The Librarian Specialist regularly performs duties that routinely draw upon and require specialized knowledge, experience, skills and abilities. This position may be utilized in any department dependent on Library needs.
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Instructs staff and the general public at a system-wide level on programming, tools, technology and activities in the MakerSpace and other innovative spaces, such as 3D printing, design, electronics, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) programming, audio, video and photo production and editing, sewing, and other equipment housed in these areas.
Manages project and timelines for innovative and technology based initiatives including the preparation of system-wide events for all ages, activities and large scale city collaborations and programming.
Researches, recommends, and implements the necessary equipment, furnishings, and software as related to our innovative spaces in all library sites.
Facilitates engagement with community groups to promote the library and innovative services and programming.
Develops and maintains partnerships with outside organizations and community groups.
Represents the library in public forums including providing school visits, classroom talks, orientation sessions and library tours and community events. Collaborates closely with the Library Information Technology department to initiate, implement and maintain all technologies and equipment related to innovative services system-wide.
Routinely acts as lead library staff person or "Person in Charge" as needed. Exercises lead supervision over lower level staff and directly supervises assigned subordinate staff as needed. May schedule, train, coordinate, and review work of assigned staff. May assist with hiring and evaluating staff.
Assists in supervising and managing the programs and activities for a service area of the Library, Arts & Culture Department. Demonstrates initiative in identifying and recommending improvements to programs, services and work processes related to their specialty area. Recommends policy and procedure amendments as needed.
Provides and responds to in-depth readers' advisory, informational and specialty service questions. Possesses a depth of knowledge and experience in a specific specialty area including, but not limited to, arts & culture, IT applications and/or emerging technologies. Negotiates with vendors as needed and perform project coordination as assigned by management.
Assists patrons of all ages in every aspect of utilizing the library.
Assists the public in accessing information and library resources.
Assists patrons with circulation functions and financial transactions.
Provides some level of reference and research assistance.
Plans and implements programs including, but not limited to, storytelling, films, arts and crafts, recitals, gallery exhibitions, training workshops and other activities.
Orders and receives library materials as well as processes related invoices..
Provides technology instruction and troubleshooting assistance on a variety of technology devices, tools and software.
Initiates inter-library loans, conducts online material and information searches, produces subject bibliographies and reading lists, selects and maintains library materials.
Maintains currency of professional knowledge by attending professional meetings and staff conferences. Keeps abreast on trends in publishing, automation and public library practices.
Participates in staff meetings and system oriented planning sessions.
Maintains records and statistics, as well as prepares associated reports.
Directs clerical and part-time staff when the unit supervisor is absent.
May be called upon to drive a vehicle or travel on City business as necessary.
Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.
Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe efficient manner.
Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.Minimum Requirements
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Basic knowledge of cataloging and filing rules and relevant print and online resources.
Current trends in library services, especially as it relates to emerging technology and innovations.
Working knowledge of:
Automated library systems.
Emerging technologies and equipment, such as 3D printers, virtual reality, , laser cutters, audio and video production and their associated software.
Creative problem solving (e.g. Design-Thinking).
Exceptional customer service and public relations.
Model and practice in the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Use of automated library systems.
Use of library and general office equipment.
Use of personal computers and tablet devices, as well as associated software and applications.
Be an effective team member.
Be flexible in all work related situations.
Communicate with and relate to a diverse clientele.
Develop necessary skills to successfully accomplish the job.
Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain smooth working relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Read, write and comprehend directions in English.
Work in a team environment.
Work independently under general supervision.
Interpret and utilize data to identify usage trends, measure impact and drive decision making
Manage situations of uncertainty and differing agendas in a positive manner, with professional judgment, creativity, and patience; seeks to understand by listening to others' perspectives.
Negotiate with vendors as needed.
Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
Learn workplace skills and behaviors.
Modify work schedule to meet the changing needs of the department.
Pursue further training.
Work a flexible schedule, including evening/weekend shifts and overtime as requested.
Work in both Central Library and/or branch library environments.
Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or a related field from an accredited college or university AND two years professional library experience and demonstrated knowledge and expertise through work experience or education in the relevant area of specialty OR a Bachelor's Degree in the specialty field AND demonstrated knowledge and expertise through at least three years of work experience in the relevant area of specialty.
Bilingual ability in Armenian, Korean, Spanishor other languages commonly spoken in the community is highly desirable.
Valid Class C California driver's license.
An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.
The examination will consist of an application evaluation, a written, a performance, and an oral, with the evaluation as a qualifying step, the written as pass/fail, the performance as pass/fail, and the oral 100%. The evaluation will be based on the candidate's education and experience as related to the position.The written and performance exam will assess written communication skills as well as general knowledge pertaining to the position. Approximately the top 12 scoring candidates who achieve a minimum passing score of 70% will advance to the oral interview process.Any examination will be to evaluate the candidate's education, experience, knowledge and skills for the position.The City of Glendale reserves the right to modify the above stated examination components and/or weights.Should this be necessary, the candidates will be notified of the specific examination components and weights prior to the administration of any examination. TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED.The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including LiveScan fingerprinting. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities.The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract.In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.
The City of Glendale offers a comprehensive benefit package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance.
The above listed benefits apply to full-time, salaried positions only.
- High School or equivalent
- Some College (with at least 60 college units completed)
- Associate's Degree
- Bachelor's Degree
- Master's Degree or higher
- None of the Above
- Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or a related field from an accredited college or university AND two years of professional library experience and demonstrated knowledge and expertise through work experience or education in the relevant area of specialty
- Bachelor's Degree in the specialty field AND three years two years of professional library experience and demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the relevant area of specialty
- City of Glendale Website
- Visited Human Resources in person
- Currently a City employee
- Friend or relative
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