SALARY: $26.62 Hourly
COMP. GROUP/RANGE: 33/01
JOB TYPE: PERMANENT FULL TIME
DEPARTMENT: Madison Public Library
OPENING DATE: 03/30/18
CLOSING DATE: 04/25/18 11:59 PM
WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
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About the Position
Madison Public Library seeks a creative and innovative librarian who will develop relationships between the Sequoya Library and our community’s many stakeholders in order to foster opportunities for youth and families, with a particular focus on addressing community identified needs. Consistent with our mission and vision, this position cultivates community partnerships which develop opportunities to learn, share and create. This position will ensure equitable provision of resources and services and will lead other staff in developing culturally competent models for services. This position will provide leadership and coordination in Sequoya Library operations, including work activities of staff, facilities and technology needs, and assisting in the hiring of staff. Familiarity with emerging technologies and project management skills are a plus.
About Madison Public Library:
Madison Public Library (MPL) is a dynamic organization that actively embraces the changing role of libraries. We were awarded the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, and recognized as a Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council in 2017. Our critically acclaimed Bubbler program has been able to expand through major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We embrace new services and technology, such as our Meadowridge Library’s community kitchen that supports youth nutrition and food preparation programs. Employment at MPL means working alongside talented people who are deeply committed to service and making a difference in people’s lives. Our outstanding and collegial workforce is highly valued by the community, and includes staff members who have received national recognition or awards for their work. We value and support learning in all forms, diverse perspectives, intellectual freedom, customer experience, collaboration, and innovation.
About Madison, Wisconsin
Madison has a reputation as a great place to live, and has consistently ranked highly on lists of best cities in America. It’s also a great place to be a librarian. Madisonians are very engaged with and highly supportive of their libraries. We strive to recruit a diverse workforce to best serve Madison’s diverse population, and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply.
This is the entry level of the professional librarian career progression series. This work is initially characterized by more structured assignments, and/or is more closely reviewed, until the employee gains requisite operational skills and program familiarity. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Librarian 3 or Library Supervisor. This series is structured to provide advancement from Librarian 1 to Librarian 2 (consistent with City policy).
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Understand and advocate for broader community needs, facilitating connections and helping develop solutions
Facilitate partnerships with the community that will promote racial equity and social justice
Plan and deliver related programs and learning opportunities to a broad range of community members, both within and outside the library
Develop and implement evaluation metrics to monitor program effectiveness
Participate in local, state and national conferences and meetings to acquire and share best practices in public services and community engagement
Conduct tours and provide outreach programs to increase awareness and use of library facilities and services
Monitor trends and best practices in youth and family services and community engagement
Provide direct services to customers at an all-ages Ask Desk, including reference and readers advisory
Develop and maintain the library collection in accordance with professional library best practices
Ensure a functional and attractive in-library customer experience
Provide for the safe and efficient operation of the library facility
Coordinate paraprofessional, clerical and hourly staff and volunteers
Perform related work as assigned.
For a complete list of duties and responsibilities, please reference the Librarian 1 classification specification.
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Graduation from an accredited library school with a master’s degree in library or information science.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, Human Resources will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:
Four years experience in applying the following:
Library science theories, principles, practices, and terminology applicable to a public library and community engagement.
Two years experience in applying the following:
Automated and manual library systems.
Library reference and/or collection development strategies and resources.
Computer software applicable to the duties of the position.
Familiarity with the following:
Project management principles and practices.
Community engagement within library systems.
Child development and education.
Cultural and economic issues involved in serving traditionally underserved populations.
Develop and maintain relationships with community partners.
Perform as a leader and as a collaborative team member.
Apply research and professional reading to practice.
Exercise sound judgment and discretion in making choices on the spot.
Maintain a flexible approach to assignments and schedules.
Multi-task while remaining accessible and helpful.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.
For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please reference the Librarian 1 classification specification.
Ability to meet the transportation requirements of the position.
Employees in this position must be able to lift/carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds (equivalent to a bucket of books) and must be capable of pushing wheeled carts of books and other materials weighing up to 200 pounds onto and off elevators, and across carpeted areas. In addition, they must be able to frequently stand, walk, bend, kneel, stoop, reach overhead, and repeatedly lift books weighing as much as three pounds.