The Sarasota County Library system is seeking an energetic, team-oriented individual with a strong commitment to serving a diverse population to join the team as the Youth Services Librarian of the North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
The North Sarasota Library has been a vital hub in the community since the doors first opened in 2004 and is recognized as a resource for positive change in the neighborhood and the community. With outreach to the residents of North Sarasota as a priority, the library is an active player in the arts and cultural life of the area. Staff plan and present numerous educational and enrichment programs supporting learning with a variety of opportunities for all ages. The library's service responses include lifelong learning, community and school partnerships, serving as a community commons, providing information resources, access to the Internet and computer instruction. The library also houses an African American Cultural Resource Center (AACRC). The AACRC collects and maintains materials in support of local and national African American history and experience.
The 25,000 SF North Sarasota Library is located near the Emma Booker Elementary School and the Newtown Recreation Center; it is less than a half mile from Booker Middle School, and its service area includes Booker Performing Arts High School, Ringling School of Art, Ringling Museum, New College Campus and the University of South Florida. The interior features meeting and conference rooms that are used daily by community groups. Other features include tutoring rooms, a computer lab, a Teen Zone, Kids’ Zone, Reading Garden, and a bookstore operated by the Friends of the Library. The art exhibits installed as part of the Art in Public Places program are displayed both inside and outside the building. The library building also received Gold Certification for green construction.
With the support of staff, volunteers, Friends and community partners the North Sarasota Public Library continues to thrive and expand.
Youth Services Librarian (Official Job Title: Library Professional): Develop and implement library services to children and young adults by collaborating with library co-workers, educators and community agency representatives. To create an environment where children and young adults are engaged, utilize the resources and services of the library, where they feel comfortable and will be inspired to explore their scholastic and creative potential.
Customer Service for all Library users, specifically for Teens
Other duties may include managing meeting room reservations, creating schedules, ordering supplies or equipment.
Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association OR a Bachelor's Degree AND enrolled in a MLS/MLIS program with the ability to obtain a MLS/MLIS within six (6) months from date of hire. Some supervisory experience may be required.
Preferred Qualifications: One year of experience in a library environment.
Job Based Competencies: Ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Knowledge of modern library principles with emphasis on services to youths and families. Knowledge of practices, theories, procedures, technology and public library operations. Knowledge of materials, reading tastes, and publishers. Knowledge of laws and regulations governing access to information in library. Ability to provide high level customer service. Ability to effectively collaborate/partner with internal and external organizations/services. Ability to exercise sound, independent judgment and handle a variety of customer services issues tactfully. Ability to work effectively in teams, and to train, develops and guides other team members. Ability to educate and instruct internal/external customers. Ability to prioritize, manages, organize, and present work/information effectively. Knowledge in team facilitation, conflict resolution, and team dynamics. Ability to plan and implement new systems and instruct others in their use. Knowledge of office equipment, computers and software.
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