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Librarian - Public Services

Job title:  Librarian                  Department: Public Services                  Pay: Minimum $20.53 per hour                  Job Type: Full-time, 40 hours per week; includes evenings and weekends

Job summary:
Mead Public Library, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is accepting applications for a full-time Librarian on our Public Services team. This position will work primarily in Reference and Adult Services as part of a team that includes Circulation and Youth Services. We are looking for a candidate who will provide friendly, high quality customer service to library users, outreach services to our community, and use their expertise to: lead teams, mentor and train staff and patrons, oversee projects, monitor the procurement and weeding of the library collections, coordinate programs and events and locate specialized information and resources.  Librarians are seen as experts, leaders, and role models in providing top notch library service to the community.  

The ideal candidate is:

  • Warm and friendly and enjoys helping people of all ages; engages well with others and is passionate about providing exemplary customer service. 
  • Outgoing –loves letting people know what’s new and happening in the library. 
  • A team player who thinks quickly on their feet. 
  • Excited about the prospect of growing and learning in a changing environment. 
  • Comfortable in the role of teacher/instructor, whether in front of a group of people or working one-on-one. 
  • Knowledgeable about the philosophy and techniques of public library services.
  • Knowledgeable about library materials, resources, and programs of interest to adults.
  • Embraces change in work environment, procedures, and services.
  • Aware of new developments and trends in public libraries, the community, and society.
  • Possesses a full range of Internet skills and experience; able to troubleshoot library technology in coordination with the library IT Specialist.

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Making our library users feel welcome; register them for a library card, request a book, assist them with printing and copying, or walk them through basic computer assistance.
  • Providing reader’s advisory services, offering meaningful recommendations of the latest books, movies and music. 
  • Providing research assistance and expertise to individual library patrons and community organizations.
  • Assisting customers in the use of the library and its print and electronic resources including helping customers with personal electronic devices.
  • Participating in collection development and maintenance as assigned.
  • Developing and implementing community outreach and community reference services.
  • Participating in planning library objectives and services by leading in-house committees and working groups.
  • Maintain awareness of new developments and trends in the field through professional journals, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • Working as a team, sharing ideas, and listening to others.
  • Motivate, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers at all levels, volunteers, community organizations and the public.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual, especially Spanish or Hmong
  • Some library experience

Work environment: 

  • You will stand, walk, crouch, stoop, squat, twist, climb, push/pull up to 50 pounds, and lift up to 25 pounds.

Process: 

  • Deadline for applications: May 12, 2017, 5 p.m. 
  • First-round interviews anticipated: May 17-22, 2017; second round, if needed: June 5-9, 2017
  • Decision anticipated by: June 9, 2017 
  • Target starting date: July 10, 2017

Apply to:   
Melissa Prentice (melissa.prentice@meadpl.org), Public Services Manager, Mead Public Library

Items to submit (in a single PDF file):

  1. Cover letter 
  2. Resume 
  3. Answers to supplemental questions:
  • Describe your philosophy and practice of community engagement, ideally in a library context.  
  • Describe your process for learning new technology and computer programs/systems. 
  • How do you actively contribute to a positive, productive work atmosphere and cohesive team? 
  • What is your strategy for working in an environment of constant change?