Date Posted: August 3, 2017
Deadline: Position open until filled. Preference given to applications received by August 23.
Location: Kendall Young Library in Webster City, Iowa (www.kylib.org)
Starting Wage: $34,000-$38,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Benefits: Vacation and sick leave (15 vacation days, 2 personal days, 7 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year), IPERS (Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System) and contribution towards health insurance.
Hours: 40 hours per week (includes one night per week and rotating Saturdays).
Seeking an enthusiastic, creative, tech-savvy, service-oriented Teen Librarian to join the staff at Kendall Young Library. You will plan and coordinate teen programming (grades 6-12) and be responsible for teen collection development. Additionally, this position provides reference services for adults and teens; helps patrons use our digital and physical resources; and handles publicity for the library. Kendall Young Library is a forward-thinking, rural library rooted in a rich history in Webster City, Iowa. As a smaller library (town population around 8,000), our staff have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and tasks.
Plan and staff teen programs, including the after-school Teen Lounge program.
Coordinate the Teen Summer and Winter Reading Programs.
Develop and maintain the Teen collection based on reviews, evaluation of current collection, and patron requests.
Actively work at outreach to the area middle and high schools as well as other teen serving organizations.
Advocate for the importance of teen library services in the community.
Work the Reference Desk 20-25 hours per week providing reference and readers’ advisory service to adults and teens.
Assist patrons with computers and printers.
Instruct patrons in use of library resources, particularly accessing online resources with digital devices.
Assist patrons with genealogy searches and use of the library’s local history collection and digital newspaper archive.
Promote library services through tours, demonstrations, talks, and displays.
Maintain confidentiality in all patron and staff interactions.
Serve as the “person in charge” in the absence of a Supervisor.
Perform copy cataloging of various formats.
Collaborate with the Reference team and a library staff of 18 (10 FTE).
Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube) for the library to engage the community and promote the library and its services.
Create publicity materials for the library, including flyers, email newsletters, press releases, and newspaper columns.
Manage and update content on the website.
Perform other related duties as assigned
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) preferred.
New graduates and currently enrolled master’s students encouraged to apply.
Experience working with the public required.
Prior experience working with teens highly preferred.
Previous library, bookstore or teaching experience preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of current developments, trends, practices and philosophy in library services, especially teen services.
Basic understanding of adolescent development and issues facing teens and tweens.
Knowledge of teen literature and programming.
Excellent written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.
Presentation or training experience.
Experience with library computer technology.
High level of computer skills. Experience with MS Office Professional (particularly Publisher), Facebook, Instagram and Twitter required.
Flexibility and excellent customer service attitude.
Spanish language ability is a plus.
How to apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, essay (see below) and 3 references to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, Interim Library Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
This position requires an essay. Please write and submit an essay (no more than 500 words) describing the attributes of an exemplary Teen Librarian.