This position is responsible for the daily operations and supervision of the children's room and young adult area and for the planning and implementation of programs and public services for youth at the College Station Larry J. Ringer Public Library, a branch of the Bryan + College Station Public Library System.
Scope of Job
Allocates work and provides advice, guidance, and training to those for whom he/she is responsible. Serves as liaison between employees and first line supervisor, reporting concerns/issues of employees and interpreting/translating messages from supervisor.
Essential Job Functions
- Assists youth, parents, and other adults in selecting appropriate materials from the library collection.
- Promotes the use of the library's collection through direct assistance to the public, including telephone and email information and referral.
- Aids users in acquiring the skills needed to take full advantage of all library resources.
- Serves as a guide for young people making the transition to young adult or adult materials.
- Assists with and oversees the public access computers and online catalog.
- Oversees the acquisition of youth materials including selecting, checking in book orders, and reviewing electronic records following cataloging and processing activity.
- Carries out collection management responsibilities: withdrawal of outdated materials; replacement of worn materials still in demand; and, purchase of needed new materials.
- Plans, promotes and conducts children's and young adult programming such as story time and summer reading club.
- Provides library tours and orientations.
- Analyzes community needs to develop new youth programs and enhance current programs.
- Maintains statistical records of youth program attendance and prepares reports for the Library Branch Manager.
- Creates displays and promotional material to invite use of the collection by young people and adults.
- Creates a pleasant, inviting environment in the children's and young adult areas by maintaining materials and equipment in a well organized and orderly fashion.
- Assists management with other projects as assigned.
- Responds regularly and promptly to work.
Minimum Education & Experience
You must possess one of the following:
Master's degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited school; OR a Master's degree in a related field (e.g., Education) with public or school library work experience; OR a Bachelor's degree with an undergraduate major or minor in Library Science with public or school library work experience.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Professional practices, procedures and techniques of library science.
- Book classification and arrangements; good knowledge of cataloging and online catalogs.
- Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Dewey Decimal Classification system, and Sears and Library of Congress subject headings.
- Library automation principles and practices, computer equipment systems, and software.
- Work with patrons of all ages and backgrounds, particularly children, teens, and parents.
- Abide by City and department administrative directives, policies and procedures.
- Use independent judgment to effectively resolve patron questions and concerns.
- Use MARC format and to edit bibliographic data.
- Remain calm in stressful situations.
- Organize workload; establish priorities; and meet established deadlines.
- Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work and to communicate in a courteous, professional, and tactful manner with the public and other required entities.
- Operate computer using relevant word processing, spreadsheet, and library systems software to accurately enter data and prepare correspondence, reports and other written materials.
- Take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns.
- Provide the Branch Librarian with sound, positive advice and information concerning incumbent's area of responsibility.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Strong public contact and customer service skills.
Special Requirements, Licenses and Certifications
Texas Class C driver's license with a good driving record as measured by the City's evaluation system.
Physical demands involve carrying of boxes of books, equipment, and/or materials weighing up to 35 pounds; frequent pushing/pulling of loaded book carts; reaching materials from floor level to highest reach from a stool, walking, standing, sitting, climbing, bending, twisting, and exercising full range of motions of the arms, hands, wrists and fingers, stooping, crouching, kneeling and stretching required.
Work is performed primarily in a standard office/library setting. Duties are often performed at a customer service counter, desk or computer terminal; subject to noise from library operations and from office equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person and on the telephone with the general public, City staff and others. performed primarily in an office setting or well-lighted and temperature-controlled working environment.
Work shall be performed with tools, appliances and equipment approved by those agencies and bodies that have control, authority or approval of the design working ranges or limitations of those items; the employee has the responsibility to conform to those ranges and limitations.
Equipment may include but is not limited to:
Computer, automated online catalogs, microcomputer, microfilm/microfiche readers/printers, printers, CD-ROM based indexes, databases, online database, copier, telephone system and audio-visual equipment.
Special Notes for Applicants
This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice.
Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an 'at-will' relationship.