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Job Posting: PT Circulation Assistant

July 21st, 2014

Job Description/Posting
Part Time Circulation Assistant

Position: P/T Circulation Assistant
Reports To: Circulation Manager

Summary / Main Purpose of Job:
The Phoenixville Public Library is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing access to educational, cultural, and recreational resources for the community it serves. The library is currently seeks part-time circulation assistant who will report to the Circulation Manager. Part-time Library Assistants are responsible for performing all circulation duties in a timely, efficient manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
* Performs all circulation desk duties using computerized system
o Check materials in/out/renew materials
o Reserve materials
o Issues new patron cards/updates cards
o Manages the routing of Holds
o Collect patron fines and fees and make change as needed.
* Performs all opening/closing procedures in work area/public areas
o Turn on/off all computers/copiers/printers
o Empty book drops
* Notifies patrons about reserved materials
* Answers phone and routes calls as necessary
* Update computer records, as requested.
* Performs basic reference work or refers it to senior staff in charge
* Assists patrons in locating materials through the OPAC or ILL
* Assisting patrons with finding library materials, providing reader’s advisory, answering basic computer queries, and monitoring appropriate use of the facility.
* Inspect returned materials for damage.
* Be familiar with all print and other items located at the Circulation Desks, for public or staff use.
* Maintain neatness and orderliness at the Desks at all times.
* Perform circulation procedures effectively and accurately according to the principles of quality customer service.
* Greets, direct, and provide information to library customers and performs a variety of clerical tasks related to the processing, sorting and circulation of library materials.
* Respond to incoming telephone calls and provide basic assistance with directional, instructional and informational inquiries at the circulation desks and public workstations.
* Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent customer service and computer skills.
* Keep abreast of all System changes and improvements.
* Perform assigned tasks and projects completely and in a timely manner.
* Handle financial transactions accurately.
* Respond to requests for help from customers.
* Keep pace with all library policies, staff meeting minutes and changes in Procedure Manual.
* Attend in-house departmental and staff meetings, county or regional educational programs for staff development or basic computer or Internet education, as requested or assigned by the Circulation Manager

* High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED), some college preferred.
* Basic office skills (typing, filing, answering phones, etc.).
* Previous experience working in library with computerized systems.
* Customer service skills.
* Basics knowledge and use of computers, e-mail, and the internet.
* Some knowledge of reference materials and other resources, as well as the ability to use computers to access these resources including the Internet, is required.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; walk; stand; bend at the waist while working; kneel, stoop, crouch or squat; talk or hear; handle and lift up to 25 pounds; push a cart of books that weighs up to 125 pounds; and sit at a computer terminal for up to 4 hours at a time. Occasionally, the employee will need to work with arms above shoulders or reach above shoulder height.
The specific vision requirements for this position are as follows:
* Close vision.
* Color vision.
* Ability to read and alphabetize and place items in numeric order.

The following background checks are required:
* Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check
* Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance
* Federal Criminal History Record Information

The following positions are open:
* Monday, Tuesday and Friday (1-5pm), Wednesday and Thursday (9am-1pm) and 2 Saturdays a month.
* Monday and Thursday (5-9pm) and 1 Saturday per a month.

Salary: $8.75/hour

Submit cover letter and resume by August 20, 2014 to:
Maggie Stanton, Circulation Manager
Phoenixville Public Library
183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA 19460-3243
or by e-mail to

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Gadget Guru Volunteers Wanted

April 24th, 2014

Looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity with Phoenixville Public
Library?  The Library is planning to offer a “gadget guru” service, where
patrons can walk in during a set time and receive assistance using their
smartphone, e-reader, tablet, laptop or other electronic gadget.  If you
are tech savvy and enjoy helping others, please contact me for a volunteer
application or to answer any questions.  Federal and state background
checks and child abuse clearances are required for all Library volunteers, paid
for by the applicant.  For more information, e-mail me at or call me at 610-933-3013

Library Closed Friday, Jan. 3

January 2nd, 2014

The Library is closed Friday, January 3, due to the inclement weather.

Library Closed Today, December 10

December 10th, 2013

Due to the inclement weather, the Library is closed today, Tuesday, December 10.  We expect to reopen at 9 AM on Wednesday, December 11.

Library Seeks Trustees

July 17th, 2013

The Phoenixville Public Library currently seeks three (3) Trustees anticipated to be seated on its Board of Trustees beginning October 2013.  As a Trustee, the successful applicants will be responsible for oversight of the library, serving on a board of nine (9).  The terms of two (2) of the three (3) successful applicants shall be for three (3) years, with the term of the third successful applicant being nine (9) months.  As Trustees, the successful applicants are expected to act in the best interest of the Phoenixville Public Library, in promotion of and in furtherance of the Library’s Mission, which is to provide access to information and services that address the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community the library serves.  Successful applicants are expected to familiarize themselves with the Bylaws, policies, and operations of the library.  Further information about the Phoenixville Public Library can be found on its website at  Prior non-profit experience is preferred but not required; past experience with non-profit accounting, banking, and/or law is favored but also not required.  Board committee involvement is expected of the successful applicants.  Monthly meeting attendance of approximately 2.5 hours per meeting is also expected.

Applications are due on or before August 2, 2013.  Invited applicants will be expected to interview jointly with the Board of Library Trustees and Board of School Directors of the Phoenixville Area School District during the evening of August 22, 2013.  Appointments to the Library Board shall be made by the Board of School Directors thereafter.  Applications should be sent to both of the following:

Dr. Alan Fegley, PASD Superintendent

386 City Line Avenue

Phoenixville, PA 19460


Lara Lorenzi, Executive Director

Phoenixville Public Library

183 2nd Avenue

Phoenixville, PA 19460

Applications should include a letter addressed to Ms. Lorenzi and Dr. Fegley explaining why the applicant wishes to be a Library Trustee and summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and experience.  Resumes and references are optional but encouraged.

New Library Phone Extension Numbers

July 12th, 2013

The Library has just installed a new telephone system.  All of the Library’s phone extensions are now three digits long, with a 1 added to the beginning of the old two-digit extension numbers.  For example, the extension for the Children’s Library Circulation Desk used to be 24 and is now 124.  See for the new phone extensions of Library management staff.  Every effort has been made to update phone extension numbers referenced on the pages of our website.  If we’ve missed any, please contact us to let us know.  Thank you!

Bike Race to Affect Traffic Around Library

July 10th, 2013

Those of you planning to come to the Library on Thursday evening, July 11, should be aware of street closures and traffic issues in Phoenixville surrounding the Criterium bicycle race that takes place tomorrow from 5 to 9 PM.  Please click the following link for more information:  Thank you.

Budget Deadline Looms as Private Talks Continue: Library Messages Vital

June 26th, 2013

Behind-the-scenes meetings continue this week between legislative leaders and Governor Corbett as they work toward a final budget before the June 30 deadline. Email messages to your Senator and to the Governor can still make a big difference.We can achieve progress but only if you join with hundreds of other library advocates all across the state who have decided to Take Action.

Just as a reminder, the budget that passed the House now being considered in the Senate:

·increases Library Access/POWER Library by $500,000 (+ 17.7%) and the State Library by $29,000 (+1.5%), and,

·level-funds the Public Library Subsidy ($53.5 million) and Library Services for the Visually impaired and Disabled ($2.5 million.)

We recognize that these increases will not solve all library service and funding challenges overnight. But on the plus side, these funding increases would represent genuine progress in a year greatly complicated by weak economic recovery and big-ticket budget items such as pension reform, transportation funding, and liquor privatization.

Since the House-passed budget bill included some increases, there is real reason for hope in the Senate. But we dare not take anything for granted. Click Here to send an email message to your State Senator and to Governor Corbett.

Please spread this word as widely as possible and please don’t delay. We’re in the mix and the goal is close at hand.

Thank you for your membership and great support of PaLA’s advocacy goals. Most of all, thanks for Taking Action to improve library services!


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association
220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055

1040 Instruction Booklets & PA Rent Rebate Forms Have Arrived

February 27th, 2013

We have finally received the IRS 1040 instruction booklets and Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms.  They are on display on the table at the bottom of the staircase.

IRS 1040A Forms Now Available

February 12th, 2013

IRS 1040A forms and instructions books are now available in the tax form display area at the bottom of our staircase.  IRS 1040 instruction books are not yet available.