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Part-time Assistant Librarian Position Available

Now accepting applications….

Part-time Assistant Librarian

The Durland Alternatives Library (DAL) is accepting applications for the position of assistant librarian. We’re looking for someone who’s attracted to the subject matter and mission of our library to transform what people believe is possible by showing alternatives to mainstream society.

About Durland Alternatives Library

Since our beginning in 1974, the library collection has focused on alternatives. The first books were about alternative communities & lifestyles in the 70’s. Our collection has since grown to include a variety of topics, all with themes of social justice, ecology, and transformative action.

Along with the library collection, our program Prisoner Express has grown to serve over 4,000 incarcerated men and women throughout the US. Much of the library’s day to day operations have evolved to serve this need. PE operations are separate, but happen alongside library operations.

The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)

Library Assistant Position Overview

The assistant librarian oversees the management of the library’s unique collection and cataloging system – as well as the day to day operations of the library. The assistant librarian may also be a point of contact and correspondence with patrons, ensuring their accounts are up to date and is able to answer any questions patrons will have about the collection.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with library director to understand, manage, and cultivate the collection
  • Catalog, update, repair, and review library item records
  • Follow, create, and build upon library procedures and other documentation
  • Provide training to student staff or oversee volunteers
  • Respond to patron requests or questions about their account
  • Operate the library circulation desk

Required Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Attention to detail
  • Clear and consistent communication about the work
  • Resourceful, enthusiastic, flexible, diplomatic and cooperative qualities.
  • Knowledge of our subject material; social justice, environment, social movements
  • Commitment to providing high-quality service
  • Familiarity with cloud based documentation like Google Drive and Docs
  • Proficient with databases, and a willingness to learn if needed
  • Ability to formulate questions, analyze problems, and carry out decision-making process.
  • Works cohesively in a team environment, as well as independently

Salary and Benefits

The position is 20 – 24 hours per week, starting at $17 per hour, and includes health insurance options. The position is available to begin on August 1st, 2018

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references in .pdf format to Ryan Clover-Owens, Library Director, Durland Alternatives Library, at

Please state “Assistant Librarian Application” in your subject line.  All applications will be acknowledged by return email. Applications received by Monday, June 11th, 2018 will receive first consideration.

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