Youth Services Librarian (LTE) 2 Positions – Madison Public Library (WI)

Salary:$26.62 Hourly
Location: Madison, WI
Department: Madison Public Library
Job Number: 2018-00095
Closing: 4/23/2018 11:59 PM Central

General Description
Madison Public Library (MPL) is a dynamic organization that actively embraces the changing role of libraries, and was awarded the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our critically acclaimed Bubbler program has expanded through major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Our eight neighborhood libraries have similarly embraced new services and technology. 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 diverse perspectives, intellectual freedom, learning in all forms, collaboration, and innovation.

Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years. Our nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days a week (with limited Sunday hours) and welcome over 2 million visits each year.

Early Literacy Project Coordinator (70%) – Pinney Play Lab project
This is professional library work that focuses on coordinating multiple concurrent early literacy projects of the library. The Early Literacy Project Coordinator will work closely with the Youth Services team to oversee and manage the library’s involvement in four early childhood projects, and serve as the Library’s contact for these initiatives.  This is a two (2) year grant-funded position at 70% FTE (or roughly 28 hours/ week).  The pay rate will be approximately $1,490/biweekly or $38,758/annually.

Youth Services Librarian (60%) – Sequoya Neighborhood Library
The Sequoya library is a part of a vibrant and engaged community of patrons. The busiest library in the Madison system, it is a cornerstone of Madison Public Library’s summer reading program. Weekly and monthly programs regularly draw crowds of 60 -100 children and their caregivers. The Youth Services Librarian at Sequoya library will also provide outreach to the community and should be prepared to provide early literacy, early STEM, and innovate school age programming to maintain these community partnerships. This is a two (2) year grant-funded position at 60% FTE (or roughly 24 hours/ week). The pay rate will be approximately $1,277/biweekly or $33,221/annually.

The successful candidates for these position will possess exceptional customer service skills, a willingness to be flexible, and have a keen interest in collaborating and brainstorming with colleagues on a regular basis.

Schedule will vary and may include some evenings and weekends hours as required.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Early Literacy Project Coordinator (70%)- Pinney Play Lab project
• Serve as a knowledgeable resource for in-house work teams, including Pinney design meetings and Youth Services (YS) Team meetings, as well as others when appropriate, to help make the Play Lab successful.
• Work with key community partners, especially early childhood experts, to help develop and implement the Pinney Play Lab, both in theory and practice.
• Make recommendations about how to extend the Play Lab concept into all library locations.
• Develop tools to evaluate and assess the impact of the Play Lab.
• Participate with the Public Services Manager and the Youth Services Manager in the Wonders of Learning (WOL) Exhibit Project steering committee to ensure that the promotion and implementation of the exhibit is done perfectly.
• Highlight the work of the library through the promotion and advocacy efforts of this state-wide initiative.
• Participate in United Way’s Born Learning meetings to help develop the library’s role in the Imagination Library project, a county-wide initiative. Keep YS Team informed with details about this project.
• Highlight the work of the library through promotion of the Imagination Library project.
• Keep YS Team informed with details about projects.
• Work with YS Librarians to develop a formal early literacy training for home childcare providers and home visiting nurses.
• Work with community partners in targeted neighborhoods, to set up trainings for home daycare providers in their homes, as well as trainings for home-visiting nurse (focusing on Spanish and Hmong-speaking providers).
• Develop tools to assess and evaluate this early literacy training, and make recommendations regarding budgeting for long-term sustainability and growth of the program.
• Assure that the library’s early literacy projects all align with Youth Service’s goals and priorities, as well as goals and priorities set by the Library’s Strategic Planning team, Madison’s Early Childhood planning team (National League of Cities) and the Imagine Madison initiative.
• Work with the Youth Services Manager and the Library’s Marketing Manager to develop marketing strategies around early literacy.
• Establish an environment in the library wherein all staff members are knowledgeable about early  literacy initiatives.
• Maintain knowledge of current child development research and childhood literacy-related topics
• Attend trainings offered by the City of Madison and other outside agencies for topics related to this position (permission is required)
• Other related duties as assigned.Youth Services Librarian (60%) – Sequoya Neighborhood Library
• Plan, implement and evaluate programming, in collaboration with (already identified) community  partners, at various locations.
• Provide training and support to parents, caregivers, teachers and afterschool staff around topics related to literacy and child development as part of your programming.
• Plan, implement and evaluate programming in the library to meet the diverse needs of youth in Madison, including children birth to fifth grade.
• Implementing summer programming at Sequoya, in partnership with another Youth Services Librarian, including hiring performers or running programs in our summer series
• Direct the work of Youth Services hourly staff.
• Communicate with Sequoya library staff as needed regarding services for children & families, including participation in staff meetings
• Serve as a knowledgeable resource for the school community, parents, and caregivers, as well as for other library staff at Sequoya.
• Attend monthly Youth Services meetings at Central Library.
• Collaborate with other Youth Services Librarians and participate in library-wide initiatives.
• Remain current with circulation functions in order to assist library customers in the library or for outreach purposes.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from an ALA accredited library school with a master’s degree in library and/or information science/studies; or be within nine (9) credit hours of graduation.  May 2018 graduates are encouraged to apply.

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.
Cultural and economic issues involved in serving traditionally underserved populations.

Ability to:
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.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Ability to attend scheduled events outside the normal work schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements:
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.

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