Job Title: Information Services Librarian
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 12/18/12 5:00 PM Central Time
Salary: $20.95 - $29.88 Hourly
$1,815.77 - $2,589.96 Semi-Monthly
$43,578.50 - $62,158.93 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA, 50010, Iowa
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General Information Benefits
DEFINITION: Under the direction of the Information Services Coordinator,
serves in a leadership capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate library
collections, services, and programs for adults. Plays a lead role in the
development and management of the library's collections; performs professional
library tasks including reference, adult readers' advisory, and programming
that support the mission of the library. Ensures the efficient and responsive
daily operations of the Information Services work group.
Examples of Essential Job Functions:
Staffs the public desk and provides reference and readers' advisory services
using print and electronic sources, people, organizations, government, and
other agencies. Evaluates the information and service needs of library
customers through the development and application of appropriate needs
assessment methodologies. Teaches information literacy skills to customers and
staff through classes, tutorials, and individual instruction.
Develops budget for and maintains adult print and non-print collections,
including subscription databases and eBooks and remains current on emerging
Plans, presents, and evaluates library programs for a general audience
including library sponsored book groups, informational, and cultural programs.
Meets with community organizations to identify, promote, and facilitate
Performs senior staff duties on a regular basis including responsibility for
building safety and security, responding to emergencies, and interpreting
library policy and procedures for the staff and public.
Participates in library-wide problem-solving; assists in development and
review of library policies, strategic plans, service programs, and
collections. Researches and analyzes current trends, emerging technologies,
and issues in librarianship and allied fields. Participates in professional
organizations and continuing education activities.
Other professional duties include producing reports, grant applications,
newspaper columns, and bibliographies; promoting collections and services
through library-wide public relations and marketing efforts. Has
responsibility for reading professional journals for selection of materials.
Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life
through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values
include continuous improvement, respect for others, being customer driven,
leadership, data-driven decisions, positive attitude, teaming environment,
innovation, honesty and integrity, creativity, innovation, employee
involvement, and excellence. For leaders, this includes creating a work
culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes
maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver
exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to
experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
Education and Experience: Master's degree in library science from an ALA
Licenses and Certificates: Eligible for Professional Librarian certification
by the State of Iowa.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills: Extensive knowledge of the philosophy and
principles of public library services, intellectual freedom, library materials
and collections, policies and procedures. Significant knowledge of emerging
technologies, popular literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, websites
and other resources relevant to service to adults. Knowledge of the principles
of public relations and promotion. Knowledge of integrated library systems,
Microsoft Office Suite, HTML and web-editing software.
Skill in oral and written communication. Skill in training staff, volunteers,
and customers. Skill in customer service. Skill in creative problem solving.
Skill in developing search strategies and in using Internet search engines and
other reference tools.
Ability to develop curriculum and to teach information literacy skills.
Ability to tolerate ambiguity. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of
library collections, services, and programs. Ability to work independently and
as part of a team. Ability to initiate and implement new services and
programs. Ability to be proactive in problem solving and trouble-shooting.
Ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and deadlines.
Ability to develop effective working relationships within library, City of
Ames, community, and profession. Demonstrated commitment to customer service,
continuous improvement, and professional development. Ability to present a
A resume, cover letter, graduate school transcripts, three references, and a
completed City of Ames application are required in order to be considered as a
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security
Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work
All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete
Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in
the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment.
Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the
job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable
documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or
go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at:
NOTE: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing
accommodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing, prior to the
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