MPL Children’s Librarian Job Position Opening
Deadline: July 31st, 2021
Position: Children’s Librarian
Reports To: Library Director
Directly Supervises: Volunteers specifically assigned to Children’s area
Position Summary: The Children’s Librarian is responsible for effectively planning, implementing and managing the children’s programming and material selection and maintenance for the library
- Introduces literature and early literacy skill development through regular story time programs for babies, toddlers and preschool-age children and designs and prepares crafts to complement preschool story times
- Plans and organizes special events for children and families, including researching possible programs, contacting performers/experts, and overseeing scheduling and contracts (when necessary)
- Plans and presents class visits, tours, and other specialized programs for preschool and school-age youth
- Engages in outreach to and develops partnerships with schools, daycares, preschools, homeschool groups and other community organizations and agencies that serve children and their caregivers
- Evaluates and selects print, audio, and video items for purchase or replacement
- Reevaluates and deselects materials which need to be cancelled, repaired, replaced, or removed from the collection
- Monitors shelves in children’s area, straightening and filling displays and shelving as needed
- Maintains children’s circulation desk, providing copies of story time schedules, special events, recommended reading lists, etc.
- Attends workshops and meetings pertaining to the Children’s department, when possible
- Submits required reports and budget requests. May serve on library committees.
- Attends applicable department meetings. Assists with system-wide programs, activities, and initiatives
- Fulfills all duties at circulation desk as scheduled, including opening and closing library
- Other duties as assigned
- Education: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program
- Two years of library experience
- Current Indiana Public Library certification, or the ability to attain one within two years
- Experience with young children in learning environments
- Comfort with computers, standard office equipment and basic knowledge of MS Office, email, Internet, presentation platforms, and vendor-provided services
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work cooperatively and have positive working relationship with patrons, co-workers and volunteers
- Ability to prioritize job responsibilities and work independently
- A heart for families while seeing the value of professionalism in services and communications
Physical Requirements: Ability to lift at least 30 pounds, reach high shelves, stoop, bend and remain standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time
Work Environment: Ability to work without supervision in a fast-paced multitasking environment, interact with public in cordial fashion, be receptive to change, and attentive to details
Hours: Salaried, exempt, full time (37.5+ hours). Must be available to work evenings and occasional Saturdays.
Benefits: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Vision, Vacation, Sick Time, Paid Holidays, and Retirement Plan. Salary: $40,000+
Extra Special Benefits: Hosting bedtime story time in your PJs; perfecting your drawing skills with crayons; singing and dancing with others; sharing your love of children’s literature and not feeling the least bit judged; creating excellent art pieces with your mad glue stick skills; being recognized as THE go-to person for all things child-related; smiling and laughing with little people while realizing you’re making an impact on others; providing a welcoming, fun, and safe environment for kids, parents, and caregivers; making new friends with fellow Pete the Cat fans; infusing energy and positivity to your department and library; and, solving book searches based on one or two descriptions of a book.