Youth Services Librarian, Chatham Community Library, Pittsboro, NC

TITLE: Youth Services Librarian
LIBRARY: Chatham Community Library
LOCATION:Pittsboro, NC
CLOSING DATE: 6/14/2017 by 5:00pm

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:

The Youth Services Librarian oversees the operation of all aspects of the Children’s and Teen departments including collection development and maintenance, research assistance, bibliographic instruction, staff and volunteer supervision, summer reading and other yearly programing and other related work as assigned. Work is performed under the supervision of the Branch Manager and/or under the limited supervision of the Library Director.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential functions

  • Provides reference and information services to children and families, educators, and public patrons in person, by phone or via email utilizing a broad range of viable resources including the internet and the physical collection to meet patrons’ information needs; refers patrons to appropriate outside resources when necessary.
  • Instructs patrons in the use of the library catalog and other library resources.
  • Assists patrons in understanding library services, policies, and procedures and in the use of various equipment and technology, including computers, printers, and copiers; troubleshoots when necessary.
  • Participates in the development and maintenance of the entire Youth Services collection (including board books, pictures books, easy readers, juvenile audiobooks, juvenile fiction and non-fiction, juvenile graphic novels, book club books, Spanish/bilingual materials, young adult fiction and non-fiction, young adult graphic novels, young adult audiobooks, family and children’s movies) to ensure that the library’s collection remains up to date, well-rounded, and representative of the community’s information needs.
  • Works closely with Branch Managers to establish goals and objectives for the department and its programming.
  • Plans, promotes and is involved in all aspects of Youth Services programming for all three county branches including weekly story times, book clubs, craft times, other monthly programming and large event planning, as well as conducting a yearly summer reading program.
  • Adopts a community engagement mindset and develops and maintains effective relationships with schools, community groups, agencies and non-profits that target youth in order to plan and deliver programs and services that meet local needs and interests.
  • Trains and schedules library staff and volunteers in Youth Services programming.
  • Works with the Branch Manager and Library Director to evaluate, interview, and hire new Youth Services staff members.
  • Maintains and reports accurate and up-to-date statistics of Youth Services transactions, participation in library programs and other youth services outreach programs.
  • Assists in marketing the library by creating informational brochures, flyers and bibliographies, creating and maintaining themed displays to communicate with the community about the library’s services, resources, and programs.
  • Orders, purchases, receives, organizes, and reconciles money for all programming supplies and performances.
  • Serves on library committees to develop, evaluate, and improve library policies, programs, and services.
  • Actively participates in appropriate meetings, including library staff meetings and others as assigned.
  • Remains engaged in the library community and takes advantage of learning and professional development opportunities by participating in seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Establishes good working relationships with all county library branch managers to best enhance youth services programming.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  •  Knowledge of current trends in library services for and with children and young adults.
  • Knowledge of the objectives of a public library system and its role in the community.
  • Knowledge of library principles and procedures, methodologies, equipment, materials and resources.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, patrons, user groups, community organizations, volunteer groups and to serve the public courteously.
  • Ability to recognize and set priorities and to manage time and projects effectively.
  • Ability to use initiative and independent judgement in a variety of situations.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and flexible approach to changing needs within the library and a changing information environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong technology skills, including experience with Microsoft Office applications, integrated library systems, email clients, the Internet, and social media applications.
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess cultural competency skills.
  • Must be able to drive a car and hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Must possess physical mobility involving bending, lifting, reading, and hearing.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program required.
  • One or more years of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory or administrative experience preferred.
  • Experience in working for and with children and young adults.

Physical Requirements

This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 50 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handling or feeling, frequently requires sitting, reaching with hands and arms and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking and lifting; work has standard vision requirements; work requires vocal communication to express or exchange ideas orally; work requires hearing to perceive information at normal spoken levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a quiet location (e.g. library, private offices).

Special Requirements: None.

HOW TO APPLY/CONTACT:

Applications can be submitted online at: http://www.chathamnc.org/Home/Components/JobPosts/Job/1277/44

Rita Van Duinen, Branch Manager, Chatham Community Library, rita.vanduinen@chathamlibraries.org

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