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Teen & Emerging Technology Librarian, Kingston Public Library (Kingston)

The Kingston Public Library is seeking a Teen and Emerging Technologies Librarian to join their team. This position is responsible for overseeing the Library’s new Teen Room, managing the young adult collection for children in grades 6 through 12, community outreach to schools and other local organizations, and helping to update and manage the technology throughout the Library. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a variety of teen programs, organizing and leading the Library’s Youth Advisory Group, and helping patrons and staff with technology in the library and remotely. The Teen and Emerging Technologies Librarian will also play a central role in managing the Library’s website and social media accounts. Experience with virtual reality, Apple products, and WordPress is desirable.

Essential Functions:

Teen Services:     Manages and supervises the library services to teens in Grades 6 through 12 and their families at the Kingston Public Library.

Supervises and leads the Youth Advisory Council, including planning and executing programs, promoting programs using social media, educating peers about library services, and selecting materials for the teen collection.

Researches, develops, writes, manages and administers grant–funded programs for services to teens as appropriate and available.

Plans, organizes, directs and implements programs and activities for teens and families from Grade 6 through 12 at the library; plans and conducts programs to stimulate the use of the library; including reading clubs, book fairs, holiday events, book readings at schools, and other related programs for teens and parents; plans and develops related public relations materials.

Publicizes teen services through displays, press releases, print materials, blogs, social media, community outreach and through other methods.

Provides reference and readers/audiovisual/technology advisory service.

Works with the public and private schools through outreach and as requested. Works with municipal departments at their request.

Provides technology training to adults and teens.

Recommends technology­-related and patron-­related policies and procedures to Library Director especially as they relate to services to teens and advises on long ­term needs in relation to these areas.

Initiates, develops, and responds to specific requests for services for middle school through high school classes; advises teachers and/or group leaders on age-appropriate programs and projects.

Administers the Teen Department budget.  Develops and maintains collections in a variety of formats for teens and their families, parents, and teachers, requiring use of professional journals and standards, and a thorough knowledge of teen materials, family relations, community resources, and child development.

Responsible for developing and managing content for Teen section of library website.

Keeps informed of new technology and new online resources for teens.

Actively investigates and integrates emerging technologies and best practices into teen services.  Attends workshops, webinars, conferences to keep abreast of appropriate technologies and practices.  Keeps informed of current trends and developments affecting libraries and particularly in young adult librarianship.

Plans and oversees the physical condition and appearance of the teen room

Submits monthly department reports to the Board of Library Trustees.

Technology Services: Researches and keeps current with trends in library technology.

Develops technology competencies for staff and training staff training; manages staff technology training; works with other professional staff to provide public technology training.

Provides leadership in library outreach via technology and social media.

Works with Library Director and other staff to create, manage, and update technology plan. Maintains knowledge of network architecture. 

Works with Town IT Manager to maintain and enhance library technology, including managing users and equipment, documenting existing systems, serving as liaison to IT Manager and technology vendors (such as Old Colony Library Network, various database vendors, Verizon, and Google). Monitors computer problems, fixes, responds, or escalates as needed. 

Works on special projects as needed, such as migrating to new software and developing the staff intranet. 

Manages use of web-enabled equipment such as cameras, smartboards, television, announcement display monitors.

Manages content for Technology service sections of library website; maintains staff intranet; coordinates and manages website, acts as a primary contributor and designer for the library’s website.

General professional duties

Participates in long range planning process for the library, including recommending changes or improvements and develops new types of service and operations.

Assists with developing technology competencies for staff and training staff. 

Assists, as needed, in the performance of all procedures relating to library services and library organization.

Represents the library at professional meetings, workshops, conferences and seminars.  Participates on regional, state, and network committees.

Advises Library Director and Board of Trustees in the development of library policies and procedures, particularly as related to services to children and families.

Performs similar or related work as required or as situation dictates.

The successful candidate should be a creative, energetic, and tech savvy person who is passionate about working with young adults. Candidates should have a Masters in Library Science, and proficiency with current technology and social media is essential. Evening and alternating Saturday hours required. This is an entry level position, and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. 

Qualifications

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school with a concentration in Young Adult Services; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with integrating technology into library services and using and teaching online reference resources essential.

Experience in professional library work, specifically relating to services to teens.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of professional library principals, methods, material and practices specifically relating to services to teens. Knowledge of the organization and management of library operations.  

Knowledge and skill in readers advisory services.

Knowledge of and sensitivity to the special needs of teenagers.  Thorough knowledge of  teen literature; basic knowledge of child development.  

Familiarity with SIRSI/Dynix ILS desirable.

Ability:  Ability to deal with public in a courteous and efficient manner with strong customer service skill. Ability to assess patron needs quickly and accurately. Ability to interact professionally with staff and the public, especially children and teenagers. Ability and interest in working with other staff on cooperative approaches to service.  Ability to relate well to the public and to organize programs. Ability to plan, coordinate and promote programs, activities and displays at the library. Ability to prioritize duties for personal and departmental workflow. Ability to evaluate information sources and teach information literacy. Ability to express self clearly both orally and in writing.    Ability to integrate emerging technologies into traditional young adult services. Ability to use computers and other electronic devices effectively. Ability to use social media effectively. Ability to manage a budget.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills.  Strong public relations skills.  Skill in conducting reference and readers advisory interviews. Computer troubleshooting skills essential.  Demonstrated comfort with and curiosity about emerging technologies.  Web page development and WordPress skills essential.  

Special Requirements:

Professional certification from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Confidentiality – access to sensitive information.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary

Annual salary range $42,206 - $71,544

Closing Date

How to Apply

Application Procedure:

Qualified applicants should complete the Town of Kingston employment application found on the Town website under Human Resources and submit their résumé. Please include a cover letter with salary expectations. Application materials can be emailed to personnel@kingstonmass.org, mailed to the Town of Kingston Town House Attn: Human Resources or hand delivered.  ; this is a Grade S-3 position on the Town’s Wage and Personnel Bylaws, with 10 Steps within this range. The Town of Kingston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. 

Posted

2020-12-21 |  Quick link to this job