Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian – Dakota County Library

POSTING TYPE: External – Open Competitive
HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week
HIRING RANGE: $51,688-58,149/year (Grade 107)
LOCATION: Library Administration, Wescott Library, Eagan
UNION: AFSCME 693 – Library
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 08, 2017

Come join us at Dakota County and “Be more!” The work County government does is unique. You will not be just another employee; you’ll be a valued employee making a difference in the lives of Dakota County residents every single day. We employ nearly 1800 skilled individuals whose talents and contributions make Dakota County a premier place to live and work.  Will you be the next person to join us at Dakota County?

Dakota County Library is seeking an Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian to serve a system wide role in the development and delivery of quality educational and recreational programming for adults across our diverse community. This innovative Librarian will have project management and event planning skills, creative problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external partners.

This position reports to the Adult Services Manager, and is tasked with helping to identify programming opportunities for adults, and supporting the coordination and promotion of these events. This person also collaborates closely with other members of the system Youth and Adult services team, and adult services librarians. Duties include participating in outreach and connecting with community organizations. Twenty percent of time is spent working at a public service desk, assisting customers with information needs.

• Masters Degree in Library and Information Science

Preferred Minimum Qualifications:
• Experience working with diverse populations and clients with limited English proficiency. Bilingual skills are desirable.

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Support the development of library adult programming at the system level to meet community needs.
• Work with staff at 9 library locations and outside contacts to organize events and classes for adults, including addressing communication and evaluation needs.
• Monitor expenditures, tracking costs for programming and materials.
• Evaluate presenters to maintain a set of quality program options for staff at branches, which fulfill the needs of diverse communities and target audiences.
• Assume project and event management roles for larger, system wide programs.

2. Build relationships and network with internal and external partners to fulfill the library’s mission.              •Collaborate with community groups to expand and promote library services, and participate in outreach events.
• Serve as a representative/liaison in external library and community meetings, and communicate relevant information to the Adult Services Team.
• Participate in appropriate educational workshops, conferences and professional development opportunities to build knowledge of trends and best practices.
• Work with Adult Services Manager to plan meetings and other in-service training opportunities for adult services librarians.

3. Create content for promotions to encourage use of library services and attendance at programs.            •Assist with the development of promotions for programs, including gathering information, making format recommendations, and addressing content questions.
• Offer support to librarians in building awareness of and attendance at events.
• Advise appropriate library staff of upcoming programs for posting on the website, social media, and other communication channels.

4. Provide information services to the public.
• Spend 20 percent of work week at a public service point, providing informational and/or technology assistance to library customers.
• Match customers’ needs with information and resources in a meaningful, appropriate, and professional manner, in a virtual setting or in the community.

5. Other specialized duties as needed for the operation of the library.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1-5 are essential functions.

• Effective interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to work cooperatively and inclusively as part of a team
• Ability to manage projects including needs assessment, goal setting, strategic development, implementation, resource management and outcome evaluation
• Flexibility, and ability to think creatively to solve problems
• Ability to develop comprehensive programming strategies based on community needs
• Ability to provide promotion and support for library programs, materials and services among members of diverse community groups
• Knowledge of community resources and needs and the ability to collaborate, partner and negotiate with community leaders and organizations
• Ability to relate societal trends to library services, collections, and programs.
• Ability to effectively work with the general public using strong verbal and written customer service skills in public interactions
• Knowledge of subject, format, and related options to be considered in developing the collection for a public library with a popular materials focus
• Knowledge of professional librarian reference and research methods and materials
• Knowledge of and skill in using digital resources and library technologies of all types
• Knowledge of library literature and professional library organizations and networks

Work Environment:
The work is sedentary and requires no special physical demands. The work involves minimal risks and observance of safety precautions typical of office settings. The work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. May require occasional travel.

Selection Process:
The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

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