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Children's Librarian, Southwick Public Library (Southwick)

Southwick Public Library
Job Description
Children’s Librarian
Supervision
The Children’s Librarian reports to the Library Director and is responsible for all aspects of library services and programs for children through 6th grade. In addition, the occupant of the position is expected to perform the regular duties of the position under the general supervision of the Library Director and/or Assistant Director. This position is responsible for the orientation, training and cross-training with other personnel as assigned. The occupant of this position is expected to perform the regular duties with minimal direct supervision.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Strong interpersonal communication skills with children and adults are necessary in the position. This librarian is the primary contact for children who visit the library. The Children’s librarian will assist patrons with referencing, computer sign-ups in the Children’s Room, circulation procedures and direct patrons to appropriate staff when necessary.
Evaluate and weed assigned sections of the Children’s collection and catalog materials to develop the collection.
Assist in promoting community use of children’s services through an ongoing public relations program. Develop and promote programs and special collections for the children and pursue grant money when applicable. Create a scrapbook of Children’s Room activities and programs.
Participate in the school and public library cooperation programs and provide library services to students in the areas of research and reader’s advisory.
Participate in and create tools for evaluating services and programs for children through 6th grade; maintain records and create reports as required.
Attend Regional Library activities that pertain to Children’s Librarians. Maintain and develop knowledge of library procedures and activities by participating in appropriate in-service training and regional programs. Develop and maintain contact with other libraries.
Perform other duties as required or duties as assigned by the Library Director and/or Assistant Director.
Acceptable Experience and Training
 Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required (a major in Education or English is preferred). One or two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 Experience working with children
 Demonstrated interest in Public Library service
Special Knowledge/Abilities for Position
 Strong customer service skills
 Willingness to operate or train on computer systems
 Good telephone manner
Physical Requirements
The occupant of the position must spend several hours a day walking, standing, and sitting. Activities include moderate to frequent physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending and twisting. The position also requires moderate to frequent grasping, pulling and pushing of materials as well as fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, keyboard, and calculator. The Children’s Librarian must also be able to lift and move objects up to twenty (20) pounds on a frequent basis.
Environmental Conditions
The Circulation Librarian works indoors. The regular solvents used are adhesives such as rubber cement and cleaning solutions.

Qualifications

The Southwick Public Library seeks to fill the role of Children’s Librarian. This is an 18 hour per week union position paying $17.63/hour. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required (a major in Education or English is preferred). One to two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience as well as experience working with children. Hours of work include Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 4-8pm, Thursday and Saturday 10am-1pm (July and August M-F). 

Full/Part Time

Part Time

Education

BA/BS

Salary

17.63/hourly

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

How to Apply

A copy of the job description and employment application can be obtained by visiting the library at 95 Feeding Hills Road, contacting the library at 413-569-1221, or visiting the Town of Southwick website at southwickma.org. Applications must be returned in hard copy to the library. Hire is contingent upon a background check. The position will remain open until filled. Southwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Town of Southwick is an ADA/EOE/AA employer.

Posted

2021-06-10 |  Quick link to this job