Librarian I

Orange County
Santa Ana, CA
Posted 60+ days ago
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CAREER DESCRIPTION

LIBRARIAN I

SALARY INFORMATION

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This recruitment is being held to establish an open eligible list to fill current Librarian I positions within the OC Public Libraries branches. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower level classifications.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

This recruitment will remain open on a continuous basis for a minimum of five (5) business days, until the needs of the County are met. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

OC PUBLIC LIBRARIES

OC Public Libraries is a network of community libraries located in your neighborhood or as near as your computer. Our 33 public branches in 24 cities and unincorporated areas of the County of Orange, as well as a branch for residents of Orangewood Children's Home provide library services to residents throughout the county. OC Public Libraries provides safe and easy access to libraries for the community, offers a broad spectrum of materials in multiple formats, provides the community with the best access to the collection, and delivers knowledgeable, friendly and experienced staff to support the information needs of the community. OC Public Libraries is a division of OC Community Resources.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Librarian I incumbent is a leader in developing and providing a full range of technical and/or direct library services to the community. Incumbents may develop, implement, and provide programs that promote literacy and love of reading, and facilitate timely access to accurate and complete information on all subjects for targeted or general populations. The incumbent may serve as a technical expert in developing, overseeing, and educating others (both members of the public and other staff) on critical library system functions such as information technology, cataloging, and collection management. The incumbent will also be proactive in identifying current community needs, projecting future needs, and take the initiative to help the library identify better ways of providing service in the future.

Areas of assignment for these positions are:

  • Literacy Services
  • Children's Services
  • Teen Services
  • Adult Services

The Librarian I incumbent will be expected to function independently with programs, projects or technical assignments. The incumbent will provide training to paraprofessional, clerical, and lead staff within their area of specialty. The Librarian I may act as the "librarian in charge" in the absence of the Branch Manager and will demonstrate a commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences.

Job duties for other areas of assignment include but are not limited to:

  • Assist library patrons by shelving and locating library materials, checking materials in and out, issuing library cards, providing information, answering difficult questions, assisting with library technology, maintaining the branch cash drawer, and handling monetary transactions
  • Evaluate library materials, order and manage library supplies, catalog library materials, conduct online searches, and maintain the online library catalog
  • Work in collaboration with vendors to initiate new contracts, maintain current contracts, initiate purchases, develop scopes of work, and enact contract modifications
  • Utilize the Integrated Library System (ILS) to initiate orders, make modifications, answer inquiries, create and modify vendor profiles, create ordering reports, and make any necessary records corrections
  • Monitor, track, and maintain the library budget to ensure that fiscal year spending targets are achieved
  • Evaluate community needs, and plan and conduct a variety of outreach and special interest programs to serve the community
  • Assign duties, establish work procedures and schedules, and review the work of subordinate library staff and volunteers
  • Provide subordinate staff and volunteers with training and guidance in the procedures and practices of a public library

OC Public Libraries may require employees to work weekends, evenings and rotate to various locations.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES

In addition to the experience and education stated in minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will demonstrate extensive experience, knowledge, and ability in the following core competencies:

Library Science/Library and Information Science Expertise

  • Demonstrate working knowledge and experience in library science
  • Ability to respond to and address safety issues
  • Knowledge and ability to develop and maintain a collection of reference resources to meet community needs
  • Facilitate library users' requests for information
  • Apply principles and modern methods of library science and public business administration including organization, budgetary preparation and control of branch collections
  • Knowledge and ability to work with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, library databases, and integrated library systems and personnel management
  • Be familiar with library services for children, adults and teens
  • Maintain familiarity with current library issues, trends, and practices through professional journals and continuous training.
  • Apply customer service skills to enhance the level of user satisfaction
  • Apply effective techniques to address difficult situations with users

Social Media

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook along with emerging social media platforms to showcase/promote library programs, services and events which drive visitors to the library and foster a positive relationship between OC Public Libraries and the community

Community Outreach

  • Demonstrate the impact and value of the library to the community through ongoing evaluation and assessment of library services
  • Build support for the library, using the most appropriate methods among a variety of groups
  • Maintain positive public relations through communication and promotion of the library's values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders
  • Form strategic partnerships with community organizations
  • Demonstrate a desire and ability to identify and serve customers (internal and external)
  • Effective oral and written communication with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Manage the library environment to enhance the user experience; develop and evaluate standards and practices for the delivery of quality customer service

Organizing & Planning Skills

  • Effective organizing and planning skills to ensure high productivity and efficiency, (examples include development and implementation of Story times, Book Clubs, Craft Clubs, Film Discussions, Career Workshops, Summer Reading programs, Teen programs, guest speakers, author events, etc.)
  • Work independently and manage time wisely to effectively prioritize multiple and competing tasks
  • Meet departmental and project goals and deadlines by prioritizing workload and projects

Leadership/Supervisory

  • Contribute to a productive workforce through effective recruitment and selection of library branch staff
  • Lead and empower employees to deliver effective, high-quality library service; coach, mentor, challenge, and work collaboratively with direct reports to align personal development and goal achievement with business objectives and organizational vision
  • Establish effective strategies for performance management
  • Work with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Maintain effective relationships with others to achieve common goals
  • Effectively work in teams using strong team-building skills
  • Align efforts with the vision and direction of OC Public Libraries
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for leadership

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Please click here to view the minimum qualifications for Librarian I.

Note: To meet the education requirements mentioned in the job specifications please attach unofficial transcripts to your application. Official Transcripts will be required upon a job offer.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and/or desirable qualifications. After screening, applicants who meet the minimum and/or desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process. All applicants will be notified via email of their status in the process.

Recorded Structured Oral Interview (rSOI) | (Weighted 100%)

The rSOI is a timed oral interview conducted virtually through an online vendor. Applicants will be asked a series of structured questions designed to elicit the applicant's qualifications for the job. All applicant responses will be video recorded so that they can be evaluated against pre-determined criteria by a panel of job knowledge experts. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures above may be modified. Candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List

Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

Veterans Employment Preference

The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination or testing as follows:

  • Workers, who provide services in certain Medical or High-Risk Settings, will be required to provide proof of full vaccination from COVID-19 or to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted. (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason; however, if exempted, they will be required to wear a mask and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.)

The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION:

Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Lori Wright at (714) 480-2738 or [email protected] EEO INFORMATION

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,

encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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