Library Associate – Children’s Services
Application Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021 at 5 PM
Hours: Monday – Thursday, alternate Friday/Saturday with some evenings
Salary: $19.6099 Hourly
Characteristics of the Job
Under the close supervision of the Children’s Services Coordinator, provides services to children with a focus on birth to 8th grade and their parents, caregivers, teachers and advocates; plans and presents programs in the library and off-site; cultivates relationships with school and community groups and manages assigned areas of the collection; exercises independent judgment in application of a variety of established policies and procedures; provides skilled, efficient and courteous service to the public. May act as a lead worker.
Examples of Duties
- Provide reference and reader’s advisory services to children and adults interested in children’s material by applying knowledge and judgment of library resources to provide materials to meet patrons’ interests, reading levels and needs.
- Offer prompt and friendly service and a welcoming and safe environment to customers on a daily basis and explain and interpret established policies and procedures relating to the library as needed.
- Understand and utilize multi-faceted library computer system; perform search functions and keep accurate records; assist users with library catalog, databases and Internet computers.
- Operate and maintain general and specialized office equipment, such as cash registers, computers, fax machines, calculator, copy machines, multi-line phone system, die cut machine, label maker, etc.
- Serve as a liaison with schools and community groups to promote library use and services both in the library and off site.
- Select, develop, deselect and weed children’s library collections within an established budget.
- Develop, implement and evaluate children’s programs and activities in the library and community.
- Contact, schedule, request library funds and contract for program performers.
- Participate in planning and execution of grant programs and help fulfill requirements of funded programs.
- Seek and obtain resources or funds for summer reading prizes. May seek grant opportunities to aid in funding children’s programming and materials.
- Market books and other library materials to enhance their appeal and promote their use by browsers including the creation of bibliographies.
- Create visually appealing displays appropriate in the Children’s Department.
- Engage in public relations and marketing such as talks and interviews promoting children’s services, writing public relations (PR) copy for programs, creating signs and posters, brochures, and blog content.
- Other duties may be assigned.
Training and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of children’s literature, as well as reading and interest levels; current reading, viewing and listening interests and trends of children; early literacy concepts; business English, spelling and arithmetic; modern office practices and procedures; reader interest levels, books and authors; library classification systems, numerical and alphabetical library filing; and telephone etiquette.
Skill in public relations; typing, data entry, arithmetic calculations and operating office machines with reasonable accuracy and speed to satisfy departmental needs; and in communicating with other employees and the general public.
Ability to convey a cheerful and positive personal image; handle confidential information with discretion; exercise initiative, tact and independent judgment within area of responsibility; learn assigned clerical tasks, library terminology and perform detailed accurate work; effectively convey library policies and procedures to the public; learn the use of the library’s computer systems and equipment; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively with patrons and staff, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; learn to operate a multi-line telephone system; work calmly under stressful conditions; perform several tasks simultaneously; work as a team and independently; maintain reliable attendance and schedule; be flexible to adapt to changing situations, work duties and varied work schedules; perform programs and give presentations to all ages; and portray a strong commitment to library service and working with children, as well as an appreciation of children’s literature. Ability to speak Spanish desired.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Illinois driver’s license or equivalent.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk, hear and perform considerable repetitive motion involving the use of fingers, hands and limbs. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, bend and lift and push books and other library materials up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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