Libraries & Historical Resources
About Our Job
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 a Youth Services Librarian of the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL.
The Betty J. Johnson 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 which houses the Newtown Boys & Girls Club; it is less than a half mile from Booker Middle School, drawing many students to the library’s daily Teen Room program. Its service area includes Booker Performing Arts High School, several additional elementary schools as well as several college campuses. The interior features meeting and conference rooms that are used by community groups. Other features include tutoring rooms, an emerging makerspace, 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 Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library continues to thrive and expand.
Professional duties covering the full scope of library services to all library users within a teamwork environment. Special emphasis on library programing for all ages; makerspace planning, technology, programming, and instruction; and promotion of library services and programming. In the team environment employees will participate in setting unit, library, and system goals, contribute to decision making and evaluation of progress. Employees will collaborate with co-workers to support the team process.
- Develops and implements standards of service that ensure the prompt and efficient resolution of each inquiry by internal and external customers, delivered with the utmost respect and courtesy.
- Provides informational services for the community.
- Presents individual and group training programs for public and staff in the use of the library, its technology and equipment, and its resources.
- General reference service in assisting customers by locating answers to questions, including Interlibrary Loan services and referral to agencies outside the library.
- Provides general service assistance including the interpretation of policies and procedures.
- Keeps abreast of developments, new trends, and innovations in libraries.
- Provides assistance at service desks and to other sections as needed.
- Represents Sarasota County to library users.
- Assists with collection development by recommending materials.
- Participates in collection maintenance, including, shelving, shifting, and weeding.
- May perform item coordinator duties.
- Assists in material selection and weeding.
- Maintains awareness of literature related to current best practices and future trends.
- Promotes the understanding and use of the library and its resources.
- Prepares reviews, press releases, bibliographies, and other promotional displays.
- Creates displays and offers outreach services, coordinates outreach services, in the community with library and system staff.
- Plans and directs library programming for adults, young adults, and children, in coordination with other library professionals at the library and throughout the library system.
- Analyzes and identifies service population needs and develops plans to meet those needs.
- Networks with other agencies to provide and obtain materials and services.
- Represents the library and library interests within the community.
- Participates in presentation and development of technology training and information literacy programs for staff and patrons.
- Participates in ad-hoc/one-on-one training of customers in use of library technology.
- May coordinate library volunteer activities.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of library makerspace technology at the library; assist in the creation, organization, and maintenance of library’s makerspace; and provide makerspace programming and instruction.
- Provides formal/informal instruction to individuals/groups on use of library resources, learning tools, etc.
- Initiates, designs, facilitates and evaluates education programs; collaborates on activities and programs related to identified branch and community goals.
- Integrates research and monitors patterns and trends into planning process.
- Assists, leads, develops, implements, and /or evaluates special projects, services and library programs.
- Collaborates with internal core services to manage operational issues, support community goals and form strategic partnerships.
- Compiles and analyzes statistical, budgetary and other information and reports.
- May perform some cash management functions.
- Attends cash management training and participates in all aspects of the libraries cash management procedures.
- Participates in cross training in other sections and aids in cross training in their section.
- Provides opportunities for continuing professional development of self and others, especially in acquiring relevant understanding and skills.
- Participates in training and supervision of new staff and volunteers. Encourages staff and volunteers to use their individual talents creatively to address tasks.
- Attends agency, system-wide, local, regional, state, and national meetings and workshops to enhance professional skills.
- Participates in the development of goals, objectives, for agency plan and performance evaluations.
- Provides guidance for and facilitates the activities of work teams.
Schedule will be 40 hours/week, with a schedule made up of a combination of shifts below. Typically, employees are expected to work 1-2 later shifts (9:30 a.m. - 6 :00 p.m. and/or 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.) and approximately one Saturday every 3 weeks (with 1 weekday shift off), varying depending on library needs.
- Monday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Currently closed on Sundays, although in the future you will be asked to join a rotation of Sundays where you may work one Sunday every 7 to 8 weeks depending upon the pool of employees at either the Selby Public Library or the Jacaranda Library.
Minimum Qualifications: A Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS) from a college/university accredited by the American Library Association with experience in a public library including library supervisory experience preferred OR A Bachelor’s Degree and enrolled in an MLS/MLIS program with the ability to obtain an MLS/MLIS within six (6) months from date of hire.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a reference, programing, or technology related position in a public library preferred.
Job Competencies: Above average customer service skills, courteous, sensitive, tactful with rapport and discretion. Ability to train/coach patrons in the use of technology. High degree of technological aptitude with familiarity with library makerspace technology and concepts. Ability to multitask, ability to adapt to various and changing duties as required. Ability to handle tough customers and/or situations. Skill in operating library technologies of all sorts. Skill in using various electronic devices, including, but not limited to Kindle, Nook, tablets, and iPads and imparting this knowledge to customers of all ages. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to promote and market library events required. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Publisher a plus. Good listener who communicates well with others, supports and respects diversity. Ability to create and deliver high-quality library programming for all ages required.
Subject to Passing Substance Screening: This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening. An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five (5) years.
About Everything Else
Pay: $42,452.80 - $58,073.60
This Posting is currently Open Until Filled
- Enjoy great benefits including Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Florida Retirement System (FRS) and many, many more!
- For more information about employee benefits, please click this link or visit SCGov.net for additional information.
- Utilize our award-winning wellness program including free gyms and classes at multiple Sarasota County Government locations.
- Enjoy 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days and 16 paid vacation days in the first year of full-time employment with increasing accrual rates with years of service. (That adds up to a possible 30 days off in your 1st year!)
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