Evening and weekend availability is required. Locations may vary and be updated if additional vacancies become available.
Wage: $1,923.20 - $2,308.00 Biweekly
Job Type: Full-Time
Closing Date: 9/26/2022 or until filled
Purpose: The Youth and Family Services Librarian plans, coordinates and implements library services offered at Douglas County Libraries (DCL) with a primary focus on services for youth and families. This role has a clear understanding of principles and practices related to public library work, with a chief emphasis on delivery of premium service to library customers. This role works as an effective member of the Customer Experience team and on cross-departmental teams in collaboration with other professional staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
80% Library Services:
- Takes ownership of the customer experience by embracing innovation and experimentation, seeking out new technologies, making collection recommendations to meet customer needs, looking for new ways to create connections with the community inside and outside of the library, and creating a sense of discovery and magic in the branch.
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of professional library principles of youth and family services to include: public reference service expertise, readers’ advisory, homework help technology assistance and presentation skills.
- Demonstrates expertise in readers’ advisory services to assist children and parents with identifying materials appropriate for diverse ages, interests, reading abilities, learning styles, and special needs requirements.
- Assists customers in using reference tools, conducting in-depth research, locating materials and managing accounts. Instructs customers on the use of resources across formats and platforms.
- Anticipates trends that will impact libraries, literacy, publishing, and information technology.
- Supports Collection Services with maintaining the merchandising and hand-selling of library materials. Communicates with Collection Services as needed.
- Performs storytimes as required, using the ALA Every Child Ready to Read early literacy skills.
- Stays current with new research and trends on teaching individuals to read, children’s learning styles, child development, and parenting styles in order to provide practical advice to parents or guardians.
- Develops book clubs for youth and teens as needed.
- Completes reviews of new titles to promote library collections to customers and staff.
- Serves as Person-In-Charge on a regular basis and offers leadership and direction for branch operations and safety.
10% Organizational Impact:
- Performs community outreach on literacy, reading, and discovery. Serves as a liaison to Douglas County Schools to promote library collections and services.
- Recommends thoughtful change to help DCL stay relevant and vital.
- Identifies training needs and opportunities and collaborates with the supervisor and the Learning & Development department to address.
- Works interdepartmentally to create, promote and implement events and services.
- Extends professional courtesy to other team members and understands the big picture and the essential nature of every role at DCL.
- Stimulates collaborative, seamless relationships with co-workers and branch staff, thereby contributing to a cohesive organization that supports a positive culture and achieves strategic plan.
10% Technical Performance:
- Demonstrates an expert knowledge of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.
- Fluency in MS Office, and other industry related software. Ability to learn new software packages quickly and with a high degree of accuracy.
- Ability to provide routine customer support for questions about in-branch printing, e-reader use, and similar routine technical questions from customers.
- Stays current on DCL emails, meetings, trainings, processes, procedures and technologies required to perform work duties.
Performs other duties as assigned.
One DCL Commitment: It is an expectation of each employee that you will exemplify Douglas County Libraries Brand, Culture and Values of welcoming to all, continual growth and authentic relationships.
- Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related field.
- Three or more years’ professional experience, preferably in a public library.
- Fluency in MS Office, and other industry related software
- A Master of Library Science
- Experience preparing and delivering storytimes with a focus on current ALA early literacy principles
A combination of experience and education will be considered.
Physical Requirements: Must have the physical ability, stamina, mobility and manual dexterity to support a seven-day-per-week week operation. Work at computer stations for extended periods. Participate in meetings and events at various locations and at varied times throughout the day. Ability to read as small as 8pt font.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is a Colorado PERA Member Employer, so you will be enrolled in Colorado PERA. For details on member benefits go to www.copera.org.
Elective DCL benefits include:
- Health Care Plans: medical, dental & vision
- Voluntary Plans: Accident, Critical Illness, Short Term, and Long Term Insurance
- Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage
- 401k & 457 plans (through CO PERA)
- Legal-ID Shield
Additional DCL benefits include:
- Holiday Pay
- Paid Time Off
- Extended Illness time off
- Leaves of Absence for Qualifying Events
*Benefits are subject to change