MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY SYSTEM
JOB DESCRIPTION COLLECTION
Chester C. Corbin
Statement of Duties:
Professional position that is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive children's program for the benefit of children and their caregivers; includes development of collection, publicizing the program, and presenting programs. Performs all other related work as required.
Incumbent works under the general direction of the Library Director receiving oral instructions and general suggestions. Incumbent has substantial responsibility for determining actions and substantial independence in planning and organizing the work activities, including determining the work methods. Work performed is reviewed on an ongoing basis through regular discussions. Incumbent decides most methods and practices for completing work assignments, referring unusual or questionable issues to Library Director.
Incumbent provides direct supervision to library staff and volunteers
assigned to childrens services.
Performs shelving functions as necessary in order to maintain orderliness, attractiveness, and ease in finding materials.
May be required to supervise the operation of the Library in the absence of
the Library Director and Adult Services Librarian.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Masters Degree in Library Science preferred; Bachelors degree required with an emphasis upon children's services; two to four years prior experience in children's library services, including collection development, programming, circulation, reference and readers advisory services.
Knowledge, Skills and
Considerable knowledge of children's literature, past and present, knowledge of children's developmental stages, knowledge of appropriate materials and programs for various age groups, knowledge of computer software, systems, and basic troubleshooting, the ability to enjoy children; the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously, the ability to treat patrons requests with respect and confidentiality; the ability and flexibility to get along with the public and co-workers; and a commitment to connecting children with literature.
Physical and Mental
The incumbent works in a moderately noisy setting with frequent interruptions. Incumbent is required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent frequently lifts up to 15 lbs. The position has close vision requirements in order to read small print. Equipment operated includes office machines and computers.