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Children's Librarian

Sno-Isle Libraries

Marysville, WA, United States

Application Deadline

Apply By Jun 5th, 2022


$5,915.87 to $8,164.00 per Month   Calculate


Marysville, WA





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library



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Job Description

Job Summary 

Sno-Isle Libraries is seeking two full-time Librarians: one for the Lake Stevens Library and one for the Marysville Library. These Librarians will focus on system initiatives and committee work, information services, collection maintenance, program and service creation, system level support for smaller community libraries, and community engagement – making connections, developing relationships, and providing services, spaces, and resources that are representative of diverse cultures and perspectives, intentionally inclusive, and accessible to everyone while supporting community organizations and promoting the library. 

The selected individuals will represent the Lake Stevens or Marysville communities with a focus on outreach to a diverse population to support student success and developing community partnerships to support strategic priorities.  This opportunity is for someone who enjoys and is able to effectively provide children’s services such as storytimes, programming, system-wide team support and reference assistance, and who has excellent technology and presentation skills to support outreach instruction and events in schools and the community. Bilingual fluency in Spanish is preferred for the Marysville library position.   

We Value Lived Experience 
Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to embedding equity into our organization. As we engage in equity work, it’s important to have a good foundation to frame the work and then provide training opportunities to build skills and knowledge. 

We value and embrace the unique experiences our staff members bring to the organization and recognize how their experiences improve the service we provide. 

Essential Functions

  1. Provide professional research assistance and readers’ advisory to customers, either in-person, over the phone, or electronically.
  2. Provide training to customers in library skills including use of computers, the catalog, and electronic resources.
  3. Assist with collection maintenance duties for materials and resources in various formats.
  4. Develop and present various library programs with a focus on children services (educational, early literacy, community interest, or civic engagement and individual customer research or instructional sessions).
  5. Create and curate online content to meet community needs and interests.
  6. Assist in development and evaluation of library services in line with the strategic focus.
  7. Represent the library to a wide variety of community groups.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  1. May be in charge of the building in the absence of other supervisory staff.
  2. Serve on various library committees as assigned.
  3. Coordinate library volunteers as needed.
  4. Prepare correspondences and reports.
  5. Train new staff as needed.
  6. Participate in ongoing professional development.
  7. Assist with special projects as required.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.

The position typically reports to a community library manager, assistant manager, or the manager of a major functional area such as Information Services. Supervision of the work of others is not a normal part of the work of these positions, but incumbents may from time to time assist in the training of other staff in library-related work. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. Thorough knowledge of established web-based databases and techniques of searching and accessing those resources.
  2. Thorough knowledge of library resources, programs, and services in a public library.
  3. Knowledge of the principles of intellectual freedom in public libraries.
  4. Knowledge of collection development policies and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of alpha and numeric systems for arranging library materials as well as automated bibliographic identification at a basic level.
  6. Thorough knowledge of library policies and procedures for determining needs and interests of customers.
  7. Strong customer service and communication skills.
  8. Strong organization and attention to detail.
  9. Ability to work independently and to set priorities.
  10. Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective interpersonal skills with the public and co-workers.
  11. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
  12. Ability to handle and resolve disruptive behavior effectively.
  13. Ability to operate relevant computer systems including hardware and software, such as Microsoft Office, electronic databases and electronic content platforms, e-mail, chat, social media platforms, and internet navigation in addition to other office equipment and security systems.

Education and Experience 

  1. Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited university required, or completion of the degree within six months of hire.
  2. Ability to obtain a Washington State Librarian certificate.

Physical and Environmental Conditions 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Most of the work is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to operate computers for extended periods of time. The incumbent must identify and organize library materials such as books, audiobooks, and DVDs based on small-print numbers and alphabetical characters; move library materials including transfer of books and other items to carts or shelves of varying heights; scan and inspect library materials including opening media cases. 

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must communicate with coworkers and members of the public. There are regular interpersonal contacts with staff members and customers. These contacts and situations are deemed to be generally safe and free of undue stress, but require incumbents to be cordial, helpful, and skilled in interpersonal relations with others both in the public and within the Library District. 

The following questions will be asked during the application process: 

  1. Describe your experience providing direct customer service including in-person, online, or by telephone. Provide an example of a time you provided excellent customer service.
  2. Describe your experience presenting and/or developing library programs. Give one detailed example of a program you were involved in.
  3. Describe your experience being in charge of a building or facility.
  4. Describe your experience responding to challenges of Intellectual Freedom.
  5. Describe your experience providing community outreach, making connections, and developing relationships in a library or related setting. Provide one detailed example of a time you interacted in a community to build relationships.
  6. Describe your experience providing services to support community organizations and to promote the library.

Sno-Isle Libraries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. This and all Sno-Isle Libraries' positions are subject to transfer.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

All Sno-Isle Libraries employees are eligible for sick leave, vacation leave, paid holidays, and dental coverage. Employees working 20 or more hours per week also receive additional benefits such as medical and vision coverage, retirement savings, life insurance, and flexible healthcare and daycare spending accounts.

The Community

Sno-Isle Libraries is a large, two-county library district in the beautiful north Puget Sound region of Washington State. District boundaries stretch from rugged timberlands to suburban centers, from rolling farmlands to the ocean vistas. Set in the fastest-growing corner of the state, Sno-Isle Libraries serves more than 800,000 residents through 23 community libraries, online services, Library on Wheels, and our website at www.sno-isle.org.


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