Librarian I: Youth Services – Washington County Library

Salary: See Position Description
Location: Cottage Grove, MN
Job Type: Part Time
Department: Library
Job Number: 19-01016
Closing: 2/21/2019 11:59 PM Central


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent.

RESPONSIBILITIES: You change the world as a youth services librarian. You love to work with people, especially children and teens. You are a continuous learner. You develop and conduct programs, presentations and create participatory experiences for children and teens. You reach out to the community, presenting workshops in the Park Grove area. You are a liaison to the community, committees, schools and other related organizations. You are the go-to person in the library, guiding our users in their search for information. You know your way around technology, having the ability to teach basics for new users, as well as support the needs of power users. You inspire curiosity, champion innovation and spark opportunity.

• You have one or more years of experience providing library programming and services to youth
• You have one or more years of experience analyzing customers’ needs through reference interviews and experience in information searching and retrieval
• You are experienced and comfortable facilitating customer’s use of technology
• You are experienced coordinating public programs and projects

SELECTION TECHNIQUE: Your training and experience will be rated based on the required application material submitted and the top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

HOURS / DAYS: 20 hours per week, to include day, evening and weekend hours. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.

ANTICIPATED HIRING RATE: $26,510 annually (This is a part-time position.)

The Librarian I performs information and research services for library customers, plans and implements professional library projects and events, and classifies and catalogs library materials.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent.

Core Competencies outline essential business and professional traits necessary to perform this job.
• Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace;
• Demonstrates knowledge of library services
• Demonstrates knowledge of library research tools, procedures and methods
• Demonstrates skills in computers, phones, e-book devices, copiers, scanners, audio book devices, and printers
• Demonstrates ability to keep emotions under control when responding to emotionally charged individuals
• Demonstrates knowledge of cataloging theory, tools, rules, systems, and formats
• Demonstrates knowledge of relationships between cataloging, serials control, circulation, online public access to the catalog, and acquisition functions
• Demonstrates skills in using the cataloging tools and software
• Demonstrates skills in reference interviewing techniques
• Demonstrates ability to remain up-to-date on new technologies and systems, research subjects, terminologies and languages
• Demonstrates ability to work well with customers of all ages, educational levels and backgrounds

Provide Library customer service:
• Prepare the library building and equipment for opening and closing; check all systems and building areas to ensure safety, security and functioning of equipment
• Explain basic Library policies, procedures and services such as mobile apps, requesting items, privacy of customer information, activities in the building, etc.
• Respond to all requests for Library services in person or by telephone at the service desk
• Respond to all requests for research and readers’ advisory services
• Help customers learn catalog, database or internet search techniques
• Troubleshoot technical issues
• Maintain library services usage statistics
• Provide self-check-out, computer, printer and copier services information and instruction

Manage library programs and events:
• Develop and present training materials for customers
• Develop and present training materials for staff and volunteers
• Develop, recommend and monitor on-going programs and events
• Market library programs and services using tools such as book lists, displays, bulletin boards, and subject pathfinders
• Lead Library tours
• Introduce speakers and performers at programs and events
• Compile and maintain statistics to prepare reports about programs and events
• Contribute to branch reports

Maintain the collection:
• Suggest materials and resources to acquire
• Remove obsolete or damaged materials from collection
• Complete and process replacement materials requests

Maintain Library catalog:
• Use cataloging methodologies, tools and software
• Create original catalog records in appropriate format as needed
• Edit records to locally established standards; correct coding errors; add or edit descriptive information; verify or add tags; import edited records into database; sync linkable tags to records in system
• Suggest new resources
• Request replacement materials
• Remove obsolete or damaged materials and links in catalog
• Maintain electronic services
• Recommend local cataloging and classification practices for new collections and formats
• Participate in catalog database cleanup and maintenance
• Draft catalog procedures and maintains materials
• Coordinate data migration to new catalog platforms
• Resolve issues with library catalog database
Perform other duties as assigned.

This job classification may be found in more than one division in the Department. When the work environment differs from that indicated here, it will be so identified for specific positions when vacancies are being filled.

Work performed is sedentary in nature, and typically performed within a Library. Lifting requirement of up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, computer, calculator, telephone, camera, and microfiche reader, cash register, photocopier and scanner.
Work interruptions are frequent. There is some pressure associated with dealing with individuals who may be emotionally charged and with project or activity deadlines and details. Driving or riding to work at a service center, attend meetings, participate in or lead training sessions, etc. may be required.
Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position’s essential functions.

This job description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and level of work difficulty being performed by people assigned to this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The County retains the discretion to add or change the contents of this job description at any time.

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