Librarian I – Youth Services, Oakland Public Library

By IS Lab February 9, 2021

Oakland Public Library

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill three Librarian I (Selective Certification – Youth Services) vacancies within the Oakland Public Library.  The Librarian I position performs a variety of routine professional duties in the operation of City of Oakland library services, including general reference, readers advisory, materials selection and programming.  The current vacancies will require specialized experience in Youth Services. The positions are responsible for providing youth services; conducting library and research orientations; and providing outreach to neighborhood schools and youth groups.

The ideal candidate will value children and teens, and understand the public library’s unique role in supporting them. They will leverage their experience in working with diverse youth and families in an urban setting; have excellent problem-solving, multi-tasking and organizational skills; and will provide excellent customer service and establish cooperative working relationships with staff, library patrons and the community. This classification in the librarian series is responsible for basic and routine librarian duties including reference, technical and public services.

Job Duties

For General Librarian I Positions:

  • Conduct reference interview with patrons to determine inquiry needs; provide reference and reading guidance to youth and adults, including locating, selecting and using materials; address special research needs.
  • Direct and train subordinate staff including volunteers.
  • Manage materials budget.
  • Read and evaluate professional reviews of books, magazines, video/film, music, or other materials for additions to library collections.
  • Identify, select and order appropriate reference materials, other books and resources for adults and youth.
  • Analyze circulation, book loss or trends; withdraw worn, dated and/or damaged materials from the collection.
  • Assist the Librarian-in-charge of a special library service such as Cataloging, Branch Services Department, Youth Room, Teen Zone, or Outreach Development.
  • Utilize and contribute to the maintenance of on-line bibliographic data base.
  • Train, direct and provide on-the-job training to subordinate staff.
  • Present teen, adult or children’s programs on specific subjects.
  • Read aloud and tell stories.
  • Represent library at community events.
  • Monitor facility needs.
  • Explain library policies and procedures to public and agencies.
  • Assist in the preparation of report statistics.
  • Prepare oral and written reports.
  • Draft and prepare library publicity.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

For Selectively Certified Positions in Youth Services:

  • Develop programs and activities to engage children ages 0-18 and their caregivers.
  • Manage a collection of books and other materials for children 0-18 years.
  • Conduct library and research orientation to visiting K-12 classes.
  • Provide outreach to neighborhood schools and groups that serve youth.
  • Provide reader’s advisory for youth.
  • Provide high interest programming to a specific group (i.e. conduct story time for children ages 0-5 or teens).

Job Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate program. Job training and/or special courses in library needs of the community, specialized areas of library services or technical areas are desirable.
  • One year of full-time work experience in children’s or teen services in a library, classroom, day/summer camp, daycare, preschool, or similar work environment may be substituted for the two (2) MLIS courses.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License will be required if assigned to drive the Bookmobile.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language or special skills as a children’s librarian may be required.
For General Librarian I Positions:
  • Standard reference sources, including general references, trade and national bibliographic references, catalogs and indexes.
  • Library organization; principles of program planning.
  • Public contact skills.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Principles of library materials selection, classification and cataloging; automated library functions and filing systems.
  • Analyze program and books needs of the public; recommend books, other materials and program content; assist readers with research and reader’s advisory questions.
  • Prepare library materials, programs and exhibits and displays.
  • Prepare written and oral reports.
  • Classify and catalog routine materials.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Assist in assigning, delegating and coordinating work.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • Lift up to thirty pounds in certain assignments.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

For Selectively Certified Positions in Youth Services:

  • Knowledge of public contact skills and community outreach techniques for youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children ages 0-18.
  • Ability to manage a collection of books and other materials for children and/or teens.
  • Ability to develop programs and activities to engage children ages 0-18 and their caregivers.

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