Monday, October 19, 2015

Rolling Hills Estates - Palos Verdes Library District - Librarian I - Young Readers

Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)

Job Type: Full-Time/Regular

Closing Date: October 23, 2015 at 5pm

Starting Date: January 2, 2016

Salary: 5588.85 Monthly

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Applications will only be accepted on-line and applicants are urged to apply early to ensure they have time to resolve any technical issues they may encounter, or if the posting closes early.

Job Description:

Are you passionate about early literacy and serving children and their families? Do you enjoy getting out into the community and working with community partners? Do you want the opportunity to work with colleagues from across the library to develop and implement innovative programs and services? If so, the Palos Verdes Library District wants you!

The Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) is a nationally recognized, award-winning library system serving four cities on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. We collaborate with our community to create environments for learning and inspiration, and to share the unique history of the Peninsula. PVLD is an independent special district governed by a publicly elected Board of Library Trustees.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic Young Readers Librarian for a full-time position. The Young Readers Librarian provides reference, readers advisory and other assistance to patrons of all ages; creates and conducts story times, programs, and activities to foster early literacy skills and promote lifelong reading and learning for children from birth to age 17; participates in community outreach activities; provides information literacy instruction individually or in group settings; and develops and maintains the Young Readers collection in assigned areas.

This is the entry-level class in the professional Librarian series and is designed to provide incumbents with the experience and training necessary to plan, organize, and provide library program services at the journey level with a minimum of supervision. Work may involve assignments in any library service area that requires the application of fundamental library science principles and practices including young readers services, adult services, reference, collection development, or cataloging. Assignments are typically limited in scope and within the design and procedural framework established by higher-level employees. As knowledge and experience are gained, the work becomes broader in scope; assignments are more varied, and are performed with more independence. The work may be performed at any PVLD location or at community locations.

Applications must be complete and demonstrate that the minimum qualifications are met. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation and verification. Resumes may be attached to completed application form as supplemental information, but will not be accepted in lieu of an official application form. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates who best match the needs of PVLD will be invited to compete further in the examination process. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will remain candidates until a final offer is accepted by the candidate who most closely meets the requirements of PVLD. PVLD may conclude that none of the candidates, even those who meet the minimum qualifications, are appropriate for the position.

Successful candidates shall be required to:

  • Complete a verification form designated by Immigration and Naturalization Service to certify that they are eligible for employment in the United States of America; and
  • Pass a pre-employment medical exam; and
  • Provide proof of a valid California driver’s license and be insurable; and
  • Pass a reference and background verification. References will not be contacted until a mutual interest has been established.

Experience and Skills:

Examples of Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties may include but are not limited to the following: leads and/or assists in planning and presenting children’s, and family programs such as story times and summer reading programs. Advises and assists library patrons in locating and choosing appropriate materials and in using various reference, print and digital library resources and research methodologies and circulation assistance at a busy public desk; assists library patrons with computer-related questions. Applies general library materials selection standards and policies and recommends additions to maintain an up-to-date collection of reference and general materials and resources appropriate to the needs of the community. Assists in planning, implementing and evaluating a busy summer reading program. Prepares bibliographic guides to the library's collections; compiles, catalogs and classifies information materials. Assists with marketing and promoting library events, programs, and services. Conducts library tours. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education, Licensure, and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in library science or substantially equivalent education and experience and to be capable of carrying out the full range of duties of a professional librarian. Six months or more of professional librarianship in a public library is desirable. Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Knowledge of:

Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public, volunteers, vendors and contractors and PVLD staff, in person and over the telephone. Principles, practices, procedures, techniques, and materials of professional library work, including library reference, collection development, and other professional library services. Principles, techniques, and procedures in cataloging, indexing, classifying, and organizing library materials. Principles and techniques used in bibliographic research. General library materials selection standards. Techniques for promoting and publicizing library services, programs, and events. Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to library services. Record keeping principles and procedures. Modern office practices, methods and computer equipment. Computer applications related to work, including word processing and spreadsheet software. English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation. Principles, practices and techniques of public relations.

Knowledge of Asian cultures and languages would be an asset.

Ability to:

Perform professional library tasks as assigned including reference, readers advisory, program and service development, collection development, and cataloging. Communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively both verbally and in writing. Use computer and other technology, including software, hardware, and the Internet sufficient to be able to assist customers, conduct research, prepare reports, and use email and other communications technologies. React tactfully and diplomatically during interactions with staff, the public, community groups, etc. while appropriately adhering to and enforcing sound library policies, procedures, and practices. Maintain a strong service orientation and a demonstrated dedication to quality customer service. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues.

Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various PVLD locations and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator, and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Positions in this classification occasionally lift and carry reports and records that typically weigh less than 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

Required to work flexible schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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