Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Children's Librarian Needed!


Department: Library
Position Overview: Under the supervision of the Library Director, performs responsible and varied administrative and professional library work related to planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Children's Department, which serves patrons ranging in age from pre-school through grade 12.  Supervises the entire library, including personnel and facilities, in the absence of the Library Director. 23 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. Some Saturday and evening hours required. Please send resumes to hancocktownlibrary@gmail.com.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plans, organizes, and supervises story hours and other programs for children and young adults in order to encourage reading and exploration of library resources; provides library service to the elementary schools and community through programs such as class visits, summer reading events, after school programs, etc.
  • Selects materials for acquisition and withdrawal from the children's print and non-print collections; supervises the organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials.
  • Submits to the Library Director purchase order requisitions for Children's Department materials, equipment, and other proposed purchases; verifies and refers to the Library Director for payment invoices for Children's Department orders
  • Trains and supervises volunteers assigned to the Children's Department; makes job assignments and verifies that assignments are carried out properly
  • Schedules Children's Department volunteers
  • Evaluates the work performance of Children's Department  volunteers
  • Provides reference and reader's advisory guidance to children, parents, and teachers
  • Assists patrons in using the online catalog and other electronic tools and resources; assists and instructs patrons in using library services, equipment, and facilities
  • Creates bibliographies, user guides, promotional materials, and publicity spotlighting Children's Department collections, services, and programs
  • Creates displays to enhance the library experience and to promote use of library resources
  • Maintains knowledge of the automated circulation and technical services systems and assists with circulation and technical services tasks, as needed
  • Prepares regular narrative and statistical reports for the Library Director
  • Interprets library policies and procedures to the public in a customer-friendly manner
Additional Responsibilities:
  • Identifies reading trends among junior patrons
  • Attends conferences, workshops, and meetings and reads professional literature to stay informed on issues related to children's library services
  • Serves on professional and community committees, as requested, to advance the library and the library profession
  • Performs other duties, as assigned
Supervision Received: Receives general supervision from the Library Director
Supervision Exercised: Supervises volunteers assigned to the Children's Department
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of public library services and programs
  • Comfortable working with children of all ages, parents, caregivers, and educators
  • Experience in collection development and programming for children
  • Possesses a solid general education and is especially familiar with children's literature and resources
  • Thorough knowledge of children's library resources: print, non-print, and electronic
  • Committed to excellence in customer service
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret library policies, procedures, and rules
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to organize work for efficient use of time
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with library staff and volunteers, the library's business contacts, town employees, and the general public
  • Ability to initiate, organize, and follow through on programs, services, and projects
  • Solid knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession and in children's library services
  • Working knowledge of public relations procedures
  • Ability to represent the library at professional and community meetings

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 3 years experience working with children's library services, children's literature and reference resources, and online searching preferred.  Some supervisory experience necessary.    

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to perform duties in an office environment
  • Ability to work in an environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noises
  • Ability to work under stress from deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities, and conditions
  • Ability to operate computers with proficiency using library software, word processing, and the Internet
  • Ability to view a computer monitor and/or operate a keyboard for extended periods of time
  • Ability to move and/or lift materials up to 25 pounds
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, bend, kneel, crawl, reach, climb, balance, and sit
  • Regularly required to talk and/or hear; use hands to operate objects, tools, and controls; and reach with hands and arms
  • Vision and hearing at or correctable to "normal ranges"
  • Ability to read printed materials and information on computer screens
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via the printed word
  • Ability to file books, periodicals, files, reports, notebooks, etc. on shelves ranging from 1 to 7 feet from the floor
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings both inside and outside of Hancock
ACCOMMODATIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position

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