Library Assistant -- Texas State Library & Archives Commission -- Austin, TX

Division: Archives and Information Services
Position Title: Library Assistant
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Work Location: 1201 Brazos - Austin, TX 78701
Working Hours: M-F 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Salary Group: A-11
Classification No. 7352/Library Assistant II
Job Posting No. 00001342
Monthly Salary: $2,194.34/Month
Date Job Available: 01/15/2018

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Performs moderately complex (journey-level) library work. The Library Assistant uses various classification and location schemes to shelve and retrieve materials for users and staff of the Information Services Department of the Archives and Information Services Division. Assists and instructs patrons and staff in the public reading areas, processes depository shipments of federal documents, enforces security regulations, provides photocopies and other materials, and performs other tasks as assigned. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Tasks

  • Shelves and retrieves agency holdings using a variety of location schemes, including Dewey Decimal, Texas Documents and Superintendent of Documents, and local archival classification systems;
  • Assists staff and instructs patrons in library procedures and use of library materials and services;
  • Performs clerical activities, such as answering phones, filing, photocopying, mailing out materials, and processing incoming materials, including U.S. Documents depository shipments;
  • Performs collection maintenance activities;
  • Verifies that materials are in the correct order and location;
  • Participates in special projects;
  • Performs other duties as assigned;
  • Attends work regularly and in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies; and
  • Complies with all applicable agency policies and procedures, including safety and standards of conduct.

Non-Essential Tasks

  • Inspects returned materials for damage;
  • May lift or move heavy objects, such as boxes of printed materials, microforms or furniture, as well as large and fragile items
  • May interpret policies; explain procedures; and resolve problems regarding services available.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED;
  • Six months paid experience working in a library or archive;
  • One year paid working experience in public contact setting;
  • Six months experience using a personal computer, including the use of word processing.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, and legible handwriting
  • Familiarity with the Internet
  • Ability to communicate effectively with public and TSLAC staff
  • Ability to shelve and retrieve materials accurately with little direct supervision
  • Ability to perform detailed tasks in a public area with many interruptions from patrons
  • Ability to successfully manage workload independently and with little direct supervision
  • Ability to stand and work for extended periods of time
  • Ability to become proficient with a wide variety of classification and location systems, including Dewey Decimal,
    Texas Documents and Superintendent of Documents, and local archival classification systems


  • Experience working with documents in a depository library;
  • College coursework in American or Texas history or government;
  • Working experience in customer service or public contact in a library setting;
  • Applicable working experience using the Internet; and
  • Basic familiarity with genealogy.

Other Requirements & Information

  • Filing exercise involving arranging a typical sample of documents and a group of cards with Dewey Decimal numbers into the correct order will be administered at time of interview;
  • In-basket exercise to be administered during interview;
  • Lifting exercise, of 40 pounds, will be administered at the time of the interview;
  • Occasional overtime, including nights, weekends, and holidays may be required;
  • Criminal history check required and approved of selected applicant before hired; and
  • Ability to work in a non-smoking work environment.


  • Reports to the Head of Reference, Information Services
  • No supervisory responsibility
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