Friday, January 12, 2018

Teen Librarian - Fairfield Public Library

Teen Librarian - Fairfield Public Library. SALARY: $63,694 -$82,361. CLOSING DATE: January 26, 2018.
     DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Nature of Work: Under the direction of Adult Services Librarian, plan, implement and evaluate a Teen Library program for the Fairfield Community. Examples of duties: Major function includes working on the teen desk, or other reference desk as needed-anticipated to be 25 hours per week; offering direct service to teens and pre-teens. Develop and maintain the teen and pre-teen collection and assist with administration of the teen room. Establish a good rapport with teens and pre-teens and encourage use of the library. Direct reference service includes answering requests for information from teens and their parents or guardians, both in person and on the telephone, assisting teens with the use of the library, including operation of computers and other technology. Assist patrons with recreational and summer reading selections and homework inquiries. Based on specific knowledge of the Library’s collection and the needs of the public, make recommendations regarding changes to the collection, with procedures and in services offered. Be aware of the goals of teen services and assist with their formulation and implementation. Collection maintenance and development includes utilizing the prescribed budget to maintain a teen collection through the selection and ordering of new material, supervising the processing, and the weeding of outdated materials. Participates in relevant staff meetings, workshops and training sessions. Direct supervisory responsibilities will include overseeing of pages and part-time teen staff at both main and branch libraries. Programming assistance is given by planning, publicizing, conducting and evaluating teen and pre-teen programs and special events. Programming also includes leading library class visits or group visits, tours of the library, visiting schools to promote library use and working with teens to setup a teen advisory group. Use of library is encouraged through community contacts, the preparation of bibliographies, and various displays within the library. Collaboration with the high schools and middle schools is essential and will include, but not limited to, establishing summer reading lists and other booklists and programming.
    Required knowledge, Skills and abilities: Considerable knowledge of bibliographic tools and materials for teens and pre-teens; library technology such as on-line searching, internet and databases relative to teens. Strong knowledge of teen literature, culture and latest teen trends. Must have a working knowledge of Young Adult library principles and practices. Ability to work with teens and pre-teens diverse teen population and effectively provide customer service to a large number of teens simultaneously. Requires a friendly and outgoing personality with ability to convey a fun and challenging atmosphere and to comprehend a patron’s information needs as well as skill at reader’s advisory for teens. Maintain a website and social media presence; Proficiency using Microsoft Office software.
     Physical Demands and Working Environment: Work requires bending, standing, stooping, lifting and reaching high bookshelves for long periods; may require pushing or pulling filled library carts; regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
     Minimum Qualifications: This position requires an MLS from an American Library Association accredited university along with one (1) year experience working in a library. Familiarity with on-line circulation systems and online searching is required. Possession of valid driver’s license when operating a motor vehicle is necessary to the satisfactory performance of assigned duties.
     All interested candidates should submit a completed application, along with a cover letter and resume by January 26, 2018 to Town of Fairfield, Human Resources Department, Sullivan Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824; (203) 256-3057;