MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY SYSTEM
JOB DESCRIPTION COLLECTION
GROTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Childrens Services Librarian
Hires, supervises and evaluates up to seven employees and volunteers.
Has access to
confidential employee and patron information.
Errors could result in delay or loss of service and monetary loss, damage to equipment, patron dissatisfaction, or compromised patron safety.
contact with children of various ages, backgrounds and abilities. Other
contacts are with parents and other family members, town employees, state and
regional library associations, school teachers. Contacts are usually in person
or by phone. Written communication is frequently necessary. Computer
communication is sometimes necessary.
Plans, organizes, and maintains the librarys childrens collection. Analyses collection for development needs. Reads, reviews, and selects books and other material for purchase.
Provides readers advisory service for children and families. Assists children is use of library and its resources. Assists parents and other adults in selection of appropriate childrens material.
Plans, organizes, and publicizes childrens programs, including but not limited to story time, films and special events, reading clubs, school and community outreach.
Maintains a pleasant, inviting, safe environment for children. Is trained in safety and evacuation techniques.
Hires staff. Provides training and supervision for up to 7 employees. Establishes work schedules, makes assignments. Reports to Director on results of performance evaluation. Coordinates volunteers assigned to childrens area.
Prepares annual department budget. Monitors expenditures and approves purchases for department.
Participates in the formulation of policy and develops procedures related to Childrens Services. Interprets policy and explains procedure to the public.
Makes presentations to community groups to explain library programs and services. Receives complaints and/or special requests from patrons and community groups, providing response or conflict resolution.
Attends professional library conferences, seminars and network committees; reads professional literature; attends and participates in staff meeting discussions.
Compiles, reviews and interprets statistical data regarding use of childrens services. Prepares regular management reports for review by Director.
Provides material classification and cataloging services as needed.
May serve as
Director during the absence of the incumbent.
Education and Experience
Masters Degree in Library Science from an A.L.A accredited program required, with an emphasis on childrens literature and services. Three to five years experience in a library setting, with supervisory experience required.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill
Thorough knowledge of:
Library operations and library services.
Current trends in library services for children
Childrens literature and other materials for children
Library policies and procedures in order to explain programs and services to others.
Reference sources and research techniques, reader interest level, publisher and dealer practices; methods of library supply resources.
Working knowledge of:
Common computer applications and use of the Internet
Work with children of varied
backgrounds, ages, and abilities.
Supervise others at various levels of training and ability, evaluate performance, provide training and discipline.
Create goals and provide leadership for subordinates
Persuade, negotiate, resolve conflict
Exercise initiative and independent judgment
Maintain a calm atmosphere, assure safety, respond to emergencies
Communicate effectively with
others, orally and in writing
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.