.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, and data as requested by Librarians.
  • Maintain periodical collection.
  • Provide clerical and secretarial duties for the library.


$19.57 per hour, per current CPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (grade 3), $29,942 annually, prorated based on start date.


Oak Park and River Forest High School
201 N Scoville Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States

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