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Casual Library Assistants Resource Guide: Work Expectations


Work Expectations

Our number one priority is serving our clients to the best of our ability.

Professionalism, respect, compassion and courtesy are expected when dealing with patrons and fellow staff. As a staff member, you are a representative of the Library and how you deal with patrons will reflect on the Library's reputation.

  • Activities such as class work, recreational reading, personal business, including cell phone calls and socializing to an unreasonable degree while on duty, are not permitted. This includes checking any e-mail accounts, social media, and any other use of the internet unrelated to library duties.
  • No eating at any library service desk while working.  You may step away to take a quick meal break, but always remain aware of our clients' needs.
  • Use of headphones and ear buds are not permitted at any service desk. One ear bud may be worn while shelving, at the Supervisor's discretion.
  • Punctuality.
  • Timely arrangement and notification of shift changes.
  • Careful, accurate work.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated and efficient.
  • Ability to work independently, follow instructions, cooperate and use common sense.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting, good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under constant interruption.
  • Flexibility (availability when shifts are altered; extended shifts; availability to work additional shifts).


Coffee & Meal Breaks

Shift Length 3 hours 3.5 to 4.5 hours 5 to 7 hours 7.5 to 8 hours
15 minute coffee break(s) - paid None 1 1 2
30 minute meal break - unpaid None None 1 1
Paid hours / Hours reported 3 hours 3.5 to 4.5 hours 4.5 to 6.5 hours* 7 to 7.5 hours*

*Shift Length minus 30 Minute Unpaid Meal Break = Paid Hours

Note: Casuals and part time employees do not earn EDOs, so should not work more than 7.5 hours (7.0 paid hours, .5 unpaid meal break. Record as 7.0 hours)

Personal Appearance

The University Library does not have a set dress code, however, please keep in mind that when you are at work, you are a representative of the Library.

Section 96(1) of the Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations states that "an employer or contractor shall ensure that a worker uses footwear that is appropriate to the risks associated with the worker’s place of employment and occupation". Closed-toed shoes must be worn while shelving. 

Maximum Allowable Hours of Work

If you work multiple jobs for Cupe 1975:

  • You cannot exceed 7.5 paid hours in a day

It is your responsibility to ensure you do not exceed the maximum allowable hours of work in a day.

Scent Awareness

For an increasing number of individuals in our community, scented products can affect personal comfort, and for some, these scents can even pose a significant health hazard.

Some areas in the library are scent free. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

We Share the Air poster