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    Reading is fun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Contra Costa County Library

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, supportive and encouraging staff.

    Cons

    You have to enjoy a quieter work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership and communication.

    Recommends
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    focused on awards rather than truly excellent service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Contra Costa County Library full-time

    Pros

    some of the branches are well-run and good places to visit. These are in more affluent cities like Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, and Walnut Creek.

    Cons

    many branches are poorly funded and they do not receive extra money from Friends groups. Branches in San Pablo and Pleasant Hill are ugly and depressing. Staffing levels are low and people are too stressed to provide decent service. Books don't get checked in correctly and you will be fined even if you return on time, or you will spend time calling and trying to get your account corrected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on improving existing library services such as a better catalog and more efficient checkout and returns, and more open hours. Spend less time on providing free museum visits to well-off people who live in Moraga.

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    Great experience dealing with a diverse group of people.

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    Former Employee - Library Aide
    Former Employee - Library Aide

    I worked at Contra Costa County Library

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment with great employees. Stable schedule if you go to school or have other commitments on your plate. Generous managers depending on the library you work for.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth whatsoever unless you decide to go to library school. Schedule can work against you if you want to get paid more because the county limits student aide hours. The county has a major staffing issue and some libraries use employees in positions they are not used to doing. Patrons can be rude but you just have to tune them out however if you are not used to interesting patrons then it is not for you. Depending on the location of the library, kids can become a major problem. A lot of downtime can occur and the day could become really quiet.

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