Website Newark Public Library

JOB PURPOSE

The North End Branch is one of the seven operating branches of the Newark Public Library located in Newark’s North Ward and serves a population of both English and Spanish speaking residents. Under the supervision of a branch manager, the children’s librarian will be responsible for conducting children’s programs, ordering children’s books and supplies, performing outreach to neighborhood schools and community associations, and helping to direct library assistants with assignments and duties. The children’s librarian will assist the branch manager in the task of a running a small, neighborhood library, and they will have the opportunity to collaborate with other children’s librarians throughout the Newark Public Library system. Branch libraries are essential in providing services to all of Newark’s diverse neighborhoods. The Children’s Librarian at North End will have the opportunity to bring unique programming and services to families in Newark’s North Ward.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

• Answers children’s & reference questions of varying difficulty and explains the use and availability of reference sources in all appropriate formats.
• Explains or demonstrates procedures for searching print, electronic and online catalogs and resources to obtain materials.
• Maintains children’s collections by selecting materials, weeding the collection, and supervising reference staff in selecting and weeding materials.
• Designs and implements programs for children.
• Determines content and arrangement of library material.
• Exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with supervisors to formulate policies, procedures, programs, etc. to provide high quality services.
• Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with community organizations, library associates and the general public.
• Prepares clear, accurate and informative narrative and statistical reports.

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

A Master’s degree in Library or Information Sciences in a library program accredited by the American Library Association or from a New Jersey College Master’ program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State University.

LICENSE:

Appointees may be required to possess a valid certification as a Professional Librarian issued by Thomas Edison State University.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Ability to appropriately organize library materials, including files, books, periodicals, digital media, etc.

Ability to work harmoniously, creatively and respectfully with others.

Ability to work with professional associations toward the improvement of methods and techniques of library services.

Ability to give clear, concise, and informative talks before professional and nonprofessional groups.

Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and implement ideas.

·         Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others using oral, written and electronic communication skills.

Ability to analyze, interpret and apply the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of a library.

Ability to practice effective customer service skills to best determine patrons’ needs.

Ability to train and assist public with communications, technology literacy and all information resources.

Ability to identify and present innovative programs and services and integrate new technologies into library service.

·         Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public library standards, methods and techniques.

·         Ability to comprehend the specific problems and functions of a library and to select appropriate materials for the use of the unit concerned.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

·         Residency in New Jersey is required within one year from date of hire

WORKING CONDITIONS

Saturday and evening hours may be required.

APPLICATION

Please send a cover letter expressing your interest in the position, resume, and three references to:

Leslie J. Colson

Assistant Director for Human Resources

Newark Public Library

5 Washington Street

P.O. Box 630

Newark, NJ 07102

lcolson@npl.org

 

To apply for this job email your details to lcolson@npl.org