Careers

CIRCULATION CLERK

Position Summary

The Circulation Clerk is the “face” of the library, responsible for greeting patrons and assisting with their requests and questions in a friendly and helpful manner.

 In addition to providing reference services and tech assistance to patrons, the circulation clerk performs routine collection maintenance and assists with other projects as needed.

The ideal applicant should be committed to racial, gender, and class equity with an enthusiasm for public service and passion for creating a warm, welcoming, progressive environment for learners of all ages. Applicants from diverse and historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for public service, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor 
  • Ease with computers and technology 
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills 
  • Outstanding  interpersonal communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently and with others 

Preferred, but not required: 

  • Prior experience working in a public library 
  • Knowledge of Sierra Integrated Library System

Schedule to include some nights/weekends, 25-35 hours/week. Position starting pay is $15.50 with paid time off and some benefits. An introductory period of 3 months employment to assess and confirm suitability for the position. 

Please email director@desmondfishlibrary.org with a resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. 

 

DIGITAL SERVICES INTERN (INNOVATION & LEARNING CENTER)

The Desmond-Fish Public Library Innovation & Learning Center seeks a dynamic, socially-engaged intern with a passion for technology for its inaugural Digital Services Winter Internship.

The Digital Services Internship Winter Session program at the Desmond-Fish Public Library Innovation & Learning Center is an eight-week internship session for people of college age working in technology, arts, literacy, and/or activism, comprised of a nineteen-hour-per-week schedule to be split equally between mentorship and curriculum creation roles.

The intern will work closely with the Digital Services Coordinator in the Innovation & Learning Center, a state-of-the-art makerspace serving our vibrant and multigenerational community. Focused on the intersection of technology and the arts and dedicated to promoting social justice and information literacy through free access to technology, the ILC features a wide range of creative tools and innovative programming for community use, and is the umbrella under which digital services are provided to the DFPL community. 

The winter intern will design and conduct a one-week spring break camp for school-age children (any age range K-12) of their own invention, with the help of the Digital Services Coordinator. This can be a synchronous or asynchronous program, according to the preferences of the intern.

The intern will also assist with weekly clubs and programs for children and teens, one-on-one computer help for all ages, and digital literacy programming for adults. In addition, the intern will be asked to open and supervise the Innovation & Learning Center and its basic services on their own for a short period each week.

During the session, the intern is offered space to exhibit their creative work in the Innovation & Learning Center. 

Applicants are sought who have a unique voice in their fields, who desire to bring to our community their distinct vision of the intersection of technology and lived experience. The ideal applicant will have a wide familiarity with existing and developing technologies,  excellent organization skills and attention to detail, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and above all, an enthusiasm for public service and passion for creating a warm, welcoming, progressive environment for learners of all ages. The ideal applicant should be committed to racial, gender, and class equity and the advancement of social justice.  

Experience with or interest in working with school-age children strongly preferred. Background in the arts a plus. Applicants from diverse and historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing technology and arts- or activism-based programs and putting them into practice
  • Helping library patrons develop essential digital literacy skills through educational programs and informal consultations
  • Assisting Digital Services Coordinator in developing technology-related curriculum materials for adults and children
  • Assisting with day-to-day functions of the Innovation & Learning Center as needed, including supervising the the Innovation & Learning Center and its basic services during opening hours

Qualifications:

  • Coursework in the arts and/or technology
  • Enthusiasm for public service, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor
  • Wide range of knowledge in current and emerging technology
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others

Preferred, but not required:

  • Prior experience working in a public library or teaching
  • Experience using or working in makerspace environments

Please note: because of the ongoing pandemic, some services and programs in the Innovation & Learning Center are not available, or have been changed to reflect life under Covid. The intern’s duties will be adjusted accordingly. 

Compensation: $18/hr at 19 hours per week, $500 transportation stipend. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and examples of any relevant work (if none is available, send us something that lets us get to know you!) to: ryan@desmondfishlibrary.org with the subject heading “Digital Services Intern”. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

LIBRARY PAGE

The Desmond-Fish Public Library is a full-service library located in the small town of Garrison, NY. Our Board of Trustees and staff are committed to the Library’s role as a sustainable, tech-savvy, and community-oriented resource for our patrons. The DFPL is committed to deepening our understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion, and then taking action to best serve our community and our larger society.

We are seeking a responsible and reliable Library Page to work 6 hours a week afternoons and weekends, sorting, shelving, and generally maintaining the Library’s print and media collections.  Applicants from diverse and historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:

  • Sorting and shelving library materials
  • Emptying book drop
  • Shelf reading
  • Shifting collections as necessary
  • Closing and cleanup procedures
  • Assisting with other day-to-day functions of the library as needed

Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for public service, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills
  • Ability to sort, shelve, and locate library materials alphabetically and numerically
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others.

Other Requirements

  • Meets minimum age requirements under State and Federal regulations
  • Ability to work afternoons and weekends
  • Physical ability to push and pull loaded book carts, to bend, stretch, and kneel, climb and balance on a kick stool, and lift up to 25 pounds.

Starting pay for this part-time position is $13.50/hour.

To apply, pick up an application form at the Library’s circulation desk or email your resume to director@desmondfishlibrary.org.