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Employment Opportunity: Youth Services Librarian, Las Cruces

The Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces is accepting applications for a full-time Youth Services Librarian.

Nature of Work

  • Performs professional-level librarian work involving selection, cataloging, reference assistance and reader’s advisory, customer services and program coordination in the providing library services to the community.

Work Situation Factors 

  • Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues.  Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.

Environmental Factors

  • Work is performed in a library & office setting. 

Physical Factors

  • Light physical demands; mostly desk work; some lifting of heavy books and materials. Frequent use of a personal computer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizes, and makes available data, information, and creative and scholarly works; provides services that assist and instruct people in the most efficient and effective ways to identify, locate, access, and use public information and resources; provides information and interpretation concerning library services, policies and procedures.
  • Performs professional library reference and research services using specialized bibliographic databases, Internet services and Inter-library loan resources; organizes reference services activities; analyzes and responds to difficult reference inquiries.
  • Circulates materials and coordinates patron services; processes book requests; researches multiple databases to determine availability of items and correct source of borrowing; administers checking in and out procedures for Library materials; authorizes and initiates book renewals; creates new patron records; provides daily supervision and training for pages, volunteers and community service workers.
  • Assists with collection development; reviews various sources and lists of library books & materials available, evaluates options, selects materials to meet the needs of the community, and recommends additions to the collection; reviews and evaluates current collection and recommends the removal of books and other resources that are no longer appropriate for the collection; monitors expenditures and budget.
  • Assists in determining and developing library programs and services to meet the needs of the community; speaks to community groups and schools, and develops and distributes marketing materials to promote the City Library and programs; provides proctoring of exams for distance learning students.
  • May oversee, train, and monitor the work activities of assigned personnel; prepares and processes a variety of departmental reports including operational and statistical reports; oversees library security and assures patrons comply with policies and procedures; performs special research and program development projects as assigned.
  • Maintains expertise in field of service through participation in applicable educational opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Library Science, and one year of experience in a public library environment. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy. Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) may be preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General Knowledge of: Principles and practices of public library administration; methods and procedures for developing and maintaining library collections; policies, rules and regulations governing the conduct and safety of library programs and facilities; library classification, cataloging, and acquisition protocols; techniques and protocols for researching a wide variety of online bibliographic databases; business and personal computers, and specialized software applications; City municipal code, policies and procedures.
  • Skills in: Performing a wide variety of technical library support functions; utilizing and maintaining automated library systems and computer equipment; library database research & maintenance; identifying library collection issues and developing suggestions for enhancements; working with several disparate computer database systems; providing customer services to and interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; recognizing and resolving conflicts in library data entry; organizing workload to keep pace with flow of library materials.
  • Ability to: Assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and customers.

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