Full Time Youth Services, Librarian 1/Library Associate, Hickory Corner Branch, Mercer County Library System
This is a full time (35 hours per week) position that provides reference and readers’ advisory services in several formats to patrons, their parents and guardians, and occasionally to adults. Planning and executing programs for children, from babies through teens, with a focus on STEAM and literacy. Provides welcoming face-to-face patron services at the youth desk to a diverse public of children, teens, adults and caregivers. Assists patrons by accompanying them to the shelves to find necessary materials, as well as locating answers using the library’s virtual branch. Instructs patrons as necessary in using the catalog and virtual branch resources. Plans and provides fun, engaging programming to youth from infants up through young adults. Creates engaging online content for the library’s social media accounts, including writing blog posts and appearing on YouTube. Must have a comfort level with presenting and singing in front of groups and have a good working knowledge of group or classroom management skills.
This position requires one evening per week (presently Wednesdays) and Saturdays in rotation. The hours are currently modified by the need to maintain social distancing and hybrid services; any candidate would be expected to be flexible with schedule adjustments to include evenings, weekend and holiday hours in 2021 to meet branch needs. The Hickory Corner Branch is open four of the County-observed holidays and applicants must be available to work on some of those holidays. The branch is also open on Sundays during the school year.
The Hickory Corner Branch is the largest eastern branch of the Mercer County Library System with a strong Youth Services department and thriving programming schedule. The successful candidate for this position will have excellent customer service skills and willingness to be a part of a team environment while working with a diverse public to provide outstanding library service to patrons of all ages.
Typical responsibilities include but are not limited to: Providing reference and reader’s advisory services to young patrons, their parents and guardians, and occasionally to adults. Searching the library catalog, locating library materials, accessing databases and other reference sources, answering telephone and chat reference inquiries. Planning and executing programs for children, from babies through teens, with a focus on STEAM and literacy. Maintaining programming calendars, statistics and publicity. Collection development activities include evaluation, selection and deselection. Providing outreach to local schools and community groups to promote library services. Supervising volunteers. Knowledge of current library technologies and trends, and the ability to use the library’s automated system, online resources, and Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel, are a must.
A MIS/MLIS from an ALA accredited institution and a New Jersey Librarian’s Certification is required, although students enrolled in a MIS/MLIS program will be considered. A full job description can be found on the State of NJ Civil Service Commission website. This title is covered under the AFSCME local 3566 and is a competitive Civil Service title. The 2020 annual salary range is $37,009 to $68,271 for the title Librarian 1; Library Associate $34,398 to $44, 801.
Résumés may be submitted care of:
Ellen Brown, Library Director
Mercer County Library System
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2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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