Librarian, Buena Park Library District

By IS Lab August 6, 2021

Website Buena Park Library District

The Buena Park Library District is seeking a full-time Librarian I/II. The incumbent will be responsible for professional librarian duties relating to adult services including collection development, programming, and reference and reader’s advisory services. The ideal candidate will be able to successfully interact with library patrons from diverse backgrounds, provide exceptional customer service, and demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude. This recruitment may be used to establish an eligibility list for future Librarian I/II vacancies.

Under general supervision (Librarian I) or direction (Librarian II), performs routine to complex professional librarian duties, including development of programs and services for target audiences, collection development and management, and/or cataloging; develops library and outreach programs; performs reference, research, and readers’ advisory services; identifies current community needs and projects future needs; creates marketing materials; takes initiative to assist in improving library services; and performs related work as required. Please see class description for more detail.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides general reference assistance to library patrons; provides readers’ advisory services to recommend books and literature based on patron interests; advises and assists library patrons in use of library resources; performs bibliographic searches using both print and non-print sources; works at various service desks; pulls books and materials for patrons.
  • Participates in collection development activities for assigned areas to build a relevant, high-interest collection, including materials selection for the library’s collection in print, audio, and electronic formats; reviews and researches new and popular publications; remains abreast of current literature and professional trends in delivering library services; assesses gaps in needs of the collection; selects books, periodicals, and materials including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and multilingual collection; reorders damaged or lost items; manages assigned budget; periodically weeds Library collections.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates library programs, activities, and services which fulfill the diverse educational, recreational, and personal needs of the community; strategizes and coordinates programming activities for assigned areas in conjunction with other departments; develops new ideas for programs based on perceived patron needs and interests; schedules and plans the execution of program events; purchases supplies and manages program budgets; solicits assistance from outside organizations and community members to implement programs; coordinates promotion and outreach efforts with colleagues; oversees the implementation of assigned programs.
  • Provides technological assistance to patrons by teaching and troubleshooting computer related issues; maintains and troubleshoots electronic and online resources; assists patrons with computer and technology-related questions.
  • Participates in library publicity and public relations activities; prepares displays and exhibits, flyers, posters, brochures, bulletin boards, and social media posts; plans book displays for assigned area; selects materials and prepares graphics to generate publicity.
  • Oversees the recruitment, selection, scheduling, training, and oversight of volunteers.
  • Identifies and anticipates changing community needs and changes in technology or library best practices, and develops plans, services, and programs to address these changes.
  • Attends and participates in professional library meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, continuing education programs, and network committees; reads professional literature and attends and participates in staff meeting discussions; leads meetings, committees, or projects intended to enhance services or promote consistent policies and procedures across the District.
  • Makes presentations to school and community groups regarding library programs and resources; provides outreach service to communities.
  • Responds to suggestions, requests, or concerns from library patrons or community members.
  • Ensures safe operations and addresses customer or staff issues; responds to suggestions, requests, or concerns from library users or community members.
  • Serves as Librarian-in-Charge as needed; monitors the library, resolves issues with patrons, processes schedule changes, opens and closes the building, and secures funds collected at circulation.
  • Observes and complies with District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Equivalent to a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited college or university with major coursework in library science or a related field.
  • One (1) year of paraprofessional library, customer service, or related experience.
  • Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience as a professional librarian. (for Librarian II designation)

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, procedures, techniques, and materials of professional library work, including library reference, collection development, and other professional library services.
  • Principles, techniques, and procedures in cataloging, indexing, classifying, and organizing library materials.
  • Principles and techniques used in bibliographic research.
  • General library materials selection standards.
  • Library services and available resources.
  • Reference interview methods and standard reference sources.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of public relations, community outreach, and service promotion.
  • Techniques for promoting and publicizing library services, programs, and events.
  • Recent technological, professional, and societal developments, current literature, and sources of information related to library services.
  • Developmental, educational, and recreational needs of library patrons including children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational, and regulatory organizations, and with property owners, developers, contractors, and the public.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including administrative policies and procedures.
  • Recordkeeping principles and procedures.
  • District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability to:

  • Plan and conduct the activities, programs, projects, and operations of a specialized library function.
  • Perform professional library tasks as assigned including reference, readers’ advisory, library program and service development, collection development, and cataloging.
  • Monitor program budgets.
  • Assess library patron needs and provide accurate service information.
  • Assess and meet community needs in the area of library services.
  • Maintain a strong service orientation and a demonstrated dedication to quality customer service.
  • Research, analyze, and summarize data and prepare accurate and logical written reports.
  • Demonstrate to patrons how to use computer programs and online resources.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, recordkeeping, and tracking systems.
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations and promotional material before patrons, community groups, and others.
  • Understand and effectively utilize social media platforms and applications.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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