GENERAL SUMMARY: Under general supervision provides a variety of programming for children, birth through high school, and their caregivers; promotes library awareness through community outreach; plans and delivers programs to a diverse adult community; and contributes to library circulation, reference, and clerical functions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Plan, prepare, and deliver programs for youth aged 0-17, their families, and other caregivers; and plan, prepare and/or deliver diverse programs to adults. To include but not be limited to:
- Summer Reading Program
- Story Times
- Literacy activities
- Teen programming
- Family activities promoting literacy and library use
- Adult basic education programs
- Adult programs of an informative, educational, or recreational nature
- Outreach the community with library service
- Perform all circulation duties with minimal errors.
- Keep abreast of current trends and emerging technologies, issues, and research in librarianship, child development, literacy, and education.
- Provide reader’s advisory and reference service to children and adults.
- Recommend books for acquisition and removal from the children and juvenile collections.
- Effectively market and advertise programs and library services.
- Create and maintain displays.
- Advocate for the Library within the community.
- Assess and identify community needs, tastes, and resources especially as applicable to youth.
- Perform opening and closing duties, receives fees and fines, and audits petty cash as applicable.
- Participate in professional development, meetings, and continuing education opportunities.
- Provide superior customer service while performing all work duties.
- Outreach to the schools and community groups, especially for children, teens, and seniors.
- Must consistently practice the “patron comes first” philosophy.
- Demonstrate a positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with all patrons, staff, volunteers, and associated community groups.
- Practice personal and town safety procedures and ensure a neat, safe, and attractive area for patrons and staff.
- May need to drive to some outreach programs in personal vehicle.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to operate a variety of office equipment. Must possess above average computer skills and experience, including email, basic keyboarding, e-book downloading and use, Microsoft Office & Google applications, and basic Windows applications and be able to guide patrons through their uses. Must be able to learn circulation system functions and procedures.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information in accordance with state and federal library laws and regulations.
- Possesses problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Utilizes effective and professional technique when dealing with the public.
- Ability to speak, read, write and understand the English language. Must have excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
- Possesses patience in working with patrons who are non-native English speakers, have speech and/or learning disabilities, are hard of hearing, or have other special needs.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, officials, and the public. Must possess strong human relations skills.
- Working knowledge of accepted principles and practices of library work, especially for children.
- Knowledge of children’s literature at all levels
- Ability to effectively plan and evaluate programming.
Work is performed throughout the Library, including in the basement and on the lawn. Programs outside of the Library are held in a variety of settings. Scheduling flexibility is required and some evening and weekend work is required.
Physical: Ability to perform light physical work and to frequently lift and carry ten pounds and on occasion up to thirty-five pounds. Ability to sit, stand walk, bend, crawl, climb, reach, kneel, ride, pick, grasp, pinch, push, pull and perform a variety of similar body movements. Ability to navigate either a narrow circular staircase (interior) or a broad staircase with a chairlift (exterior). Continuous keyboarding, talking, reaching, handling, grasping, hearing, and repetitive motions of the hands/wrist required. Ability to read minimum print size and tolerate dust and mold accumulated on books and materials. Ability to talk and hear in person and by telephone.
Experience: Previous work in a library or school or with children.
Education: An Associate’s Degree in library science, child development and /or education or related field, or an equivalent amount of college credits.
This position may require the possession of a valid driver’s license.
POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Additional Info & Requirements
We are looking for the right person, not the right piece of paper. If you feel you're a great fit, but your resume doesn't reflect it, please apply anyway! This position will be unique in that it is a NEW position and you will get to shape how your job impacts the community!
Akron began as a small camp along the railroad, halfway between McCook and Denver. It became a settlement, and soon was named Akron by the wife of a train engineer. She was fond of the name Akron, based from her hometown in Ohio. The name came from a Greek word meaning “an elevation”. At the elevation of 4,662 feet, Akron is the highest point from Denver to Chicago along the BNSF Railway. As the county seat for Washington County, Akron has much to offer to both the residents and travelers passing through.
There are multiple food service options for every meal while you are in town. If you are in a hurry, there are two gas stations for snacks and fuel to get you down the road. South of town is the Akron Pond and Washington County Golf Club. Within town limits, Akron has three parks open year-round and one swimming pool that is open during the summer. The Akron Museum is open on Sundays in the summer from 2:00- 4:00 PM and has five different builds to explore and see the interesting history of the area.
The Akron School District is home to the mighty Rams. Grades K-12 are all in one building, which makes it easy to host school events that get every age group involved. A major feature of the school building is the field-house (sports complex) that measures just over 10,000 square feet. There are many extracurricular activities the Akron School offers to students to see them succeed in both athletics and academics. Organizations at the school are very involved with the community and vise versa. The community and the school work hard to supporting each other and promoting success for everyone.
The Town of Akron is a statutory town located in Washington County at the intersection of State Highways 34 and 63. It is the county seat and the library serves all of Washington County.
Resume and Application are required, Cover Letters are optional, but encouraged.