[Libs-Or] Bookmobile job announcement
ziedrich at smt-net.com
Fri Feb 25 10:11:53 PST 2005
Linn Library League
Job Description: Bookmobile Librarian
General Statement of Duties
The Linn Library League, a voluntary organization supported by LSTA and Meyer Memorial Trust grants, needs two librarians to operate its bookmobile in rural Linn County from April 4 through October 2005. These independent contractors will share the hours as suits their own needs and abilities, but evening and weekend hours will be required of both. Approximate total hours and dates are as follows: 40 per week April 4-June 11 and July 25- October 29, and 60 per week June 13-July 23. Employment could begin as early as March 23.
The bookmobile will run approximately 8 hours per day and will stop in about 12 rural communities per week. Stops will include retirement homes, at least one Headstart facility, schools, churches, and residential neighborhoods. From approximately June 13-July 23, stops will include sites in the League’s Rural Summer Reading Program.
Each librarian will usually be accompanied by a volunteer helper, who may or may not drive the bookmobile. Because not all of the volunteers are willing or able to drive, each librarian must be able to drive, back up, and park a 29-foot, 10-ton vehicle.
$15-$18 per hour, depending on education and experience.
The librarians will report to and be guided by the League co-coordinators.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Community assessment and outreach: The librarians will—
· Cooperate with League members, especially the League co-coordinators and the Rural Summer Reading Program coordinator, in assessing the needs of the communities served (including retirement homes and Headstart facilities), developing the bookmobile service to suit these needs, and planning a schedule of stops;
· Keep evaluative data needed to document the project’s performance and plan for improvements;
· Attend League meetings;
· Help establish and maintain partnerships with schools, churches, civic organizations, and city libraries; and
· Participate in promotional efforts such as parades and festivals.
Collection development: The librarians will—
· Use personal knowledge of reading materials, patron requests and comments, circulation statistics, and professional and popular reviews to determine materials to be added to the bookmobile collection;
· Order, catalog, and process materials; and
· Weed and rotate stock.
Reader’s advisory and reference: The librarians will—
· Develop a thorough familiarity with the bookmobile collection and patrons’ tastes so that they can offer advice to readers of all ages and interests;
· Engage patrons in reference interviews; and
· Use the bookmobile collection, local resources, and the Internet to answer questions and fill the information needs of patrons of all ages.
Circulation: The librarians will perform circulation duties using a stand-alone Follett system. Duties will include setting up new patron accounts, checking materials in and out, placing holds, making requests to city libraries, and sending out overdue notices.
Maintenance: The librarians will—
· Monitor the vehicle for maintenance problems, schedule routine maintenance, make appointments for repairs, re-fuel the vehicle, and clean it regularly inside and out.
· Oversee each bookmobile site, including the parking area and signs.
Supervisory: The librarians will manage a pool of volunteer drivers and riders, by keeping track of who is to work when, making reminder calls, training new volunteers, and supervising the volunteers.
Programming: Each librarian will occasionally conduct programs for children and adults at bookmobile stops.
· Pass a criminal background check;
· Work independently without direct supervision;
· Manage time and keep to schedules;
· Think creatively, especially in unforeseen circumstances;
· Lift 5 to 10 pounds routinely, and at least 30 pounds occasionally;
· Interact successfully with diverse personalities in a wide range of circumstances; and
· Maintain effective working relationships with the other librarian, bookmobile patrons and volunteers, the League co-coordinators, the Rural Summer Reading Program coordinator, school employees, and community groups.
· Communicating clearly, concisely, and tactfully with people of all ages;
· Using a computer, including the Internet; and
· Managing vehicular emergencies.
Required experience and training:
· High-school completion,
· Demonstrated interest in libraries,
· Valid Oregon driver’s license and a driving record that meets the standards set by the cities of Scio and Lebanon,
· Ability to read aloud fluently with expression and confidence, and
· Initiative and reliability.
Desired experience and training:
· Bachelor’s degree;
· Work experience, training, or course work in libraries, education, or community programming; and
· Familiarity with Spanish.
How to Apply
Send a resume and employment references (either letters or names and phone numbers) by March 11 to the Linn Library League, P.O. Box 37, Scio, Oregon 97374 or by email to Linda Ziedrich, ziedrich at smt-net.com. For more information, call Linda at 503-394-3643.
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