Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager, Pueblo City-County Library

By IS Lab April 26, 2021

Pueblo City-County Library

Pueblo City-County Library District has openings for two Branch Librarian/Assistant Managers – one for our Lucero library location and another opening for our Giodone library location!  The Branch Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager provides professional expertise, based on knowledge of library principles, to develop and facilitate programs that link outside organizations and resources to the Library that best meet the needs of the community.  The impetus behind the Branch Librarian’s activities is to promote program attendance, increase visits to the library and promote circulation of the Library’s materials and e-services.

The Branch Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager reports to the Branch Manager. This position works as second in charge to manage daily operations at the Branch Library.  The position also works closely with outside organizations and contractors to deliver programs and build partnerships. The position provides excellent customer service demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, ability level or background.

Job Responsibilities

  • Promotes facilitated customer service by proactively approaching customers to offer assistance.  Assists customers with finding library materials and provides information to broaden their awareness of library resources and services.
  • For youth focus, the Librarian will present story times, conduct outreach programs to schools, and coordinate library reading programs and other programs for children; and provide outreach services to schools and daycares.
  • For adult focus, the Librarian will partner with outside organizations and businesses to meet the needs of the community; provide outreach services to senior living facilities and community service centers.
  • Builds community partnerships and arranges programs for the public which promote the use of library materials and services.
  • Provides Reader’s Advisory assistance including book displays, reading lists, and other bibliographies to promote the collection.
  • Assists the Branch Manager with the daily operations of the branch library to include safety and security.
  • Assists the Branch Manager with staffing coverage and scheduling for the branch.
  • Serves as the Person-In-Charge and acting Supervisor in the manager’s absence; to include: opening and/or closing duties, filling shifts as needed to ensure coverage of service desks and adjusting the schedule as required; performing cash reconciliations for coin-enabled equipment working with the finance department to maintain efficient and secure cash management activities; and attending leadership meetings on behalf of the branch in the absence of the Branch Manager. May also approve time-off requests and employee time cards as directed by the manager.
  • Explains library regulations and procedures, and resolves basic patron issues.
  • Works with Community Relations to promote programs and services.
  • Provides public instruction in the use of library e-resources, computers, digital devices and other new resources and equipment available to customers.
  • Provides research assistance to customers using all resources available in the Library as well as accessing outside resources.
  • Stays current on library use trends and suggests titles for purchase.
  • Assists at the self-service station with fines, check-ins and check-outs.
  • Prepares reports regarding programs as requested by the Branch Manager.
  • Supports team efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and staff by maintaining awareness of surroundings and working in accordance with safety policies and procedures.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled department meetings.  Attends All Staff Development Days and other training sessions to acquire new skills and to stay current on all information that is pertinent to PCCLD.
  • Reads daily organizational communications from intranet, e-mail, newsletters and print announcements.  Stays current on all library services, programs and events throughout the district. Regularly accesses electronic time keeping, payroll and personnel employee access systems.
  • Works directly to serve customer library needs with customers who have mental health, addiction, homelessness, human welfare and exclusion issues to include troubled youth.
  • Serves as the Person in Charge (PIC) at other library locations occasionally; duties include oversight of safety, building security and of the security guard on duty.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.  One year of library experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of books and collection development as well as excellent planning and program presentation skills for children and adults; particularly, expertise in developing and presenting creative children’s story times.
  • A passion for working with children with a desire to promote children’s library experiences through dynamic and innovative programming.
  • Ability to conduct complex reference interviews, to analyze requests and to apply research skills to locate specialized information or provide customers with alternative sources.
  • Demonstrates courtesy and interest in providing high quality service to customers and displays a positive image.
  • Participates willingly as a team member: builds and maintains positive working relationships and contributes to a productive working environment.
  • Ability to function under flexible and changing conditions.
  • Thorough knowledge of print and electronic reference tools and research techniques.
  • Ability to use Internet and electronic databases.
  • Ability to understand, accurately use, and teach the use of a variety of software programs, including various databases and the library’s computer system.
  • Public speaking skills: comfortable speaking to a variety of audiences and age levels. Possesses leadership and supervisory skills and an ability to oversee branch operations.
  • Requires the ability to work effectively with the underserved population to include mental illness, addiction, homelessness, troubled youth, human welfare and exclusion issues.
  • Conversational Spanish language skills are considered a plus in this position.
  • Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and push /pull a fully loaded book cart weighing up to 200 pounds.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends.  Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.

Pueblo City-County Library district offers full time employees health insurance including medical insurance with a  tele-health service, and dental and vision insurance. The Library District offers HSA and FSA plans, 401(k) retirement plan, PERA retirement plan, and employer paid life insurance. Full-time employees also receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.

To apply for this job please visit joblist.ala.org.