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Library services, in one form or another, have been offered for nearly 135 years in the city of Hillsdale. In 1879 a group of women formed a library association formed with the intention to "circulate good literature among the people of Hillsdale." The books they collected would eventually become the foundation of the Mitchell Public Library, which opened in 1908. The Mitchell Public Library served Hillsdale for 95 years until the construction of the Hillsdale Community Library in 2003, a two million dollar state-of-the-art library building. Growing from the initial collection of 2,666 volumes, the Hillsdale Community Library collection currently stands at over 35,000 volumes and continues to grow. The new library also includes dedicated space for children's programming, a young adults' area and expanded technology. The new facility also includes a spacious community meeting room that not only provides programming space for the library, but also for local civic and other organizations, to use for presentations and meetings.

Hillsdale Community Library Mission Statement

Hillsdale Community Library is dedicated to serving the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the citizens of Hillsdale.  As a public agency the library is maintained as a service to the community and the people who support it.  Service of the library is not limited to individuals, but extends to support the civic, educational and cultural activities of groups and organizations.  The library cooperates with other organizations, agencies, and institutions to provide library service.

 

Hillsdale Community Library Vision Statement

The vision for this library builds on the strengths and achievements of the past and envisions a future in which the library reflects the changing needs and desires of those who use it and reaches out in a creative way to attract new users.  The library provides a welcoming environment to all, makes the best technology available to serve the information needs of the community, and encourages lifelong learning.

 

Did you know? Facts About the Hillsdale Community Library

  • Over 59,600 people visited the library in 2014
  • The public access computers were used 12,097 times in 2014
  • The Wi-Fi was utilized 2,579 times in 2014
  • 7,733 hours were spent on the public access computers in 2014
  • 73,536 items were checked out in 2014
  • 3,520 eBooks were downloaded in 2014
  • 2,750 patrons attended 146 programs in 2014
  • 277 kids, 93 teens, and 90 adults participated in the 2014 Summer Reading Program
  • The library held its first Summer Reading program in 1936
  • The Ladies Library Association of Hillsdale was formed in 1879 with a collection of 522 books. This collection formed the basis for the Mitchell Public Library
  • The library's Historical Room was established in 1916 and is continuing to grow under the care of the Friends of the Mitchell Research Center

 

Job openings

We are looking to fill 2 part-time Library Page positions:

 

Library Page Job Description

General Description:

The page position is important to the efficient operation of the library.  Library Pages keep the library organized and clean, serve as a backup to the professional and clerical staff on the desk, as well as assisting patrons when needed.  Reports to, and is evaluated by, the Library Director.

 

Example of Duties:

• The primary responsibility for Library Pages is to shelve library materials

• Shelf Reading must be done on a regular basis to keep the library materials in their proper order.  Assignments will be posted and records kept for all sections of the library

• Serve as a backup to Library Clerk to assist patrons at circulation counter or with computers if needed

• Keep library neat, clean and picked up. Clean bathrooms and make sure they all have toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap.  Empty trash receptacles, wash windows and sweep and vacuum floors as needed.  Check tables and chairs in reading areas as well as the YA and Children's rooms.

• Run errands to City Hall, the post office or other places if required

• Help with opening or closing procedures

• Perform other tasks as required

 

Desired Qualifications:

• Must be at least 18 years of age

• Must keep a well groomed and neat personal appearance

• Must be able to understand and carry out written and oral instructions

• Knowledge of computer technology is helpful

• Must demonstrate a strong commitment to service and basic ability to work with the public

 

One page position is 26-28 hours with some evening and or Saturday work.  The second is 8-12 hours with evening and Saturday work.  The starting range of pay is minimum wage.

 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to:

lbeckwith@hillsdale-library.org