Open positions at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.
Full-Time Children’s Librarian
The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library in Berlin CT is seeking an innovative and creative professional to join our dynamic Children’s Department team. This full-time union position is 35 hours per week and includes Saturdays in rotation and one evening a week. Salary is per collective bargaining agreement and starts at $53,982. The applicant must have experience working collaboratively with others along with excellent communication skills and a commitment to serving the needs of young library users, their families, and caregivers. Knowledge of current technologies applicable to libraries is essential.
Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Head of Children’s & Teen Services, the Children’s Librarian: staffs the Children’s Services Desk; plans, publicizes, and conducts programs for children; provides service to the community and schools through programming, outreach, and other Library services; assists patrons at the Children’s Services Desk with locating various materials in the Library; assists with collection development, including evaluation, selection, processing, cataloging, and weeding as assigned; assists with teen programming and collection development and maintenance of teen materials; develops, maintains, and contributes to the library web page and social media.
Please see the full Job Description here.
Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school and a minimum of two years of related experience working with children in a library setting or equivalent youth services experience and a bachelor’s degree required. Strong customer service skills are necessary. Must possess a familiarity with and enjoyment of children’s literature and the ability to communicate clearly, pleasantly, and courteously with child(ren) and adult patrons, as well as staff. Must be proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office applications and possess the ability to troubleshoot computer and printer problems.
To Apply: Please send a resume, meaningful cover letter, and a Town of Berlin application to the Town Manager’s Office, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT, 06037. The posting is open until filled.
Reference Librarian Substitute Position
The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library is seeking friendly, engaging substitute librarians to join our team. The ideal candidates will enjoy connecting with the public, engaging with children, teens, and adults, and have an interest in serving a wide variety of needs at the children’s desk and adult reference desk. Duties involve working directly with the public in a variety of ways including providing reference, readers advisory and technology support, answering the phone, and assisting with programs as needed. Excellent customer service and technology skills required. Hours will vary but will include day and evening hours and Saturdays throughout the year. MLIS required or within 1 semester of completion. This position is a non-bargaining unit position (non-union). Salary is $19.65 per hour. Interested applicants please submit a meaningful cover letter and resume to Kimberly McNally (email@example.com) via email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Under the direction of the Department Head, the substitute reference librarian provides professional library services including reference and readers advisory for children and adults, advises on technology related services, and assists the public in use of library resources.
Typical Duties, Responsibilities, Tasks & Assignments
- Provide reference and readers advisory to patrons of all ages.
- Assist patrons in using the online catalog, databases, computers, copy machine, and other electronic resources
- Conduct searches for information using a variety of resources including library databases, internet, reference manuals, newspapers, magazines, and other materials to assist patrons. Evaluates information sources and advises patrons.
- Implement special duties, as determined by the Department Heads, on an as-needed basis including assistance with library programs, promotional materials, and promotion of library resources.
Special Skills & Requirements
A Master’s Degree in library science from a school accredited by the American Library Association is required or within 1 semester of completion of degree. Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of modern library operation is preferred. Ability to think quickly, assess a situation and make sound decisions. Must be able to perform continuous reaching and lifting of moderate to heavy material up to 25 lbs.
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