Children’s Librarian, Full Time
The Newport Public Library seeks an energetic team player who enjoys providing library services to members of a vibrant and diverse community. If you enjoy working with great people and are committed to public service then please consider joining our team. This is a 35 hour per week position working at least one evening per week and every other Saturday. A full job description is attached.
Summary: The Children’s Librarian contributes to the provision of library services to children from birth through age 12 and to adults working with children. This position works collaboratively with the Head of Youth Services and other Children’s Department staff and functions as the Library’s school liaison.
- Provides excellent customer service and maintains a courteous, positive image of the library when interacting with patrons and staff.
- Contributes to the provision of services that promote early and developing literacy, digital literacy, enthusiasm for reading, and the development of lifelong learning skills.
- Provides support for children’s formal and individual educational needs.
- Provides reference, readers’ advisory and digital literacy instruction and services.
- Provides instruction to groups and individuals, both formally and informally, regarding the use of library materials and services.
- Provides technical assistance to patrons using the Library’s electronic resources.
- Creates, promotes, and presents creative, developmentally appropriate library programs for children ages 0 – 12 throughout the year.
- Serves as the liaison with public and private schools in the community.
- Assists in providing outreach to other community groups and interacts with the community through visits, tours, and other means.
- Actively participates in creating and developing a robust summer reading program.
- Possesses knowledge of and experience with maker technology such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters, Scratch programming, ozobots and other materials.
- Provides maker programs for children ages 5 – 12 years old.
- Promotes the Library and Children’s Department on social media by contributing to the library’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
- Develops and maintains professional skills by keeping up with current developments in library science with special attention to children’s services.
- Serves on internal library committees as required.
- Attends professional conferences, training sessions and meetings when appropriate.
- Contributes to the development of the Children’s Department collection by taking part in selection and weeding.
- Develops, designs and creates attractive promotional materials, displays, flyers and TV slides.
- Plans and executes displays and exhibits in the library relevant to children.
- Follows and enforces library policies.
- Assists in maintaining a neat, pleasant and safe department by shelving books, tidying the area, and addressing any behavior issues.
- Keeps informed of library and departmental information.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Reports to the Head of Youth Services.
- Works closely and communicates effectively with Children’s Department staff.
- Cooperates as a team member with all Library staff in performing duties essential to the achievement of efficient Library operations.
- Knowledge of theories, tools, and current trends in library service to children, child development, children’s literature, and programming for children.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Able to work collaboratively as a team player.
- Demonstrated positive service attitude and ability to effectively communicate with, and serve children of varied backgrounds and other library patrons of all ages.
- Good organizational and planning skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to plan, execute, and evaluate children’s programs.
- Knowledge of electronic resources and computer applications for children.
- Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills, as well as effective oral and written presentation skills.
- Self-motivated and able to exercise sufficient initiative and independent judgment to perform the job satisfactorily.
- Ability to perform satisfactorily under the stressors of the position.
- Ability to multi-task and problem-solve while assisting patrons.
- Ability to work various work shifts including evenings and weekends.
- Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited program in library science
- Experience working with children in a library setting.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Working knowledge of Sierra desirable and knowledge of WordPress a plus.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel in-state as needed.
The position is open until 3:00 PM on Friday, October 18, 2019. We will begin contacting those applicants we wish to interview beginning Thursday, October 24. Please send a letter of interest and a current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org