Job Opportunities

Children's Librarian

 

Please email cover letter, resume and the City of DeWitt application to: Janette McMahon, Director, jmcmahon@dewittlib.org.

 

 

City of DeWitt Employment app.pdf

 

 

Job Description

City of DeWitt

DeWitt Community Library

 

TITLE: CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN

DEPARTMENT: LIBRARY

FLSA: NON-EXEMPT

JOB SUMMARY: Under immediate supervision of the Director.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma. Minimum of 2- year college course in Early Childhood, children’s literature, or related field, or two - five years practical experience in related field preferred. Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood, education, or related field preferred. 

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS

·        Enjoys and works well with people of all ages.

·        Experience working with the public.

·        Must have experience working with preschoolers, elementary students, and young adults.

·        Willing to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers

·        Must be able to carry out the policies and procedures established by the Board of Trustees.

·        Must have basic knowledge of library methods, practices and procedures with children’s books, literature, and music.

·        Must have a sense of community to understand and anticipate patron’s needs.

·        Position requires knowledge of computer applications and interactive multimedia/audiovisual services, word processing, Internet searching; filing, alphabetizing, basic bookkeeping; and operation of library and office equipment.

·        Demonstrates creativity through a variety of programs and storytelling techniques.

·        Strong interest in reading, especially children’s and young adult literature.

·        Skills in planning and presenting programs for preschoolers and elementary students.

 

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES/WORKING CONDITIONS

 

Inside office work is performed under controlled conditions, but with occasional humidity and noise. Requires ability to converse, using verbal and listening skills with customers and staff.  Ability to deal with difficult people. Requires clarity of vision 20” of less, and 20’ or more as well as eye/hand coordination, manual/finger dexterity and motor coordination. Requires clerical, numerical, and verbal perception skills. Minimal physical strength requirements involve moving, lifting, pushing, carrying, and pulling of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  Locating, obtaining, and replacing materials from shelves in the stacks on all levels, walking and standing for extended time periods (two to four hours).

 

 

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES

 

·        Regularly plans and implements weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly events for library users aged 0-11 years old.

·        Helps select books and audiovisual material for children’s and juvenile departments.

·        Is responsible for displays in the children’s area.

·        Direct responsibility for planning, conducting, and developing children’s story time, Children’s Book Week.  Works with Director to jointly plan National Library Week, Summer Reading Program and other activities or programs for youth 11 years and younger.

·        Jointly plans and coordinates large-scale, all-ages/family events with Director and Adult Services Librarian

·        Participates in the overall planning of library activities and goals set by Library Board of Trustees

·        Attends staff meeting, workshops, and other professional meetings.

·        Displays friendly, tactful, and courteous attitude to members of the public, fellow staff members, and volunteers.

·        Reflects positive image in the community.

·        Responsible for maintaining the children’s area.

·        Promotes children’s library programs on social media, local media outlets, community calendars, in-house marketing, and by word-of-mouth

·        Regularly maintain connections with schools and daycare centers through outreach programs and events.

·        Occasionally assists performs regular circulation duties such as checking materials in/out, shelving materials, assist patrons, etc.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS ABILITIES AN PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

Strong computer skills with the ability to learn and adapt quickly.  Ability to effectively express ideas verbally and in writing.  Ability to deal with public tactfully and courteously. Regular attendance/dependable. Must be detail oriented, self- motivated and able to work alone or with a team.  Honest. Ability to follow written and oral directions.

 

DISCLAIMER

 

All duties and requirements in this job description have been determined by the employer to be essential job functions consistent with ADA requirements and are representative of functions that are necessary to successful job performance.  They may not however reflect the only duties performed. Employees in this job class will be expected to perform other job related duties when it can be reasonably implied that such duties do not fundamentally change the basic requirements, purpose or intent of the position.

 

Approved 7/1/2003

Revisions approved by Board of Trustees: 2/6/2007

Reviewed and approved by Board of Trustees: 5/3/2011

Updated and approved by Board of Trustees: 6/4/2013

Updated and approved by Board of Trustees: 8/4/2015

Updated and approved by Board of Trustees: 1/3/2015

Updated and approved by the Board of Trustees: 3/3/2021