Child & Youth Services Librarian (Contract position) Durham , ON



Schedule: minimum of 24 hours per week

Hourly rate: $21.00

Closing date: November 9th, 2018

Position Summary

The Child & Youth Services Librarian is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the children’s area in all branches. As the Child & Youth Services Librarian knowledge of children’s and youth materials is required; the position provides pleasant and effective circulation service to all library users.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of programs;
  • Researches best practices for youth services in public libraries;
  • Coordinates the Library’s youth activities at outside events and to community organizations (e.g. local events, schools, community centres);
  • Collaborates with other staff in developing community initiatives in support of library goals;
  • Maintains departmental files;
  • Plans, designs and refreshes displays in the Child & Youth area;
  • Creates and distributes promotional materials;
  • Selects, purchases, processes and maintains all child and youth collections in all branches as needed;
  • Delivers excellent customer service, which includes responding in a timely and professional manner to concerns or suggestions;
  • Provides in-depth information and readers’ advisory services to the public in person, by telephone and electronically;
  • Instructs the public and staff in the use of the catalogue and the Library’s other online resources (e.g. website, databases);
  • Instructs the public and staff in the use of new technologies and social media;
  • Maintains elements of the Library’s social media presence;
  • Understands and explains the Library’s rules, regulations, collections and services;
  • Issues library cards to new patrons; input patron information into the library automation system and provide orientation to the library’s services and procedures;
  • Implements, monitors and when necessary recommends changes to policies and procedures related to outreach, promotion and/or programming;
  • Participates in discussions regarding long term planning, procedure recommendations, evaluation and the coordination of services and programs;
  • Handles cash related to overdue fines and other fees;
  • Inspects circulating material for wear and damage;
  • Responsible for maintaining the privacy of personal information and borrowing records of patrons in accordance with privacy legislation;
  • Responds to complaints, identifies problems and consults with appropriate staff for corrective actions and solutions;
  • Relieves at other branches as directed;
  • Complies with policies and procedures of the West Grey Public Library Board;
  • Opens and secures building and performs minor janitorial duties where required;
  • Attends regular staff and training meetings;
  • Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with job responsibilities and corporate objectives;
Skills, Knowledge and Training
  • College diploma in Library Studies, or SOLS excel certificate, or a combination of education and experience related to Child & Youth;
  • Knowledge of planning and delivery of children’s programs;
  • Demonstrated familiarity and/or knowledge of computerized circulation/cataloguing system, the Dewey Decimal system, authors, literature and genres and Library Board policies and procedures;
  • Ability to organize, plan, schedule and conduct programs for the entire year;
  • The ability to work well autonomously and with others in a team setting;
  • Personal attributes: excellent customer service skills; good communication and interpersonal skills; problem-solving; flexibility; creative abilities;
  • Experience with common computer facilities and software, including word-processing; spreadsheets; databases; social media etc.,
  • Adherence to all legislation, policies and procedures applicable to the position (e.g. Health and Safety, Human Rights, library policies and procedures);

For information on how to apply please see here.

Closes: 9 November, 2018

West Grey Public Library
Durham , ON