Children's Librarian

Full-Time

Willard Library is seeking a Children's Librarian. This 40 hour per week full-time position is open until filled. The successful candidate for this position will be part of a team which maintains and preserves the oldest library Building in the State of Indiana, Willard Library.

JOB TITLE:  Children’s Librarian

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:  Willard Library is a public library famous for personal service and treasured special collections.  The library opened its doors in 1885 and is the oldest library building in the state of Indiana.  Located at the corner of Lloyd Expressway and First Avenue, you cannot miss our gracious Gothic-style building in the middle of a 3.5-acre park.  The library has a Children’s Services department, Adult Services department, an Archives department and a Genealogy and Local History department.  

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a 40 hour per week full-time position.  The Children’s Librarian administers day-to-day operations of the Children’s Services Department, under the supervision and policy guidance of the Director.

The administrative and management duties of the Children’s Librarian include Library Department Management, Collection Development, Patron Service, Circulation, Programming and Public Relations.  Relating to the Children’s Services Department, the Children’s Librarian develops and recommends policies and procedures for the department; manages all services provided by the department, including circulation and reference services, information delivery, interlibrary loan, and material shelving; hires, supervises, schedules, and evaluates department personnel; assists in the formulation of the annual material department budget; orders all department materials and office supplies within fiscal parameters; compiles monthly and annual reports; cooperates with other department supervisors to provide efficient library service; and serves as managing supervisor for the Library as needed by the Director.  The Children’s Librarian also participates in professional library groups such as the American Library Association and the Indiana Library Federation; attends workshops and conferences; reads selected professional periodicals as a means toward personal professional growth and toward increasing awareness of Willard Library; and performs other duties as required and other tasks as necessary.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Master of Library Science with American Library Association Accreditation.

CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE:  Rapport with Area Schools and Day Care Centers, Creativity, Knowledge of Children's Literature, Excellent Communications including Public Speaking and Performance, Ability to Relate to Children and their Teachers and Parents, Strong Written Communication Skills, Library and Personnel Management, Computer Skills (PC Windows- based Software in Local Area Network Environment), and a Strong Public Service Attitude.


BENEFITS:  Our compensation rate for 2021 is $45,856.03 annually.  We offer health, dental, and vision insurance benefits and generous vacation and sick time benefits.

HOW TO CONTACT: Please click on About Us on the Home Page menu at www.willard.lib.in.us and then click on Employment.  There you will find a complete Job Description and also a link to our Employment Application.  Please send the completed application, a resume, and three professional references to the following address:

[email protected]

or mail to:

Willard Library
Attn: Kimberly Higgins
21 N. First Ave. 
Evansville, IN 47710

 

WILLARD LIBRARY JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE:  CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN

REPORTS TO: DIRECTOR

JOB LOCATION: CHILDREN'S ROOM/ BASEMENT

JOB FUNCTION:  Administers day to day operations of the Children's Services Department, under the supervision and policy guidance of the Director.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  100% Administrative/ Management

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Master of Library Science with American Library Association Accreditation

JOB DUTIES:

I.   Library Department Management

  1. Develops and recommends policies and procedures for the efficient and effective management of all functions of the Children’s Services Department.
  1. Manages all services provided by the Children’s Services Department; including circulation and reference services, information delivery, interlibrary loan, and material shelving.
  1. Hires, supervises, schedules, and evaluates all Children’s Services Department personnel and recommends their dismissal, if necessary, for the good of the library.
  1. Assists in the formulation of the annual material budget for the Children’s Services Department.
  1. Orders all materials and office supplies for the Children’s Services Department within fiscal parameters, and approves expenditures from the appropriate accounts.
  1. Compiles monthly and annual reports of the Children’s Services Department.
  1. Cooperates with other Department Supervisors to provide efficient library service.
  1. Serves as Managing Supervisor for the Library as needed by the Director.
  1. Participates in such professional library groups as the American Library Association and the Indiana Library Federation; attends workshops and conferences; reads selected professional periodicals as a means toward personal professional growth and toward increasing awareness of Willard Library's special needs and unique place within the library community.
  1. Performs other duties as required and other tasks as necessary.

 

II. Collection Development

  1. Conducts collection development for all Children’s Services Department collections in accordance with Willard Library's Collection Development Policy.
  1. Selects and acquires appropriate materials for the Children’s Services collections through professional reviewing sources and vendors. De-selects material as necessary.
  1. Conducts processing and basic cataloging of new adult material as needed.
  1. Responds to patron requests, suggestions, and complaints concerning the Children’s Services Collection.

 

III. Patron Service

  1. Offers assistance to patrons.
  1. Provides extensive reference assistance to patrons in person, by telephone, or via email.
  1. Retains accurate statistics of reference transactions.
  1. Assists other staff members with complex reference transactions.
  1. Assists with preparation and completion of interlibrary loan requests and materials.

 

IV. Circulation

  1. Conducts routine circulation tasks; checking-in and out, entering patron registrations, placing holds, updating patron files, updating bibliographic files, processing hold and overdue notifications, and shelving returned material.
  1. Retains accurate statistics of circulation transactions.
  1. Assists other staff members with complex circulation transactions.

 

V.   Programming and Public Relations

  1. Develops and implements library programs pertaining to children and those who care for children.
  1. Promotes such programs to the public through the media, Willard website, inhouse advertising, and direct mail as needed.
  1. Acquires supplies and equipment needed for programs.
  1. Participates in community organizations and projects, particularly when such participation will tend to increase community awareness of Willard Library's existence, programs, and services.
  1. Speaks to civic groups and organizations to enhance Willard Library’s profile in the community.

EQUIPMENT:  Computer and Peripherals, Telephone, DVD Player, Monitor, Fax Machine, Photocopier, Cash Register, and Calculator.

CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE:  Rapport with Area Schools and Day Care Centers, Creativity, Knowledge of Children's Literature, Excellent Communications including Public Speaking and Performance, Ability to Relate to Children and their Teachers and Parents, Strong Written Communication Skills, Library and Personnel Management, Computer Skills (PC Windows- based Software in Local Area Network Environment), and a Strong Public Service Attitude.

CRITICAL SKILLS:

  1. Physical:  Able to lift 10 lbs. above head with arms fully extended; lift and correctly shelve 100% of Children’s materials consistently; able to shelve materials on 0” – 80” high shelving, requiring the ability to bend, squat, reach above head, climb 2’ vertically, and balance on 11” diameter step stool; consistently read 10-point font from 24” away; ability to do any or all of the following as needed for up to 8 hours with no more than two 20 minute resting intervals and one 60 minute resting interval: sitting, standing, walking, using computer keyboard, reading, writing, and speaking.
  1. Mental:  Spoken and written English language comprehension at college level; perform basic algebra including advanced knowledge of Boolean logic and searching; able to arrange Dewey decimal numbers in ascending order and correctly alphabetize; able to consistently follow and deliver at least 5 verbal or written instructions without cues or repetition.
  1. Verbal:  English language delivery at college level.
  1. Written:  English language delivery at college level

NOTE:  This is a 40+ hours/week salaried position.  This may normally include weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and evenings.

 

How to Apply:

Please complete the application (by downloading application below), provide a resume, and three professional references to the following address:

[email protected]

or mail to:

Willard Library
21 N. First Ave.
Evansville, IN 47710

You may also bring your resume and 3 professional references to the front desk on the main floor. If you come in person, please request at the desk a formal application to be completed and attached to your resume or complete and bring the application available by download (below). No phone calls, please.


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