Children’s Programs and Public Service Assistant

City of Ottawa

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Update day: 06-12-2023

Location: Ottawa Ontario

Category: Legal / Contracts


Salary: $31.87–$37.29 an hour

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Requisition ID: 10022

Department: Ottawa Public Library

Service: Branch Operations

Branch: Public Services

Employment Type: 1 Temporary Full Time Position (Up to 2 years)

Work Hours: 28 hours per week

Affiliation: CUPE 503 Library

Salary Information: $31.872 - $37.289 per hour (2023 rates of pay)

Location:Cumberland Branch, 1599 Tenth Line

City: Ottawa, ON

Job Category: Ottawa Public Library

Application Close: 04/10/2023


Ottawa Public Library (OPL) provides accessible, innovative library and information services throughout the City of Ottawa, that meet the unique needs of diverse communities, delivered through a range of vehicles and reflecting a citizen-centred approach. The Public Service units are responsible for the customer-centric public library activities, programs and services offered by the Library’s 33 branches, mobile and digital services, to meet the needs in their catchment area.

You provide information, reference and readers advisory services; develop, implement and conduct children’s programs; provide circulation and page services in the Library and/or the community and/or mini-libraries, nursing homes and other locations; and perform routine collection maintenance duties.

You may be the senior person in charge or exercise responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the library branch.

Work is performed within the context of the policies and framework of the Library corporate culture as embodied in the Mission Statement, Core Values, Customer Experience Guidelines and the Canadian Federation of Library Association position statements on Intellectual Freedom and Diversity and Inclusion, with particular emphasis on providing customer service excellence.


Completion of 2 year diploma in Library Technician or Early Childhood Education Diploma program.

Minimum of 1 year of related experience working with children’s programs.


  • Adult/children’s literature in a variety of formats, readers’ advisory services, trends in reading, literacy and ESL collections and adult programming.
  • Trends and techniques for developing effective library programming for children.
  • Reference resources in print, microform and electronic formats and of current developments in reference services.
  • Electronic database and other bibliographic searching techniques.
  • Principles of collection development and maintenance.
  • Methods and techniques for sorting and shelving library materials according to alphabetical, Dewey Decimal or other prescribed sequence and procedures.
  • Library circulation procedures and practices.
  • Methods and techniques of responding to inquiries and resolving patron complaints.
  • Desktop applications, intranet and internet and keyboarding procedures, to the extent where it may be required to demonstrate such usage to colleagues or library patrons.
  • General knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of customer service techniques and protocols
  • Working knowledge of applicable occupational health and safety legislation.
  • General knowledge of Ottawa Public Library’s policies and procedures related to health and safety.


  • To deliver library programs to a range of users including pre-schoolers, school age and adults.
  • Use tact, discretion and confidentiality.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Exercise effective judgement and independent decision-making capabilities.
  • Ability to design and create thematic displays.
  • Data entry, retrieval and keyboarding skills including use of standard office equipment and operation of an IBM compatible computer in Microsoft Windows.
  • To perform routine manual or clerical tasks and manoeuvre book carts and lift boxes up to 40 pounds.
  • Minimum keyboard skills of 25 wpm.
  • Perform multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Customer service orientation, including the use of tact, discretion and confidentiality
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to deal with the public and handle problems as they arise.
  • Flexibility, ability to adjust priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Strongly committed to quality customer service.


  • Language Requirement: Designated Day 1 Ready – immediate requirement for language proficiency: French: oral, reading, writing English: oral, reading, writing Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.
  • Police Record Check: The successful candidate will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Check with the Police Services detachment in their jurisdiction to the City of Ottawa’s satisfaction.; Note: Under the age of 18, requires a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check in place of the Vulnerable Sector Check.; Police record checks completed by a third-party company will not be accepted.
  • Additional vacancies may occur during the competition process.
  • Alternative educational credentials combined with job-related experience, demonstrated performance, and ability may be considered in lieu of stated academic requirements.
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Ottawa Public Library promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions.
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.

The Ottawa Public Library provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.

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Deadline: 20-01-2024

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