Archives Assistant

Archive Assistant will have knowledge and experience with genealogy procedures and practices; should have excellent customer services skills; and may have contact with the general public in group and individual settings. Hours will vary.


  • Assist staff with collection maintenance including shelving and filing materials. 
  • Perform searches and research.
  • Data entry and photocopying.
  • Use and explain genealogy guides, databases and library resources to assist customers with genealogy related questions and inquires. 
  • Assist with creating tip sheets and/or finding aids for customers to use while studying and researching genealogy. 
  • Provide assistance and guidance to customers inquiring about genealogy research tools and databases. 
  • Assist with the planning and presentation of programs and events for all ages, including groups to encourage interest in genealogy and genealogy research. 
  • Replenish and restock promotional products used to help bring awareness to the genealogy collection, resources, services, programs, events and classes. 
  • Demonstrate the use of the microfilm machines and book copier, and instruct customers in the use of the Library Catalog, the Internet and electronic databases. 
  • Assist with potential projects including helping to process incoming items, and donations. 
  • Share awareness of condition of materials in need of attention.
  • Special projects on demand.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of genealogy resources and research routines. 
  • Customer service. 
  • Comfort interacting with public library customers of all ages and with staff. 
  • Flexibility. 
  • Computer literacy. 
  • Attention to fine detail. 
  • Written verbal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to work alone. 
  • Physical ability to perform volunteer duties. 
  • Ability to operate microfilm machines, and other library equipment. 
  • Ability to use the library catalog, the internet and electronic databases.

Desired Availability

  • Ideally able to devote at least 2 hours a week. Hours as available and scheduled with managers.