I'm writing a story in which the main character is a library assistant. (This is taking place in America most likely, but the specific location is unspecified, at least in this current version. ETA: Also probably in your standard local state-funded library.) I need to know what a library assistant's job is like. Anything you can tell me about a library assistant's average day, their duties, ect., would be very helpful.
Things I'm most looking for:
What are the specific duties required of a library assistant?
What kind of duties would she be doing when she was working "in the back" - that is, out of the public area?
I understand there is a rota for duties assigned. How does this work? For instance, would she likely be assigned to do one duty for an entire day, or would she be assigned several, like one thing in the morning and another in the afternoon?
How many other library assistants would likely also be working there? (I understand this would vary widely based on the size of the library, but some idea to go on would be good.)
What other coworkers and superiors would she be likely to interact with? Who would be her direct superior(s), the person(s) she would have to answer to?
And, uh, cough cough, If I were to call up one of my local libraries and ask if someone could show me around and tell me about what everyone does, would they be more likely to think me odd and annoying or to think nothing of it and be willing to help?
And if there is ANYTHING else you feel like telling me about libraries and working in them that I didn't cover here, that is also more than welcome.