If you believe strongly and passionately in the public library’s evolving role, and their ability to transform communities, then you need to read further.
The Kingston Frontenac Public Library is looking for a Librarian, Programming and Outreach, who is dynamic and community-focused, a leader whose enthusiasm for creating connections will inspire colleagues and the community.
If you are focused and energetic, willing to take risks with innovative programs and partnerships, and have a “How can I make this happen?” approach – this is the role for you. Your knowledge of library and technology trends, coupled with excellent event management skills and superior instincts, will enable you to ensure that KFPL remains a vital community resource.
The Community: Kingston, with its unique heritage and personality, is the major population centre of eastern Ontario. Located on Lake Ontario, it is a 2-hour drive from Ottawa and a 2.5-hour drive from Toronto and Montreal. It is home to Queen's University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College. Culture and the arts abound, along with fabulous shopping, dining and outdoor recreational experiences.
The Librarian, Programming and Outreach, will be part of the team delivering programs and outreach services to the public and will act as Librarian in Charge of the library system in the absence of a Manager. In addition, the Librarian, Programming and Outreach, will:
• Provide information, programs and services to the community and be responsible for an area of service.
• Participate in the planning, development and implementation of library services including community outreach, collection development, readers’ advisory and reference.
• Participate in decision-making which affects the library’s relations with the community.
• Assign work, supervise and direct the workflow of page and other library staff.
• Develop innovative strategies and partnerships to connect adults with library services and programs, with special emphasis on newcomers, Indigenous peoples and francophone communities.
• Represent KFPL in the implementation of the City of Kingston’s Change the Conversation and Engage for Change projects.
• Develop and facilitate KFPL’s inaugural Indigenous Advisory Council.
• Build partnerships with the National Aboriginal Day Committee, Metis Nation of Ontario, Queen’s University’s Four Directions Centre and other Indigenous communities and agencies.
• Liaise with newcomer and francophone-serving agencies in Kingston Frontenac.
Programs & Outreach
• Develop and deliver programming for adults, working closely with the Programming & Outreach librarian team.
• Develop outreach programs and represent the library at outreach events across Kingston Frontenac.
• Maximize use of social networking tools, blogs and other online resources in programs and to reach the target audience.
Technology and Maker Culture
• Explore opportunities to use technology to connect with target audiences; work with the Systems team to develop technology-based and maker programming, and select new technologies to share with our community.
• Integrate technology into programs and services, including coding, gaming and 3D printing and design.
• Act as a resource person and provide guidance and direction to Programming & Outreach staff who deliver technology-based programs.
Leadership, Vision and Professional Development
• Provide guidance and direction to Programming & Outreach staff who deliver programs for adults and to diverse communities, and to youth and new adult volunteers involved in these programs;
• Develop and maintain relevant local community, library and industry contacts; provide expertise and act as a resource person for programs, collections and services to adults and diverse communities, and other issues affecting libraries.
• Provide leadership for system initiatives; participate on committees; participate in staff training and present at professional meetings and conferences.
• Read a wide range of reviewing journals, publisher and vendor catalogues and other print and online resources.
• Maintain professional knowledge and awareness of best practices for library services.
• Review services and operations; recommend changes; plan and implement projects.
• Create and maintain collection-related content for the library’s website; evaluate and develop self-help tools in areas such as services for readers.
• Actively promote all aspects of the collection in cooperation with branch supervisors, the Collections Librarian and other programmers.
Collection Development and Budget Management
• Maintain French, multilingual and Indigenous language collections in all formats for all locations in a multi-branch environment, as well as other areas of the collection as assigned; ensure that Library collections have depth and balance; reflect new and emerging trends meeting the diverse needs of the community.
• Select materials within established budget; monitor approved budgets to ensure selection activity and budget is on target; recommend budgets for special projects; participate in annual budget review.
• Work in tandem with the Collections Librarian to maintain collections, monitor relevant automatic and continuous order plans, monitor trends in publishing, and resolve collection challenges or collection problems; receive, evaluate, and respond to purchase suggestions from the public and library staff.
• Coordinate and approve expenditures related to adult programming from an assigned budget; contract performers and presenters for events throughout the year; select collection materials within established budget; monitor approved collection budgets to ensure selection activity and budget is on target; recommend budgets for special projects; participate in annual budget review.
• Masters of Library or Information Science degree from an ALA accredited library school.
• Minimum of two years of experience working directly with Indigenous communities, new immigrants and refugees, and / or francophone communities; demonstrated knowledge of best practices in public libraries.
• Demonstrated experience planning complex event series (eg: multiple events and venues, budget. management, detail oriented) including experience planning and delivering programs in a public library setting.
• Demonstrated experience selecting and maintaining collections including experience selecting materials for multilingual, French or Indigenous collections.
• Demonstrated expertise with a wide range of social networking tools and technology, and best practices for their use by libraries.
• Fluency in French or another key language (Arabic, Spanish, Chinese) would be an asset.
• Excellent public relations skills, tact, resourcefulness, flexibility and the ability to perform in challenging situations and as part of a team, with an emphasis on customer service and technology.
• Demonstrated people management skills.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills and decision making skills.
• Demonstrated conceptual and analytical skills.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Valid Ontario Driver's Licence Class G required for travel to community outreach events and to library locations for collection maintenance. Must be comfortable driving a company vehicle (eg: minivan, van).
Salary - $63,814 - $69,929. A comprehensive benefits package including pension (OMERS) is provided.
Please submit a resume and cover letter before 4:30 PM, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to:
Mary Glenn, Administrative Assistant
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
18 St. Remy Place, Kingston ON K7K 6C4
Pursuant to AODA requirements, accommodations for disabilities are available to job applicants who are invited to participate in an interview and who request individual accommodation during the recruitment process.
The successful candidate, to whom an employment offer has been made, shall be required to provide a current CRC (Criminal Record Check) including a Vulnerable Sector check at his or her own expense as a condition of employment.
Thank you for your interest in the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Visit us at www.kfpl.ca