The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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Updated January 26, 2015
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  1. Oakley branch library is such a wonderful branch. I was there for 4 years and loved every minute of it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

    Pros

    As a volunteer and as a student shelver, my hours were always flexible. The job is not too difficult overall, but you have to work hard to get everything done and know how to deal with unfriendly patrons. Overall, the staff and patrons at the Oakley branch are great.

    Cons

    I do not feel there are any cons for the Oakley branch.

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    There is a disconnect between the branches and downtown that could be minimized.

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  2. Exactly what I wanted.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

    Pros

    Dependable employment, great people, always changing, possibolies and support to continue growth and advance.

    Cons

    Sometimes the administration is out of touch with day to day needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the professionals working for you on their areas of expertise.

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  3. Checkered willingness to grow and change; long-term career possibilities; frequent promotions from within.

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    Former Employee - Held Several Positions in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Held Several Positions in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay's decent. Libraries are important. This giant organization divides into small branch/department units that internally work together, fairly productively.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication's difficult between - if not within- branches and departments.. Lots of agendas. Not enough outside support or goal consistency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people at the bottom. Literally walk in the shoes of branches and departments. You're not always in touch.

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  5. Great part-time job experience

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    Former Employee - Student Shelver in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Student Shelver in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, helpful and respectful co-workers, great overall work environment

    Cons

    At the downtown branch, shelvers were made to count individual materials that they shelved. Seemed to slow down the shelving process and decreased efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No specific advice. Really enjoyed my experience at the library.

    Recommends
  6. The best job in the Cincinnati Area!

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    Current Contractor - Library Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Contractor - Library Assistant in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working for the public library! I was a volunteer for 7 years and finally decided it was for me to work there. The best experience ever! Great staff, close to home, connection with patrons, and unlimited opportunities. A lot of training to help you grow.

    Cons

    No cons at all. I think this is a great job for anyone at any age. Some may complain about the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up your great work!

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  7. Not good, but not bad

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    Former Employee - Shelver in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Shelver in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The library has good pay (it is higher than minimum wage by about a dollar), easy work, and schedule variability

    Cons

    The library branch I was at specifically had rude coworkers, supervisors gossip about customers and employees, and minimal allowed hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd only recommend it to someone for the pay.

    Recommends
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  8. Enjoyed working at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great part time job working with dedicated people who really love what they do and who they worked for. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    Compensation is not the best.

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  9. Great Institution, but a disconnect between service staff & management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people who work in the system from all types of backgrounds. A wealth of knowledge is floating around! The variety of information & resources (print, digital, etc.) grows every year.

    Cons

    Having worked in several roles, I noticed the division between service staff and upper management. In cases where front-line staff will have to know key info to accurately inform the public, in some cases we're the last ones to know. There is definitely a disconnect with the front-line and management, which causes frustration among staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Effectively communicate with the service staff, as they are the face of the library.

  10. Really Enjoyed My Time at PLCH

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    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Library Services Assistant in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great part time job through high school and college. Paid sick time, paid vacation, and extra hours were always available throughout the 40+ branch system. My particular branch was full of great, dedicated people who really loved what they did and who they worked for.

    Cons

    There was a strange disconnect between those who worked at the Main Library downtown and those who worked at the branches. It was like two different worlds that didn't see eye to eye on anything.

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    Finding a way to bridge that gap between Main and the branches would help improve relations and morale among the staff.

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  11. The knowledge learned from the people and environment makes up for the public level compensation.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

    Pros

    I loved who I worked with and the discussions we had during our lunch breaks. They always had a lot of interesting cross-disciplinary information to share. Information and resources were readily available. There was always friendly and collaborative staff along with a high level of team integration. I was always given independence and freedom to learn material on own and was encouraged to lead my own projects.

    Cons

    You are at the mercy of tax payer dollars, and the levies are a constant stress.

    Recommends

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