Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by
inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection
The Librarian position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing library services, programs and outreach within the library and for the community. This position takes ownership of the customer experience by embracing new technologies, modifying the collection to meet patron needs; providing professional library reference and reader's advisory services, conducting in-depth research, locating materials and managing accounts; instructs patrons in the use of resources across formats and platforms. The Librarian position leads and supports the District's mission and core values. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.
Examples of Duties
- Supports DCL strategic initiatives and integrates "one DCL" approach into job-related activities.
- Creates positive experiences for library patrons by effectively and efficiently performing job tasks; presents a positive image of the library in attitude, communications and appearance while performing duties in both the public and staff areas.
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of professional library principles, public reference service expertise, homework help, outreach and presentation skills, and an understanding of public library operations. Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.Builds relationships through exceptional patron service and ongoing outreach to individuals and organizations in our community. Acknowledges patrons, helps them at their point of need, partners with them to meet their goal and follows up.
- Takes ownership of the customer experience by embracing new technologies, modifying the collection to meet patron needs, looking for new ways to reach customers outside the library, and creating a sense of discovery and exploration in the branch.
- Anticipates trends that will impact libraries. literacy, publishing, and information technology. Embraces innovation and experimentation. Recommends thoughtful change to help the District stay relevant and vital.
- Demonstrates expertise in reader's advisory services to assist adults, children and parents with identifying materials appropriate for diverse ages, interests, reading abilities, learning styles, and special needs requirements.
- Demonstrates interest in current events and community concerns, and a command of numerous subject areas to assist patrons and staff with their inquiries.
- Performs Storytimes as required, using the ALA Every Child Ready to Read early literacy skills. Encourages caregivers to build on the skills. Stays abreast of new research and trends in the teaching of reading, children's learning styles, child development, and parenting styles in order to provide practical advice to parents or guardians. Serves as a liaison to Douglas County Schools to promote library collections and services.
- Develops book clubs for youth or adults as needed.
- Manages a customer-focused public library collection. In cooperation with the Collection Development Department selects, evaluates and deselects materials based on the needs and expectations of the community, current trends, and patterns of use.
- Works with Branch Program Liaison to create, promote and implement programs. Reports statistics of programs as required.
- Mentors colleagues and team members across departments and branches. Identifies training needs and opportunities and responds appropriately.
- Uses discretion in addressing problem situations or conflicts at the appropriate level.
Additional Info & Requirements
- Must be able to maintain a positive professional image in representing the district.
- Requires the ability to work under periods of occasional stress resulting from peak periods of patron service requests.
- Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in skills, functions and technologies required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or cooperatively as part of a team, maintaining effective working relationships to complete assigned tasks and accomplish job responsibilities.
- Must communicate effectively using English. Must read, write and understand English at a level appropriate to the position.
The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County. In 1861, the Colorado Territorial Session Laws created Douglas County, named after Stephen A. Douglas. Known as the “Little Giant.”
Douglas County is virtually the geographic center of Colorado. Located in the Denver South Metro area, Douglas County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state with over 303,000 in population. The County is approximately 843 square miles, of which 48,741 acres are permanently protected land through the Douglas County Open Space Program. Recreational areas include more than 146,000 acres of Pike National Forest, Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Chatfield State Recreation Area.
The County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.
Douglas County ranked particularly well in the household income, homeownership rate and educational attainment categories. Combine those with our great location, excellent schools, outstanding libraries, wonderful weather and outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities, and you will understand why Douglas County is recognized for being one of the most family-friendly communities in Colorado, offering a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in the state. Douglas County has also been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Douglas County Libraries has been blazing a trail and thriving in Douglas County for decades, due very much to the generous support, patronage and growth of our community. Douglas County Libraries is the fourth largest library system in Colorado. Our mission is to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning, and we play a vital role in the life of our community. We lend more than eight million books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, e-books, and audiobooks every year, including more children’s materials than any other Colorado library.
Our seven locations offer a large collection of popular materials, children’s books, reference materials, downloadable audio, video and e-books, wireless access, public computers for kids and adults, and friendly, professional staff. Study rooms and large public meeting rooms are available to the public. We offer reading programs for all ages, used book sales, more than 75 Storytimes each week, writing groups, book clubs and a wide variety of fun and interesting programs for all ages.
Online resources include research databases, homework help, the library catalog, downloadable audiobooks and e-books, account access for reserving and renewing items, reading recommendations, links to Douglas County history and community information. We also offer reference assistance via phone, email or text, and access to accounts and many services.
We are excited to respond to our community’s growth and demand for innovative new library spaces and services. Our new libraries are Castle Pines Library, Castle Pines, CO; Lone Tree Library, Lone Tree, CO; and Parker Library, Parker, CO – Stop in at any of our libraries and be amazed!
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