Specialized professional work in the planning, organizing, and overseeing of children's services and activities for the El Reno Public Library. Work is performed under the supervision of the Library Director.
Assist internal and external customers with directional questions, locating needed information/materials, utilizing the library online catalog, and customer accounts. Manage collection, programming, and public library services to children and to adults who work with children. Promote the library’s services by acquainting children with the library through outreach and in-house educational programs and activities. Form relationships with customers and the community. Perform a variety of circulation and public service work. May require some evenings and weekends
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:
- Regular attendance at work during normal business hours;
- Plan, organize, coordinate, and conduct programs and displays for children, including summer reading program;
- Select supplies and materials for the summer reading program;
- Assist in monitoring expenditures allocated for children's programs and children's books.
- Promote children's programs and services;
- Conduct tours of the Library for school classes and other groups and provide instruction in the use of the Library;
- Visit elementary schools and assist homeschooling groups to promote and acquaint children with the Library's services;
- Help customers in person and by telephone in locating materials, obtaining information, and making effective use of the Library's electronic resources and services;
- Interpret Library policies and procedures for customers;
- Select materials for children up to and including 8th grade;
- Assist with maintenance of catalog listings and customer accounts;
- Maintain an awareness of library trends, current materials, and customer's needs;
- Assist with the coordination of volunteers and summer program workers;
- Create an attractive, friendly atmosphere within the Library for staff and customers;
- Work with the Library Director in promoting an atmosphere of teamwork, performing cross training, and serving as a resource person to the staff in children's services.
- May represent the Library in the community by addressing civic groups and participating in community organizations and activities;
- Attend workshops and various meetings pertaining to the operation and/or promotion of the Library, both locally and out-of-town;
- Maintain an awareness of proper safety procedures and guidelines, and apply these in performing daily activities and tasks;
- Do any and all other functions that may be required by the Library Director or other appropriate supervisors.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of children's library work including collection development, program planning, implementation, and educational techniques;
- Good knowledge of reference search techniques and resources;
- Experience planning, organizing, and conducting programs and activities for children;
- Ability to make decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures;
- Good verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
- Ability to use a computer and other office equipment or software, including Microsoft Office, email, and relevant online resources; ability to provide services digitally;
- Aptitude for establishing and maintaining effective relationships with employees, customers, and community organizations;
- Excellent customer service skills so as to solve problems for customers in a helpful and positive way.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's Degree in a related field; Master’s Degree in Library Science preferred.
- Minimum one year of experience in librarian work or elementary education; or any equivalent combination of training and/or experience;
- Bilingual ability is a plus in serving our diverse community.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Frequent interaction with the public, some of whom may have special needs; Subject to normal daily stress; Must have the physical dexterity to type, shelve books, and create displays; Work is typically indoors, subject to sitting, standing, walking, or using a telephone; Subject to noise of a computer, copying machine, telephone, and customer conversations; Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry 25 pounds on a frequent basis, and greater weight on occasion; Must have the flexibility and mobility to reach and stoop; Subject to working in a confined area with frequent interruptions; Subject to exposure to light and glare from a computer terminal; Hearing and speech required to communicate clearly and distinctly in English, by telephone and in person; Vision required to read and review written correspondence, reports, and computer screen; High degree of concentration required.