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FULL TIME YOUTH SERVICE LIBRARIAN POSITION

FULL TIME YOUTH SERVICE TECHNICIAN POSITION

 

 

FULL TIME YOUTH SERVICE LIBRARIAN POSITION

Do you like to play? Do you speak Pokémon? Do you have Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington’s 250th Death Day circled on your calendar?  Can you speak intelligently about the merits of the factions of Dauntless and Erudite?  Are you not afraid to look silly in order to bring a bit of whimsy and fun into the Library?  Does a renovation project bring a sense of excitement? If so, then come join our team!

Cary Memorial Library is seeking a creative and energetic person to join our team as a full-time Librarian in the Youth Services Department. As the 6th busiest library in the Commonwealth, Cary Memorial Library works hard to be at the forefront of library services.  The Youth Services Department works as a strong team, playing to the strengths and skills of our members. We celebrate the diversity of our community through our programming and our collections. We are a busy and active department, embracing the energy and enthusiasm with a service population from toddlers to teens.  Youth Services Librarians are expected to push their knowledge and comfort zones to stay current with the needs and interests of the community.  As a part of a busy, service-oriented environment, Youth Services Librarians staff a variety of service desks, including the Children’s Reference Desk, Children’s Circulation Desk, and the Teen Room Staff Desk.  This position performs a full range of library responsibilities, including assisting patrons in locating materials and performing reader’s advisory, circulation tasks, collection development and collection management tasks, planning and implementing programs for youth of all ages. In the absence of the Department Head or Teen Services Manager, Youth Services Librarians serve as person in charge for the Youth Services Department, and may be called upon to serve as the Library’s Person in Charge in the absence of Department Heads or Librarian IIs.  

Qualifications: ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science is required. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated team player who possess the ability to establish rapport with patrons of all ages. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a respect for diversity and promote inclusive services. The successful candidate must demonstrate attention to detail as well as the ability to multi-task. Previous experience working with children or teens, and knowledge of the developmental stages of youth, as well as children’s and teen literature is required. PC proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications are required.

Salary Range: $25.73 - $33.03 hourly (as per current contract which expires 6/30/17). Generous benefits package. This is a Union position.

Schedule: 37 hours per week, including one evening per week and every other Saturday.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Class Title:      Librarian I – Youth Services        
Department:     LIBRARY                                    
Division:          Youth Services                
Union:             Cary Memorial Library Staff Association, Local 4928, MLSA, MFT, AFT, AFL-CIO
Date:               May 2017

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of paraprofessional and professional tasks involved in providing library services to the public. Librarians all have individual tasks within the organization in addition to staffing public service desks. Librarians have frequent contact with public, library employees, other town departments/boards, community organizations, library network/regional library systems, vendors, which require tact, diplomacy, negotiating skills, independent judgment, problem solving, and resourcefulness.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the direct supervision of the Head of Youth Services and may receive supervision from the Teen Services Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

  • May exercise limited supervision over full or part-time Library Associates, Technicians, Pages, or volunteers as assigned.
  • Helps coordinate the work of community members and volunteers involved in library programs.
  • May serve as “in charge” person, overseeing library staffing and functions in the absence of a library department head, manager or administrator.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Public Service:

  • Provides outstanding customer service to patrons at the Children’s and Teen room public service desks. Interprets library policies and procedures for the public and staff. Handles complaints and suggestions in a professional manner and refers them to the appropriate staff member.
  • Provides Readers’ Advisory and Reference services to young people, parents, care-givers, and teachers.
  • Uses, and assists patrons and staff in use of an ever-changing variety of library equipment including telephones, computers and tablets, scan station/copiers, meeting room technologies, audiovisual equipment, assistive technology, self-checkout units, and others.
  • Assists patrons in person, by phone, and online.  Directs or escorts library users to other departments as necessary.
  • Has access to confidential information and performs duties that require constant attention to detail and accuracy.

Leadership:

  • Trains new staff as needed.
  • Convenes staff working groups when appropriate.
  • May serve on Town or community groups.
  • Attends network, state, and national meetings and conferences.

SPECIALIZED RESPONSIBILITIES:

Youth Services (Children’s and Teen Services):

  • Fosters a welcoming, supportive environment for the children, teens and adults using the library.
  • Works with the Head of Youth Services and Teen Services Manager to develop, deliver, and evaluate programs for children, teens, parents, and caregivers.
  • Participates in a wide range of outreach activities including school visits, off-site programming (Lexington Community Center), and local events.
  • Participates in departmental collection development activities.
  • Utilizes social media to grow awareness of library services, events, and policies.
  • Surveys the library, technology, popular culture, and information landscapes with regard to how these impact library services and programs.
  • Seeks out and participates in professional development opportunities. Develops skill sets needed to implement new programs and ideas.
  • Assists Head of Youth Services with key initiatives of  the Cary Memorial Library Foundation and Friends of Cary Library.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Curiosity, a willingness to try new things, and a sense of humor.
  • Broad knowledge and appreciation of youth  literature and media, including a thorough knowledge of classic and contemporary literature from pre-school through high school. A broad knowledge of digital and multimedia materials and electronic resources, including social media and communication tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of principles of library science, particularly with regard to services for youth.
  • Knowledge of key national initiatives for library services to youth, particularly Every Child Ready to Read
  • Excellent oral, written, and virtual communications skills.
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with public and staff.
  • Ability to work successfully as the leader of or a member of a team.
  • Enjoy working in a multicultural, multigenerational environment.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • A Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • Experience working with children and teens is highly desirable.
  • Second language skills a plus.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Job-related tools and equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Library computer system and network
  • Personal technology including smart phones and tablets
  • Job-related software, including integrated library system (ILS) modules, information search and retrieval, office productivity software (word processing, spreadsheet, database), and electronic communications
  • Assistive technology equipment
  • Audiovisual equipment, including television, CD/DVD player, camera, document scanner, overhead projector, LCD projector, electronic readers, Apple TV, and laminating machine
  • Robotics and Maker technologies - including but not limited to We-Do, Mindstorm, Dot and Dash, Spero, Lil Bits, Makey Makey, Stop Motion cameras
  • Other technologies as needs arise

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, or hear. The employee may be required to stand for up to four (4) consecutive hours. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with arms and hands. The employee is required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, lift and/or move delivery book bins, book trucks, and book boxes. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus using print materials as with PC monitors and other library equipment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that will be performed. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

SCHEDULE  
This is a full-time position with a 37 hours/week schedule including one evening/week and one Saturday/month.  Additional nights and weekends as needed for programs.  

SALARY

Hiring range is $25.73 – $33.03 hourly, commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package. This is a union position.

TO APPLY

Send a resume, letter of application, and three references by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to Andrea Morrison, Office Manager - amorrison@lexingtonma.gov. EO/AAE

 

 

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FULL TIME YOUTH SERVICE TECHNICIAN POSITION

Cary Memorial Library is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to join our team as a full-time Library Technician in the Youth Services Department.

Library Technicians assist in all service areas of the library, a busy, service-oriented environment. The individual in this position will work under the supervision

of the Teen Services Manager and the Head of Youth Services. The ideal candidate would have an interest in teen literature, graphic novels, pop culture trends, crafts and maker culture, technology, social media and gaming. The successful candidate will work well with children and teens, and enjoy working in active, vibrant library spaces where collaborative work and laughter are encouraged. This position performs a full range of library responsibilities, including: working on the Teen Desk and Children’s Circulation Desk, assisting patrons in locating materials, handling network transfers, answering telephones, processing new materials, and shelving materials. Additional responsibilities will include: creating displays, assisting with teen programs, and assisting with collection maintenance, including mending and inventory tasks.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will hold at least a High School or Associate Degree, will be self-motivated, and will possess the ability to establish rapport with patrons of all ages, as well as demonstrate attention to detail. PC proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications are required. Experience using III Sierra software is preferred, although we will consider candidates with experience using other automated library systems. Knowledge of teen literature and ability to speak Chinese is a plus.

Salary Range: $17.11 - $23.91 hourly. Generous benefits package. This is a Union position.

Schedule: 37 hours per week, including one evening per week and one or two Saturdays per month.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Class Title:      Library Technician – Youth Services        
Department:     LIBRARY                                    
Division:          Youth Services                
Union:             Cary Memorial Library Staff Association, Local 4928, MLSA, MFT, AFT, AFL-CIO
Date:               May 2017

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of paraprofessional tasks involved in providing library services to the public. Library Technicians staff our busy public service desks, and assist with a broad range of Youth Services initiatives and youth programming and events. Library Technicians have frequent contact with members of the public, library employees, other town departments/boards, and community organizations, which require tact, negotiating skills, independent judgment, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the direct supervision of a designated Department Head, Manager, or Coordinator.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May exercise limited supervision over student/adult pages, and volunteers working on Youth Services related projects.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Public Service:

  • Provides outstanding customer service to patrons at the Children’s and Teen room public service desks. Interprets library policies and procedures for the public and staff. Handles complaints and suggestions in a professional manner and refers them to the appropriate staff member.
  • Provides Readers’ Advisory and Reference services to young people, parents, care-givers, and teachers.
  • Uses the library computer system to perform a variety of job-related tasks including check in/out, creation and editing of patron records, managing patron reserves, and catalog searching.
  • Collects fines and fees using established practices.
  • Uses, and assists patrons and staff in use of an ever-changing variety of library equipment including telephones, computers and tablets, audiovisual equipment, assistive technology, self-checkout units, and others.
  • Shelves materials in accordance with the library’s organization scheme and maintains order on the shelves.
  • Directs or escorts library users to other departments as necessary.
  • Has access to confidential information and performs duties that require constant attention to detail and accuracy.

General Activities:

  • Participates in a broad range of library programs and events.
  • Utilizes social media to grow awareness of library services, events, and policies.
  • Performs routine clerical duties and equipment maintenance as directed.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of spoken and written English, spelling and math.
  • Graduation from a college or university with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, or any equivalent combination of education, certification, and experience.
  • Experience working with children and teens is highly desirable.
  • Second language skills a plus.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with a diverse public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and administrators.
  • Ability to touch-type. Competency with a PC and a variety of basic functions, business and library products and applications including, but not limited to: file and network utilities, printing, word processing, database use, spreadsheets, electronic communications, Internet.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Job-related tools and equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Library computer system/network (Sierra)
  • Personal computer (PC/Mac) and peripherals including monitor, keyboard, mouse, scanner, and printers
  • Personal technology including smart phones and tablets
  • Assistive technology equipment
  • Audiovisual equipment including television, CD/DVD player, cameras, document scanner, overhead projector, LCD, electronic readers, Apple TV, and laminating machine
  • Robotics and Maker technologies including, but not limited to, We-Do, Mindstorm, Dot and Dash, Spero, Lil Bits, Makey Makey, stop motion cameras
  • Other technologies as needs arise

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, or hear. The employee may be required to stand for up to four (4) consecutive hours. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with arms and hands. The employee is required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, lift and/or move delivery book bins, book trucks, and book boxes. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus using print materials as with PC monitors and other library equipment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that will be performed. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

SCHEDULE  
This is a full-time position with a 37 hours/week schedule including one evening/week and one or two Saturdays/month.  Additional nights and weekends as needed for programs.  

SALARY

Hiring range is $17.11 - $23.91 hourly, commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package. This is a union position.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, letter of application, and names of three references by May 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to Andrea Morrison, Office Manager, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 (amorrison@lexingtonma.gov). EO/AAE.