Employee Name: Branch/Department: HDQ
Job Title: Outreach Librarian Grade: 18MA FLSA: Exempt
Reporting Relationships:Reports to Programming & Outreach Manager (P&OM). Contacts normally include the public, branch staff, administrative and support staff at Headquarters, local officials, community leaders, private and public school personnel, vendors, and paid performers.
Supervisory Responsibility: Part-time Hourly Public Services.
Overall Position Purpose: This is varied professional work in providing outreach to the public of all ages. May participate at a system level in training, planning, and other committee activities or projects. Works under the supervision of the P&OM using established guidelines. Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Master's Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association-accredited program, two years work experience in a library, and supervisory experience preferred.
Necessary Special Requirement: Ability to secure certification as a Professional Public Librarian in the State of Maryland within 120 days of appointment; ability to meet re-certification requirements by completing 90 hours of training every 5 years. Essential Duties: Examples are illustrative of this class of work; they are not intended to include all of the essential duties of all positions in this class. Certain conditions, e.g. economic constraints, staffing patterns, changes in system/branch goals and objectives, etc., may necessitate changes to the duties described in this job description.
A. Assists with System Outreach Coordination
Helps to plan and coordinate System Outreach, including, but not limited to School Outreach, Early Literacy outreach, Community Engagement, Latino Outreach, and Summer Reading Club outreach.
Assists in the development of services that are designed to fulfill outreach goals and objectives in the Library’s strategic plan.
Aids in the evaluation of outreach services.
Negotiates performer contracts according to Library and Anne Arundel County purchasing requirements.
Coordinates the purchase and distribution of outreach materials, including, but not limited to Early Literacy, School Outreach, and Summer Reading supplies.
Cooperates and collaborates with other Public Services staff as necessary to deliver outreach services.
Collects and organizes statistical data related to outreach.
Creates, organizes, and distributes planning materials and resources in the shared drive and on Eliza.
Participates in grant acquisition for outreach resources including assisting with identification of grant opportunities, research, grant writing and maintaining records.
Collaborates with the Multicultural Programming and Outreach Liaison on development of outreach programs and events.
Collaborates with the Public Relations and Marketing department on development of publicity and graphics for outreach programs and events.
B. School Outreach Coordination
Chairs School Outreach Group and works with P&OM and branch coordinators to plan system-wide efforts.
Aids in planning the School Outreach meetings.
Researches, recommends, books and schedules school outreach efforts.
Recommends policies and procedures related to School Outreach.
Promotes library homework resources and databases to schools under the direction of the P&OM.
Coordinates outreach branch supply orders.
Collects and organizes all statistical data related to the School Outreach. Reports findings to P&OM.
Maintains knowledge of programming and outreach resources in local/state area.
Develops and maintains expertise in emergent literacy principles.
Aids in the coaching of Early Literacy Specialists.
Assists with planning and presenting training sessions for staff, including Early Literacy Specialists.
Keeps abreast of developments and trends in children and adult services.
Maintains programming and outreach skills.
Reviews professional literature.
Learns new skills as necessary to understand and address staff programming and outreach needs.
Recommends policies, procedures, and guidelines related to System's programming and outreach services.
D. Electronic Resource Management
Reviews and edits Programming & Outreach related materials on Eliza (staff intranet), including, but not limited to School Lists, Outreach Resources, Policy & Procedures, and School Outreach Resources.
Creates and manages content for homework resources page on AACPL website.
Creates and supports content for social media in collaboration with the Virtual Services Manager and the Social Media Committee.
Creates and supports content for community organizations and partner websites and marketing in coordination of the P&OM and the Marketing and Communications Manager.
E. Outreach Support
May be asked to represent the Library at community events. May involve some evening or weekend hours.
Serves as liaison between the Library and various groups and organizations in the community.
Assists in the cultivation and evaluation of community partnership opportunities.
May serve as System representative to local government groups as part of outreach responsibilities.
Instructs and guides staff in the objectives, policies and procedures of AACPL and in accordance with its vision/mission and goals
Plans, assigns/delegates and sets work priorities for staff as appropriate
Schedules regular meetings with staff and communicates updates regarding branch/department and/or system changes
Observes, coaches, evaluates and documents performance and recognizes staff contributions in accordance with AACPL policies
Assess, identify and coordinate staff training and development needs
Provides counsel and support to staff in acquiring resources, resolving complaints and meeting their department/branch and personal development objectives
Consults with immediate supervisor or Branch Manager/ Department Head and/or Human Resources regarding personnel concerns
May collaborate with staff in planning branch/department objectives and goals
Maintains a working knowledge of duties, policies and processes in order to fill in for or assist staff when needed
Demonstrates and acts in accordance with library core values and serving as a role model and mentor for staff
G. Other Duties as Assigned
Performs tasks and duties which may not be specifically listed in the position description, but which are within the general occupational category and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s class of work.
H. Work Effectiveness Skills
Consistently meets the standards of the work effectiveness skills required for this position.
Accountabilities: (Include, but are not limited to the following)
1. Meets system objectives for public service in area.
2. Meets development objectives as established by supervisor.
Represents the Library to other library systems, County agencies, community organizations, and other groups.
Maintains professional certification and updates professional skills by participating in training, and other learning opportunities.
Maintains awareness of current events.
Contributes ideas that improve service, increase efficiency, and otherwise advance the development of the library system.
8. Performs work in keeping with standards of the library professional and the policies and procedures of the Library.
Physical Demands: Job involves a considerable amount of movement and activity. Work routinely involves lifting or handling material weighing up to 15 lbs., pushing book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs., using computer, travel to other work locations, and transporting materials and equipment related to programming and outreach services.
Emotional Demands: Some stress related to public contact. Some pressure related to sustained periods of high-volume activity and multiple demands.
Social Environment: Always people to talk to/work with.
Physical Environment: Typical office/library environment. Some fluctuations in building temperature related to HVAC problems can cause some periods of uncomfortable heat or cold. Some periods of elevated noise levels during programs and peak times.
Mental Demands: This is high-level professional and technical work requiring sophisticated reasoning and independent judgment. Work is performed with minimal supervision and allows for significant discretion and variance in work routine.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of and ability to apply current research and practices in all areas of programming.
Knowledge of and ability to apply best practices in library and community settings.
Knowledge of and ability to use the techniques of programming to children, teens and adults.
Ability to develop strong interactive community relationships.
Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully and courteously with a diverse public and all age levels.
Knowledge of community analysis practices as they apply to public library service.
Ability to organize, plan, and execute work and to set and reach goals with minimal direct supervision.
Knowledge and skills necessary to supervise and direct the work of others and in an environment where there are frequent interruptions.
Ability to plan and present training for library staff.
Ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure.
Knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively as part of a team toward the achievement of common goals and objectives.
Anne Arundel County Public Library employees work in a diverse environment and are expected to demonstrate respect for and relate to co-workers and customers from many different backgrounds and cultures. The Anne Arundel County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Library’s policy is to treat all applicants and employees equally without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.