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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND SPECIAL SERVICES SUPERVISOR – NEWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEWTON, KANSAS
Newton Public Library seeks a dynamic person with enthusiasm, vision and dedication to manage Public Relations and Special Services.

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION:

Under immediate supervision of Library Director, coordinates Family History/Genealogy and photography activities, public relations and social media releases and communications, programming, library fixed assets inventory and library supplies, and serves as chief operations officer in charge in absence of Director as assigned. Works closely with the Adult Services Supervisor to perform supervisory work in Adult Services area including a variety of reference, information, interlibrary loan and circulation functions.  Performs related library work as required. 

HOURS: Hourly – non-exempt for purposes of Fair Labor Standards Act.  Must work evening and weekend shifts. 40-hour work week.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

General:

  • Actively greet and assist patrons with access to library materials, online databases, use of technology, Internet resources, and computer applications.
  • Provide reference, information, readers’ advisory, referral services, and interpretation of policies to patrons.
  • Perform circulation desk procedures including but not limited to manual processes and computerized checking in and checking out library materials, registration of patrons, placing and supplying holds, entering magazine holdings, changing status of barcodes, printing lists, searching and informing patrons of messages, overdues, and collecting money for fines and other library monetary transactions.
  • Perform basic diagnostic troubleshooting on computers.
  • Actively participate in continuing education efforts.
  • Serve as chief operations officer in absence of the Director as assigned, including opening and closing, and following safety and emergency procedures.
  • Assist with physical appearance of service areas and maintenance of building, advising Director of needed actions and performing routine custodial functions when no custodian is present.
  • Promote interest in the library as a community resource including visiting and speaking to individuals, educational, civic, cultural and social organizations.
  • Assist and instruct patrons and staff in the use of technology as it relates to library materials, online databases, Internet resources, and computer applications.
  • Interpret library policies to the staff and public.
  • Maintain standard ledger sheet and circulation reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Specialized:

  • Coordinate public relations, news releases and communications for all library services, activities and programs; oversee web page maintenance and development; oversee and assist with social media posts.
  • Assist with collection development and maintenance within Adult Services such as inventory, shelving and shelf reading by approved library filing techniques and the Dewey Decimal system, and selection and weeding of Genealogy collection, based on Collection Development policies and guidelines.
  • Manage overdue, damaged/lost materials and credit agency procedures.
  • Order and procure office supplies upon approval by the Director. Maintain library fixed assets list and provide updated list annually to Director and City of Newton.
  • Promote, plan, and organize all displays within the library.
  • Prepare statistics, annual and state reports as assigned by Director.
  • Supervise counting, preparing and reconciling deposits of all receipts.
  • Plan, organize and conduct library programs, tours, and services in area of responsibility in coordination with the Director or Adult Supervisor.

Supervisory:

  • Supervise and train staff and volunteers assigned when the position is in charge of a desk, serving as chief operations officer, or with staff or volunteers assigned to area.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BA/BS from an accredited institution
  • Two years of previous public library preferred
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License required if driving on library business

BENEFITS: The position is eligible for health insurance, KPERS, and paid CE, holiday, vacation and sick leave.
Submit Newton Public Library Application Form with cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: Marianne Eichelberger, Library Director, Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS 67114, meichelb @ newtonplks.org. EEO.

 

PART-TIME LIBRARY AIDE – NEWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEWTON, KANSAS

Newton Public Library seeks a dynamic person with enthusiasm, people-oriented, experience with technology, knowledge of library services and minimum 16 years of age.  Must have flexible schedule and be available to work most hours library is open. Approximately 15 hours per week.

Job Duties Include, But Are Not Limited to the Following:

  • Actively greet and assist patrons with access to library materials, online databases, Internet resources, and computer applications.
  • Assist patrons in selecting library materials through knowledge of authors and types of literature.
  • Assist with collection development and maintenance such as inventory, shelving and shelf reading by approved library filing techniques and the Dewey Decimal system weeding of library materials based on NPL Collection Development policies and guidelines.
  • Answer directional questions and refer patrons to appropriate staff member(s).
  • Provide reference, information, readers’ advisory, referral services, and interpretation of policies to patrons.
  • Arrange returned materials on book carts and re-shelve them in proper order.
  • Perform circulation desk procedures including but not limited to manual processes and computerized checking in and checking out library materials, retrieve library materials from book drops, registration of patrons, placing and supplying holds, entering magazine holdings, changing status of barcodes, printing lists, searching and informing patrons of messages, overdues, and manage book drop and collecting money for fines and other library monetary transactions.
  • Prepare, repair, or recondition library materials.
  • Provide advisory services and bibliographic instruction.
  • Provide basic instruction to patrons on specified equipment, library software and databases.
  • Requests interlibrary loan materials and maintains interlibrary loan files.
  • Actively participate in continuing education efforts.
  • Assist with opening and closing, and follow safety and emergency procedures.
  • Assist with physical appearance of service areas and maintenance of building, advising Director of needed actions and performing routine custodial functions when no custodian is present.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Application process for job opportunities at Newton Public Library:

Submit Newton Public Library Application Form with cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: Marianne Eichelberger, Library Director, Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, Newton, KS 67114, meichelb @ newtonplks.org. EEO.

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