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Head Youth Librarian

Head Youth Librarian - Tippecanoe County Public Library seeks a dynamic service-oriented individual with commitment to plan, deliver and evaluate library services to all children and young adults from birth through the twelfth grade. As a department head, the selected candidate will be required to; act as a library services advocate for children, young adults and families, provide reference and readers' advisory service within the department, oversee the programming activities of the department, plan and present programs for children and young adults, develop ideas and implementation strategies for new programs, compile statistics, prepare reports and actively participate in professional associations. A minimum of 4 years experience as a children's librarian or any equivalent combination of training and experience plus a minimum of 2 years supervising MLS staff or other relevant supervisory experience is preferred. MLS from an ALA accredited library school is required. Starting pay is $20.50. Please submit a TCPL application, resume, three references and a letter of interest to: Human Resources Coordinator, TCPL, 627 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 or by email at hrc​@​tcpl.lib.in.us. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TCPL is committed to equal employment opportunities. Applications are sought from all qualified people, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, Veteran status, national origin, or ancestry.

JOB OBJECTIVE:

Plan, deliver and evaluate library services to all children and young adults from birth through the twelfth grade.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Support and contribute to overall library mission
Know and apply library policies
Maintain and understand necessity of confidentiality of library use
Deal with disturbances and problem users
Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate department personnel
Instill a dedication to customer service in the staff
Approve all budgeted department expenditures and recommend new expenditures to the library director
Plan and oversee the selection and maintenance of all collections for children and young adults
Provide reference and readers' advisory service within the department
Oversee the programming activities of the department
Plan and present programs for children and young adults
Plan and present educational programs about department resources and services for adult groups
Develop ideas and implementation strategies for new programs
Serve as liaison with community groups and other organizations
Act as a library services advocate for children, young adults and families
Oversee creation and dissemination of promotional items
Serve on the Management Council, Administrative team, and other committees
Compile statistics and prepare reports
Be alert to funding opportunities; write grants
Actively participate in professional associations
Cooperate with all departments within the library
Act as staff member in charge of library as needed
Other duties as assigned and/or required

GENERAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manage and supervise all aspects of the youth services department including staff assignments, program activities, materials collection, and other resources
Directly train or delegate training of staff on public information desk, youth collection, and departmental procedures
Update youth services policies and procedures and recommends major changes to the County Librarian
Act as a advocate for library services to children, adult, and families
Assist and guide library patrons in the use of the library, its materials, and resources while leading staff in quality customer service interactions
Compile quarterly and annual departmental reports, statistics, etc.
Develop, present, coordinate, and oversee programs of interest to children of all ages and the community in general
Participate administratively with the management team of TCPL and serve on the Who's in Charge schedule
Foster on-going cooperation with other departments within the library
Serve as liaison with community groups and other organizations and present talks to community groups
Maintain two-way communication with supervisor and other department heads to ensure and facilitate consistent exchange of information and positive working relationships

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:
MLS from an ALA accredited library school is required

Previous experience:
A minimum of 4 years experience as a children's librarian or any equivalent combination of training and experience plus a minimum of 2 years supervising MLS staff or other relevant supervisory experience is preferred

Skills:
Must have up to date knowledge of children's and young adult materials
Must have up to date knowledge of child and adolescent development and related issues and the ability to translate that knowledge into appropriate library services
Must be able to select, train, supervise, motivate and evaluate employees
Must be able to effectively ascertain and handle problematic situations
Must have strong written and verbal skills
Must be dedicated to quality customer service
Must have the ability to create a team spirit
Must be open and flexible
Must be able to apply latest trends in technology and library services
Must have up to date knowledge/training with electronic resources
Must have good computer keyboarding skills
Proficiency in English required and the ability to communicate in other languages highly desirable

License/certification:
Indiana Librarian II certification

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

Must be able to:

adapt to various locations
tolerate some sustained walking
bend and stoop
sit in a confined position
lift and carry bags of materials weighing up to 40 pounds
maneuver a loaded book cart weighing up to 200 pounds
Work in areas with fluctuating temperatures caused by doors opening

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND WORK AIDS:

Personal computers
Telephone
Projectors
VCR equipment
Cassette player/recorder
Photo copier
General office aids

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