DATE LISTED: June 20, 2019

TITLE: Assistant Circulation Manager / Grade 9

LIBRARY: Ashe County Public Library, part of the Appalachian Regional Library
CITY: West Jefferson

STARTING PAY: $12.65 per  hour ($26,312.00 annually) / 40 hours per week
QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of at least two years of college and three years of public library experience.

DUTIES: An employee in this position assists the Circulation Manager in the administration, operation, and development of the library’s Circulation Department. Duties involve all circulation functions, including training of Circulation Department staff. 

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Checks materials in and out. Registers new patrons. Supervises circulation assistants in absence of Circulation Manager. Assists in the maintenance of the local database. Aids in the selection and processing of new materials. Responsible for cash reports and bank deposits. Assists with training of circulation assistants and volunteers. Assists the public in using the online catalog and self-check. Performs ready reference and readers’ advisory as needed. Repairs books. Evaluates and bills damaged items.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Ability to deal tactfully, courteously, and effectively with the public and other employees. Thorough knowledge of the ARL database and Evergreen system. Ability to use a computer. Ability to train others. Working knowledge of reference source materials.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: hrashe(at)arlibrary(dot)org


DATE LISTED: 6/11/2019

TITLE/CLASS: Circulation Manager (Manager II)/Grade 13

Location:  Wilkes County Public Library, North Wilkesboro, NC

SALARY:  $16.70 per hour ($34,736 annually) / 40 hours a week


A Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 2 years appropriate library experience required, preferably in a public library. Some supervisory experience required.


An employee in this position is responsible for the administration, operation, and development of the library’s Circulation Department.


  1. Administers circulation system, continually analyzes circulation activities and practices, and

maintains an up-to-date circulation procedures manual

  1. Manages activities at the library’s circulation desk including patron registration and

maintenance of patron records, check-out and check-in of library materials, holds, overdues,

and maintenance of circulation records and statistics

  1. Provides all circulation services for the public
  2. Helps patrons become more knowledgeable about circulation procedures and judiciously

resolves problems that involve patron complaints and/or interpretation of circulation


  1. Working with the County Librarian, publicizes for departmental positions, interviews, and

hires staff

  1. Schedules, supervises, and evaluates the performance of the Circulation Department

Staff and volunteers

  1. Oversees training of Circulation staff
  2. Oversees the maintenance of the patron database
  3. As part of the management team periodically assumes full responsibility for the operation

and security of the library

  1. Bills for damaged or lost items
  2. Responsible for mending of books
  3. May order library supplies and materials and manage the budget lines thereof.
  4. Generates reports from ILS as needed
  5. Actively participates in regional Circulation Managers Team


Ability to deal tactfully, courteously, and effectively with the public and other employees

A basic knowledge of library procedures, operations and services

The ability and willingness to assume responsibility, make decisions, and solve problems

Ability to set priorities, organize and budget time effectively

Ability to supervise and motivate personnel

Ability to speak and write effectively

Proficiency with MS Operating System and MS Office Suite

Familiarity with all aspects of NC Cardinal’s circulation module

Attention to detail

AVAILABLE:   August 12, 2019

APPLY BY: Open until filled


Please specify which position and location you are applying for.  Email resume and cover letter to:  hrwilkes(at)arlibrary(dot)org or drop off or mail resume and cover letter to:

Wilkes County Public Library

Attn: County Librarian

215 Tenth Street

North Wilkesboro, NC 28659




DATE LISTED: June 11, 2019
TITLE (Class): Youth Services Manager (Manager III)
LIBRARY: Ashe County Public Library
LOCATION: West Jefferson, NC
SALARY: $19.53 per hour ($40,622.40 annually) / 40 hours per week
BENEFITS: State Health Plan, Retirement and other benefits available
AVAILABILITY: Position available July 24. Open until filled.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an ALA-accredited school of Library and Information Science with a Master’s degree in library science and a minimum of 1 year of public library experience in addition to or including 1 year of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Must be eligible for North Carolina Public Librarian Certification.

DUTIES: An employee in this position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and promoting public library programs and services for youth and teens in a particular county. This employee supervises all staff and volunteers assigned to the Youth Services Department. This employee is considered an expert in the delivery of library services to children and provides guidance and assistance throughout the library system on an as needed basis.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Collection development for print and electronic easy, juvenile, and young adults. Manages budget line items. Develops, implements and evaluates plans for the youth service department (locally and regionally). Serves as a liaison between the library and schools (public, private, and homeschools). Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates staff and volunteers assigned to the youth services department. Plans, develops, and implements innovative programs, working with county librarian and regional director. Participates in local and regional management teams. Provides reference, readers advisory, and/or circulation services. Periodically assumes full responsibility for the operation and security of the library.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Ability to deal tactfully, courteously, and effectively with the public and other employees. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to use computers for both internal and external projects and information. Extensive knowledge of reading process, reading problems, and readability of library materials. Considerable knowledge of children’s and young adult literature and media, as well as knowledge of current youth culture. Ability to conduct successful reference interviews to assist patrons. Ability to plan, develop, and present programs that meet library objectives and child/growth development needs.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: hrashe(at)arlibrary(dot)org



PART-TIME, TEMPORARY POSITION with the Digital Watauga Project

DATE LISTED: June 27, 2019

LIBRARY: Watauga County Public Library

Title: Digital Watauga Technician

Salary: $10.00 Per Hour, 16 Hours Per Week

Job Period: Available August 19, 2019, Up to 15 Weeks Total (240 Hours), To Be Completed by December 3, 2019

Location: Watauga County Public Library, Boone, NC

Job Description: The temporary employee will process, describe, and digitize materials from the Digital Watauga Project, including slide images from the Watauga County Soil and Water Department and photographs from the George Flowers Collection, as well as additional collections as needed. Under the supervision of the Watauga County Library Staff, with assistance from the Chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project, the temporary employee will be responsible for processing, arranging, describing, digitizing, and archivally re-housing the collections to meet the information needs of our website users while also following Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and the Dublin Core Initiative to accurately describe the digital objects. The employee will also be responsible for adding the digital objects and associated metadata to Omeka.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in history, library science, English, Appalachian Studies, anthropology, or a related field. Graduate coursework toward completion of an advanced degree in history, historic preservation, art history, library science, or a related field is preferred. Experience working with manuscript archives, digital archives projects, Omeka, and the Dublin Core Initiative is also preferred. Experience with MS Excel and proficiency working in a Windows environment are required.

To apply
please send an email with a resume or vita attached, as well as a list of three academic or professional references and a cover letter detailing your education and work experience, to hr@arlibrary.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This position can be coordinated with either a three-credit or six-credit internship in a graduate or undergraduate instructional program. The applicant is responsible for making all internship arrangements with the academic institution.

The Digital Watauga Project (https://DigitalWatauga.org)

 “The principal aim of the Digital Watauga Project (DWP) is the digital preservation of Watauga County, North Carolina’s historical images, documents, and other materials.  By serving as a digital clearinghouse of Watauga County’s history, the DWP encourages its members and the citizens of Watauga County to make our history more accessible to the general public while also allowing the owner of historical materials digitized through the DWP to retain ownership and control over their original images, documents, and artifacts.  In addition, the DWP sponsors regular public events designed to highlight components of its digital collection and educate the Watauga County community about its rich, multifaceted, and important history.  The Digital Watauga Project, working in partnership with the Watauga County Public Library, is a project of the Watauga County Historical Society, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization."