Children’s Assistant-Madison Branch-Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Applications can be found online at or at any MRCPL location. Please print, complete and submit application to any MRCPL location or to the Business Office, 43 W Third St, Mansfield OH 44902.

Reports to: Branch Manager

FLSA Status: Non-exempt/hourly
Pay Grade: 18 – $15.07
24 with MLIS – $20.21 Location: Madison Branch Library

This is a fulltime, 40 hour/week position.
General Summary

Under general supervision of the Branch Manager, the Branch Children’s Assistant is responsible for providing library services to persons of all ages, especially children from birth through early teen, at Branch Library and at schools and other community locations. Also oversees Branch operations when the Branch Manager is not available.


1. Bachelor’s degree is required with coursework emphasis on children’s literature, programming and education. Master’s degree in Library Science preferred.
2. Experience working with children of all ages.
3. Must like children and be comfortable working with children individually and in groups.
4. Excellent organizational skills.
5. Superior oral communication and listening skills.
6. Strong interpersonal skills, particularly with children.
7. Attention to detail and accuracy.
8. Computer and keyboarding skills.
9. Ability to work flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekend hours.
10. Favorable results of pre-employment background check.
11. Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.
12. With reasonable accommodation, engage in intermittent periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, stretching, lifting and carrying equipment and materials occasionally weighing 40 – 60 pounds and pushing loaded book trucks weighing 75–100 pounds or more

Advanced Knowledge Of

1. Children’s materials, both current and classic.
2. Library policy, procedures, and operations; can be acquired after appointment to the position.
3. Library online circulation system, catalog and resources; can be acquired after appointment to the position.
4. Computer applications used by the Library.
5. Media and devices currently in use by customer (ie, IPad, other tablets, IPhones and other cell phones, eReaders and the like)
6. Internet programming and usage, including email skills.
7. Safe work practices.

Skill in and Ability To

1. Work independently in the absence of direct supervision.
2. Provide oral and written instructions clearly and concisely.
3. Work with numbers accurately.
4. Use computer and evince above-average keyboarding skills.
5. Relate to children and be comfortable working with children individually and in groups.
6. Organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
7. Communicate and listen with strong interpersonal skills, particularly with children.
8. Attend to detail with accuracy.
9. Handle multiple activities or interruptions at once.
10. Organize and implement high quality children’s programming and initiatives throughout the year, including the annual Summer Library Program.
11. Keep current and knowledgeable regarding children’s materials; make recommendations for future acquisitions.
12. Communicate frequently with Branch Manager and Branch and Youth Services Administrator regarding services to children and other related issues.
13. Work, share, and brainstorm with other Children’s Staff system-wide; and with teachers at schools in MRCPL’s service area, and in particular in the areas served by the Branch.
14. Perform essential duties and responsibilities reliably with 6 months of on-the-job experience and training

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Note: The duties listed below illustrate but do not limit the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

1. Initiate, promote, prepare, and present children’s programming at the Library and during visits to schools, daycares and preschools and to community organizations and events for children.
2. Promote reading by creating and maintaining monthly displays and bulletin boards and summer reading displays.
3. Plan, promote and oversee Summer Library Program for children at the Branch Library.
4. Provide reference and reader’s advisory service to children and adult customers.
5. Participate in branch collection development for children, including print and non-print materials.
6. Serve as primary Branch Library contact for area schools and teachers and prepare teacher packs.
7. Participate frequently and as directed in the maintenance of the portion of the MRCPL website dedicated to services for children.
8. Perform clerical and circulation duties, as directed.
9. Assist with all Branch ancillary operations and supervises Branch operations in the absence of the Branch Manager, including scheduling changes and upholding Library policies and procedures.
10. Compile and report Branch children’s programming statistics, when and as the directed by the Branch Manager or Branch and Youth Services Administrator.
11. Assist with daily shelving of all Branch Library children’s materials

Additional duties:
Note: The duties listed below illustrate but do not limit the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

1. Maintain a current and thorough knowledge of professional trends and in particular children’s collection development trends, in order to maintain excellent customer service. Such knowledge might be gained through professional training, continuing education, and professional organization involvement, as the Branch Manager and Branch and Youth Services Administrator deem to be important, and as the budget permits.
2. Attend meetings as assigned by the Branch Manager or Branch and Youth Services Administrator, including annual Staff Development Day.
3. Adhere to, supports, and effectively implements Administration and Board policy, procedures and core values.
4. Perform additional duties and assignments, as required by the upward chain of command, which moves from the Branch Children’s Assistant to the Branch Manager, Branch and Youth Services Administrator, Deputy Director, to the Director.

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