City of Garland, TX

  • Children's Librarian

    Location US-TX-Garland
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/9/2018 9:46 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Job Family
    Library Operations
    USD $43,992.00/Yr.
    USD $56,160.00/Yr.
    Target Hiring Range
    $21.15 to $24.08
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Code Category
    Library/Inf. Science
  • Position Summary

    Responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing library services and programs for children and teens ages 1-17 years of age and related programs for parents, caregivers and teachers at the Central Library or at a branch library. Also, responsible for analyzing the public’s library needs, selecting library material, advising the public in their use of library materials, assisting library users with library technologies, and online resources and technologies, and handling reference and information search requests. May require functional supervision of lower level library personnel. Supervision, advice, and support are received from a Manager through discussion of plans, problems, and available resources, and performance is evaluated on results obtained.


    Essential Job Functions

    1. Guide and assist patrons in locating answers to their questions using a variety of available resources; perform reference interviews and readers’ advisory services.
    2. Provide expertise in children’s literature to children, parents, and teachers or anyone else who needs help in selecting quality, age-appropriate children’s materials.
    3. Maintain and apply a working knowledge of children’s behavior, intellectual level, and interest level; have the ability to apply them to the general principles of children’s library service.
    4. Instruct and advise patrons in using the on-line catalog system, understanding classification systems and reference material procedures, finding materials, and evaluating Internet and other available resources.
    5. Interpret and apply policies. Resolve patron problems and modify library services consistent with established library policy.
    6. Conduct instructional classes on technology, the Internet, and the library’s online resources.
    7. Plan, organize, and present children’s programs including, but not limited to, storytelling, summer reading programs, book readings, book discussions, film showings, crafts, and puppet shows in an effort to create lifelong readers.
    8. Plan, prepare, and promote Library services and events to schools, daycares, Parent-Teacher associations and other community organizations; present tours and other special programs as needed.
    9. Participate in day-to-day library operations including, but not limited to, opening and closing routines and banking/cash handling procedures.
    10. Participate as needed in the evaluation, selection, acquisition, retention, discarding, or special handling of library materials.
    11. Supervise library operations during meal breaks or evening and weekend hours in the absence of a Senior Librarian, Supervising Librarian, or Manager.

    Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

    Education/ Experience:     

    • 1-3 years’ experience working in a Library setting with specialization in children’s or teen’s programming and literature
    • Additional coursework in child development
    • Previous experience in public performance in storytelling, drama, puppetry and related activities
    • Training or experience in working with mainstream social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram)
    • The ability to speak and read Spanish or Vietnamese is preferred, but not a requirement


    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Knowledge of current principles and practices in public libraries, including public library operation, reference services, readers’ advisory, library materials selection, and library technology
    • Knowledge of Children’s services program development and implementation
    • Knowledge of literature written for children and youth
    • Knowledge of online resources commonly provided to patrons by public libraries
    • Skill operating office equipment, computer equipment, and software programs, especially Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, Access)
    • Skill using current technology, including mobile devices and social media, and creating content using social media tools (e.g. Instagram, YouTube, etc.)
    • Ability to work cooperatively and congenially with others, including other City employees and the public
    • Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar
    • Ability to produce news releases, newsletters, and other publicity for an organization
    • Ability to develop and present programs to library users
    • Ability to translate child and adolescent development and related issues into appropriate library services

    Licenses & Certifications

     Valid Class C Texas driver's license

    Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

    The incumbent works in a typical library environment but some physical labor, exposure to dust and travel between library facilities, may occur. Work assignment may be at any of the four library facilities and may vary, depending on departmental needs; reliable transportation will be needed. Physical tasks may include lifting, squatting, bending, stooping, walking, and carrying supplies, as needed, to accomplish the tasks of the activity on a daily basis. Must be able to reach materials at 90” height shelving or shelving at floor level, lift/carry up to 50 pounds infrequently, and push/pull a 200 pound wheeled book cart. Must also be able to use keyboard and peripherals, and operate a telephone. Primary environment will be in a climate controlled, indoor atmosphere. The employee may interact with upset members of the public while interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


    Customer Focus
    Negotiation Skills
    Results Focus
    Self Development

    Minimum Education & Work Experience

     Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university
     Up to 1 year related experience


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