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Library Coordinator--Early Childhood and Children's Library

Are you committed to changing lives and strengthening communities through the power of lifelong learning, reading, and access to free and open information?

The Poplar Bluff Municipal Library is seeking a dynamic individual with who will help grow current and implement new programming for children, promote library collections, and strengthen and increase outreach. This is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking, fast-moving and ever-evolving organization in a rewarding role that offers ample room for both personal and professional growth.

Under the supervision of the Children's and Young Adult Services Librarian, individuals in this position develop, plan, and implement programming including story times and reading programs, recommend resources and materials for the early childhood collection (print, games, toys, and eresources), train and direct the work of employees and volunteers, participate in community events both on site and off site as appropriate, and assist patrons with research, reader's advisory, and other library services. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to engage children cognitively and kinesthetically.

Individuals in this position work in a team environment while managing services and coordinating with library staff. This position will work with the Children's and Young Adult Services Librarian and Business Services Associate for marketing and promoting children's library services and programs.

An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university is required, a Bachelor's degree preferred. Public library experience and background in early childhood literacy and development preferred. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency with basic office software and equipment including mobile devices in a library setting; understanding and use of library databases and social media; strong customer service philosophy with ability to implement across the library; excellent communication skills; strong organizational skills; demonstrates creativity, flexibility, and a positive attitude; ability to exhibit good judgment and establish effective working relationships; ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of others; and ability to exercise leadership and motivate others.

Position enjoys a competitive salary and full benefit package including health, dental, vision and retirement with annual vacation and personal leave.

PBMLD has proven itself a leader in technology integration and staff are dynamic and customer focused. Come be a part of our team!

Supervision: Children and Youth Librarian

Supervisory: Coordinates the work of employees or volunteers as directed by supervisor.

General Description: Coordinators manage work flow in their assigned areas. They perform routine tasks, reader's advisory, direct the work of employees and volunteers, develop and deliver children's programming under the direction of the Children's and Youth Librarian, recommend purchasing resources and materials for early childhood collection, train staff, recommend improvements and enhancements, and communicate effectively with patrons and supervisors using excellent customer service skills.

Education and Experience: Associate's degree required, bachelor's degree preferred. Demostrated skills and experience may be considered.

Pay Grade: 5-7 Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Identify interests and needs of the community for early childhood programming including story times and fall, winter, and summer reading.
  • Recommend Purchases for collection development supporting early childhood education and programming.
  • Explore and develop relationships in the community and with potential program presenters.
  • Collaborate with Adult Services LIbrarian to develop exhibits, program opportunities, and author events as well as assist in applications and procedures necessary to procure library resources.
  • Work with Business Services Associate and assist Children's and Youth LIbrarian with the development of handouts, brochures and marketing materials.
  • Attend appropriate staff development training and train/mentor PBMLD staff as appropriate in Early Childhood services.
  • Assist with room set up for use during library sponored activities.
  • Mentor volunteers assisting with early childhood programming.
  • Perform all duties of a page, shelver, and clerk as needed
  • Trains pages, shelvers, and clerks
  • Counts cash drawer
  • Prepares statistical reports for supervisor
  • Maintains appearance of department and areas of responsibility
  • Answers telephone and directs calls appropriately
  • Answers ready reference questions
  • Assists with Reader's Advisory
  • Navigates the Internet and library databases
  • Prepares holds/interlibrary loan requests for circulation
  • Troubleshoots basic computer, copier, and audio visual equipment problems
  • Assists patrons with laptop, desktop, or mobile device needs
  • Follows all library policies and procedures
  • Recommends supply orders and maintains supply inventory in a timely manner
  • Develops tasks sheets from existing procedures.
  • Serve as member of Support Staff
  • Interpret and implement the Library's Code of Conduct and Unattended Child Policies
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Customer service (cooperative, pleasant, and constructive with patrons and coworkers)
  • Keyboarding
  • Basic knowledge and use of PCs, MACs and mobile devices (Android and Apple)
  • Basic knowledge and use of Microfilm equipment
  • Telephone etiquette
  • Ability to operate various audiovisual, computer and teleconferencing equipment
  • Advanced knowledge of Internet functionality
  • Knowledge of social media
  • Ability to connect peripherals such as jump drives
  • Ability to exhibit good judgment and establish effective working relationships with staff and colleagues within the library
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude
  • Initiative with implementation skills.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift 30 pounds of books and move book carts weighing 200 pounds. Must be able to reach 84" and stoop to floor to shelve and/or inventory collection materials.


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