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Senior Librarian (Adult Services) – Valente Branch, Cambridge Public Library (Cambridge)

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Job Code:
L408-713

Civil Service Position:
Non Civil Service position

Union Affiliation:
CPLSA, Local 4928

Hours Per Week:
37.5 hour workweek (additional hours per week information below)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the general supervision of the Associate Manager of Branch Services, provides outstanding customer service, oversees the day-to-day activities of the branch, performs circulation control, delivers readers' advisory and reference services and other activities relating to the provision of library service to adults. Additionally, works in the youth area of the branch and elsewhere as needed.

Information & Public Services:

Delivers exceptional and engaging customer service to the public
Provides professional reference and readers' advisory services
Assists patrons with use of a wide range of devices (e.g., computers, laptops, e-readers, tablets, scanners, emerging STEAM technologies), including basic troubleshooting and maintenance. 
Locates and places holds for materials held outside of the Minuteman Library Network using the Commonwealth Catalog and other interlibrary loan options
Acts as a resource to other Library staff in providing research and readers' advisory services
Performs circulation and patron account management duties (e.g., checkouts, check-ins, account inquiries, reserves, renewals, fine assessment and collection, patron registration). 
Develops displays and merchandizes the collections, anticipates special events and anniversaries as well as responding quickly to breaking news event
Develops and delivers effective, relevant programming for the communit
Performs regular outreach efforts and participates in community programs and events
Provides coverage in all areas of the branch as needed
Supervisory Responsibilities:

Responsible for oversight of the branch in the absence of the Associate Manager of Branch Services
May take responsibility for areas such as scheduling, training, coaching, and contributing to staff performance evaluations; gathering and analyzing data and managing special projects
Collection Development:

With the Associate Manager of Branch Services, selects materials for the branch's adult print and audiovisual collections according to the needs and interests of our patrons and in accordance with the Collection Development Policy
Runs regular reports on circulation activity and weeds and refreshes the collection as needed
 Other:

May contribute material to the Library's communications channels
Participates in and may lead Library-wide committees; attends staff meetings
Represents the Library at community meetings and participate in community events
Communicates and applies Library policies and procedures; addresses and resolves patron issues.
Keeps informed of professional developments and attends professional meetings and trainings; may represent the interests of the Library in professional venues or working groups as appropriate
Any duties required by the Associate Manager of Branch Services for the good of the branch and the Library system
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Master's degree from a school of library science accredited by the American Library Association
Minimum of two years of post-MLS experience in direct patron service, preferably in a public library adult services or reference department
Broad knowledge and appreciation of literature and media, especially for adults
Excellent communication, organizational, and customer service skills
Affinity for working with a diverse population in an urban setting
Experience in developing, publicizing, and evaluating programs for the public
Ability to analyze and solve problems independently and as part of a team
Tact, patience, maturity, creativity, and friendliness
In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Experience supervising and coaching employees
Familiarity with research databases and available electronic resources
Demonstrated interest in the future of public library service, and programmatic and technological trends
Fluency in a language in addition to English                                         
 



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including office equipment such as computers, tablets, printers, AV equipment and e-readers. Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal, for extended periods of time. Strength to push or pull a loaded book cart which can weigh in excess of 100 pounds on level floor and up ramp, to lift or maneuver onto cart loads of up to 50 pounds, and to carry cartons of books or other materials or equipment. Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work. Time management ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities which permits the employee to communicate effectively. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation which permits the employee to read books and patron requests, as well as to see what patrons are doing when they are at some distance from the workstation. Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to enter data. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to re-shelve library materials and work at public service desks.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily indoors at the Valente Branch of the Cambridge Public Library on the public service floor, community room and staff area. Normal office exposure to noise, stress, and interruptions.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary Range

$35.32 - $40.34  / hour

Salary Notes

RATE: $35.32 per hour to $40.34 per hour in five steps

Closing Date

09/23/2021

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter no later than 5 pm of the closing date via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.



THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Posted

2021-09-08 |  Quick link to this job