Reports To: Library & IT Director
Status: Part Time
Revision Date: January 24, 2018
Union Status: Non-Union
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
The purpose of this position is to work with the Children’s Programming Librarian to provide programs for youth that promote Library use and literacy skills, take the lead on teen programming, and help represent the Library’s Youth Services team at various community events and committees. The Northfield Public Library is a busy and dynamic gathering space for families with young children. Candidate must be able to multi-task and enjoy working with children ages 0-16.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provides a welcoming presence and excellent customer service at the public service desk
• Develops age-specific programming to encourage readership and use of Library materials for infants and teens:
o Prepares and presents story time for infants up to 2 years
o Plans and prepares teen Library programming
• Assists with management of the children’s collection in partnership with the Children’s Programming Librarian
• Assists Children’s Programming Librarian with summer reading programs for children. Represents Library at City/school functions related to children.
• Plans outreach events with the outreach Coordinator
• Conducts outreach children’s service using the Library’s bookmobile–will require the ability to drive the bookmobile–a regular Class D license is required
• Maintains a local knowledge on a wide variety of topics to better serve Library patrons. Assists Library patrons with inquiries, including gathering information, researching problems, and
advising patrons of alternatives.
• Creates book and reading displays. Prepares bibliographies as needed.
• Markets children’s programming to the community, including social media, preparing brochures and flyers, press releases, and contacting local media.
• Assists in other areas of the Library as needed.
• Provides assistance to Library patrons using hardware, software and related technologies used at the Library.
• Maintains appearance and cleanliness of children’s area.
• Uses collection data statistics to assess collection use, trends and needed changes.
• Observe all safety rules and practice safe work habits.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, Education, or a related field, with one-year prior experience in the development and conduct of programs for youth, or any combination of education and/or experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. Valid Minnesota Driver’s License.
Master’s Degree in Library Science. Fluency in Spanish and English including reading, speaking, listening and writing. Experience in collection development.
This position requires flexibility within Library open hours including nights and weekends, early morning and evening programming, regular (monthly) Saturday and Sunday hours.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Tools and equipment used in the performance of a Children’s Librarian include, but is not limited to: computers, copiers, phones, calculators, televisions, DVD’s, audio visual equipment, e-readers, digital cameras, etc.
Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, such as computer keyboards, copiers, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control a small bookmobile. Requires a regular Class D driver’s license in good standing.
Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (10-25
pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
Ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.
Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds.
Normal office and library environment. Includes some seasonal outdoor programming. Tasks are performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
JUDGEMENT AND SITUATIONAL REASONING ABILITY:
Requires ability to apply principles of rational systems. Requires the ability to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form. Requires the ability to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.
Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Requires the ability to interpret graphs and add fractions.
LANGUAGE ABILITY AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:
Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data and/or information using established criteria. Includes exercise of discretion in determining actual or probable consequences, and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations.
Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information, such as reference materials, computerized databases, and Library policies.