Position Summary: Performs professional librarian services including reference services within a branch and materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; performs basic supervisory responsibilities for hourly staff as assigned; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.
Application Period: Posted December 6, 2018; Closing Date: January 6, 2019.
Work Week: 37.5 hours per week; Work schedule includes day evening and weekend hours.
- Performs services within a branch, including but not limited to:
- assisting the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
- searching online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
- performing in-depth reference searches and performing readers’ advisory services;
- planning, assembling, and arranging displays of materials to support popular topics;
- conducting library tours and orientations;
- providing information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
- providing library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
- Performs materials management tasks and activities, including but not limited to:
- assessing and evaluating assigned collections;
- reviewing, selecting and ordering materials in print and non-print formats;
- analyzing and interpreting statistical and community information as part of the selection process;
- managing assigned selection budgets by following established finance procedures;
- interpreting censorship and freedom of access issues as pertains to selection of materials for library customers;
- keeping abreast of publishing trends for materials;
- writing and compiling bibliographies and booklists;
- Prepare and compile required reports and statistics;
- Mentor professional and para-professional staff, as assigned;
- develop training tools and conduct staff training;
- plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities;
- Improve library leadership skills through:
- Attendance at special workshops, classes, discussion groups, etc.
- Performing reference and materials management activities in all service areas (A, J, YA) on a limited basis, as well as circulation activities;
- Other opportunities as presented;
- May supervise hourly staff (part-time hourly and substitute).
- Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
- Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
- Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
- Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
- Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
- Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
- Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
- Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
- May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.
- Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
- Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
- Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
- Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
- Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
- Is dependable and punctual;
- Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
- Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
- Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
- Master of Library Science degree from an accredited ALA institution;
- State of Maryland Department of Education Professional Librarian Certification within six months of hire;
- Experience in library setting, preferably public library;
- Computer experience including reference databases and internet;
- Ability to work day, evening, and weekend hours.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and readers’ advisory services;
- Thorough knowledge of reference sources and methods and ability to use said sources to research information for customers;
- Broad knowledge of a variety of types of literature, authors, and titles;
- Ability to develop and implement programs for children’s, young adults and adult services;
- Knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and database information retrieval;
- Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, current audio-visual equipment; and office machines;
- Organizational and planning skills;
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Basic math skills.
Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.
- Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling of library carts to move library materials within the department, and set up and break down of displays.
- Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
- Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
- Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as necessary.
Employees who work less than 37.5 hours per week are categorized as Non-Exempt for purposes of establishing eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Compensation for overtime must be in compliance with the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Wage and Hour Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The library administration reserves the right to change, modify, delete, and supplement job duties based on the organizations needs.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
This and all library positions are eligible for system-wide transfer.
Harford County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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