DATE ENTERED: April 27, 2022
POSITION: Youth Services Assistant (Library Information Assistant)
LOCATION: Fairfax County Public Library, VA
APPLY BY: 5/6/2022 11:59 PM Eastern

Youth Services Assistant (Library Information Assistant)
Salary - $23.98 - $39.96 Hourly
Location - LORTON (HP08), VA
Job Type - PT Hourly W BN
Department - Library
Job Number - 22-01258
Closing - 5/6/2022 11:59 PM Eastern
Pay Grade - S20
Posting Type - Open to General Public
To apply:

Job Announcement
Under the general supervision of a professional librarian, provides information services to customers of all ages, including reference, programming and outreach, and inter-library loan. Recommends reading materials to customers with an emphasis on services to youth. Assists in collection management. Communicates and interprets library policies and procedures to the public. Performs other duties as may be assigned to further the goals and objectives of Fairfax County Public Library.

Note: This job announcement will be used to fill multiple part-time (20 hours per week)  vacancies and may be used to fill future vacancies; current and/or future vacancies may be 20 hour per week job-shared positions.  Current vacancies are at the following library branches:

  •  Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln., Alexandria, VA 22306-2799
  •  Thomas Jefferson Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA, 22042-7409
  •  Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton, VA, 22079-2124

Hourly Rate: The selected applicant's starting hourly rate will be in the minimum to midpoint range ($23.9778 to $31.9704) of the advertised compensation range. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

Schedule: This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position. Scheduling flexibility is imperative. Standard hours may include day and/or evening hours to include weekdays and weekends as assigned. The schedule may vary depending on the needs of the library.

To learn more about a career with Fairfax County Public Library, watch our video "Library Staff Share Why They Love Working at the Library".

Illustrative Duties
(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

  •  Answers informational and reference questions from customers using print and electronic resources;
  •  Assists and instructs customers in the use of print and online materials and technology;
  •  Advises and assists customers in the selection of books, periodicals, media, and other materials;
  •  Plans and provides programs and outreach to customers of all ages;
  •  Maintains collection by weeding, marketing, and merchandising library materials;
  •  Troubleshoots library computers and reports unresolved problems through proper channels;
  •  Performs copy cataloging of library materials;
  •  Identifies materials to be considered for addition to the library collection;
  •  Remains current in resources, services and technologies in the information field;
  •  May supervise volunteers.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  •  Working knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of library science;
  •  Knowledge of library reference sources and methods;
  •  Ability to provide information service to customers of all ages;
  •  Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others;
  •  Ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative;
  •  Knowledge of word processing and computer applications;
  •  Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to answer reference questions and provide reading guidance;
  •  Knowledge of the Library's operating procedures;
  •  Ability to understand and interpret policies;
  •  Ability to promote interest in library services;
  •  Ability to plan and provide community-oriented library programs and outreach;
  •  Ability to adapt to workplace change;
  •  Ability to plan and provide youth-oriented library programs and outreach;
  •  Knowledge of youth materials.

Employment Standards
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to") Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university plus two years of experience working in a library, bookstore, educational or research setting.


  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Must enjoy working with children and teens. Strong customer services skills. Experience working or volunteering in a public library. Experience with planning and conducting children's programs for different ages and providing community outreach (including book talking). Experience providing readers' advisory services especially to children and teens. Demonstrated computer and mobile device proficiency including usage of e-books and Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Ability to push and pull 4-wheeled book bins filled at 90% capacity, requiring 20 pounds of initial (starting) force, and a sustained force of 10 pounds after initial acceleration. Ability to push and pull 4-wheeled book carts filled at 70% capacity, requiring 14 pounds of initial (starting) force, and a sustained force of 7 pounds after initial acceleration. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds. Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to perform repetitive hand, arm, wrist and shoulder movements. Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time. Ability to shelve materials at all height levels. Ability to stoop, bend, reach, squat, and kneel. Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to provide coverage, attend meetings and trainings. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.      

Panel interview and may include an oral and/or written exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.