Oswego School District Public Library, in Oswego, NY

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The Oswego School District Public Library, in Oswego, NY invites a diverse group of applicants for an exciting new opportunity as a Children’s Librarian. Diverse individuals, including applicants of different races, sexual orientations, gender identity, disability status and country of origin, etc. are welcome. Also known as Port City, Oswego is a city of about 17,500 residents, located in Oswego county. The library serves around 26.200 people, including the City of Oswego, Scriba and Minetto.

Built in 1857, the library is the oldest public library in the US in its original building. The library is an exciting, collaborative place to work. Our goal is for the library to grow and provide innovative programs for children, teens and adults, both virtual and in-person. The library is committed to providing a harassment-free workplace. We participate in the NYS retirement system. Benefits include a pension, paid holidays, sick leave, vacation, personal days, birthday and health insurance. The library also offers support for professional development with funds to cover training costs.

We are seeking someone with enthusiasm about childhood literacy and brain development and who can engage with children, teachers, parents, schools, community organizations, legislators and all stakeholders that are involved. Children are our future and we want to teach them to be stewards of the environment. Creative programs that can be provided include online and board games, crafts, story time, readers’ theatre… name it and get creative!

Minimum qualifications:

Education, specialized background, training and experience.

Graduation from a registered college or university accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the NYS Education Department to grant degrees with a Master’s Degree* in Library Science, Information Services or equivalent.

Minimum qualifications are in accordance with New York State Education Department Division of Library Development.

Desired qualifications:

One year or more of experience working in a library (school, academic, public or special) with children from the ages of birth through 12.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to engage children and work with parents, schools and community organizations is essential. Knowledge of children’s literature and cognitive development of young children. Needs to provide quality programming, including story times, gaming, crafts and administer the summer reading program. Love of literature and engaging kids with reading is important.

Typical work activities include:

–  Providing customer service at library service desk;

–  Providing reference assistance and readers advisory service to customers;

–  Resolving patron complaints using independent judgment in a fair and

   unbiased manner based upon library policy;

–  Acting as a liaison for library services to community groups and organizations:

–  Supervising the work of clerical, paraprofessional and volunteer personnel.

   May oversee duties of custodian;

Position is available to start immediately.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Statement of Non-Discrimination:

The Oswego Public Library grants equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to an individual’s age, sex, color, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, handicapped status, or sexual orientation. The library complies with all federal and state regulations dealing with employment

Instructions to Applicants:

Interested individuals meeting the qualifications should submit the following documents:

1. a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references (eg former supervisors); and

2. the Application for Examination or Employment, City of Oswego Department of Personnel form.

The link for the application form is: 

https://www.oswegony.org/work/application-rev0119

(link is external).

Please send materials in an email to mmcdermott@ncls.org with subject line “OPL children’s librarian” for review. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be sent to mmcdermott@ncls.org.

Civil Service Information:

POSITION CLASS TITLE:                          LIBRARIAN 1

JURISDICTIONAL CLASS:                        COMPETITIVE

CIVIL DIVISION:                                          CITY OF OSWEGO LIBRARY

AUTHORIZATION:                                       PERSONNEL DIRECTOR

                                                                        (July 2009)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:

The work involves responsibility for basic level librarian duties. Employees in this class are expected to perform specific applications of professional duties under the general supervision of the Library Director. Supervision may be exercised over clerical, paraprofessional and volunteers.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Provides customer service at library service desk providing reference assistance and readers’ advisory service to customers;
  • Responsible for collection development and oversight of book processing and data entry to library data base;
  • Supervises the work of clerical, paraprofessional and volunteer personnel. May oversee duties of custodian;
  • Oversees Children’s Program Coordinator and Children’s Services;
  • Oversees the library web page and acts as liaison to technical support by the North Country Library System;
  • Responsible for organization, promotion and possible presentation of library programs and services;
  • Resolves patron complaints using independent judgment in a fair and unbiased manner based upon library policy;
  • Acts as liaison for library services to community groups and organizations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Summary of full performance level characteristics

Good knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science; good knowledge of on-line database systems; good knowledge of bibliographic tools and sources; good knowledge of library materials and collection issues for a specific subject area if functioning as a subject specialist; good knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims, and services; skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks; ability to perform as a team member in the planning and implementation of automation or other library programs; ability to think critically to understand the needs of library patrons and groups and to prescribe information or materials accordingly; ability to carry out library policies and procedures; good interpersonal skills; ability to motivate and work with staff; ability to cope with multiple patron types and issues; skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks; ability to perform as a team member in planning and implementation of automation or other library programs; familiarity with web design.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education, specialized background, training and experience.

Graduation from a registered college or university accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the NYS Education Department to grant degrees with a Master’s Degree* in Library Science, Information Services or equivalent.

Minimum qualifications are in accordance with New York State Education Department Division of Library Development.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Eligibility and application for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at time of application.