• Full Time
  • Delray Beach, FL
  • $40,000-$50,000 USD / Year
  • This position has been filled

Website Delray Beach Public Library

Location Name: Delray Beach Public Library
County: Palm Beach
Region: Southeast Florida
Address: 100 West Atlantic Ave
City: Delray BeachZipcode: 33444
ALA accredited Masters required: No

The Ladies Improvement Association founded the Delray Beach Public Library in 1913. In 1938 the Delray Beach Public Library Association became a not-for-profit corporation to provide a public library in Delray Beach. Since 1950, our patrons have received library service through a successful public/private partnership between the City of Delray Beach and the Library Association. The City of Delray Beach has provided a large percentage of the annual operating budget, and the Library Association has raised capital funds.


The Delray Beach Public Library exists to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities by creating and sustaining superior public library services through responsive staff, dynamic collections, appropriate technology, effective programming, and access to global information. We envision a dynamic community connecting ideas, information, and creation. Our mission is to ignite curiosity, fuel discovery, and encourage creativity through access to trusted information, resources, and community connections.


The Reference Services Department continues to build on its success and is a well-regarded hub of information, dynamic programming, and exceptional collections. We strive to serve the diverse Delray Beach community with innovative programing, including STEAM-based programing for Middle and High School Students, leadership and mentoring opportunities, technology and computer training via our Technology Training and Innovation Lab, Older Adults Tech Academy, and MS Office Training.


The Reference and Young Adult Librarian (the Librarian) is an integral member of the Reference Services Team and is the lead librarian providing access to excellent library resources, programs and services, technologies and community connections to the Young Adult population ranging from 13 to 18. This position requires a high level of technology proficiency, focusing on STEAM initiatives and including the ability to explore new technologies and demonstrate their application effectively.


Working as a part of the Reference Services department the Librarian works on the Reference Services desk; develops and delivers technology classes for adults and young adults; and participates in collection management. The Librarian is expected to liaise with the Children’s Services department supporting transition for youth from Children/Tween’s Services to Young Adult Services.


The Librarian exudes warmth and enthusiasm around Young Adults and their families and conducts creative, engaging, relevant and highly interactive programming demonstrating comfort and control of large groups. Programming is expected to be imaginative, relevant, and focused on literacy enrichment.


The Librarian is an avid reader of Young Adult literature able to spontaneously give book talks with passion and demonstrate the knowledge and confidence to recommend appropriate books to Young Adults and their parents, including suggestions to try something new from the collection.


This position demands an innovative and compassionate mentor who models behavior which Young Adults can emulate including sound project management skills, effective communication, and a passion for reading and learning. The Librarian is responsible for a Young Adults services collection and program budget with a focus of continuous improvement.


Duties & Responsibilities:

·         Under the supervision of the Head of Reference Services Department, the Reference and Young Adult Services Librarian (the Librarian) is a vital team player in the department and is an effective reference librarian serving the public on the public service desk, online, on the phone, and in the community and demonstrates the initiative to bring new programming ideas to the Department Head and the Reference Services team.

·         Assists the Reference Department Head in the maintenance of the library’s bibliographic database and general collection development, ordering and management as it relates to Young Adult Collections.

·         The Librarian performs public service work of a routine nature, related to reference services, readers’ advisory, computers and technology training and troubleshooting, which requires the application of excellent customer service skills, and specialized techniques and procedures.

·         Assists library patrons in finding materials, answering reference questions, and providing reader’s advisory in a friendly, efficient, and engaged manner.

·         Serves as Advisor to the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), recruits Young Adult volunteers for TAB Officer positions, and models exemplary service to patrons of all ages which is culturally respectful and developmentally appropriate.

·         Develops and delivers relevant in-house and outreach programing for Young Adults including a robust summer reading schedule and actively participates in extensive summer programming and outreach to support the City of Delray Beach’s goals and Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

·         Extends Young Adult services into the community by sustaining outreach programing and community partnerships.

·         Demonstrates knowledge, management, use and appreciation of Young Adult literature, digital media, and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current, and relevant Young Adult collection.

·         Develops and delivers technology curricula and workshops to Adults and Young Adults and demonstrates effective training skills to lead workshops.

·         Keeps current with Young Adults Services trends, collaborative maker spaces and the movement toward informational non-fiction as a basis for program development.

·         Budgets for Young Adult collections and programs and produces regular reports with analysis of use, challenges and opportunities for Head of Reference Services and Executive Director.

·         Participates on library-wide committees as needed.

·         Assist in the maintenance of the library’s bibliographic database and general collection management.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education, Skills & Experience Requirements:

·         Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.

·         Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program preferred.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.

·         Demonstrated ability in time and project management including planning, successful execution, and evaluation.

·         Demonstrated skills in technology curriculum design and delivery.

·         Must excel in a team-oriented work environment.

·         Proven record of successful application of technology knowledge and skills.

·         Passion for reading and ability to communicate effectively fostering a lifelong love of reading.

·         Self-motivated, self-starter with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure to meet deadlines.

·         Proficiency in Windows and Mac operating systems preferred.

·         Ability to develop and maintain excellent rapport, and cooperative and courteous relationships with supervisors, co-workers, officials, merchants, city representatives, partner organizations, the public and a diverse community.

·         Bilingual preferred specifically Creole and/or Spanish.

Physical Requirements:

·         Ability to lift 25 pounds in the shifting and moving of library materials and equipment required.  Ability to navigate stairs, kneel, bend, reach, stand for 1/2 hour, stretch and stoop in the maintenance of an orderly collection on the shelves required, or to plug power cords into outlets or retrieve objects.

·         Normal speech quality and normal hearing ability expected at level of 25 decibels through the speech frequency, aided or unaided, to efficiently serve the public.

·         Ability to drive a car to perform various duties outside library building and ability to attend out-of-town meetings via commercial transportation.

·         Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving prolonged sitting, walking, or moving from one area of the building to another, and standing for periods of time.

·         Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as keyboarding and/or use of other office equipment.

·         May require sufficient strength and coordination for lifting, pushing, and/or carrying the weight of smaller office equipment, files, or supplies.

·         Involves extensive VDT exposure.

Hours: This is a salaried full-time position with a 37.5-hour weekly schedule, including two (2) weeknights and alternating weekends. Excellent benefits, 403b + Matching, Paid Vacation/Sick/13 Paid Holidays.

Contact Person: Alyson Walzer-Grammatico
Contact Email: Alyson.Walzer@DelrayLibrary.org
Contact Phone: 561-266-0198
How to Apply / Instructions:

Please send cover letter and resume to Alyson Walzer-Grammatico, Head of Reference at Alyson.Walzer@DelrayLibrary.org and Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, Assistant Director, at Loanis.Menendez@DelrayLibrary.org