Seeking a collaborative, energetic and creative professional to oversee the Children’s Services Department and Family Place area for the new 21st Century Library.
This is an exciting opportunity to create a community center for early childhood information, parent education, socialization, emergent literacy, and family support, making the library a “destination” for families with young children in our community. This position operates in a diverse environment to help fulfill PPLD’s mission by providing children’s reference and readers’ advisory services, and children’s programming. This position uses comprehensive knowledge of library science, the PPLD children’s collection, electronic databases, current technologies, and community resources.
• Supervises daily operations of the new Library Children’s Services, including: developing weekly desk schedules, coordinating substitute employees, approving timesheets, providing input for staff performance evaluations, and interviewing and selecting new Children’s Services staff
• Trains Children’s Services staff including new staff, substitutes and storytellers at central locations and community libraries throughout the District
• Works on the public service desks providing reference service to walk-ins, over the phone, and via electronic delivery, references services includes reference and reader’s advisory services with age-appropriate materials and online searches for children, caregivers and educators.
• Creates, promotes, and presents children’s programming (focuses on developmental needs, interests, and promoting children’s literacy to parents and other adults and caregivers)
• Promotes library services and materials through age-appropriate tours, publicity, displays and merchandising; collaborates with schools and provides outreach
• Develops reading lists, pathfinders, booktalks or other creative means to make the children’s collection more accessible
• Coordinates a major function in the preparation of Summer Reading Program (such as web page development, prize management, or sponsor liaison).
• Coordinates and implements initiatives (i.e. early literacy, family literacy, school-age programming, etc.) in Children’s services.
• Performs other job-related duties and projects as assigned
• Master’s Degree in Library Science (LMS) or Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) with a demonstrated interest (i.e., coursework, training, professional experience) in service to children.
• Minimum two years of library experience, prefer candidates that have one year of supervisory experience, prefer candidates that have experience working with children in a library setting. SIRSI experience is a plus!
• Advanced knowledge of library services, best practices and procedures
• Ability to cultivate a team environment that encourages personnel to work across departments
• Excellent communication skills, demonstrates a “whatever-it-takes” work ethic, and models an excellent customer service attitude.
• Bilingual ability is a plus in serving our diverse community
Requires a valid Colorado driver’s license (or ability to obtain one) for required driving to various programs/ presentations; Requires use of a personal vehicle to travel to library programs being conducted at off-site locations; requires ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds in order to carry and transport storytelling materials to and from different community libraries or other off-site locations as necessary
Complete online application and submit essay response
(719) 531-6333 ext 1254
Requires an essay response. In order to be considered as a qualified applicant for this position, you must write and submit a typed and double-spaced essay (250-300 words each), in response to the following topic:
"Please describe your experience with early literacy in a library setting.”
Applications that are submitted without the above requested essay will not be considered for this position. Include the essay with your other PPLD job application materials.