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LIBRARIAN II - PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
LIBRARY TECHNICIAN I

LIBRARY TECHNICIAN I

For more details, visit the Library Technician post on the MBLC jobs webpage.

Class Title:      Library Technician I
Department:    LIBRARY
Division:          Youth Services
Union:              Cary Memorial Library Staff Association, Local 4928, MLSA, MFT, AFT, AFL-CIO
Date:                 April 2021
 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of paraprofessional tasks involved in providing library services to the public. The vast majority of working hours are spent of the Library’s busy public services desks. 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 in the library.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Public Service (core to all Library Technicians and Associates):
  • Provides outstanding customer service to patrons at the library’s busy 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.
  • 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 or book group reserves, and locating items within the building.
  • Collects fines and fees using established practices.
  • Checks out museum passes to patrons.
  • 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. 
  • Performs clerical tasks involved in reading new materials for 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.

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.
  • 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
  • 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  

17 hours/week with four weekday shifts of 4 hours each, including Mondays from 5 to 9 pm, plus one Saturday every 4 weeks.

SALARY

$18.52 - $25.89 hourly, commensurate with experience. This position has pro-rated sick/vacation leave and holiday benefits only. This is a union position.

TO APPLY

Send a resume, letter of application, and names of three references by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to Susan Lusk, Office Manager, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA  02420 (slusk@lexingtonma.gov).  EO/AAE.
 
 

LIBRARIAN II - PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

For more details, visit the Library Technician post on the MBLC jobs webpage.

Class Title:      Librarian II – Programming and Partnerships Manager
Department:    LIBRARY
Division:          Adult Services
Union:             Cary Memorial Library Staff Association, Local 4928, MLSA, MFT, AFT, AFL-CIO
Date:                May 2021

GENERAL PURPOSE

The Programming and Partnerships Manager sets the direction for the library’s adult programs, exhibitions, and installations as well as for building-wide events. This position works closely with library staff, Town colleagues, and community partners to develop a full slate of creative, compelling, and innovative opportunities. Programming is a core service for Cary Library providing a platform for Lexington’s diverse voices, responding to community needs and interests, and ultimately deepening connections among residents.

The Programming and Partnerships Manager works as an integral part of the library’s Leadership Team. They participate in Adult Services and Youth Services Team meetings and serve on Town committees as assigned. Works some weekly public service hours at the library’s service desks.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general direction of the Library Director and in collaboration with the Head of Adult Services and Head of Youth Services.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

  • Supervises the Library’s talented and experienced Adult Programming team.
  • Coordinates the work of non-programming staff, interns, and community members engaged in individual programming initiatives.
  • Serves as “in charge” person, overseeing library staffing and functions in the absence of a library department head or administrator.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Partnerships, Programs, and Community Engagement:

  • Builds strong relationships with individuals, community groups, and non-profit organizations throughout the Lexington and greater Boston area. Leverages those relationships to bring compelling programs and exhibits to Cary Library.
  • Identifies new and creative ways to use library spaces, collections, and resources for the benefit of the community.
  • Builds relationships with local, regional, and national authors ensuring that library users have opportunities to meet and talk with the writers they enjoy.
  • Works closely with the Cary Memorial Library Foundation and the Friends of Cary Memorial Library. Ensures appropriate communication between the library staff and our affiliate groups.
  • Provides the vision for the library’s Idea Wall space, developing content internally or in collaboration with outside groups.
  • Develops creative programming that incorporates cooking, creating, making, and other activities that encourage experimentation, laughter, and human connection. Brings musical groups and other performers to the library for all-ages events.
  • Cultivates and sustains the library’s formal partnerships. Develops goals and agreements with partner groups and works to make partnership events and projects successful.
  • Coordinates room set-ups, audiovisual needs, food, and payment for individuals presenting programs at the library. Meets with presenters prior to programs to manage planning, design and production of events.
  • Manages Adult Programming and Idea Wall budgets. Works with the Foundation to secure additional funding through grants and gifts.
  • Creates pathways for ongoing community feedback about library services and programs.

Public Relations and Publicity:

  • Looks for ways to reach broader audiences via current (and future) social media platforms.
  • Develops plans for PR workflows and determines publicity priorities given the finite staff time available for these efforts.
  • Works with library staff to develop print and digital PR for adult programs and community partnership projects.
  • Works closely with the Director, Deputy Director, and Webmaster to create a consistent library brand across library platforms.

IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Staffing) Team:

  • Will serve as Team Leader for a new Community Connections working group, one of 4 working groups dedicated to advancing DEI efforts at the library.

Other:

  • Member of the library’s Management Team.
  • Serves as library liaison to various Town and community initiatives.
  • Seeks out and participates in professional development opportunities. Attends state, local, and national conferences. Makes presentations on behalf of the library.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

 Necessary Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A strong commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as cornerstones of excellent library service.
  • Curiosity, a sense of humor, and a willingness to try new things and build new skill sets.
  • Experience planning and running large scale events or programs.
  • Attention to detail and process. The ability to juggle priorities, manage budgets, and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse staff and public.
  • Ability to work successfully as both a leader and a team member.
  • Excellent oral, written, and digital communications skills.
  • Proficiency with current library, office, and consumer technology and a commitment to continued growth as the technology landscape evolves.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule (including some evening and Saturday hours) for programs and events.
  • Ability to get to different locations within Lexington for meetings and programs.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience providing programs and community engagement projects in a public library or similar setting.
  • Supervision and budgeting skills are highly desirable.
  • A Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program is preferred;  candidates with a similar combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Proficiency in a second language is a plus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The Cary Library has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and we are actively seeking candidates who bring new voices and lived experiences to our organization.
 
The daily work of the Programming and Community Engagement Manager generally includes physical activities such as reaching, bending, and lifting and carrying materials and other items. Moving around the library and preparing spaces for meetings and programs is part of this role. Use of phones, computers, meeting room technology, and other types of small equipment is required for this position. Library work tends to be physical, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to noisy.
 
The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that will be performed. The omission of specific statements 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 some flexibility in order to cover evening and Saturday programs as needed. Interested candidates should plan on at least one evening/week and one Saturday/month.

SALARY

$31.51 - $38.65 hourly (with 2% cost of living increase effective July 1, 2021), commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package. This is a union position.

TO APPLY

Preference given to applications received before 5pm on Friday, June 4, 2021. To apply send a resume, letter of application, and the names of three professional references to Susan Lusk, Office Manager, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA  02420 (slusk@lexingtonma.gov).  EO/AAE