Jan 13, 2024

Media Assistant

  • TrulyHired
  • Marion, IA, USA
Full-time School Support

Job Description

Position Title:Library Media Assistant

Immediate Supervisor: Building Principal


Assist the Teacher Librarian with the school library media program, provide building wide clerical support, and assume duties to ensure the safety and security of students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned.)

• Assume duties and responsibilities as assigned by building administration.

• Assist students and staff in the use of a variety of resources; help them independently access information.

• Provide reading guidance to students as directed by the Teacher Librarian.

• Support professional standards of intellectual freedom, copyright, plagiarism and ethical use of materials.

• Assist Teacher Librarian with implementing a building library media program, consistent with building and district goals.

• Ensure that the library/media center is a "user friendly" environment characterized by efficient operations and a service orientation.

• Assist with arranging, on a frequent basis, book-related displays and exhibits likely to interest the media center's patrons.

• Assist with student production projects as directed by the Teacher Librarian and/or building administration.

• Assist with the distribution and storage of all library media materials and equipment to provide maximum access for staff and students.

• Prepare circulation desk for services on a daily basis with needed supplies.

• Shelve, straighten and shelf reading/library materials.

• Note returned materials and collect overdue materials.
• Sort, pack and unpack materials.
• Maintain records of acquisitions, holdings, circulation for hardware and materials inventory, maintenance and access purposes.

• Assist with weeding obsolete materials from the collections to reflect changing curriculum needs of the building as directed by the Teacher Librarian.

• Ensure that equipment is maintained, organized and repaired as needed.

• Communicate with parents and community on services of the library media center.
  • Work collaboratively with and plan, review and report student and staff needs and concerns to the Teacher Librarian and/or building administration.
  • Recognize and facilitate an appropriate library/media environment for individual students and classmates in their work and behaviors.
  • Implement effective student behavior control strategies as directed by building administration and/or Teacher Librarian.
• Perform a variety of clerical and computer-related tasks including but not limited to locating, copying, collating, distributing and/or grouping materials supporting instructional and building needs.
  • Assist with school supervision duties including but not limited to recess, hallways, lunch and classroom.
• Demonstrate an understanding of and abide by District and school policies and procedures.

• Demonstrate self as an appropriate role model for students in the areas of dress, language, observing Media Center and building rules and behavior.

• Plan and organize work to efficiently meet schedules and deadlines.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with the school community including students, colleagues, families and administration.
• Promote an atmosphere of respect for students and adults.

• Demonstrate ethical behavior.

• Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance.

• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

• Willingly accepts, understands and follows directions and instructions.

• Demonstrate skill in alphabetic and numeric filing and using a personal computer and library software to input and retrieve information.

• Ability to learn, understand and implement appropriate student behavior techniques and address inappropriate student behavior in a proactive way.

• Working knowledge of the nature and function of libraries; of library services, practices and procedures.

• Ability to respond to crisis intervention.

• Ability to exhibit an understanding of District / School programs that exist in assigned learning environment.

• Demonstrate a cooperative and collaborative approach.

• Ability to make positive contributions to the instructional team.

• Effective interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrate productive, appropriate and independent use of time.
  • Communicate (verbal/written) effectively and professionally with the school communityincluding students, colleagues, families and administration.
• Possess a genuine interest in helping students.

• Possess patience as to not get easily discouraged.

• Ability to help students become more self-sufficient and/or successful in classes.

• Ability to accept and complete assigned responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.

• Knowledge of and interest in a variety of educational areas such as music, arts, and sports.

• Leadership skills in directing student activities.

• Maintain professional growth, current Mandatory Reporting Training, First Aid, CPR certification as required by state and federal regulations.

• Assume duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by Teacher Librarian and administration.

Professional Standards:

1. Quality of Work (Supports a learning environment by participating in instructional opportunities; encourages appropriate standards of behavior, positive interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.)

2. Quantity of work (The amount of work performed is evidence of high productivity; industrious; carries fair share of work load; seeks additional tasks.)

3. Knowledge of job (Understands professional strategies, techniques and materials within the District; Job and job-related responsibilities are well understood and reflected in job performance; exhibits continuous improvement and ongoing learning.)

4. Creativity/Problem Solving (Offers new ideas; suggests innovative and better ways of performing necessary tasks.)

5. Interpersonal Skills (Works collaboratively with others; courteous; polite; pleasant; promotes positive image in contacts with the school community including colleagues, families and related agencies.)

6. Dependability (Reliable; punctual; consistent attendance; completes work accurately and in a timely fashion; stable and calm in a crisis or emergency; works independently.)

7. Professional Appearance (Dress is acceptable for the job; appears clean, well-groomed and "professional.")

8. Organizational Skills (Exhibits ability to prioritize work; organizational skills enhance job productivity.)

9. Technical Skills (Exhibits proficiency in and uses required computer applications to maximize efficiency.)

10. Written/Verbal Communication (Convey information and ideas accurately and clearly to meet the needs of the reader, transfers thoughts and ideas into speech and presents clearly.)

11. Managing Change/ Adaptability (Demonstrates good understanding of organizational changes and communicates support for such change.)

12. Professional Approach (Professional, positive, and helpful approach with members of the school community, including colleagues, families, students and administration. Displays loyalty toward the organization. Demonstrates a capacity to understand and displays a willingness to follow administrator / teacher requirements and produces a professional level of service and collaboration.)

13. Flexibility (Demonstrates openness to new organizational structures, procedures, technology. Willingly takes direction and will modify one's preferred way of doing things.)

14. Safety (Exhibits knowledge of health, safety and emergency procedures of the learning environment and follows such procedures.)

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Minimum Education:
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
• Experience working with students preferred but not required.

Licensure or Certification:


Physical Demands: (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Must be capable of standing *Constantly.

Must *Constantly present appropriate appearance and personal cleanliness suited to working in close proximity to school age children and adults.

Must be able to *Frequently work with interruptions during a work shift.

Must be capable of *Frequently working with co-workers with different personalities.

It may be necessary to lift up to 80 pounds to waist level (with assistance), lift up to 30 pounds to shoulder level, and lift up to 25 pounds above head level.

Must be capable of carrying equipment or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

Must be capable of equipment or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

Must be capable of trunk rotation for up to 2 minutes at a time.

Must be capable of squatting for up to 2 minutes.

Must be capable of sitting at different levels including adult and child height chairs (12 inches), benches and the floor and up and down movements to attain those different levels.

Must be willing to come into contact with body fluids such as urine, blood and nasal secretions and contagious diseases such as flu and the common cold.

Must be capable of using cleaning and sanitizing chemicals with appropriate PPE's.

Must be capable of working in broad range of temperatures, humidity and other winter and summer environments.

Must be capable of working in a noisy environment.

Must have physical dexterity in limbs and digits necessary to physically interact in a classroom environment.

Is required to pass a pre-employment physical.

* - Denotes standard values established by the Department of Labor

NOTE: Tasks that have physical demands that exceed the above stated limits should only be performed with sufficient manpower.

Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Noise level is quiet to loud. Work may be indoors or outdoors. Work may be in non-air conditioned rooms. Tobacco and alcohol-free environment. Fast-paced atmosphere with constant contact with students, staff, or the public. May include evenings. Direct responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. These statements are not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision.

The Linn-Mar Community School District shall provide equal opportunity to employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives, and regulations of federal, state, and local governing bodies. In employing individuals, the District will consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to age, color creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, genetic information, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, military status, socioeconomic status, pregnancy, or familial status.

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