The Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic Young Readers Librarian for a full-time position.
The Palos Verdes Library District is a nationally recognized, award-winning public library system that operates three libraries and a teen Annex serving the 68,000 residents of the four cities on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. We collaborate with our community to create environments for learning and inspiration, and to share the unique history of the Peninsula. The Palos Verdes Library District’s role as the community's center for discovery, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment for all is supported by a strong emphasis on community engagement and a robust network of community partners.
As an Independent Special District, the District’s $8.8 million budget is funded primarily by a dedicated allocation of local property taxes, and is governed by a publicly elected Board of Library Trustees. We have a creative and engaged staff, a large and dedicated volunteer corps, and our Friends of the Library provide over $400,000 of financial support annually.
Located 15 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, the Palos Verdes Peninsula is known for its excellent schools, stunning coastline, quiet neighborhoods, and its open space and outdoor recreation facilities- all within close proximity to the urban amenities of the greater Los Angeles area.
The Young Readers Librarian provides reference, readers advisory and other assistance to patrons of all ages; creates and conducts story times, programs, and activities to foster early literacy skills and promote lifelong reading and learning for children from birth to age 17. Librarians participate in community outreach activities; provide information literacy instruction individually or in group settings; and develop and maintain the Young Readers collection in assigned areas.
The ideal candidate is someone who has strong understanding of the principles, practices, procedures, techniques, and materials of professional library work, including library reference, collection development, and other professional library services. The ideal Candidate should exhibit a strong service orientation and a demonstrated dedication to quality customer service.
THIS POSTING WILL CLOSE AT 4:00 PM ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2018.
APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE THROUGH OUR APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
- Advises and assists library customers; demonstrates the use of library resources.
- Provides reference and readers advisory services to customers.
- Performs bibliographic searches using both print and non-print sources.
- Responds to suggestions, requests, or concerns from library users or community members.
- Identifies and anticipates changing community needs and changes in technology or library best practices and develops plans, services, and programs to address these changes.
- Develops, implements, and evaluates services and programs for children, including storytime, information literacy lessons, summer reading programs, and craft, science, history or language art activities.
- Performs outreach to schools and community organizations including programming, storytelling, book talking, and information literacy training.
- Informs community members and organizations about library services, programs, and collections.
- Develops, implements, and assists with services and programs for preschool, elementary and middle students including, but not limited to, summer reading programs, school outreach, and collection development.
- Prepares publicity and informational materials including displays and exhibits, flyers, posters, brochures, blogs, web pages, bibliographies, and webliographies.
- Reviews new publications and collection materials and selects materials and resources for acquisition or disposition as appropriate.
- Remains knowledgeable about technological advances and societal trends that impact library services.
- May perform original cataloging of print and non-print materials; maintains and updates catalog files; oversee periodical selection and management.
- May organize, maintain, and catalog/index a variety of print and digital materials, including government documents, maps, and pamphlets.
- Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for budget items; monitors and controls expenditures.
- Participates in meetings, committees, or projects intended to enhance services or promote consistent policies and procedures across the District.
- Ensures safe library operations and addresses customer or staff issues, including patron behavior issues and expectations, with sound judgment and tact.
- Compiles library activity reports and statistics.
- May plan and direct the work of non-librarian staff or volunteers.
EDUCATION, LICENSE AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in library science. Six months or more of professional librarianship in a public library is desirable.
Note: The candidate selected for this position must be able to provide educational verification in the form of an official transcript of his or her highest degree. The District must receive the transcript directly from the institution.