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Library Associate I - Branch - Special Needs

Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is celebrating 70 years of progressive and innovative library service and has been the recipient of The Daily Record's Innovator of the Year Award 3 years in a row and 7-time Library Journal Star Library. HCPL has eleven branches, one administrative office and two outreach vehicles serving over 180,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has annual circulation of over 3.8 million. The Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By - June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Salary commensurate with experience.

Position Summary: Performs a variety of reference services within a branch and/or materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; assists patrons with electronic resources; selects materials in all formats for all audiences; maintains adult, young adult and children collections, may manage specialized collections and programs for Detention Center, Learning and Sharing Center, Sharing the Gift program, Small Business, Children with Special needs, etc.; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Essential Functions:

Performs a variety of reference services within a branch;
Assists the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
Searches online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
Performs in-depth reference searches and performing readers advisory services;
Plans, assembles, and arranges displays of materials to support popular topics;
Conducts library tours and orientations;
Provides information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
Provides library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
Prepares and compiles required reports and statistics;
May maintain assigned collection;
May manage and coordinate activities associated with assigned population;
May coordinate library services and schedule library visits to the designated outreach sites;
May plan, prepare and deliver materials for assigned population and/or sites;
May prepare monthly newsletters for assigned program;
May develop training tools and conduct staff training;
May plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities.

Standard Functions:

Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
Is dependable and punctual;
Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Librarys Policies and Procedures Manual;
Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelors Degree, preferably in Special Education
Ability to attend Library Associate Training Program and to complete the program within 2 years after starting the program for Library Associate I.
Previous work experience with youth and special needs
1 year direct customer/public service experience.
Computer experience including Internet.
Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to gain working knowledge of library practices and procedures, including accurate use of current reference and search tools and the standard automated library system;
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and readers advisory services;
Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
Working knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and bibliographic utilities;
Ability to develop and present programs;
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
Basic math skills.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to Branch Manager or Assistant Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling of library carts to move library materials within the department, and set up and break down of displays.
Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as necessary.

Employees who work less than 37.5 hours per week are categorized as Non-Exempt for purposes of establishing eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Compensation for overtime must be in compliance with the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Wage and Hour Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The library administration reserves the right to change, modify, delete, and supplement job duties based on the organizations needs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

This and all library positions are eligible for system-wide transfer.

Harford County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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