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Children's Librarian

Posted: 02/19/2023


The Muskego Public Library is hiring a full-time Children’s Librarian to bring amazing programs and literacy opportunities to the community!  This is a well-loved position, which worked as part of a team to support 399 in-person children’s programs and 11,466 attendees last year.  This position would collaborate with an energetic and creative Children’s Team, including one full time and one part time Children’s Assistant.  This position performs all purchasing, cataloging, and collection management for children’s services, in addition to assisting the Children’s Team with the planning and execution of programs for ages 0 to 12.  This position is a non-supervisory position and reports directly to the Head of Reference.  The ideal candidate would have excellent public facing skills along with an ability to build and maintain community and patron relationships.  Please refer to the below job description for a complete list of duties and responsibilities.  Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume with their application.  This position is eligible for health insurance, paid time off, and inclusion in the Wisconsin Retirement System.

Purpose of Position:
Under administrative supervision, performs professional library work.
Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Provide reference services to patrons.
  • Provides reader’s advisory services to patrons.
  • Plans special interest displays, programs and projects; prepares routine publicity.
  • Assists individuals and groups in using the library’s computer systems, such as Internet and OPACs.
  • Trains persons in paraprofessional positions.
  • Prepares booklists, bibliographies and pathfinders.
  • Participates in collection development, with both selection and collection maintenance duties.
  • Weeds collection and oversees inventories in assigned areas.
  • Acts as person-in-charge of facility when designated.
  • Catalogues and classifies library materials, (when applicable) including original OCLC cataloging.
  • Plans, coordinates, presents (when applicable) programs in assigned areas.
  • Performs light housekeeping.
  • Performs other related work.
Knowledge and Abilities
  • Ability to direct and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from patrons.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of library patron information.
  • Ability to gather statistics, analyze information and write reports.
  • Ability to operate library business machines properly, which may require knowledge of databases and search methods.
  • Ability to understand library policies and procedures and apply them to library operations.
  • Ability to use computer software and manage computer technology.
  • Advanced knowledge of library operations, services and materials.
  • Mobility: travel to meetings outside the library.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationship with the public, peers and supervisors.
  • Understanding of basic library principles, procedures, technology, goals, and philosophy of service.
  • Considerable knowledge of materials and trends in assigned areas.
  • Willingness to maintain skills in above-mentioned areas through active participation in appropriate continuing education activities.
Physical Demands of the Position
  • Ability to work in confined spaces.
  • Bending/twisting and reaching.
  • Climbing: ascending and descending short footstool.
  • Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Fingering: keyboarding, writing, filing, sorting, shelving, and processing.
  • Handling: processing, picking up and shelving library materials.
  • Lifting and carrying: 50 pounds or less.
  • Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 300-400 pounds on wheels.
  • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling and crouching.

Talking and hearing; use of the telephone.

Environmental Adaptability
Ability to work under safe and comfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as repetitive computer keyboard use and light repetitive lifting poses a risk of injury.
Mental Requirements

  • Ability to apply technical knowledge.
  • Ability to comprehend and follow instructions: effectively follow instructions from supervisor.
  • Ability to deal with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to interpret technical regulations and instructions.
  • Analytical skills: identify problems and opportunities; review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one; utilize information resources available when making decisions.
  • Communication skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and verbal form.
  • Creative decision-making; effectively evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge or training, without supervision.
  • Mathematical ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) without the aid of a calculator.
  • Planning and organization skills: develop long-range plans to solve complex problems or take advantage of opportunities; establish systematic methods of accomplishing goals.
  • Problem-solving skills: develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; recommend actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; refer problems to supervisor when necessary.
  • Reading ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins, etc.
  • Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.
Environmental and Working Conditions
  • Primarily an inside work environment.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
Education and Experience
  • Master of Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution.
  • Experience in a public library preferred.

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