Children’s Circulation Assistant

Carver Public Library

Part Time Children’s Circulation Assistant


The Carver Public Library is seeking applicants for a Children’s Circulation Assistant. Hours are Monday 4pm-6pm, Tuesday & Thursday 4pm-8pm & Saturdays 10am-4pm. Duties include library services for children and young adults, assisting patrons, planning and executing programs, and other related work under the direction of the Children’s Librarian.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and two years of library experience in a children’s department preferred.

Education Required: Knowledge of library procedures, Children’s literature, computer operations, and High School Diploma required.

Salary: $13.21 / hour

Closing Date: September 8, 2017

Contact Information: 

Send letter of application and resume to Human Resources, Carver Town Hall, 108 Main St., Carver MA 02330 by September 8, 2017. AA/EOE

Kids who read just four books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall. Learn more at #WhatsYourFour?
What's Your Four?

Slides are fun, EXCEPT when they refer to learning loss. By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated a two year lag in reading achievement.

Post-it notes for damaged items

There seems to be some confusion about these post-it notes. On the line that says Lending Library enter the name of the library that was going to circulate it - not the owning library.
1. Using the standard post-it note form supplied by SAILS record the type of damage, enter today’s date and circulating library. This post-it should be put inside the cover of the item if possible.
2. The item can then be checked out to the patron
3. The circulating library should immediately place a hold on the item for the item’s owning library. A hold note must be entered briefly stating the item is damaged.
4. When the item is returning to the owning library, that library should update the item record so that the circulation note states the item is damaged. The item can then be put back into circulation.

Also please note - it is the owning library that enters the circulation note not the circulating library.

The purpose of these post-it notes is to allow a patron to borrow an item without being charged for existing damage.

Deborah K. Conrad, Executive Directo

Charge History display in Enterprise

Dear Library Staff,
This is an FYI about viewing the Charge History in a patron record. After the latest upgrade, we heard complaints from patrons and staff about the loss of the author information in the charge history display in Enterprise.

We were completely taken by surprise of this change. If your patrons complain, please submit the complaint to and we will forward this to SirsiDynix. This is certainly not something we would have done. As far as we knew the only thing that was going to happen was that patrons would be able to sort their charge history. We can't do anything about it either.

We are as unhappy about this as your patrons may be.

Thank you,

Clean Hold Shelf Report – HOLD-Exp

It has come to our attention that there are times when an available hold expires, the item belongs to another library, but the Clean Holds Report does not put the item in transit. Rather, the report lists the item with a location of HOLD-EXP (see below)


Patrick, Phaedra
The curious charms of Arthur Pepper / Phaedra Patrick
location:HOLD-EXP item ID:32038001098526 item type:BOOK
owning library:MATTAPOIS

Please make sure that anyone who deals with holds that have expired on the hold shelf knows that before putting one of these in delivery it must be put in transit. Also, they should make sure that the item actually belongs to your library before reshelving it.

Itemcat3 updates

SAILS will have completed the itemcat3 updates to the database by October 3. This means that starting next Monday when you add items to the database you must be sure to enter an itemcat1 (used for circulation) itemcat2 (used to define audience for the item) and itemcat3 (broad categories for reporting.) We are not going to be doing any verification that these values are being added so if there is a problem next July with reports we won't be aware. This is also something you can't run reports for in Directors Station - it doesn't know about the itemcategory 3.

If you are unsure of what categories to use here are the definitions as set up by the MBLC:

Name - Description
AUDIO - Compact discs, cassettes etc., Playaways for books, etc.
DAUDIO -Downloadable audio (audiobooks, music)
DVIDEO -Downloadable video
E-BOOKS -E-books
ELECTRONIC - Materials in electronic format (including CD-ROM and video games)
MICROFORMS - Materials in microforms (fiche rolls, etc.)
MISC - Miscellaneous (ebook readers, museum passes, equipment, puppets, kits, board games, art, etc.)
PERIODICAL - Print periodicals, newspapers and other print serials (including scholarly or scientific journals)
VIDEO - DVDs/Blu-ray discs/VHS, Playaway View, etc.