JOB OPENING: YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN
The Pauline Haass Public Library is seeking an innovative, self-motivated, technology-savvy librarian to join our Youth Services department and support our Adult Services department. The ideal candidate enjoys working with children, teens, and adults; readily adapts to constant change; is comfortable both with current technologies and learning new ones; projects a helpful, welcoming personality, and is well organized. An ALA accredited MLS or MLIS or equivalent degree is required; coursework in youth services is a plus. This newly-created full-time position, which starts May 1, is for 40 hours per week; ten of those hours are dedicated to adult services backup.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: collection development, children’s, teen, and adult programming, reference and reader’s advisory, outreach, technology instruction, social networking, and the creation of press releases and promotional materials. Successful applicants will be comfortable with independent decision making, embrace responsibility, and have enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We’re looking for someone who is a team player, who seeks ways to improve his or her value to the library and the library’s value to the community, and who desires to be an active participant in this organization.
While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, preference will be given to applications received by or on March 14.
Additional information about this position:
The Youth Services Librarian works as a team member with a full time department head and three part-time assistants to serve the residents of Sussex and surrounding areas.
The library staff is regarded by the public as friendly, helpful and highly competent. We work together across departmental lines to solve problems and share ideas with each other. Youth Services staff members generally work one night each week, approximately every fourth Saturday year-round and every fourth Sunday during the school year. The department head or Director may modify schedules as needed to best serve the community.
Our Youth Services department occupies its own space but flows into the rest of the library. The department houses a fresh and vibrant collection of books and media, internet computers, exciting interactive early literacy play areas, and KidsLab, a creativity and maker space for school–age kids. We are a popular, busy destination offering a full array of programs, both traditional and passive.
Both Youth and Adult staff are involved in teen services. Working together makes use of staff skills and interests, prevents departments from becoming insular, and provides a smooth transition for children as they age.
In late 2011, the library converted the entire adult collection to a Dewey-bookstore hybrid. All nonfiction is divided into subject headings, and then shelved in Dewey order within those groupings. Fiction is divided by genre, then by author. Due to space limitations, the children’s collection remains more traditionally arranged.
We’re looking for a candidate with the following qualities:
- dedicated customer service ethic
- excellent oral and written communication skills
- ability to establish rapport and build relationships with all of our stakeholders and colleagues
- excellent understanding and application of current library practices and philosophies, including future directions of services
- self-motivation and commitment to continuously learn
- interest in, and active pursuit of mastery of, new technologies
- strong decision-making, organization, time management, and delegation skills
- vision, enthusiasm, and the desire to anticipate our customers’ changing wants and needs as we move into the future
- positive attitude, creativity and a personality that embraces change are required
- ability to foster and maintain a departmental attitude of being part of a larger team
- knowledgeable about materials and programs that appeal to children, teens, and families
- genuine ability to relate to children and their parents
- ability to present a variety of children’s programs to ages birth and up
- familiarity with the roles of early literacy and the maker culture in modern public libraries
Beginning librarians and candidates nearing completion of the MLS are encouraged to apply for this entry-level position Preference will be given to those applicants who have experience working with children, and knowledge of both children’s literature and child development. The start date for graduating applicants is negotiable.
The job description for this position is available online. The wage for this entry level position is $19.23/hour and benefits include health insurance, Wisconsin Retirement plan, three weeks of vacation after one year, two annual personal days, sick leave, and free access to workout facilities.
Applications received by Tuesday, March 14 will be given first consideration. We plan to interview the week of March 27. Please submit the following items by e-mail:
- letter of interest
- application form (does not need to be signed at time of submission; may reference resume where appropriate)
- 3 professional references
To Children’s Services Manager Valerie Johnson using the address: email@example.com