Library Associate II - Children's Services
Frederick County Government - Point of Rocks, MD

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Exempt; part-time; 20 hours per week; varied days and hours during FCPL regular operating schedule; pro-rated benefits; position subject to system-wide reassignment

This para-professional position provides comprehensive library services for all patrons at the Edward F. Fry Library at Point of Rocks, with special emphasis on children’s services and programs, and also is involved in a wide range of library activities and operations. Direction may be given to staff as assigned. Supervision is received from the Supervisor, Children’s Services .

Examples of Work:
  • Develop and present age-appropriate programs for children
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the children’s collection and current literature
  • Participate in planning and implementing system-wide programs for children
  • Assist patrons of all ages with reference questions or readers' advisory requests
  • Assist patrons in using computerized and manual information sources and/or direct patrons to other appropriate sources
  • Perform bibliographic searches related to inter-library loan requests and reserves
  • Explain FCPL policies and procedures to patrons
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the branch collection in an assigned area
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with community organizations, groups and schools, including outreach and programming
  • Prepare displays and develop programs to promote reading and other FCPL services
  • Recommend materials for acquisition and/or withdrawal
  • Participate in department, branch and system-wide work teams
  • Attend workshops, meetings and learning opportunities
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university
  • Minimum 1 year work experience and/or classroom training in working with children
  • Minimum 1 year of customer service work experience
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Library Associate certification from the MD State Department of Education, plus willingness and ability to attend training sessions as applicable
  • Working knowledge of public library practices and procedures
  • Working knowledge of children’s literature, developmental stages, and interests
  • Working knowledge of research techniques and available research materials, as well as general readers' interest, authors, books and other formats of library materials
  • Ability to develop and conduct story time programs and perform effectively in front of children, their parents and caregivers
  • Ability to effectively access and utilize FCPL’s computerized systems and the Internet, and to effectively provide related instruction for patrons
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities, make decisions and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, co-workers and the general public, with particular skill in working with children
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, as well as accurate math and clerical skills
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift and carry FCPL materials weighing up to approximately 40 pounds
  • 1 or more years of recent (within the last 5 years) experience working in a public library (not volunteer experience)
  • 1 or more years of experience assisting and working with the public (e.g. educational/teaching setting, retail work, or other public-contact situations)
  • 1 or more years of experience developing and presenting programs for children

Additional Information/Examination Process:
  • Ability to provide own transportation to meetings/workshops and to various branch Libraries as needed
  • Available for varied workdays and hours within the FCPL operating schedule
KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include):
1) An evaluation of training and experience
2) One or more interviews
3) A pre-employment physical examination and drug test

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