700 Boylston Street
Closing Date: This vacancy announcement is for continuing recruitment.
Position Title: Childrens Librarian II
Location: Branch Libraries
Salary range: $37,802 - $51,037, DOQ.
Basic Function: Under supervision and within the framework of the Librarys policies and practices, to assume responsibility for the effective execution of the Librarys programs of service to a diverse population characteristic to an urban setting with emphasis on children and to perform professional work requiring application of substantial professional knowledge and experience.
Reports to: Ranking staff member.
Supervises: As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Initiates, develops, plans and implements the Librarys programs of service to children through personal consultations, reference and readers advisory services, outreach and programs.
Develops interactive relationships within a defined neighborhood and implements activities to stimulate use of the Librarys resources by the community, especially through schools and other agencies which serve children and their families.
Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children such as story hours, book talks, craft programs, puppetry, book discussion groups, and summer reading programs.
Performs readers advisory services and difficult or involved reference work for the general public.
Provides instruction to increase patrons skills in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
Manages program funds assigned to childrens services.
Responsible for the development of the childrens book collection and manages the appropriate materials budget.
Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
Recommends and/or plans changes in service or new services for children.
Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on childrens activities within the branch library.
Assists in training professional and non-professional staff.
May be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian or other ranking staff member.
Actively participates in system-wide committees, training and other professional activities.
May be called upon to represent the Library on city-wide and state-wide committees.
Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.
A bachelors degree from a recognized college or university. A masters degree in library science from an accredited library school. Courses in childrens literature and childrens work taken for credit from an accredited library school. Storytelling courses and/or experience desirable. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.
Two years of pertinent professional library experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work.
Broad knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures; extensive knowledge of childrens literature including bibliographic tools and sources pertaining to childrens literature and work; demonstrated knowledge of the techniques of programming for children; demonstrated interest in children and in library work with children; demonstrated ability and willingness to develop strong, interactive community relationships; demonstrated ability and willingness to assume responsibility and to carry out assignments independently; proven oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to search the Internet and other electronic databases; demonstrated ability to work well with staff and public; initiative, dependability, good judgment, tact and courtesy.
Must be a Resident of the City of Boston upon first day of hire.
Benefits: The Boston Public Library offers a generous benefits package including up to six weeks of vacation, fifteen sick days, personal time, group health which is 90% employer paid, 100% employer paid dental/vision plan, guaranteed pension plan, deferred compensation opportunities, and professional development.
Please send Resume, References and Cover Letter (indicating where you found this vacancy) to:
Boston Public Library
Attention: Human Resources
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02117
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(617) 266 - 4673
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