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Youth & Family Engagement Librarian
Job Code:2023-518
Branch/Department:Youth and Family Engagement-Rosedale
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary range:$46,658-Starting Salary
At BCPL, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, and creating innovative learning spaces. We seek enthusiastic, open-minded, self-motivated individuals who can work well independently and with others. BCPL circulates over 10 million items and provides library services through its 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles, and an extensive outreach network. If you are forward thinking and passionate about public service, consider joining BCPL in this position.

This is a full time position working 40 hours a week. All library staff may be required to work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year as part of the normal work schedule.

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the Youth and Family Engagement Department's Mobile Engagement Administrator assists youth, families and caregivers with their diverse library needs. Provides information, materials advisory, and technology assistance and performs various collection and circulation duties. Demonstrates a commitment to expanding quality services for youth and families in Baltimore County, strong leadership skills and good judgement. Leads programs and outreach events. Regularly serves as Librarian in Charge. 
  • Plans and presents programs and outreach events based on operational needs of the department from individual to group instruction covering all age groups, both in-person and virtually
  • Guides youth, families and caregivers in selecting appropriate materials for reading/viewing/listening
  • Uses technology to serve customers and to streamline workflow; provides technology-related instruction
  • Performs collection maintenance duties on the outreach vehicles and keeps the collection orderly including shelving, merchandising, and shelf-reading
  • Processes all material types and devices
  • Merchandises and maintains the library's shared collection
  • Creates/manages library customer accounts, including accepting, managing and negotiating payments (cash and electronic)
  • Assists customers at their point of need to find answers to a broad range of questions, using appropriate resources and making relevant referrals
  • Assists customers with navigating website and searching databases
  • Assists customers with using library computers, including navigating online resources and using desktop software
  • Uses the library's website or catalog to search, locate and reserve an item in the library's catalog or from other library systems and performs basic materials advisory
  • May serve as the librarian-in-charge; includes de-escalation, handling customer issues, responding to vehicle problems, addressing and documenting security incidents, and providing follow-up to department management
  • Builds and maintains relationships with diverse community partners, government agencies and other youth-serving organizations that share a common mission
  • May prepare daily schedules under the direction of the Department Manager or Mobile Engagement Administrator
  • Drives outreach vehicles
  • Must be able to meet scheduling requirements by arriving to work on time and staying until the end of one's shift
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends and be flexible with one's work schedule to meet daily operational requirements
  • Must have access to transportation, as needed, to fulfill the responsibilities of the position (including meetings, events and activities at branch locations or offsite)
  • Other duties as assigned
Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible

Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, preferably in a youth related field
  • Successful completion of the Library Associate Training Institute (LATI) or MLS from an ALA accredited school within three years of date of hire
  • Knowledge of public library services and operations
  • One (1) year of experience in public library services and operations, preferably with youth
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience of customer service 
  • Valid driver's license in good standing
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. and push/pull a wheeled cart weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Must be able to bend, kneel, crouch and stretch for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time and move throughout the mobile unit
  • Must be able to read small print
*Applications for this position will remain in consideration for any Youth & Family Engagement Librarian position openings within the next six months and do not need to reapply.*

Please Note: This position closes on: March 31, 2023

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes 20 vacation days, 15 sick days, and 7 personal days per year, as well as, subsidized healthcare options, pension eligibility, and other related benefits.