Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Youth Services Librarian is responsible for the development of library programs and services to children and young adults including reference, reader’s advisory, programming, and collection development; works with Director and staff to monitor and evaluate services to youth; promotes and publicizes the youth services program in the schools and the community.
Work is conducted primarily in an office/library setting. It includes pressure generated by frequent telephone and on-site customer service requests, computer assistance, on-site and off-site programs, interruptions, deadlines, maintaining decorum in a diplomatic manner, effectively dealing with program enrollment and time limits, and resolution of disputed charges. Conditions include regular reference desk hours, regular evening and weekend duties, and responsibility for the library during a shift.
Work may include prolonged sitting, as well as moderate lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, pulling and pushing activities, manual dexterity, clear speech and visual hearing acuity.
This classification specializes in youth services and will be responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of youth services programs and activities, and the day-to-day operation of the library’s youth services area. . Maintains regular communications with schools, caregivers, social agencies, child care agencies, parents, and other interested community groups. This classification also provides reference, reader’s advisory services, collection management and programming for children and their parents/caregivers, as well providing general reference service to adults as required.
This classification works closely with the Library Director and appropriate staff members
to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate services for youth.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Advise the Library Director in development of policies relating to youth services
Direct the work and training of support personnel assigned to youth services
Monitor and evaluate collections and select and withdraw materials for Youth
Services collections utilizing appropriate library selection and collection development policies
Participate and interact with local, regional, and statewide youth services agencies (regional system, state library, and professional organizations).
Establish a good working relationship between the Library and local schools to complement and supplement their programs and to promote and encourage the use of the public library
Work with organizations serving non-English speaking residents to promote literacy training and use of the Library
Develop ideas and assist in the preparation of proposals for grant funds; support grant-funded programs
Arrange and present library tours and programs for children, parents/caregivers, teachers, and other child care providers.
Develop and deliver story hours, activities, and themed seasonal reading program activities for children and care givers.
Prepare and collect statistics, surveys, and reports which measure and evaluate usage of the Library’s youth collections, programs, and goals attainment
Assist the Library Director in assessment of budgetary, personnel, and equipment needs of library’s youth services areas
Attend local and professional meetings and seminars related to youth services
Work at library reference desk to provide reference services to all library patrons as required
Work at library circulation desk as required, and perform all duties associated with the circulation of materials, payment of fines/fees, handling of reserves, and registration of borrowers.
Responsibility for operation of the library on assigned evenings and weekends.
Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
· Broad knowledge of books, literature, and audiovisual materials for youth including knowledge of reader interest levels
· Ability to create programs and services for youth to meet the changing needs of the service area
· Knowledge of modern theories of child development
· Knowledge of effective employee relations and team leadership techniques
· Knowledge of current education/library personnel and training techniques
· Knowledge of community needs assessment methods
· Knowledge of the kinds of community resources and types of agencies serving youth
· Ability to develop positive library/community relationships
· Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate quality library services and programs for youth
· Demonstrated ability to conduct a variety of youth programs including story reading sessions, storytelling, and group activities
· Demonstrate a high interest in and have extensive experience working with youth
· Ability to communicate and work effectively with all levels of library personnel to ensure quality services
· Ability to communicate effectively in English
· Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and share workloads
· Ability to plan short-term and on-going projects and programs and to direct activities of support personnel
· Demonstrate the ability at all times to work on a multi-task oriented basis
· Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes days, evening, weekends, and emergencies
· Ability to serve as acting-Library Director for limited time periods, and serve as a responsible spokesperson for the library, when designated.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent degree from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association is required. Professional library experience, preferably in a children’s or young adult’s librarian role, in a public library is required.
Knowledge and Experience
Working knowledge of services to children and young adults in public libraries.
Working knowledge of collection development and selection of library materials for children and young adults
Working knowledge of library procedures and practices including basic features of an integrated library system (on-line public access catalog, on-line data bases, interlibrary loan, reserve, renewals, and holds).
Two years (FTE) of increasingly responsible paid professional public library experience over the past five years
Demonstrated knowledge of children’s literature, storytelling, children’s programming and group activities.
Functional speaking and reading ability in Spanish
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
1. Please describe your interest in the position of Youth Services Librarian; detail how you qualify for this position, and why it is a good time in your career to work for the Dixon Public Library.
2. Library services continue to evolve and patron expectations continue to expand.
What creative ideas have you implemented or would you consider suggesting in meeting these challenges?
3. What are some examples of how you have been able to maintain or enhance service levels without added expense or were successful in saving money without diminishing service? U:\PNewell\JobDescriptions\YALibrarianJobDescFINALDRAFT20131126.doc 4
4. Please describe a situation where you have led a program for children or young adults in a library setting. How did you handle the creation, promotion, and running of the program?
Salary range $44,000 - $49,000 based on experience. Includes benefit package.
Applications will begin being reviewed on 1/14/14; open until filled
Qualified applicants should send a current resume, cover letter, responses to the supplemental questions, and three professional references to
Interim Library Director
Dixon Public Library
230 North First Street
Dixon, CA 95620
Please also send an electronic copy of your application to the following e-mail: