Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring
a love of reading, discovery and connection.
Under the direction of the Department Head, the librarian position plays an active role in the DCL vision to elevate our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection. In addition to an understanding of the principles and practices related to public library work, there is a passion for creating an outstanding library experience for DCL's library patrons. The Librarian position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing library services and events within the library and infusing these experiences with magic and memories for our community. This position leads, inspires and supports the DCL mission and core values. Work is performed with independent judgment and initiative.
JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:
- Approachability: Is easy to approach and talk to; spends the extra effort to put others at ease; can be warm, pleasant, and gracious; is sensitive to and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others; builds rapport well; is a good listener; is an early knower, getting informal and incomplete information in time to do something about it.
- Problem Solving and Learning on the Fly: Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes fruitful sources for answers; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes and learns from both success and failures; experiments to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks.
- Peer Relationships/Team Contribution: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and sets tone of cooperation; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.
Additional Info & Requirements
SALARY: $22.67/Hr. (min) - $27.25/Hr. (mid)
ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY
- Create premium experiences for patrons through effective and efficient completion of duties; serve as professional, positive representative of DCL in attitude, appearance and communications.
- Supports DCL strategic initiatives and integrates "one DCL" approach into job related activities.
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of professional library principles, public reference service expertise, readers advisory, collection development, 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
- Maintain strong proficiency in skills, functions and technologies required to perform job duties.
- Leverage strong interpersonal skills in low-stress and high-pressure situations to foster cooperative, collaborative and productive working relationships with staff, volunteers and business partners.
- 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.
- Works with branch Community Relations Liaison to create, promote and implement events. Reports evaluations and statistics. Develops book clubs for teens or adults as needed.
- Mentors colleagues and team members across departments and branches. Identifies training needs and opportunities and responds appropriately.
- Practices effective personal and branch safety procedures.
- Collaborates with and supports our volunteers.
- Support DCL efforts to promote a safe and enjoyable work environment by complying with safety procedures in performing work-related duties.
- Maintain strong awareness of and compliance with DCL policies, processes and procedures.
- Perform other library work-related duties as assigned.
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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