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 Budget

Budget Hearing Tuesday April 8th at 7pm in the library.

Philosophy — Not Numbers

It’s important that you understand our philosophy before you vote.

Each year we, as Trustees, go through the same agonizing decision-making process, whether to present a budget that we think voters will approve of, or to present a budget which reflects our perception of the community’s needs.

We traditionally select the second alternative: this budget is one which will enable us to continue providing you with all the things to which you have become accustomed and which make the library the truly outstanding center of the community that it is.

In the past you have shown faith in our ability to provide materials, services, and surroundings which are consistent with your needs and desires. We cannot, in good faith, limit our proposed budget to an amount we think you will approve. That would be unfair to you. What we must do is carefully decide how many tax dollars it will take to run the Library in a way that will both please you and serve you. This, we think, is what Trustees are supposed to do, and it is what we have done.

If our perception is accurate and you agree with our philosophy, it is important that you tell us that at the polls. If, on the other hand, we have misjudged your desires, you must tell us so at the polls. We hope that we have your support.

We ask this of you: carefully consider our ideas and don’t make your decision based simply upon numbers. Consider the actual cost to you; see what a small portion it is of your total tax. Compare your share of the cost of the Library to other family expenses you routinely pay without a second thought.

There is no doubt that the Library is the best buy for your tax dollar, something you can use and enjoy! You can see how it’s run and you can see the quality and diversity of the materials and programs we offer. We think you like what you see, and we think you’d like to keep it that way.

Please vote in support of our library budget proposal.

 The Library Trustees

 

Budget hearing – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On May 6, 2014 you will be asked to vote upon one proposition for 2014:

Shall the Board of Education of the Olean City School District be authorized to raise by tax levy upon the taxable property thereof, an additional $19,205 for the Olean Public Library to increase its annual appropriation from $960,260 to $979,465?

First Tax Increase in 5 Years

An increase in funds is needed to balance

  • additional purchases of Books, eBooks, DVD’s, Audio-Books & other Library Materials.
  • continued Library Programming for all ages
  • building maintenance, fuel and utility costs.
  • increases in wage and retirement costs.

The estimated impact on the tax rate for school district residents will be:

City of Olean, an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Town of Olean an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Town of Portville an additional 3¢ per $1,000 of assessed property value

Proposed 2015 Operating Budget

INCOME

Real property tax

$979,465

Earnings from investments

2,000

Local Sponsor Incentive Aid

6,450

Library System Grant

250

Gifts and donations

19,000

Sale of used books

100

Copy machine receipts and other miscellaneous income

 

35,000

NYS CLD Grant

29,350

NYSCA Grant

Other CCLS Grants                                                      

17,000

100

Library charges

16,500

Appropriated fund balance

74,856

total income

$1,180,071

 

APPROPRIATIONS

Salaries and benefits

$791,952

Library materials

159,500

Building operation & maintenance

 

123,119

Administrative expenses

105,500

total appropriations

$1,180,071

 

Winter Reading Medal Winners

Gold Medal Winners (Final)

 

Adair, Cherry                     Edge of Danger

Adair, Cherry                     Hot Ice

Asher, Jay                           Thirteen Reasons Why

Ashley, Amanda                Night’s Promise

Austen, Jane                      Emma

Balogh, Mary                     A Christmas Promise

Banks, Maya                      Be With Me

Banks, Maya                      The Darkest Hour

Banks, Maya                      Forged in Steele

Barclay, Linwood              The Accident

Barclay, Linwood              Never Look Away

Bednar, Martial                 Nine Ms and a Mother Like No Other

Benjamin, Melanie           The Aviator’s Wife

Bennett, Christopher       Star Trek: the Buried Age

Brennan, Allison               Cold Soup

Castle, Jayne                     Deception Cove

Clancy, Tom                       Without Remorse

Coelho, Paulo                    Manuscript Found in Accra

Connelly, Michael             Lost Light

David, Peter                       Before Dishonor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Dobson, Dr. James & Shirley         Night Light

Fieri, Guy                            Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Funke, Cornelia                 Inkheart

Gosselin, John & Kate      Multiple Bles8ings

Harper, Karen                    Finding Mercy

Hayes, Suzanne                 I’ll Be Seeing You

Higgs, Liz Curtis                 Embrace Grace

Jio, Sarah                            The Last Camellia

Jordan, Hillary                   Mudbound

Kaye, Laura                        Hard As It Gets

Keillor, Garrison                Good Poems

Kendall, Jackie                   The Young Lady in Waiting

Kidd, Sue Monk                 The Invention of Wings (x2)

Kitamura, Katie                 Gone to the Forest

Lewis, Beverly                   The Englisher

Lewis, Beverly                   The Preacher’s Daughter

Lewis, Beverly                   The Redemption of Sarah Cain

Lewis, Beverly                   The Secret Keeper

Mallery, Susan                   Dream Wedding

Margolin, Philip                 Sleight of Hand

Martin, George R.R.         Dance of Dragons

Martin, George R.R.         Feast for Crows

Martin, George R.R.         Storm of Swords

Martin, Kat                         Against the Edge

Martin, Kat                         Against the Night

Martin, Kat                         Against the Odds

Morton, Kate                     The Forgotten Garden

Myron, Vicki                      Dewey

Palmer, Diana                    Wyoming Fierce

Quick, Matthew                Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Ray, Rachael                      30 Minute Get Real Meals

Reece, Christy                   Run to Me

Reece, Christy                   Second Chance

Riggs, Ransom                  Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Robb, J.D.                           Concealed in Death

St. Claire, Roxanne           Edge of Sight

Terkeurst, Lysa                  What Happens When Women Say Yes to God

Tobin, Jack                         John Wooden

Wiggs, Susan                     The Apple Orchard

Woods, Sherryl                 Stealing Home

Woodsmall, Cindy            Christmas in Apple Ridge

 

Silver Medal Winners

Coelho, Paulo                                   Manuscript Found in Accra

Eckhardt, Kristin                               The Calico Trail

Fields, Jan                                        Rag Doll in the Attic

Golding, William                              Lord of the Flies

Goolrick, Robert                              A Reliable Wife

Gregory, Philippa                             The White Princess

Hannah, Kristin                                 Winter Garden

Kelly, Karen                                       Boxed Inn

Leveen, Lois                                      The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Martin, George R.R.                        Game of Thrones

Mead, Richelle                                 Vampire Academy

Patterson, James                             Cross My Heart  (x2)

Richards, Natalie D.                        Six Months Later

Smart, Elizabeth                               My Story

Weir, Andy                                        The Martian

Wiggs, Susan                                    Return to Willow Lake

Wiseman, Beth                                Plain Peace

 

Bronze Medal Winners

 

Austin, Lynn                       Hidden Places

Baker, Jo                            Longbourn

Brown, Jo Ann                   Thousand Stories Quilt

Graff, Jim                           A Significant Life

Metzger, Liz                       Bites

Needs More Training

 

Fairstein, Linda                  Hell Gate

Friends of the Olean Library 2014 Short Story Contest

1.  Entries must feature, in an imaginative way, AT LEAST TWO of the following four items: the library cat, a librarian, a DVD, a display at the library.  You may use all four, but you do not have to do so.  (This rule is changed from previous years.)

2.  Permissible length is 350 words or less.  Please note: We do reject stories for excessive length or because they do not meet the requirements in number 1.

3.  This contest is open to students enrolled in grades 6 through 9.  Participants are limited to one entry and are expected to do their own work. 

4.  Entries must be typed on 8 1/2 X 11″ paper.  Please choose a font that is easily readable and a font size no smaller than 11 pt.  Students without other access to a computer are welcome to use those at the Olean Public Library. 

5.  Mechanical correctness — spelling, punctuation, and grammar — is an important factor in the judging. 

6.  Entrant’s name, grade, and school must be printed – legibly! – in the lower right corner of each page.  Home-schooled students are welcome, as are students in classes which do not chose to participate as a class.  In both cases, please make sure you include your home address, again legibly printed, on the last page of the story.

7.  All entries must be received at the Olean Public Library by Friday, March 14, 2014.  Whether mailed or delivered in person, envelopes should be addressed to Friends Short Story Contest.  Mailed entries should be sent in care of the Olean Public Library, 134 N. 2nd St., Olean, NY 14760.

8. Winners will be notified through their English teacher of through mail to their homes.  The awards ceremony will be scheduled at the Olean Public Library shortly after the winners are notified.

Thanks for your participation.  And good luck!

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.

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