Library Associate (central Library Maker Space)

Arlington, Virginia
$45,801.60 - $79,331.20 Annually
May 24, 2019
Jun 07, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington's Public Library is seeking a Library Associate to support the new maker space at Central Library. The Library's maker space, otherwise known as The Shop, is a do-it-yourself space where people of all ages can gather to create, invent, and learn. In addition to offering open lab hours, The Shop will also offer a variety of workshops and programs that will foster innovative learning, encourage community engagement and provide access to tools.

Specific duties include:
  • Developing library programming with a maker or craft emphasis;
  • Supervising patrons in a lab or workshop environment;
  • Performing basic maintenance and/or troubleshooting technical equipment, computer, etc.;
  • Providing general library services to all library patrons; and
  • Participating in system-wide teams and committees as assigned.

The ideal candidate possesses effective interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written), knowledge of Maker resources or programs, and a strong customer service commitment.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's Degree in education, engineering, instructional technology, or related field plus one year of experience in library procedures.

Substitution: Additional qualifying related experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science may substitute for the one year of experience in library procedures.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Utilizing technology and delivering Maker services in a library setting;
  • Providing customer service to a diverse population, especially in the area of technology;
  • Operational knowledge of Maker equipment including but not limited to 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines;
  • Experience with audiovisual digitization equipment and audiovisual materials handling; and/or
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Additional Information

Full-time, 40 hours per week. The schedule includes some evening and weekend hours; actual work schedule is determined by the needs of the work location. Assignment may change over time, the current vacancy is at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street.

May be required to push and pull heavy book carts and lift up to 20 lbs.

Please note that after May 29, 2019, all salaries listed above will be effective starting July 1, 2019.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please select your highest level of education
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Bachelor's degree in education, engineering or instructional technology or university
  • Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field
  • Master's degree in library science, education, engineering or instructional technology or university
  • Other
  • None of the above


How much full-time experience do you have working in a library?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 years or more


Please describe any work experience with any or all of the following: • Developing and executing craft, maker, and/or DIY programs; and • Resolving difficult customer service issues

Required Question

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