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Position: Children's Assistant
Position Starts:8/23/2017 Listing Closes: 11/21/2017 Listing Submitted: 8/23/2017
Position Description: Provides youth services for the Town of Highland Park and assists in other phases of library operation.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the supervision of the Children's Librarian.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Volunteers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Develops and implements age-appropriate Children's and Young Adult programs including Story Times and Summer Reading Club; plans activities, develops marketing materials, determines required supplies, calculates costs, tracks attendance, and evaluates outcomes.

Monitors and staffs the Children's Room and Young Adult area.

Recommends age-appropriate titles in all formats to acquire for the children's and young adult collections and recommends which items to withdraw from the collection.

Provides reader's advisory assistance for children, teens, their parents and caretakers.

Assists patrons in the selection and location of age appropriate materials for informational, reference and recreational use; teaches children, teens and parents how to use the Library's automated system and digital collections to find materials and information; helps patrons locate materials.

Participates in promotional activities to educate active and potential patrons about library services and programs, which includes design and production of bookmarks, posters, brochures, flyers, printed and online calendars, electronic newsletters, and library web pages.

Develops services and programs to meet the needs of children and teens in the community.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with children, teens, their parents and caretakers.

Teaches the use of print and electronic/digital resources.

Works in close contact with the public at the Circulation Desk regularly.

Develops, oversees, and conducts library tours appropriate for the audience for the Children's Room.

Serves as liaison to HPISD librarians.

Catalogs children's and young adult materials in all formats.

Shelves returned materials.

Attends seminars, webinars and workshops for continuing education.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES

Monitors trends, developments, technologies, products, and practices in professional library journals, web sites, and through meetings, workshops, webinars, seminars, conferences and training.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Keyboarding skill equal to 30 words per minute. Ability to understand classification system and learn moderately complex computer automated library system. Ability to assist patrons with book selection and to conduct research to find requested material and/or information. Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public. Ability to cooperate and communicate with other employees. Thorough knowledge of the English language and grammar. Broad knowledge of and keen interest in children's and teen literature. Ability to analyze and evaluate Library's need in the area of children's services and make appropriate suggestions. Must pass pre-employment drug screening test.

Minimum Education, Experience and Certification

(A) College degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
(B) Training that includes customer service, communication and organizational skills in a comparable environment; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

(A) College degree
(B) Thorough knowledge of children's and young adult literature, including at a minimum having read the majority of Caldecott and Newbery award books.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

PC, typewriter, phone, photocopier/scanner/printer, calculator, audiocassette player, CD player, printers, DVD player, Library automated system and digital devices.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand for extended periods of time, shelve books and other library materials at all heights from floor level to approximately 84” above the floor and transport multiple library materials from room to room and floor to floor. The employee must occasionally lift and carry up to 35 pounds of library materials and push and/or pull a book cart that can weigh over 100 pounds when fully loaded.

WORK ENVIORNMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The environment may be stressful and the noise level is sometimes high. Some exposure to dust and to mechanical and electrical hazards, and occasionally to mold and/or mildew.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Complete and accurate application; formal education; rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required. Smoke-free environment.

Institution: Highland Park Library
Type of Library: Public
City: Highland Park, Texas
Annual Salary: See comment below
Salary Comment: $16.50 per hour
Telephone: Fax: 
Email Address: knelson@hplibrary.info
Website Address: www.hptx.org/Jobs.aspx
Required Education: College degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Experience: Minimum Education, Experience and Certification

(A) College degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
(B) Training that includes customer service, communication and organizational skills in a comparable environment; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

(A) College degree
(B) Thorough knowledge of children's and young adult literature, including at a minimum having read the majority of Caldecott and Newbery award books.
Contact: Kortney Nelson
Send Resume to: Kortney Nelson
Special Instructions:
Interviews will not be conducted at the conference placement and career center. Please contact directly.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer