POSITION DESCRIPTION SPECIFICATIONS                        Code: Dept: Library

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Reference Librarian—Young Adult Specialist


Employee works under the general direction of the Library Director. Employee plans and arranges own work in accordance with standard procedures and previous training referring only unusual type cases to supervisor.  Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statements of desired objectives, deadline or priorities.  Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with the supervisor, but ordinarily the employee plans and performs work independently.  Work is reviewed for technical adequacy, appropriateness of actions or decisions, and conformance with policy or other requirements. 


Position Summary
Develop and provide services for high school age children in the library and through outreach activities.  Organize and lead the teen library advisory group.  Select young adult materials. Develop cataloging for young adult materials. Create materials to promote and aid in the use of library resources. Provide reference and reader’s advisory services to library patrons.  Perform routine circulation services.   

Essential Job Functions
Develop and provide services to the high school age population.  Collaborate and coordinate services, special projects, programs and activities with librarians, library media specialists and teachers at Minnechaug Regional High School and Wilbraham and Monson Academy. Provide outreach to the Scantic Valley YMCA and other facilities and local organizations that serve teens.  Create and produce public relations materials to promote library services in the community.

Create and develop programs events and activities for and with high school age teens.  Organize and lead the teen library advisory group. 

Develop web pages for use by teens and update information as required.  Create pathfinders, finding aids, booklists, and other public relations materials to promote library resources with teens and aid patrons in using these resources.

Read reviews and publishers’ catalog for young adult materials and select and acquire library resources for use by high school students.   Catalog new young adult materials using the C/WMARS system as required. 

Answer reference questions from people of all ages using print, non-print, and electronic resources.  Train and assist patrons in the use of computers and other equipment.  Serve as an adult reader’s advisor recommending print and non-print materials to match patron’s interests. 

Perform routine duties of the circulation desk as required.  

Perform other similar duties as required or as requested by supervisor. 


Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements (version 1)
Employee works in a moderately noisy office or public service area, and is required to talk and listen more than 2/3rd of the time; sit up to 2/3rd of the time; stand, use hands, reach with arms and hands, stoop, and/or kneel up to 1/3rd of the time.  Employee frequently lifts up to 10 lbs. and occasionally lifts up to 30 lbs.. Normal vision is required for the position.  Equipment operated includes an automobile, office machines, and computers.

Physical and Mental Requirements (version 2)
This job requires the physical ability to stand for long periods of time while working at the circulation desk, sit for a long period of time while working at the reference desk or in the office, read a variety of print sources and computer screens, organize information resources and files,  type using a computer keyboard or electric typewriter, operate photocopiers and printers, communicate in English in writing, orally in person or on the telephone, drive an automobile on library business, and lift, carry and shelve library materials weighing up to 30 lbs.  

Education and Experience
A candidate for this position should have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, some credits in a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA or in a School Library Media Specialist program at the undergraduate or graduate level in an accredited college or university, and one to two years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

§         Library science and management principles, practices and procedures

§         Library programs, services, and operations

§         Excellent written and oral communication skills

§         Excellent customer service skills

§         Manage multiple detailed tasks and meet deadlines

§         Effective in organizing, sorting and categorizing library materials

§         Proficient use of applicable computer software, e-mail and the internet