Four Positions — Maryland & Virginia

Position: Library Associate I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Bel Air, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Performs a variety of reference services within a branch and/or materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; assists patrons with electronic resources; selects materials in all formats for all audiences; maintains adult, young adult and children collections, may manage specialized collections and programs for Detention Center, Learning and Sharing Center, Sharing the Gift program, Small Business, Children with Special needs, etc.; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Performs a variety of reference services within a branch;
  • Assists the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
  • Searches online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
  • Performs in-depth reference searches and performing readers’ advisory services;
  • Plans, assembles, and arranges displays of materials to support popular topics;
  • Conducts library tours and orientations;
  • Provides information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
  • Provides library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
  • Prepares and compiles required reports and statistics;
  • May maintain assigned collection;
  • May manage and coordinate activities associated with assigned population;
  • May coordinate library services and schedule library visits to the designated outreach sites;
  • May plan, prepare and deliver materials for assigned population and/or sites;
  • May prepare monthly newsletters for assigned program;
  • May develop training tools and conduct staff training;
  • May plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities.

Standard Functions:

  • 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.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Special Education
  • Ability to attend Library Associate Training Program and to complete the program within 2 years after starting the program for Library Associate I.
  • Previous work experience with youth and special needs
  • 1 year direct customer/public service experience.
  • Computer experience including Internet.
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain working knowledge of library practices and procedures, including accurate use of current reference and search tools and the standard automated library system;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and reader’s advisory services;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Working knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and bibliographic utilities;
  • Ability to develop and present programs;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Basic math skills.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to Branch Manager or Assistant Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • 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.

Position: Assistant Manager I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Jarrettsville, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Assists with managing the day-to-day operations, activities, and staff of the branch; directly supervises and oversees training for hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned; provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public; oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult programs; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public;
  • Ensures appropriate “transfer of training” and information sharing activities have been developed and implemented for reference staff having attended training or staff development activities;
  • Assists in the development of branch staff schedules and, in conjunction with the Branch Manager, ensures accurate reflection of assigned reference tasks;
  • Oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult services as assigned by the Branch Manager;
  • Assists with overall branch management and oversees branch activities and personnel in the absence of the manager;
  • Prepares reports as directed;
  • Provides assistance and training on electronic resources to staff and patrons;
  • Performs collection maintenance activities, including weeding and assessment; keeping collections up to date; and ordering items;
  • Takes a leadership role in implementing changes and in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the library;

Supervision Functions:

  • 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.

Standard Functions:

  • 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.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Library Science or other Master’s degree in an approved library related curriculum from ALA accredited institution. (Note: will consider applicants that will complete such program within six months from date of application.)
  • Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire;
  • Two years related professional library experience, including direct information service and training of customers and staff on use of computers, databases, preferably in public library;
  • Some supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain advanced knowledge of Harford County Public Library policies and procedures;
  • Ability to act as a representative of Harford County Public Library to the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures;
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship of the facets of children’s, young adult and adult services and the concepts necessary to develop strong cross services relationships;
  • Expert knowledge of relevant electronic resources, including the Internet and database retrieval;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, supervise, train and communicate with other staff members;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals;
  • Ability to develop and implement programs in children’s, young adult and adult services
  • Extensive knowledge of modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  • Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Manager I – Branch or Manager II – Branch-. Directly supervises para-professional staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • Work requires occasional physical effort in handling of materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, set up and take down of tables, chairs or other equipment for meetings or events, pushing/pulling of library carts.
  • Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  • Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of 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 is required

Position: Assistant Manager I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Whiteford, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Assists with managing the day-to-day operations, activities, and staff of the branch; directly supervises and oversees training for hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned; provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public; oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult programs; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public;
  • Ensures appropriate “transfer of training” and information sharing activities have been developed and implemented for reference staff having attended training or staff development activities;
  • Assists in the development of branch staff schedules and, in conjunction with the Branch Manager, ensures accurate reflection of assigned reference tasks;
  • Oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult services as assigned by the Branch Manager;
  • Assists with overall branch management and oversees branch activities and personnel in the absence of the manager;
  • Prepares reports as directed;
  • Provides assistance and training on electronic resources to staff and patrons;
  • Performs collection maintenance activities, including weeding and assessment; keeping collections up to date; and ordering items;
  • Takes a leadership role in implementing changes and in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the library;

Supervision Functions:

  • 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.

Standard Functions:

  • 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.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Library Science or other Master’s degree in an approved library related curriculum from ALA accredited institution. (Note: will consider applicants that will complete such program within six months from date of application.)
  • Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire;
  • Two years related professional library experience, including direct information service and training of customers and staff on use of computers, databases, preferably in public library;
  • Some supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain advanced knowledge of Harford County Public Library policies and procedures;
  • Ability to act as a representative of Harford County Public Library to the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures;
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship of the facets of children’s, young adult and adult services and the concepts necessary to develop strong cross services relationships;
  • Expert knowledge of relevant electronic resources, including the Internet and database retrieval;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, supervise, train and communicate with other staff members;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals;
  • Ability to develop and implement programs in children’s, young adult and adult services
  • Extensive knowledge of modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  • Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Manager I – Branch or Manager II – Branch-. Directly supervises para-professional staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • Work requires occasional physical effort in handling of materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, set up and take down of tables, chairs or other equipment for meetings or events, pushing/pulling of library carts.
  • Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  • Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of 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 is required

Position: Librarian II
Location: Beatley Central Library, Alexandria, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The Beatley Central Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates for a Librarian II position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy, main library. Under the supervision of the Adult Services Manager, this position is responsible for coordinating the Alexandria Library’s volunteer programs, plans special events and community outreach activities, and supervises interlibrary loan functions.

Duties:

  • Coordinates the Library’s volunteer programs to include developing training and evaluation materials and providing guidance to branch library volunteer coordinators.
  • Recruits volunteers for support work and recommends assignments that will make best use of individual skills and library needs.
  • Oversees aspects of public programming, exhibitions, and special events including planning, implementation, and logistics.
  • Become a passport processing agent and assist in passport processing.
  • Oversee a staff member in the Talking Books services.
  • May attend/represent the Library at off-site programs and events.
  • Oversees the interlibrary loan program, to include updating ILL policies and procedures, training staff on ILL processes, and compiling monthly and annual ILL statistics.
  • Processes ILL requests from Alexandria Library patrons and provides materials to other libraries using OCLC.
  • Answers any patron or system-wide inquiries related to ILL policies and procedures.
  • Answers reference questions in person, via telephone or email, and provides instruction on using the library catalog, databases and all equipment in the reference area.
  • Contributes to collection development of the adult fiction and nonfiction areas through evaluating and ordering new materials as well as weeding and maintaining current collections.
  • Serves as manager or building officer in the absence of the Adult Services Manager
  • May supervise up to five staff members (part-time Librarian I and Library Assistant positions) including interviewing, selecting, training and evaluating these staff.

Requirements
Skills and Abilities

  • Must be a US Citizen to qualify for Passport Training.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of automated integrated library systems and comfortable with technology.
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Ability to work independently to manage ILL processes.
  • Some management or supervisory experience preferred.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited A.L.A. library school and the Virginia professional library license are required.
  • At least one year of professional library experience at the level of Librarian I, experience in general reference, interlibrary loan and some supervisory experience is preferred.

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