Children’s Librarian Job Opening

Job Title:  Children’s Librarian/Librarian II

                  

Job Description:

The Olean Public Library is seeking a full-time Librarian II to run our busy Children’s Department.  Work involves supervising the children’s service staff, developing and directing children’s library programs, and selecting materials for the children’s collection.

 

Duties:

  • Trains, assigns duties, supervises and evaluates Children’s department staff.
  • Provides reference and readers’ advisory service at the Children’s reference desk.
  • Recommends, plans, implements, and promotes new types of services based on patron needs and early childhood development research. Develops and conducts programs, tours, and story times.
  • Serves as liaison for library services to community groups and other libraries.
  • Prepares reports of activities in the Children’s department.
  • Evaluates, selects, and weeds library materials in the juvenile collection, keeping in mind current trends in children’s literature and education.
  • Writes and implements grants.
  • Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, library system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of children’s literature and programming as well as child development
  • Experience providing early childhood or early literacy programming
  • Ability to supervise the work of others
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with the public
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of computers, software applications and emerging technologies

 

Benefits: 12 paid holidays, 22 vacation days, 3 personal days per year, health insurance, and New York State Employee’s Retirement System. The 2014 hiring range for Librarian II is $37,488 – $39,003.

 

Minimum Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association; eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application, possession of certificate at time of appointment; and two (2) years of professional library experience in children’s services. Supervisory experience preferred.

 

This is a civil service competitive title; therefore appointment will be made on a provisional basis only. To be eligible for permanent status, the individual accepting appointment will be required to pass a civil service exam and score among the top three.

 

Send resume by May 2, 2014 by mail or email to:

 

Kim Mahar, Assistant Director

kmahar[at]oleanlibrary.org

Olean Public Library

134 N. 2nd Street

Olean, NY 14760

www.oleanlibrary.org

Olean Public Library Schedules Fall Computer Classes

OLEAN — The Olean Public Library, along with public libraries in Jamestown and Dunkirk, will offer area residents several opportunities this fall to learn basic computer skills.

Classes will be offered in cooperation with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES with support from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

Students will meet for six two-hour sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The first introductory course runs Sept. 9 – 20.

Other six-part courses covering the same material will start on Oct. 16 and Nov. 4. More classes will also be available early in 2014.

“This will be helpful if you are wondering about the most basic computer questions,” according to Library Director Lance Chaffee.

The course covers computer terms, turning terminals on and off, using a mouse, navigating the Windows operating system, creating letters and resumes with Microsoft Word, and saving to different computer drives. Students also learn how to set up, send and receive email and use the Internet for purposes such as job searching.

Classes, which are free and open to the public, will be offered through videoconferencing in Olean and Dunkirk and in person in Jamestown. As the grant recipient, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System has opted to deliver instruction through these libraries’ public computer centers.

For information or registration in Olean, visit the library at 134 N. 2nd St., or call 372-0200.

To sign up at the other locations, call the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown, at 484-7135, or the Dunkirk Free Library, 536 Central Ave., at 366-2511.

Part Time Librarian Position Available

The Olean Public Library is seeking a part time librarian to provide reference service and computer instruction.

Duties:

  •  Provide reference and readers’ advisory service
  •  Provide instruction in both print and electronic resources
  •  Provide individual assistance and instruction, including one-on-one computer tutoring, to meet the needs and abilities of patrons using the library’s public computer center. Areas of instruction will include, but not be limited to, the following: basic computer skills; setting up and using e-mail; searching the Internet; and using Microsoft Office applications.
  •  Other duties as assigned

Skills Required:

  • Strong public service orientation
  • Tact and courtesy in dealing with the public
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to communicate library policies and procedures to the public
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Schedule:
Includes some evenings and weekends.

Qualifications:
ALA accredited MLS and NYS Public Librarian Certificate preferred, but will consider a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school.

Position available immediately. Resumes accepted until position is filled. Send resume and cover letter to:

Kim Mahar
Assistant Director
Olean Public Library
134 N. 2nd Street
Olean, NY 14760
716-372-0200
kmahar@oleanlibrary.org
http://www.oleanlibrary.org

May 2012 Calendar of Events

Need Some Help Updating Your Resume?

On October 20, 2010, the Olean Public Library launched Optimal Resume, a web-based program that allows patrons to create high-quality multimedia resumes and share them online.

Unlike creating a resume in a word processing program, Optimal Resume offers styled templates and easy formatting, along with industry-specific samples and instructions. All a user has to do is enter relevant information in structured categories (such as work history, educational background, and professional certifications) and Optimal Resume will generate a resume that can be downloaded to your computer, printed off, or published online.

Users can turn their resumes into professional websites, with the option to include links to their accounts on sites like LinkedIn and Twitter.

Patrons can also open themselves to job opportunities by submitting one resume into ResumeGPS, an employer-searchable resume database.

Optimal Resume also allows users to create portfolios of their written works, photography, presentations, or other projects. Users can also (with the necessary hardware) record a video resume, allowing them to make a positive first impression as if they were meeting employers in person. Both portfolios and video resumes can be included on users’ websites.

This service is offered completely free-of-charge. Because the service is web-based, patrons can access it from any computer by visiting oleanlibrary.optimalresume.com and using their library card number to create their account.

 

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