Special Services Librarian – Watertown Regional Library (SD)

City of Watertown—Watertown Regional Library
Salary Grade 5- $3468/month
Application Deadline: Monday, August 14, 2017 – 5:00 P.M.
Human Resources Office, 23 2nd Street NE, PO Box 910, Watertown, SD 57201

Application Forms and complete position descriptions are available at City Hall Finance Office or on line at http://www.watertownsd.us/Jobs.aspx. Applications must be received in the Human Resources Coordinator’s office at City Hall no later than 5:00 P.M., Monday, August 14, 2017 to be considered for this position.

Statement Of Duties
Position is responsible for selecting and delivering library materials to homebound patrons; assisting in reference and circulation functions; developing and maintaining assigned collections; interlibrary loans; accessioning, maintenaning and digitizing local history materials for access and programming; providing information and assistance; and responding to inquiries, requests and complaints from the public. Position collaborates with the Assistant Librarian to provide programs and services to adults eighteen (18) and older.

Employee works under the general direction of the Library Director. Employee plans and prioritizes work in accordance with standard procedures and previous training and is expected to solve problems by adapting methods or interpreting instructions. Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with the supervisor, but ordinarily the employee plans and performs work independently.

Job Environment
The work requires examining, analyzing and evaluating facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems, situations or transactions, and determining actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practices. Guidelines for performing work include a large body of policies, practices and precedents which may be complex or conflicting, at times. Employee uses judgment to analyze specific situations and determine appropriate actions. Employee is expected to weigh efficiency and relative priorities in conjunction with procedural concerns in decision making. Assignments typically involve selecting and delivering books and materials to homebound patrons, providing circulation and reference services, coordinating programs, assessing community needs, and providing information and assistance to the public.

Errors could result in a delay or loss of service and/or monetary loss.

The position has constant contact with the public and homebound patrons. The purpose for these contacts is to respond to inquiries, requests, or complaints, render services, deliver materials to patron’s homes, give or receive information and/or coordinate projects. Contacts are made in person, on the telephone, or in writing.

Position Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Essential Functions

1. Assesses and tracks homebound patrons reading habits. Selects materials for them, delivers new materials and reassesses their reading habits in order to improve service to them. Reviews materials for recommendation to patrons.

2. Performs circulation duties; responds to requests, inquiries and/or complaints from patrons; answers reference questions; assists patrons with the use of computers; finds appropriate resources and refers patrons to alternative sources if information is not available in house.

3. Reviews collection and withdraws material considering condition, timeliness, accuracy and usage.

4. Serves as the primary local contact for people applying for admission to the South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program.

5. Provides assistance with interlibrary loans, cataloging and backing up other areas of the library as needed.

6. Accession and maintenance of local history materials in the South Dakota room; collaborates with area historical and genealogical socities with projects and/or programs promoting local history.

7. Assists the Assistant Librarian with programs and services for adults eighteen (18) and older.

8. Serves as the person responsible for the operation of the library during scheduled evenings and weekends including the oversight of part time staff when working evening or weekend hours.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements
Employee works in a moderately loud office environment with occasional exposure to outdoor weather conditions related to in-town travel. Employee is required to talk, listen and use hands more than 2/3rd of the time; stand and walk up to 2/3rd of the time; sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach with hands and arms up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee frequently lifts up to 30 lbs. and seldom moves with cart up to 60 lbs. Normal vision is required for the position. Equipment operated includes an automobile, office machines and computers.

Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred and one (1) year of library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. A candidate for this position is required to have a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A candidate for this position should have:

Knowledge of:
• library principles, procedures, and reference sources,
• computer programs and applications,
• organization and communication, customer service, and public relations skills.

Ability to:
• provide services to homebound patrons,
• plan and implement programs,
• perform mutliple tasks simultaneously, despite frequent interruptions;
• develop and maintain working relationships; and
• pay attention to detail.

A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred and one (1) year of library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. A candidate for this position is required to have a valid driver’s license.
Special Requirements

Must establish residency within 35 miles of the Watertown Regional Airport terminal within six months of hire date.

Miscellaneous Information
Veteran’s preference points are acknowledged in the City’s hiring process. The City of Watertown’s Personnel Policy, including the City’s policy on Nepotism, can be obtained at the City Finance Office or on our Website at www.watertownsd.us. The City of Watertown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. EOE Human Resources Office City of Watertown, SD

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