The Twin Falls Public Library is seeking a highly motivated and energetic Outreach Librarian, that will be in charge of the Bookmobile, provide excellent customer service, develop and strengthen library partnerships within our community, and implement and grow library programs that align with the mission of the Library. The ideal candidate is passionate about sharing library services for all ages and enthusiastic about creating programming for the community of Twin Falls.
The Outreach/Reference Librarian performs professional library work – as outreach to the community. Work is performed under the supervision of the Director, with considerable judgment and initiative within the framework of established general policies and procedures. Works with the administration to plan and manage Bookmobile operations. Work involves the planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluation of Bookmobile services and programs and answering of reference inquiries, providing readers’ advisory services, selecting library materials and providing services and resources designed to interest the public.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Plans and coordinates all schedules and activities associated with the Bookmobile to the community; drive the Bookmobile; maintains pleasant, inviting, and safe environment on the Bookmobile.
- Plans and coordinates outreach programming both with the Library’s Bookmobile and other community events; develops programs for various facilities including schools, nursing facilities, and other outside organizations; develop community partnerships.
- Supervises staff in Outreach Department.
- Provides informational and reference assistance to a variety of patrons from diverse backgrounds and all ages. Interprets public services, library rules, and policies to schools, the general public, community organizations, and to individual patrons.
- Selects library materials for the Bookmobile. Ensures the Bookmobile collection is relevant, current and responsive to community outreach needs and priorities. Responsible for the general physical maintenance of the rotating collection; sorts and shelves materials, shelf reads and moves/rotates materials as necessary.
- Performs circulation duties including issuing cards, checking materials in and out, reserving books, collecting fines, and answering the phone. Maintains confidentiality of patron information.
- May be asked to provide professional library work in the Youth Services Department, such as providing reference and readers’ advisory service (up to eight hours).
- Reads professional literature; attends and participates in meetings, as assigned.
- Supports other Staff members in the provision of services for patrons.
- Performs other duties as required or assigned.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to establish effective working relationships with other Staff members; ability to define needs, set priorities, and work effectively within the available resources; marked ability to communicate with patrons of all ages both orally and in writing.
Considerable knowledge of current professional library principles, methods, techniques, systems, and procedures; familiarity with collections arrangement and use of reference tools and electronic resources; considerable skill at effectively explaining operating policies and procedures.
General knowledge of computers and commonly used Microsoft applications, library systems and databases, email and cloud environments, and social media. The job requires the employee to operate and occasionally troubleshoot general office equipment such as smartphones, e-readers, and new consumer technology.
Valid Idaho driver’s license.
Ability to travel to professional conferences.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- (CONTINUOUS) seeing, talking, hearing and manual dexterity.
- (FREQUENT) sitting for long periods of time, walking, standing, grasping, keyboarding and repetitive motion of hands/wrists.
- (OCCASIONAL) kneeling, stooping, reaching, bending, crouching, twisting and squatting.
- Requires the ability to lift, push, pull and carry objects weighing up to 15 pounds and, occasionally, up to 40 pounds.
- Position requires Librarian to operate a vehicle.
A Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) institution. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered. One year of professional library experience.
Supervision and/or programming experience. Desired personal attributes include an awareness of the entire community, sense of humor, a passion for engaging patrons from all backgrounds and all ages, and a positive and enthusiastic approach to providing library services.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position at 40 hours a week. The schedule will include Saturday hours and may include occasional evening hours. Please note that schedules are subject to change to meet the needs of the library.
BENEFITS & PAY
Twin Falls Public Library has a generous Employee Benefits Package, including vacation, sick leave, and eleven paid holidays. The Library provides medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and other employee assistance programs. The Twin Falls Public Library participates in the Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI).
Pay rate is $19.42 to $20.61 per hour DOE
COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING
Twin Falls Public Library Application, resume, cover letter, and three professional references.
Please send information to:
Tara Bartley at email@example.com;
or send applications to:
Twin Falls Public Library
Attn: Tara Bartley
201 Fourth Avenue East
Twin Falls, ID 83301