Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Librarian (ESL) City of Largo Florida

When I first got out of library school, this would have been my dream job. The cherry on the top: Florida.

Job: Librarian (ESL)
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  • Pay: $17.07/hour
  • Posted: 05/23/2011
  • Job Status: Full Time
  • Job Type: Government


The salary for this position will be $17.07 per hour.
The hours for this position will include some nights and weekends.

This is a professional position which requires considerable knowledge of library service and how it relates to the community. This position oversees English as a Second Language services and programs. The Librarian is a lead position with supervisory responsibilities and is called upon to exercise initiative and independent judgment in performing professional duties. Supervision is received from a Library Services Manager, Assistant Library Director, or Library Director, and work is reviewed through observations, reports, conferences and obtained results.

  • Skills to independently develop and maintain library point of service to Non-English language speakers to help them integrate into the community.
  • Provides advanced reference and reader's advisory service to the public; assists patrons in selection and location of materials and in general library service.
  • Directs patrons to specific facilities, subject areas, and titles. Instructs patrons in the use of the computer catalog.
  • Accepts responsibility for maintaining service in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Supervises department staff.
  • Provides administrative and supervisory support to a Library Services Manager, and assists in personnel interviews and decision making.
  • Promotes and develops good public relations, ensuring that staff meet service standards in assisting patrons; investigates public complaints and takes responsibility for appropriate action, handling any problems that cannot be handled by subordinates.
  • Provides computer literacy instruction, including catalog and database instruction. Provides computer assistance and troubleshooting. Assists patrons with: using the Internet, using e-mail accounts, downloading, saving, and printing documents and files, using office productivity software, and helping with wireless access and Smart Access Manager troubleshooting.
  • Evaluates the collection by determining replacements, substitutions, repairs, and discards.
  • Accepts assigned professional responsibilities within departmental programs which may include reference assistance, cataloging, programming, collection development, and special collections management.
  • Selects print and non-print materials for purchase.
  • Assists supervisor in scheduling, supervising, assigning of duties and training of personnel.
  • Assists supervisor in planning, determining budget and supply needs, and policy and procedure revisions.
  • Translates statistics into reports for use by Management Team.
  • Oversees projects assigned by supervisor; manages staff to accomplish project goals.
  • May act as staff liaison with advisory/support groups.
  • Addresses local organizations to promote library services.
  • Represents the Largo Public Library at Pinellas Public Library Cooperative and Tampa Bay Library Consortium meetings to discuss and assist in the development and review of various library issues.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the library profession by reading professional journals and attending workshops, conventions and continuing education classes.
  • Assists with book selections as directed by supervisor.
  • Assists with programming by planning and presenting special programs in assigned departmental programs.
  • Inputs, updates, accesses and retrieves data from a computer.
  • Uses audio-visual and multi-media equipment and assists patrons in their use.
  • Creates promotional materials.
  • Competent in the use of the Integrated Library System public and support services functions.
  • Performs related work as required.

Work Environment: 95% inside a climate controlled building; 5% outside which may include driving.

Physical Requirements: The essential functions of the job require: standing and walking up to approximately eight (8) hours per day. The work requires frequent: bending/stooping, climbing, crawling, fine manipulations, grasping, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, lifting/carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Sensory Requirements: Hearing: Enough to listen to patron questions and answer telephones; enough to listen to the directions of supervisors. Speaking: Enough to talk to patrons on the telephone and in person. Seeing: Enough to see and read computer monitor screens, identify book titles and read fine print.

Driving Requirements: The work requires occasional driving and possession of a valid Florida Driver's License.

Office Machines: The work requires the ability to operate the following office machines: copier, print release station, fax machine, microform printer, self-checkout terminals, audio-visual equipment, cash registers, Datasave signs, and computers.
Skills / Requirements

Training and Experience: Master's Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution required; previous library experience is preferred. Spanish speaking preferred. Previous English Language Learning or English as a Second language program oversight, volunteer management experience and community partnership building background strongly preferred. Possession of a valid Florida Driver's License.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Working knowledge of general library operations and practices, including the use of specialized professional tools and materials for reference, material selection, and classification. Considerable knowledge of titles and authors in the area of responsibility. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in problem solving and decision making. Ability to interact with other staff members, library patrons, community organizations, City officials, and the general public. Ability to make decisions in areas of responsibility. Ability to supervise others. Ability to be creative and artistic. Working knowledge of computers.

Application Instructions

Applications for employment with the City of Largo must be completed online through our website.

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