Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Burlingame – Public Library – Children’s Services Librarian I/II


Close Date: 3/11/16

Salary: $29.77 - $39.82 Hourly

The Burlingame Public Library is a member of the Peninsula Library System and shares an online Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Millennium system and offers access to a number of online reference databases and the Internet.

The Position:

·        The Librarian I classification is an entry-level position; the Library II classification is the experienced, journey-level position requiring a higher level of experience and training. The Librarian I/II can be filled at either level depending upon qualifications and experience.
·        The current opening is for a Regular Part-time position (25 hours) providing professional reference services to children and  teenagers at a busy Children's desk. This position includes regularly scheduled nights and weekends.
·        Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
·        Providing reference and reader’s advisory to children, teens, and parents at the Children's Desk, which requires extensive knowledge of children's literature.
·        Planning and conducting programs for children including story telling, book talks, and films to encourage reading, viewing and listening and use of library materials and facilities.
·        Working with teachers, parents, and community groups to assist in developing programs to encourage and improve children's communication skills.
·        Compiling lists of materials of interest to children.
·        Organizing and conducting class visits for preschool and elementary age children to encourage reading and use of library materials and facilities.
·        Planning and preparing exhibits, book lists and displays using creative marketing techniques to promote the library’s collections and services.
·        Selecting and maintaining materials for library patrons based on collection and community needs.
·        Utilizing library computer systems and databases.
·        Working with other library departments, City departments, and library systems.

Essential Qualifications

Knowledge of:  Effective written and oral communication techniques; active listening skills; effective presentation expertise.

Ability to: Establish rapport with patrons and staff and respond to their requests and comments in an open, objective, and straightforward manner; clearly interpret library policy; tactfully communicate with patrons and staff with differing opinions; mediate difficult situations and suggest appropriate avenues for resolution; maintain a positive flexible attitude; learn the operations, functions, policies and procedures of the Burlingame Public Library, including Branch operations; work day, evening and weekend schedules; search online databases; assess community needs and interests to anticipate future library needs and trends; plan and develop library services and resources based on community needs; foster teamwork and open communication; effectively supervise and motivate subordinate staff; maintain thorough knowledge of different literary genres and age-level materials and be familiar with reader’s advisory tools.

Skills: Assumes responsibility, as assigned, for giving direction, scheduling, and training staff; demonstrates creative problem-solving and sound decision-making abilities; recognizes and effectively sets priorities in planning and organizing work; effectively supervise and motivate subordinate staff; demonstrates a working knowledge of standard and specialized adult and children’s reference and bibliographic resources, both in print and electronic format; demonstrates working knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System and LC subject headings.

Licenses: Possession of a Class C, California Driver’s License for branch work and school visits.

Education and Experience

Education: MLS degree from an ALA accredited library school.

Experience: Successful public contact experience; knowledge of automated systems; basic library reference materials including on-line databases and the Internet; reference interview and research methods; and knowledge of library systems. Experience working with children and adults in a library setting is desirable. Knowledge of the Peninsula Library System and Millennium system is desirable.

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