The position: The Countywide Children’s Librarian coordinates library service to children and teens throughout Butte County. The Librarian also provides direct service to young people, families and schools in the Oroville community. Butte County’s librarian career path can lead to significant leadership potential, including branch management and library administration.
The Ideal Candidate: Is someone who is a professional, broad focused, lifelong learner who has a passion for working with youth in a culturally diverse rural community. Working as a collaborative partnership with the community, staff, and stakeholders, this person will need to embrace the importance of outreach, leadership, and community engagement. This requires an outward focused problem solving perspective that is open and responsive. A working knowledge and interest in keeping up with changes in information technology is essential. Providing one on one assistance to library patrons in order to create a positive impact in our community, with responsive quality service through the development new programs to serve the youth of our community..
The library: Butte County Library is a large rural library system with six branch locations, adult literacy services, and digital literacy outreach. The Library is known for its innovative, hard-working staff, which includes library leaders, program pioneers and numerous grant winners. Both para-professionals and professionals play an important role in successful programs for all ages. Butte County Library staff serve on many statewide library committees and advisory councils.
The Community: Scenic Butte County features both urban and rural areas, agricultural land, a flourishing arts scene, CSU Chico and Butte College, vast outdoor recreation opportunities and some of the best food (and drink!) in the state. It’s a great place to live, play and work. The job is based in Oroville, just an hour north of Sacramento. Major languages spoken in the county are English, Spanish and Hmong.
Summary: Under close supervision and direction, performs routine professional library functions and activities in the Butte County Library system; assists public with availability of resources and services; provides instruction on the use of equipment and materials; promotes services to community; develops, coordinates, and implements a service area (such as youth services), may provide direction and training for other library staff; and do related work as required.
Distinguishing Characteristics: This is an entry level professional position that reports to a supervisor or the Assistant Director.
Essential Job Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks. • Performs professional library services, to include assisting patrons with selection and use of library materials, assistance with research techniques, and providing reference and reader’s advisory services. • Instructs patrons on the use of catalog system, databases, and e-media, and demonstrates procedures to identify and locate print, audio, visual, and e-resources. • Develops, coordinates and implements a unit providing professional library services to a particular branch or a system-wide library service, such as outreach, adult, or youth services. • May provide direction to staff and volunteers working in the area of program responsibility; may train staff in work procedures. In the absence of a branch librarian may oversee branch operations. • Mediates complex customer service concerns and resolves difficult patron problems referred by paraprofessional staff. • Develops and presents programs for various age groups; such as story hours and class visits on or off site. • Participates in collection development activities; reviews, evaluates, and selects materials for addition or deletion form the library collection, which may include selection and maintenance of electronic resources on the library web site. • Conducts public relations functions; represents the Library in a variety of community outreach activities and public awareness programs; speaks to groups and individuals regarding departmental activities and services. Prepares press releases, book reviews, and web based communications. Attends community events. • Participates in professional development activities including attending workshops, continuing education programs and regional or state library association activities. • Participates in implementing library goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for assigned area of responsibility, function or branch; may suggest changes to County Library policies. • Assists with grant opportunities and prepares grant applications for submittal; assists in implementing grants and special programs. • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge and Skills: • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and philosophy of public library service. • Knowledge of the county’s and the department’s policies and procedures. • Knowledge of research methodology, statistics, and outcome measurement. • Knowledge of the principles and practices of file and records management. • Skill in interacting and providing customer service to patrons of diverse backgrounds. • Skill in clear, effective verbal and written communication. • Skill in operating a personal computer and software applications, including integrated library system software, databases, electronic media, and other library applications. • Skill in referencing materials and information. • Skill in working independently and as a team member. • Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands. • Skill in assessing, analyzing, identifying and recommending solutions to problems. • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, volunteers, Friends of the Library, other County employees, and the public. • Skill in representing the library to the community. • Skill in troubleshooting computer hardware and software. • Ability to work flexible and changing schedules including evenings and weekends.
Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses: • A Master’s degree from an ALA accredited graduate school or program in Library Science • A State of California driver’s license may be required. • Upcoming graduates may supply a letter from their attending university stating impending graduation date of their degree program and verification of credits needed for graduation, which would allow placement on the list of eligible candidates. Actual hiring of the position will not occur until after the graduation date.
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements: • Work is performed in an office environment. • May be required to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
Equipment and Tools Utilized: • Standard Equipment includes motor vehicle, personal computer and standard office equipment. • Specialized equipment utilized includes; integrated library system software, RFID software and hardware, electronic library resources and e-media, and other emerging technologies.
Salary: $39,998 to $53,610 Annually
To apply, please go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/buttecountyca/jobs/1681009/librarian?pagetype=jobOpportunitie sJobs and click on Apply.