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Dunbar Free Library
P.O. Box 1580, 401 Route 10 South, Grantham, NH 03753
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Dawn Huston – Librarian/Director

Sandy Stephan-Strombom – Assistant Librarian, Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Terri Heepe – Assistant Librarian, Cataloging

Julie Benson – Programming and Children’s Assistant Librarian

Katia Ford – Assistant Librarian, Registration and Overdues 

B. Joey Holmes – cataloging assistant

Andy Gelston, Sub extraordinaire

Do you have what it takes to work at the library? We need about 5-7 hours of help, some evenings and some Saturdays. Check out (hee hee) the job description, and if you think you’d be the right choice, email to or mail to P.O. Box 1580, Grantham, NH 03753 with a letter of interest and a resume.

Job description for Library Assistant-Assistant Librarian (with the understanding that currently, no patrons enter the building, we are providing curbside service):

Library Assistant

This job entails many duties.  Different assistants may have primary responsibility for one area or another but all should be trained in all areas.

Customer service:

Assists patrons in finding materials both on the computer and physically, requesting materials from other libraries, reference queries, and just in general being helpful.

Circulation supervision:

Supervises circulation desk volunteers and attends circulation desk in the absence of a volunteer or when the library is busy.  Takes and creates printout of fine transactions.

Supervises opening and closing procedures.


Must understand state system for placing ILL requests, monitor daily e-mail requests for such to our library and “general” requests from libraries for book-group titles

Our requests to other libraries: Looks up requests on the part of patrons in state ILL system and tracks requests, filled and unfilled, providing statistics to director. 

Copy Cataloging:

Downloads computer MARC records from the state database into our Follett system.  These are for books, audios and videos, primarily.  Tailors records occasionally to match item in hand. Creates copy records in Follett for use in circulation.  Provides statistics to director.

Enters “Brief” records with state of materials not currently in the state database, for the state to obtain/create suitable records. 

Catalog cleanup:  As materials are withdrawn from our collection, withdraws item from both Follett and NHU-PAC (state union catalog).  Maintains statistics of deletions.


Produces and uses Follett overdue report to call and inform patrons of overdue items.  Tracks notifications and sends letters when phone calls prove insufficient.  Keeps director appraised of extreme situations.

Creating Library cards/entering new patron records: 

Creates new patron library cards with laminate, maintains patron database.  Inserts message in record informing desk personnel that new card is ready.  Supervises volunteer maintenance of “Hard copy” of patron database.

Collection development:

May keep abreast of collection development journals and make recommendation as well as collecting recommendations from patrons when director is not available.


Monitors and responds to communications from director and other staff, both via e-mail and in mail slot.

Attends staff meetings.

Attends occasional instructional sessions provided by the state or other agency.

Attends occasional conference sessions.

May attend Trustee meetings.

May get involved with committee work.

Other duties as assigned include:

Library statistics:

Assists Director in ensuring the proper monthly reports are run and patron attendance counts recorded.


Counts moneys taken in each month for copies/computer printouts/faxes, fines/fees/lost books, donations to Library, and lobby book sales.  Records amounts, deposits money at Lake Sunapee Bank in appropriate accounts, and files paperwork with Trustee Treasurer and Library Director. 

Special projects as assigned.