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The Carthage-Leake Library, an equal opportunity employer, is now accepting applications for the position of Youth Services Librarian. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing and implementing the library’s services for children and young adults and performing other library-related duties as needed, under the supervision of the Carthage-Leake County Librarian. Must possess excellent customer service, communication, computer skills, initiative, and an interest/enthusiasm for working with children, librarianship, and the community. Base salary plus co-pay state health insurance, state retirement, and other benefits. 40 hours per week. See below for additional relevant position information including job description, salary, and benefits. Click here or on the banner to apply today. Deadline to apply is Monday, August 2 at Noon.

Position Summary:

The Carthage-Leake County Library Youth Services Librarian is responsible for developing and implementing the library’s services for children and young adults and performing other library-related duties as needed, under the supervision of the Carthage-Leake County Librarian.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plans and executes the Carthage-Leake County Library’s services for children and young adult patrons;
  • Plans and coordinates a year-round schedule of children’s and young adult programming and activities which educate patrons and encourage library use;
  • Provides outreach programming to schools and childcare centers in the Carthage-Leake County Library’s service area regularly throughout the year;
  • Instructs children and young adults in the use of the library and its resources, answers questions, and conducts basic research;
  • Reviews and selects children’s and young adult materials for the library collection in conjunction with the Carthage-Leake County Librarian and assists in collection development and material weeding;
  • Maintains a welcoming, orderly, neat, and safe environment in the library’s children and teen areas;
  • Provides attractive displays and settings to encourage reading and library use, including the bulletin board in the children’s area;
  • Promotes all aspects of youth services by creating publicity materials and press releases for use by local media outlets and on library social media sites, maintains the Carthage-Leake County Library’s Facebook page;
  • Works at the main circulation desk as needed and performs related duties as required;
  • Communicates and interacts effectively with the public to conduct transactions, accept requests for information, explain services, and provide other assistance as necessary;
  • Collects statistical data and prepares reports as required;
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of library policies and operations and an ability to carry out and explain those policies when necessary;
  • Maintains an interest, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the informational, educational, and recreational needs of all library patrons while specializing in those areas specific to young patrons;
  • Participates in relevant professional development activities;
  • Maintains an understanding and ability to use all appropriate technology, including but not limited to library computers, library automation software, the Internet, and clerical equipment;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Carthage-Leake County Librarian or Executive Director.

Core Competencies:

  • Work Ethic: Is productive, diligent, conscientious, timely, and loyal. Conscientiously abides by rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Integrity: Models and demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others. Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and maintaining necessary confidentiality.
  • Service Orientation: Demonstrates a commitment to quality public service through statements and actions. Seeks to understand and meet and/or exceed the needs and expectations of customers. Treats customers with respect, responding to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances. 
  • Self-Management Skills: Effectively manages emotions and maintains a positive attitude. Works effectively and cooperatively with others. Treats all people with respect, courtesy, and consideration. Adheres to high ethical standards. Continuously evaluates and adapts; copes effectively with change.
  • Accountability: Accepts responsibility for actions and results. Focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals. Maintains necessary attention to detail to achieve high level performance. Deals effectively with pressure. Takes ownership of tasks and mistakes.
  • Self-Development: Adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Professional Maturity: Takes initiative to accomplish stated and unstated goals.
  • Library Advocacy: Communicates the importance of library services to the public.
  • Communication Skills: Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal and written messages and instructions, and expresses information to individuals or groups effectively. Maintains a warm, friendly, caring, and concerned manner towards children and young adults in particular. Regularly interacts with the public, and representatives from area schools, pre-schools, daycares, and other community groups in a professional manner.
  • Results Oriented: Plans effectively to achieve or exceed goals, sets and meets deadlines.
  • Workflow and Resource Management: Demonstrates ability to plan, prioritize, and organize.
  • Technical Proficiency: Reads, comprehends, and correctly applies all rules, regulations, and policies applicable to work assignments. Performs work with a minimum amount of supervision when necessary.
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Identifies, analyzes, and solves problems. Has the ability and willingness to cooperate with other employees in identifying and solving problems in order to effectively and efficiently complete assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of college is preferred; a bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred;
  • Two years of youth service work experience in a public library or related field is preferred;
  • Education and prior relevant work experience are equalizing factors that will be considered;
  • Must be a resident of Leake County or willing to relocate;
  • Excellent computer/technical skills; Excellent communication skills;
  • Valid Mississippi Driver’s License.

Working Conditions:

A 40 hour per week position requiring evening (until 6 pm) and Saturday hours on a rotating schedule. Overtime and travel may occasionally be required to complete job duties. Employee may be required to work with minimal or general supervision. Tasks may often require standing or sitting for long periods of time. Employee may frequently exert force equivalent to lifting up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 35 pounds. Though most duties will be performed in an office environment, employee may occasionally encounter environment that is dusty and/or dirty with a lack of environmental control. Must have the physical ability to climb a step stool and rolling ladder, move a book truck, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and bend. Employee may be required to work under stressful conditions, and in environments which present continuous interruptions and background noises. Employee will be required to respond appropriately to unexpected situations and scenarios.

Disclaimer:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties, responsibilities, skills, or abilities of the job described, but are instead intended to describe the general nature of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Additional Information:

Probationary Period: Six Months

Benefits:

  • Access to the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Life and Health Insurance Plan, a self-insured plan that provides coverage for more than 185,000 active employees, dependents, spouses and retirees.
    • Health benefits are administered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi through the AHS State Network of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, available exclusively only to Plan participants. BCBSMS provides participants with an online medical explanation of benefits and many other tools to manage their health care.
  • Optional supplemental employee paid insurance
  • Co-paid state retirement through the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS)
  • Annual and sick leave; other miscellaneous leave
  • Approximately 10 – 12 paid holidays per year

Starting Salary: $23,500 per year. Salary Review After Completion of One Year of Service

System Information:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System is a tax supported public library system with thirteen branches spread throughout Attala, Leake, Holmes, Montgomery, and Winston Counties. Originally formed in 1957, the system is governed by a five member Administrative Board of Trustees, and managed by the System Executive Director. For more information, visit our website located at: www.midmisslib.com.

MMRLS Mission Statement:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System offers the best possible information services to the citizens of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties in Central Mississippi.

The management and staff of the public library system envision the continuation of the blending of traditional public library services with the electronic information services and technologies. This blending of traditional services with new electronic services is for the enrichment of educational opportunities for all citizens.