The Lyons Community Library seeks a creative and collaboratively natured individual to serve as a part-time Adult Programming Librarian. Do you have great ideas you'd love to share with your community? Are you a people person who loves to connect others to programs, materials, and one another? Do you have experience with event planning? Do you speak "calendar"? If so, we invite you to apply to join our team! As the Lyons Community Library is warm and small, duties will include provision of legendary customer service to all ages at all service points. Position could include evening and occasional Saturday hours.
Under the general direction of the Library Director, the Adult Programming Librarian will develop, plan, and implement a wide variety of relevant and quality library programs and events for an adult audience ensuring access to a broad range of cultural, recreational, and educational programs, resources, and related materials.
Additionally, you will provide timely information services, excellent readers’ advisory, general library instruction, and perform circulation duties for users inside the library. You will provide support and assistance at the main service point, at the youth department service point as needed, and for all library computers and technology. Schedule could include nights and weekends.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
- Develop, plan, and implement innovative, relevant, audience-appropriate library programs and events that encourage use and support the library’s mission; work collaboratively with colleagues and community members to develop and present programs that meet a wide variety of interests and needs.
- Develop relationships with potential program, event, and workshop presenters and performers from research and negotiation through completion and evaluation.
- Work collaboratively with the Communications and Marketing Coordinator to promote programs and services, supplying biographical information, newsletter copy, and all other relevant programming details in a timely manner and as requested by the Communications and Marketing Coordinator.
- Determine appropriate and enlightening evaluation criteria and intentionally apply data to drive future programming and event planning efforts.
- Maintain and provide as requested program and event records, including but not limited to correspondence, contracts, registration and attendance statistics, etc.
- Compile, track, and adhere to department budgets and expenditures, including receipts, payment requests, tax documents, etc. Make budget recommendations for the department.
- Thoughtfully balance booking library space for programs and events with other community needs; manage programs and events within the library’s public-facing calendar including scheduling space and managing bookings and registrations.
- May coordinate, plan, and lead community outreach activities when appropriate, including collecting and analyzing local demographic information to identify and develop such activities.
- May work with the Youth Services Librarian to offer special programs and events for an all-ages or intergenerational audience.
- May assist in collection development strategies as they relate to adult programming and events.
- Assist patrons in the use of library computers and provide assistance with use of email, word processing, web-based searching, library-owned databases, and other common software. Provide guidance with basic functions such as saving and printing documents.
- Be an information and referral source to patrons by communicating in person, by phone, and via electronic means. Be a researcher by performing simple to moderately complex research activities.
- Provide all-ages readers’ advisory.
- Frequently use new technology in daily duties and to support patrons with new software, hardware, and on mobile devices.
- Perform all circulation functions. Includes creating patron accounts/issuing library cards, checking materials in and out, collecting fines, and processing thrice-weekly courier deliveries.
- May act as person-in-charge as assigned; assumes responsibility for safe and effective operation of the library facility.
- Position must comply with laws governing patron privacy and confidentiality under CRS § 24-90-119, the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, as well as ADA governing public access to space and technology.
- Champion the library’s strategic goals and initiatives with the library’s mission, vision, and core values in mind.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop strong, positive, mutually beneficial relationships that grow and deepen the library’s connections in the community; may serve as the library’s liaison with various partnerships and stakeholders where appropriate.
- Provide support for specialized projects, services, or programs and activities related to District goals and services.
- Attend related professional development and continuing education opportunities as necessary.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Ability to develop strong interactive community relationships and programs that reflect community interests, goals, and needs.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the adult education process, learning process, and various educational techniques
- Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct programs and events with sensitivity to the various needs of the audience and with age- and ability-appropriate materials and activities.
- Ability to maintain an active and advanced working knowledge of adult programming resources, relevant trends, funding sources, and best practices.
- Demonstrated organizational ability, including ability to manage multiple projects with tight timelines, schedules, and deadlines with little supervision.
- Ability to thrive in a working environment that requires constant public contact with people from all backgrounds and age groups.
- Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor when working with customers, coworkers, and community members.
- Ability to creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Basic Spanish-language proficiency.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
This position enjoys separate sick and PTO banks as well as 11 holidays per year.
Additional Info & Requirements
Education and Experience:
- Master’s of Library Science preferred.
- 2 years customer service experience; library experience preferred.
- Experience with event planning and coordination.
- An equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant job experience may be substituted for an ideal candidate.
Certificates and Licenses:
Possession of Colorado Notary Public certification or willingness to complete such.
Physical and Environmental Conditions:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed and/or required to:
- Work primarily in a library environment and rarely community settings.
- Regularly sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, talk, and hear.
- Regularly reach, lift, and move arms above shoulder level.
- Bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, or balance.
- Ability to push loaded book truck.
- Concentrate on and complete tasks in the presence of distractions.
- Regularly operate a variety of standard office equipment including a computer, telephone, e-reader, bar code scanner, copier, and fax machine.
Post-offer background check required.
Our independent library district, located halfway between Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park, is a hip little hotbed of music, art, award-winning parks, excellent schools, festivals, and outdoor recreation. We are a small district with a big heart and our patrons are eclectic, involved, and passionate about community. The staff is a tight-knit and enthusiastic team of creative and dedicated professionals. We opened the doors on a brand-new 6,500 square foot facility in August 2019. Thanks to pandemic-related closures our building and services still feel new and exciting. Come, help us make the Library a valued resource for all community members!
Position is open until filled, but first consideration will be given to applications received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. Please send a resume and letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Adult Programming Librarian” as the subject line.