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|Company||Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, California|
|Position||Librarian III-Local History Librarian|
|Librarian III- Local History Librarian
Location: Rolling Hills Estates, California
Type: Adult Reference
Location Name: Peninsula Center Library
Wage Max: 6,298.01
Wage Min: 5,851.81
Position Type: Librarian III
The Palos Verdes Library District, a Special District Public Library, is accepting applications for a Librarian III-Local History Librarian. The Adult Services Librarian III, Local History Room Librarian, is responsible for providing reference and reader’s advisory assistance to patrons and assists the public in effective use of library materials and resources. The employee is responsible for assigned areas in collection development and helps to support and direct Adult Services staff. This position has district-wide responsibilities that include oversight, development and promotion of our Local History collection.
The professional librarian is a leader in developing and providing a full range of technical and/or direct library services to the community and performs a variety of professional librarian duties including development of programs and services for target audiences, reference, collection development and management, and/or cataloging. Professional librarians are proactive in identifying current community needs and projecting future needs and take the initiative to help the library identify better ways of providing library services.
This is the advanced journey level class within the professional Librarian series. Incumbents fill a highly specialized library assignment that requires substantial specialized skills and experience combined with specialized qualifications or certifications in addition to the Master of Library Science degree. Examples include archives management, preservation, or web development. Incumbents may lead specific District services as subject experts. Appointment to the Librarian III class requires a District opening and that the employee demonstrate the ability to perform the full range of duties of the higher class and meet the qualification standards for the higher class. When filled from the outside positions in this class require prior work experience equivalent to a journey-level Librarian III.
Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Core accountabilities include, but are not limited to:
Supervision and Leadership
Provides District-wide leadership in the designated area of specialized expertise and education: archives management and preservation.
Ability to enlist, train and schedule volunteers, as well as to plan and monitor their individual projects. Flexibility to work with, and recruit people of varying skills and interest levels.
May plan and direct the work of non-librarian staff.
Serves as “Librarian-in-Charge” of a designated facility during assigned shifts. Ensures safe operations and addresses customer or staff issues.
Leads or participates in meetings, committees, or projects intended to enhance services or promote consistent policies and procedures across the District.
Identifies and anticipates changing community needs and changes in technology or library best practices and develops plans, services, and programs to address these changes.
Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; submits justifications for budget items; monitors and controls expenditures.
Remains knowledgeable regarding technological advances and societal trends that impact library services and is able to clearly communicate these to staff as appropriate.
Participates in continuing education programs as appropriate.
Represents the District at professional meetings as required.
Develops, implements, and evaluates services and programs in Adult Services and the Local History Collection area.
Reference, Outreach and Collection Development:
Maintains a high level of knowledge and all appropriate professional certifications in the area of responsibility.
Demonstrates the use of library resources.
Responds to suggestions, requests, or concerns from library users or community members.
Provides high quality reference, research, and readers advisory services to customers.
Performs bibliographic searches using both print and non-print sources.
Performs outreach to the community, presenting to community organizations, and schools; informs community members and organizations about library services, programs, and collections.
Engages community participation in content creation for the Local History collection.
Prepares publicity and informational materials including displays and exhibits, flyers, posters, brochures, blogs, web pages, bibliographies, and webliographies.
Organizes, maintains, and catalogs/indexes a variety of print and digital materials, including government documents, maps and pamphlets.
Reviews new publications and collection materials and selects materials and resources for acquisition or disposition as appropriate.
Attends and completes required training and courses.
Compiles library activity reports and statistics.
Performs professional responsibilities independently and with minimal supervision.
Maintains a high level of knowledge and all appropriate professional certifications in the designated subject area.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public, volunteers, vendors and contractors and District staff, in person and over the telephone.
Principles, practices, procedures, techniques, and materials of professional library work, including library reference, collection development, and other professional library services.
Principles, techniques, and procedures in cataloging, indexing, classifying, and organizing library materials.
Principles and techniques used in bibliographic research.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team-based library organization within a culturally diverse academic community.
Ability to learn new technologies quickly and effectively.
Techniques for promoting and publicizing library services, programs, and events
Awareness of recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to library services.
Familiarity with applicable Federal, State, and District laws, codes, and regulations including administrative policies and procedures.
Record keeping principles and procedures.
Computer applications related to work, including word processing and spreadsheet software.
Principles, practices and techniques of public relations.
In addition to the above Librarian III qualifications:
Applicants should have formal coursework or training in archival management and theory. At least two years of experience working in archives & special collections, and willingness to become thoroughly familiar with the Peninsula’s history.
Digitization experience, familiarity with Dublin Core Metadata, EAD, MARC-AMC, CONTENTdm, DACS, or Archivist Toolkit is desirable.
Understanding of and commitment to nationally-accepted standards, tools, and best practices for archival processing and description, including Describing Archives: a Content Standard.
In-depth knowledge of efficient processing procedures, such as those outlined in Greene and Meissner's "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing.”
Collection Development: Interest in seeking out new materials for the collection in various formats, creating finding aids, and developing methods to publicize the collection.
Experience in oral history interviewing is desirable.
Serve as the subject expert in Palos Verdes Peninsula local history.
Act and make decisions independently with minimal supervision.
Provide direction to assigned staff and volunteers.
Independently analyze problems, conduct research and develop solutions.
Organize own work and the work of others, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
Demonstrate initiative and sound judgment necessary to make responsible decisions as Librarian-In-Charge or in the absence of the department manager.
Perform professional library tasks as assigned including reference, readers advisory, program and service development, collection development, and cataloging.
Communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively both verbally and in writing.
Use computer and other technology, including software, hardware, and the Internet sufficient to be able to assist customers, conduct research, prepare reports, publicize library offerings, and use email, blogs and other communications technologies.
React tactfully and diplomatically during interactions with staff, the public, community groups, etc. while appropriately adhering to and enforcing sound library policies, procedures and practices.
Maintain a strong service orientation and a demonstrated dedication to quality customer service.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues.
Education, Licensure, and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Librarian III: Must possess a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in library science, three (3) years experience as a professional librarian and two (2) years experience in archives management and preservation. Must possess and maintain a valid California ClassC driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Possession of current CPR/AED/First Aid certifications; and possession of a valid Ham Radio Technician License or acquire within one year of employment.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various District and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator, and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Positions in this classification occasionally lift and carry reports and records that typically weigh less than 25 pounds.
Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.
Required to work flexible schedules including evenings, weekends, and holidays.