Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

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The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Board employs over 55 people in both full-time and part-time positions throughout both counties. Our staff comprises people from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, including those with Masters of Library and Information Science degrees, educational programs, library technician diplomas, and more. The Board also prides itself on supporting the professional growth of its employees into other areas such as community development and technology.

During the year the Board also provides employment opportunities to youth through grants. These short term positions allow young people to enhance their skills, create meaningful community projects, and work in rural areas.

Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library invites applications for the following position:

  • Branch Assistant in Charge (River John Library)

Branch Assistant in Charge

Position Type: Permanent, Part-Time (average 32.5 hours per week)


  • Tuesday: 11am - 4pm / 5pm - 8pm
  • Wednesday: 9am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
  • Thursday: 11am - 4pm / 5pm - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 3pm (alternating)

Location: River John Public Library

Position Scope

Under the direction of the Chief Librarian, the Branch Assistant in Charge is responsible for providing assistance to citizens in accessing all library materials, services, and programs in the River John (Janice Murray Gill) Library. The Branch Assistant in Charge is also responsible for the day-to-day operation of the branch library and to offer programming as opportunities arise.

Outline of Typical Duties

  • As a first point of contact, provides welcoming orientation and guidance to all those wishing to access regional library materials, services, and programs.
  • While interacting with the public, promotes library materials, services, and programs to all citizens.
  • Provides efficient library service, including reader advisory, reference, referral, circulation, assistance in using library databases, and general public assistance.
  • With guidance and assistance from appropriate managers and supervisors, develops and delivers programming for children, youth, adults and/or seniors. This is carried out with other regional library staff as required. May be asked to introduce and thank guest speakers.
  • Responsible for the day to day supervision of the branch, overseeing routine matters as building and janitorial matters. For larger items or issues, works with the library manager.
  • Responsible for seeing that all clerical procedures of Branch are carried out on a regular basis, organizing deliveries to and from headquarters, reporting of monthly statistics, etc.
  • Responsible for making suggestions for required materials, services, programs, and branch improvements to the appropriate library manager.
  • Regularly reports to library manager on matters related to the branch.
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date on basic technology to be able to provide general assistance to patrons
  • To work with library partners as required.
  • May be asked to assist with hiring of staff members for the branch.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Successful completion of a recognized Library Technician Program; or an undergraduate degree; or Grade 12 and extensive library experience.


  • Minimum one-year satisfactory employment.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Aptitude working with all ages and good knowledge of the local community.
  • Aptitude working with the Internet and common software applications.


  • Maintains active participation in library associations and attends professional development activities as required.
  • Completion of both a Child Abuse Registry Check and a Criminal Background Check.


How to Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter no later than end of day Monday February 26, 2024 to:

Eric Stackhouse, Chief Librarian
P.O. Box 276
New Glasgow, NS B2H 5E3
Fax (902) 755-6775

or drop off resume at any of our library locations.

We thank all those who apply. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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