Salary: $18.08 - $22.25 Hourly
A Sample Work Day: A Bilingual Library Assistant may, in this example, start the day at the nearby Migrant Head Start baby classroom sharing early literacy activities (books, songs and rhymes) with children 12 months and under, move to the toddler classroom, followed by activities with preschoolers. Afterward, the Library Assistant may go to the branch, unload the storytime traveling cart and answer questions (in both languages) at the reference desk. Bilingual Library Assistants should be prepared to talk about good books to read, school assignments and community resources. The position should also be ready to provide basic assistance with Internet searching and other library applications. This sample work day may conclude with another hour on the reference desk or giving a tour of the library to a parent group from the local grade school.
So for $22/hour plus generous benefits your job is to read books to children, unload a book cart, recommend books and show people how to use Google. A lot ofAmericans are looking for jobs but unless they are bilingual and are "culturally competent" there isn't a position for them in the library.
BONUS: See how many times you can find the word "diverse" on the job application webpage!
EXTRA BONUS: See how many crimes you can be the victim of in Multnomah County that won't be charged as crimes because the county government "doesn't have the money" to prosecute them!