Part-time Librarian, City of Glendale

By IS Lab July 20, 2021

Website City of Glendale

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture (GLAC) Department provides the community with the opportunity to seek and share ideas and information that will enrich lives, foster literacy, inspire intellectual curiosity and stimulate the imagination. GLAC is focused on providing exceptional customer services to our community while promoting inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism.

This classification performs a broad range of professional library duties associated with a public library system. This is a part-time position with between 15 – 25 hours per week (depending on departmental needs). The current opening is in the Children’s Services Division.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides exceptional customer service and assists patrons of all ages and backgrounds in every aspect of utilizing the library.
  • Plans and implements a wide variety of in person and virtual programs and events including, but not limited to, story-times, author talks, films, arts and crafts, maker and IT workshops, gallery exhibitions, trainings and other activities.
  • Represents the library in public forums including providing school visits, classroom talks, orientation sessions, library tours, outreach visits and community events.
  • Possesses a depth of knowledge in children’s, teens and adult services, collection management, cataloging, local history, arts & culture and/or emerging technologies.
  • Assists the public in accessing information and library resources.
  • Responds to readers’ advisory, informational, research and reference service questions, tailoring the assistance to the patrons’ needs.
  • Provides technology instruction and troubleshooting assistance to the public on a variety of technology devices, tools and software.
  • Provides circulation and account support as needed to patrons to ensure exceptional customer service.
  • Works with a diverse community and staff, valuing inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism and applying those values to library programs and services.
  • Coordinates, implements, and/or oversees library projects or services as assigned.
  • Works collaboratively with a variety of staff teams on short and long term efforts.
  • Acts as the “Person in Charge” as needed.  Oversees security as “Person in Charge” to ensure safety of library patrons and other staff members.
  • May act as a lead and assigns work to lower level staff and may schedule, train, and coordinate work of staff and volunteers.
  • Catalogs and classifies, orders, receives, and invoices library materials, and assists in database maintenance when assigned to the Technical Services Division.
  • Troubleshoots and maintains computer hardware and software.
  • Produces subject bibliographies, recommended booklists.
  • Participates in data-driven collection maintenance activities, including selection, deselection, floating, and merchandising.
  • Maintains currency of professional knowledge by attending professional meetings and staff conferences.  Reads professional publications to remain informed on new publications, trends in publishing, IT, and public library practices.
  • Participates in staff meetings and system-wide planning sessions.
  • Maintains records and statistics, and prepares reports.
  • Drives on City business as necessary.
  • Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe efficient manner.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

Job Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Child development.
  • Children’s literature.
  • Modern library methods, techniques and terminology.
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity and antiracism principles and other core cultural competencies.
  • Principles, trends and practices of professional library work.
  • Standard literature, reference materials, library tools, guides and indexes.Automated library systems.
  • Basic knowledge of cataloging and filing rules and relevant print and online resources.

Skill in:

  • Effective customer service.
  • Effective public relations.

Ability to:

  • Apply professional knowledge to the practical problems of the job.
  • Be an effective team member.
  • Be flexible in all work related situations.
  • Communicate with and relate to a diverse clientele.
  • Develop necessary skills to successfully accomplish the job.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain smooth working relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Foster a teamwork environment.
  • Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to those utilizing the services of the Library, Arts and Culture Department.
  • Read, write and comprehend directions in English.
  • Work in a team environment.
  • Work independently under general supervision.

Willingness to:

  • Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Work overtime as requested.
  • Pursue further training.
  • Work a flexible schedule.
  • Work in both Central Library and/or branch library environments.
  • Represent the Library at City and community events as requested.

Experience & Education

  • Master’s of Library Science degree from an accredited college or university.  Current students who lack eight semester units or twelve quarter units of the educational requirement for a Master’s degree may also apply.  Successful candidates must meet the full educational requirement within six months of employment.
  • Master’s of Library Science Degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university is highly desirable
  • One year of progressively responsible experience in a library setting or a related field. Experience in a public library setting is preferred.
  • Experience in children’s services within a library or educational setting is highly desirable.
  • Bilingual skills in Armenian, Spanish and/or Korean are highly desirable.

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