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*BRANCH LIBRARIAN
Pay Range GC15

INTRODUCTION

This classification is responsible for managing a branch library and performs duties necessary to operate an extension service facility, which includes clerical, technical and paraprofessional librarian functions of substantial variety and complexity; supervise branch support staff.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Serve as reference resource to patrons in locating books, take requests by phone and in person, answer questions and notify of arrival of requested materials, process inter-library loans. In conjunction with headquarters librarians, select material from headquarters collection to fill reader needs determined from patron interest at each area served.

2. Assist children and adults in book selection and review; provide tours, story presentation and special reading programs for children as well as programs for adults and young adults.

3. Perform circulation duties including check in/out, issue library cards, packing/unpacking books from main library and branches; process paperbacks/magazines. Read and straighten shelves, mend books, weed collection; maintain vertical files. Interpret library policy regarding overdue materials.

4. Read reviews and provide input to collection development staff to adequately meet rural patrons needs.

5. Plan, organize, schedule and supervise support staff and is involved in selection, training and evaluation of staff. Assume responsibility for work performed within branch. Establish procedure and interpret policy. Direct activities of volunteers and community service individuals.

6. Meet with branch advisory board, Friends of the Library, city officials, and other agencies to set goals and plan programs.

7. Perform other duties to assist smooth operation of branch: prepare brochures, posters and publicity; arrange displays, conduct tours, and give presentations to local groups regarding branch library services; maintain statistical recordkeeping; prepare and monitor budget; apply for grants; attend in-service days and continuing education. As needed, perform clerical duties including mail, filing, recordkeeping, and typing; order supplies from main library; receive, record, balance and deposit fine money.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Reasonable knowledge of professional library principles, practices, and methods which include knowledge of bibliographic, and readers' advisory service, reference and literature searching, and children's reading needs; reasonable knowledge of collection development; reasonable knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of effective administration including personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate branch procedures; basic knowledge of computerized equipment; basic knowledge of recordkeeping and report writing as relate to library services. Skill in: Applying library principles and practices to extension library functions; use of automated library equipment and systems. Ability to: Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; adjust to priority changes and coordinate a variety of library programs assigning and supervising employees for each; determine reader interest and select material for the collection; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedure, establish new procedures when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, advisory groups, library boards, community groups, city officials, vendors and patrons.

Education, experience and training: Four years progressively responsible work related experience which includes project management or supervisory experience OR Bachelor's degree. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Experience or coursework in library programs; experience in working with children.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OVER POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of a librarian 2. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures. Supervisor is available by telephone for instructions on unusual projects.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established library policy and procedures, personnel rules, automated equipment reference manuals. Considerable amount of judgment and initiative is used in independently interpreting these procedures for use within an extension library.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; which may require bending, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting books on/off carts weighing up to 20 pounds, pushing heavy carts, reaching, standing for extended periods of time and walking. Reasonable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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