Library Assistant

Marion Elizabeth Taber Library

Part Time Library Assistant


Performs a variety of tasks, including checking library materials in and out using the SAILS computer network; assisting patrons in person and over the phone with any circulation issues, such as reviewing library accounts, placing holds, renewing books. Collects, sorts and shelves library materials. Performs a variety of stack maintenance functions including shelf reading and, under the Director’s supervision, weeding of the collection. Assists patrons with use of computers and processes materials. Assists patrons with research and online searches. Provides information on library services and procedural matters. Assists in locating materials. Handles a variety of administrative and bookkeeping tasks such as ordering supplies, updating spreadsheets, acknowledging donations, preparing and making weekly bank deposits, and submitting monthly revenue reports. Performs other related library duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  The successful candidate must be organized, have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills and work well with a wide variety of patrons as well as other library staff. Ability to solve problems and work independently. Must have computer skills including the ability to troubleshoot technical issues. Library experience preferred. 19 hours per week, will include one evening a week and some Saturdays and Sundays (Oct-April.) Education Required: High school diploma/equivalency required Salary:  $12.85-$14.00/hour Closing Date:  June 12, 2015 Contact Information: 

Please submit cover letter and resume to or Libby O’Neill, Library Director, 8 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738

OverDrive Listen is now live!

From Overdrive: We are excited to announce a new listening option for audiobooks, called OverDrive Listen, is now available for your audiobook collection! Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser. Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights. This additional listening option has been automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in your digital collection (where publisher permits) at no additional cost. There is no action required on your part. Capture

The Zeiterion and Libraries: Partners in the Arts

The Zeiterion Theatre (The Z) announces a discounted ticket program for all patrons of south coast area libraries.  Anyone with a SAILS Library Network card may present the card at The Z’s box office to receive a $3 discount on each ticket to a Zeiterion performance. Some exceptions apply. From time to time special additional discounts will be offered to SAILS members and will be announced by press release. For a full list of performances, visit

There is a limit of two tickets per card holder and the patron must purchase the ticket at the box office located at 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 508-994-2900. Phone order tickets will be held at the box office and released to the patron with the presentation of their SAILS card. Tickets will not be available at the local libraries.

To kick off the partnership The Z is offering a $3 discount to the following shows with no limit on the number of tickets that a SAILS members would like to purchase:

Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm

Sunday May 3, 2:00 pm

Friday, May 29, 8:00pm

The SAILS Library Network includes over 70 libraries from Wareham to Seekonk and Brockton, and every town in between, including New Bedford and Fall River.  The Zeiterion’s ticket discount program adds to the museum pass program already offered by libraries.  Library cards are free to all with proper identification at all Massachusetts libraries.

Stop by your local library for a Zeiterion schedule of events or visit the Z’s website at

Bourne residents & certification

SAILS determines whether a patron should be assigned a DECERTIFIED patron profile based on zip code.  Unfortunately there is a section of Bourne that has the same zip code as Wareham and those patrons may have had their records modified.  If you have a patron in this situation change the patron profile back to what is should be (Adult, Juv, etc.) and update the patron's USERCAT4 to CERT.  Our reports will then know that while the patron's zip code is a Wareham code the person actually resides in a certified community

Unfillable Holds Reports

Starting 3/20 you began receiving a daily report of holds that cannot be filled because the last copy has been set to missing, discard or lost.  These reports are cumulative and holds will continue to appear on the report until you do something with them.
How you wish to proceed will be up to each library.  At a bare minimum the holds need to be cancelled.  We suggest that you see if there is another edition that can be used to fill the hold - we do find that sometimes patrons are not aware that there is another version on which there are more available copies.  You may choose to wait to cancel holds on items set to lost in case the item is returned.  And you do have the option of passing this on to the person in your library who handles ILL and Virtual Catalog so that a copy from another network can be requested to satisfy the person's request.
Several asked that the report be emailed to a specific person and we have done so.  All reports will appear in your finished report list as well.
The form that you have been using to notify libraries that your copy is not available to fill a hold has been removed from the website.

Failed Calls Notice – explaination

In your failed calls notice, you may see hold pickup notices where the pickup library is not your library. The reason for this is because the notices are grouped by the user's library (the library on the name of the report), but the pickup library is listed separately for each hold on the notice. This allows the user to only get one email notice but still be able to have items for pickup at multiple libraries. This is the same behavior as the phone notices. When a user receives a call, the system will identify itself as the library that the user belongs to and then tell them the pickup location of their holds (which may be different from their home library).