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Library Assistant / Local Historian 

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About the Organization Today Kaukauna is home to 15,858 people with its own full-time Police, Fire and Rescue services and a municipally owned electric and water utility. Kaukauna is well-maintained with regular garbage collection, street cleaning, well-lit and well-paved streets and other services vital to keeping our community safe and attractive. Kaukauna boasts a 350-acre Industrial Park Network, complete with rail and heavy truck access.

Our proximity to the Fox River affords our residents with numerous recreational opportunities such as the Historic Grignon Mansion, the 1000 Islands Environmental Center, many parks and sports fields, a public swimming pool, and a public library.

City-sponsored events held in the Central Business District include a weekly outdoor music series – Live! from Hydro Park, Fox Firecracker 5k Run/Walk and the Downtown Farmer’s Market June through October. With such a variety of activities available, it should not come as a surprise that Kaukauna is also known as “The Friendly City.”  
Position Library Assistant / Local Historian  

POSITION: Library Assistant- Local Historian Part-time (20 hrs./wk.)


REPORTS TO: Library Director



  1. Under the supervision of the Library Director and/or the Assistant Director, the Library Assistant performs essential service desk functions such as checking in and out of materials, filling holds list, returning materials to the shelves, issuing new library cards, and assisting patrons with reference, directional and/or technological (computer usage, eBook loading, etc.) questions.

  2. In addition, this Library Assistant will be specifically assigned to perform history room services including but not limited to, answering genealogical requests in person or through mail, organizing the Local History Room, adding or deleting donations, assisting patrons with microfilm readers, etc., and willingness to serve on other Boards and associations related to local Kaukauna history.

  3. This position also requires the candidate to possess the skills necessary to plan and perform historical programming for adults and homeschoolers.

  4. Each Library Assistant is expected to come with knowledge of or be willing to acquire training in eBook technology, as well as assisting patrons with basic computer problems.


  1. Providing Service Desk services such as:

    • Checking out and checking in library materials.

    • Assisting patrons with technology questions including computer or eBook related questions.

    • Answering reference and directional questions over the phone or in person.

    • Filling holds for patrons of member libraries.

    • Placing holds for patrons or member libraries over the phone or in person.

    • Shelving materials.

    • Ensuring patrons adhere to library policies.

    • Calling patrons to alert them of holds.

    • Renewing materials in person or over phone.

    • Assisting patrons in renewing and issuing new library cards.

    • Emptying the book drop.

    • Filing and updating patron information.

    • Receiving and recording money from fines and printing.

    • Assisting patrons with copy machine use and printing.

    • Helping patrons find and retrieve materials.

  2. Willingness to become thoroughly familiar with Kaukauna history.

  3. Performing detailed services related to assisting patron with history rooms and genealogical queries.

  4. Instructing patrons to perform their own research.

  5. Assisting with programming as needed.

Position Requirements

Educational Qualifications:High school diploma, GRE, or suitable educational background experience and skills.

  1. Knowledge of and experience with microfilm readers, Past Perfect software, and other resources necessary to provide support and training in genealogy and 3) QUALIFICATIONS
    a) Educational Qualifications: High school diploma, GRE, or suitable educational background experience and skills.
    b) Knowledge of and experience with microfilm readers, Past Perfect software, and other resources necessary to provide support and training in genealogy and local history.
    c) General Qualifications:
    i. A friendly demeanor.
    ii. Excellent customer service skills.
    iii. Knowledge of cash handling and cash register procedures.
    iv. Basic computer skills, email, blogging, use of Microsoft Word, etc.
    v. Ability to keep abreast with changes in technology.
    vi. Willingness to learn new skills.
    vii. Ability to get along with people of diverse personality types.
    viii. Ability to correct behavior of patrons in a polite but professional manner.
    ix. Pleasant, outgoing personality.
    x. Ability to multi-task and remain focused in a fast paced environment.
    xi. Ability to follow and perform detailed directions and tasks.
    xii. Ability to prioritize work responsibilities and duties.
    xiii. Ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken forms.
    xiv. A basic working knowledge of English spelling and grammar, arithmetic, and reading.
    xv. Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

    This description has been prepared to assist in evaluating Library Assistants and potential new hires to this position. It indicates levels of work required of this position. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under supervision. Nothing contained herein is intended or shall be construed to create or constitute a contract of employment between any employee and the Kaukauna Public Library. The Kaukauna Public Library Board of Trustees retain and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend add to or delete from any section of this document as it deems necessary.

    4) Normal work hours are:

    Monday: 8:00 am – Noon
    Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Wednesday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Friday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on a rotating basis during the school year.


Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Shift Various Shifts  
Compensation $14.60 per hour  
• Vacation, sick leave and holiday pay.
• Tuition Reimbursement
• A 457 Plan (deferred compensation) is available. The City does not contribute to this plan.
Open Date 2/26/2018  
Close Date 3/16/2018  

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