Public Services Librarian - Makerspace (PT20hr/wk)

King County Library System - Bellevue, WA4.1

Full-time | Part-time$35 an hour
General Position Summary
Job Number: 2019-00296

Note: This recruitment application period has been extended until 11/14/19. First review of applications will occur on 10/31/19.

King County Library System (KCLS) is seeking a community-oriented Public Services Librarian to provide service in the Makerspace at the Bellevue Library.

KCLS Makerspaces are free, library-operated workspaces that bring library patrons together to learn, create, and collaborate. They offer free classes and access to emerging technologies and traditional mediums including recording space, 3D printing, design software, and more.

The Public Services Librarian - Makerspace is under the supervision of the Librarian Services Manager and the Information Services Manager. This position has a unique opportunity to plan and lead technology-focused public programming offerings which emphasizes ideaX themes and makes optimal use of Makerspace infrastructure and technology.

About the Opportunity:
As a Public Services Librarian supporting the Makerspace you will perform a variety of professional in-library, out-of-library, and online programs and services related to STEAM learning principles, 21st century skills, and Maker culture. In this role, you will provide subject matter expertise to lead topic-specific workshops and support day-to-day open lab services in the Makerspace facility. You will assist and educate patrons across the full age spectrum in the use of library technology resources in the Makerspace and use an adaptive growth mindset to identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

You will represent KCLS interests and values by using an equity lens and inclusive practice when pursuing meaningful connections and partnerships across KCLS and in the larger community, developing and delivering programs and services which reflect the unique needs of the diverse population served.

Applicants must attach a current resume and cover letter which addresses why they are interested in the position and how they meet the qualifications listed.

The rotating work schedule for this PT20hr/wk position is as follows:
Weeks 1 & 3
Sunday, 2:15pm - 7:15pm
Tuesday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, 4:15pm - 9:15pm
Thursday, 4:15pm - 9:15pm

Weeks 2 & 4
Tuesday, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, 4:15pm - 9:15pm
Thursday, 4:15pm - 9:15pm
Saturday, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
  • All shifts worked at the Bellevue Library
Note: work location and work shifts are subject to change with business needs.

About King County Library System (KCLS):
KCLS has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. In order to support this vision, KCLS creates opportunities through meaningful connections by acting as the knowledge sharing center for over 1.3 million diverse patrons, providing an unparalleled collection of library materials, resources, technology, services, and programs.

Approximately 1,300 engaged and passionate staff provide service in 50 library locations and in community engagement using direct outreach and virtual assistance. The service area of KCLS includes the cities, towns, tribal lands, and unincorporated districts of King County, with the exception of the city of Seattle.

The King County Library System values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. KCLS encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing access to opportunities for all. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for this position or to perform the essential functions of this position.

For more information about King County and KCLS, please visit the following links:

KCLS Stories
KCLS Foundation
KCLS Budget
King County city profiles
King County school districts
Cost of Living calculator
King County attractions

To request accommodation please call 425-369-3224

Examples of Duties

Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:
Create, develop, direct, and deliver public services and programs which emphasize Makerspace infrastructure.
Provide and respond to in-depth readers' advisory, informational and specialty service questions related to STEAM learning principles, 21st century skills, and Maker culture.
Assist and educate patrons across the full age spectrum in the use of library technology resources in the Makerspace.
Identify and stay current with KCLS service areas and understand their informational needs and interests. Plan and organize information for use by unique population groups.
Work with daily visitors to support their use of the Makerspace and engage with the community and special population groups through multiple delivery methods.
In collaboration with KCLS colleagues and community partners, identify future needs and trends for information services in order to continuously improve Makerspace services and workshops.
Establish and maintain relationships with community contacts including but not limited to schools, neighborhood associations, service groups, and community based organizations. Participate in community activities by providing information, answering questions and discussing community needs for services. Represent the Library and makes public presentations.
Design, implement, and deliver various training programs with both printed and digital curriculum for the public and staff. Plan and teach public workshops which include Makerspace equipment.
Establish and maintain relationships with all community libraries and liaison with system-level ideaX staff to contribute to program development.
Mentor, train, and model for other staff. Collaborate with and provide mentorship to the broader Bellevue Maker Space programming team. Under direction of Information Services Manager, work closely with the Public Service Assistant (PSA) position and Public Services Specialist (PSS) position to ensure excellence in informational services in the Makerspace.
Develop and facilitate a volunteer engagement program for the Makerspace; actively recruit, place, and mentor volunteers and maintain a pool of volunteer applicants.
Perform maintenance and upgrades of Makerspace technology and equipment.
Promote, educate and support Intellectual Freedom principles with staff and patrons. Resolve related concerns or redirect to appropriate source.
Create and provide relevant and timely communications.
Participate in collection development and maintenance activities.

Secondary Duties:
Initiates, participates and collaborates in the library profession beyond KCLS. Maintains professional expertise in order to provide relevant public service.
Initiates, participates and collaborates with KCLS staff on projects and committees.
Participates in activities such as staff meetings, committee work and trainings.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Desired Minimum Qualification

Master's of Library Science Degree from an American Library Association accredited school of Librarianship and Washington State certification as a Librarian is required.
Evidence of training, experience, or study in a relevant functional area.

Core Competencies include:
Customer Focus - Primarily focused on customer needs, able to deliver high quality, value added services. Constantly strives to find new ways to increase customer satisfaction and understanding, foster equity, and forge meaningful connections.
Valuing Diversity - Manages relationships with all kinds and classes of people inclusively and equitably; respects, values and encourages the unique dimension each employee adds to the organization and each member of the community brings to the whole. Seeks opportunities to learn from differences.
Ethics and Judgment - Exercises best judgment, trustworthiness, and professional standards of conduct; consistently demonstrates organization values, moral principles, and accountability through behavior, character, and action. Defends intellectual freedom and confidentiality.
Professional and Technical Knowledge - Demonstrates proficiency in professional and technical skills and/or knowledge in position-related areas; purposely keeps up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise, in order to better foster personal success and connections for others.
Interpersonal Savvy - Relates well to all kinds of people at all levels, both internally and externally; builds appropriate relationships; interactions are often purposeful and constructive.
Dealing with Ambiguity - Can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without the total picture; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty, does not exhibit excessive need to control or track, can 'let go' and move forward in uncertainty.
Organizing and Planning - Establishes courses of action for self, can influence others to ensure that work is efficient, appropriately sensitive to real restraints on time and resources. Willing to take a risk.
Teamwork - Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve goals and deliverables. Is aware of, utilizes and celebrates their own and team members' strengths and differences.

Special Requirements:
Washington State Librarian's Certificate
Valid Washington State Driver's License
Physical Demands & Work Environment
Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly using hands to grasp objects, frequently finger/keyboarding. The employee will frequently stand and walk and reach up to chest level with hands and arms and up to frequently will bend. Occasionally squats, kneels and sits on floor and will seldom crawl. The employee will frequently lift/carry 10 pounds, occasionally up to 20 pounds and seldom up to 50 pounds and up to frequently push/pull carts using light force.
Work Environment
Performs job in a library or community setting with some hectic or demanding situations. It includes work at a PC monitor. Extended periods of standing are required in some instances. Job involves working a varied schedule, including evenings and weekends, which may change periodically. Encounters situations that involve behavioral issues. Position involves frequent interruptions with maximum flexibility required.
General Benefits Summary Paid Time off It is the policy of KCLS to grant to all part-time and full-time employees: Annual Leave (Vacation). Sick Leave Holidays - KCLS celebrates ten (10) holidays each year and one (1) floating holiday. Part-time employees are eligible for holiday pay if scheduled to work on that day. Medical/Dental Insurance Benefits Our health insurance plans with Kaiser/Premera/WDS (Washington Dental Service) are offered at 1-3% of co-insurance cost for employee's own coverage for all employees working 20 or more hours per week. Employees may also purchase benefits for dependants and domestic partners. Retirement - Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) Employees working 20 hours per week or more are automatically enrolled in the Washington State Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Both KCLS and employee contribute toward PERS retirement benefits. Flexible and Daycare Spending Accounts and Heath Saving AccountEmployees working 20 hours per week or more can set aside a portion of their salary on a pre-tax basis to pay annually for up to $2,500 in family medical expenses and up to $5,000 in child care needs. KCLS provides annual employer contribution to Heath Saving Account. Life and Accidental Death Insurance All the employees working 20 hours per week or more qualify for the group term life insurance benefit equal to one times their annual salary. In addition employees working 40 hours receive long-term insurance. Optional/Voluntary Benefits Employees working 20 hours per week or more are eligible to participate in the following voluntary benefits: 457 Deferred Compensation Plan - You can supplement any other retirement benefits you may have be setting aside pre-tax dollars in this retirement savings account. Term Life Insurance Personal Accident Insurance Short-Term Disability Insurance Other Benefits Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - This employer-sponsored program is a confidential counseling assessment and referral service. The EAP offers employees and their families' personal and professional counseling, information on health and wellness topics, and more. Ride-Wise - KCLS encourages you to "leave the car at home" and seek other ways to commute to work. All employees are eligible for reimbursement of 50% of your tax-free ORCA transit pass, van pool as well as provide Guaranteed Ride Home. Tuition Assistance - KCLS encourages employees to pursue college, associate and graduate degrees and certificated programs where such education and knowledge may be useful to KCLS. Tuition assistance, as funding permits, is available to all employees.