The Youth Librarian position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing library services, programs and outreach, within the library and for the community. This position leads and supports the district’s mission and core values. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of professional library principles, public reference service expertise, homework help, outreach and presentation skills, and an understanding of public library operations. Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.
- Builds relationships through exceptional patron service and ongoing outreach to individuals and organizations in our community. Acknowledges patrons, helps them at their point of need, partners with them to meet their goal and follows up.
- Takes ownership of the customer experience by embracing new technologies, modifying the collection to meet patron needs, looking for new ways to reach customers outside the library, and creating a sense of discovery and exploration in the branch.
- Performs storytimes using the ALA Every Child Ready to Read early literacy skills. Encourages caregivers to build on the skills.
- Anticipates trends that will impact libraries, literacy, publishing, and information technology. Embraces innovation and experimentation. Recommends thoughtful change to help the district stay relevant and vital.
- Demonstrates expertise in reader’s advisory services to assist children and parents with identifying materials appropriate for diverse ages, interests, reading abilities, learning styles, and special needs requirements.
- Effectively assists patrons of all ages by providing professional library reference and readers’ advisory services. Assists patrons in using reference tools, conducting in-depth research, locating materials and managing accounts. Instructs patrons in the use of resources across formats and platforms.
- Stays abreast of new research and trends in the teaching of reading, children’s learning styles, child development, and parenting styles in order to provide practical advice to parents or guardians.
- Serves as a liaison to Douglas County Schools to promote library collections and services.
- Serves as a community speaker on the topic of children’s literature and early literacy. Advocates the role of the library in increasing children’s and young adults’ desire to read for recreational and educational purposes.
- Demonstrates interest in current events and community concerns, and a command of numerous subject areas to assist patrons and staff with their inquiries.
- Manages a customer-focused public library collection. In cooperation with the Collection Development Department selects, evaluates and deselects materials based on the needs and expectations of the community, current trends, and patterns of use.
- Works with Branch Program Liaison to create, promote and implement youth programs. Reports statistics of programs as required.
- Develops book clubs for youth as needed.
- Mentors colleagues and team members across departments and branches. Identifies training needs and opportunities and responds appropriately.
- Uses discretion in addressing problem situations or conflicts at the appropriate level. Actively builds healthy communication and understanding at the branch and across the district.
- Serves as a Person in Charge (PIC) within the branch
The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County. The County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment. Through engagement, education, and entertainment, Douglas County Libraries transforms lives and builds community, and is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Douglas County Libraries, **USA's #1 Library (Hennen American Public Library Ratings, 2009, 2010),** is a major contributor as to why Douglas County has been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
•Education: Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or in Education, Reading/Literacy, or related field. A Masters of Library Science degree is preferred.
•Experience: Two years previous experience in public library children's services, education or closely related field is required.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Spanish is Not Required
English is Required
• Working knowledge of the professional principles of youth services to include reference and readers’ advisory tools and methodologies, including print and electronic sources is required.
• Working knowledge of children's collections and programming is required.
• Demonstrate a positive attitude toward staff and patrons of all ages in all contact environments.
• Requires the ability to work under periods of occasional stress resulting from peak periods of patron service requests.
• Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in skills, functions and technologies required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or as part of a team to complete tasks as assigned.
• Must communicate effectively using English. Must read, write and understand English at a level appropriate to the position.
• Computer Skills: Must demonstrate competency in computer use including internet, email, Microsoft Office Products (or equivalent). Keyboard skills required at an equivalent of typing 35 words per minute with minimal errors. Must be able to learn and become proficient with equipment and software programs as required to effectively and efficiently perform assigned duties.
• Physical Abilities: Must have the physical ability, stamina, mobility and manual dexterity to: Stand, walk, bend to floor level, reach to a height over 70 inches, read a minimum 8 point font, and work at computer workstations, frequently. Handle materials, push/pull loads with a force of up to 35 pounds, carry 15 pounds, lift up to 35 pounds, grip up to 15 pounds, kneel, squat and climb, on a regular basis. On a limited basis, tolerate residual smoke, dust, mold or foreign substances on materials.
Apply via our online application system at DouglasCountyLibraries.org. Hand delivered, mailed, emailed or faxed applications and resumes will not be accepted. EOE.
Work is generally performed in a library and office environment, on multiple workstations, tasks, software programs and projects. Work may also be performed in a virtual or contact center environment. Work requires frequent physical activity, close visual work, and computer use; with regular proximity to automated handling equipment, limited exposure to moderate noise levels, residual dirt, dust, and occasional exposure to chemicals, mold or foreign substances. Work involves extensive interaction with customers and staff, moderate exposure to behavior issues, and may require moderate travel. Requires varied work hours, including weekends and evenings, which may change periodically.
Our web site: http://www.douglascountylibraries.org/