Teen Services Librarian | Kenosha Public Library (WI)

Posted on Mar 14, 2019


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science required.

  • Professional librarian experience preferred (public library experience preferred); with experience, knowledge, or training in services to children and/or young adults.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with library staff and the public.

  • Ability to gather statistics, analyze information and write reports.

  • Ability to use computer software and manage computerized files.

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships with the public, peers, and supervisors.

  • Ability to creatively and effectively make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge, or training without supervision.

  • Mathematical ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) without the aid of the calculator.

  • Problem-solving skills; develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; recommend actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; refer recommended solutions to Head of Youth and Family Services when necessary.

  • Reading ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins, etc. Working knowledge of English grammar and spelling.

  • Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.

  • Possession of a valid driver's license and a good driving record.

  • A personal vehicle for use on the job.

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

Essential Library Core Competencies:

  • Core Technology – Performs basic functions of e-mail applications; Performs basic calendar operations and task management; Understands, uses and helps others use basic computer hardware and peripherals, mobile devices, and the Internet; Demonstrates information literacy; Understands common security protocols related to Internet use; Understands and performs basic functions and tasks of common software programs; Performs basic word processing operations and basic printing operations from common applications; Maintains awareness of commonly used technologies and applies technology effectively for ongoing learning and collaboration.

  • Core Personal/Interpersonal Competencies – Develops and maintains effective relationships with others to achieve common goals; Applies effective strategies to manage organizational politics, conflict and difficult coworker behaviors; Applies customer service skills to enhance the level of user satisfaction; Applies effective techniques to address difficult situations with users; Understands and acts in accordance with the basic values and ethics of library service; Aligns efforts with the vision and direction of the organization; Demonstrates leadership qualities and behavior; Anticipates and adapts to change and challenges effectively.

  • Cultural Competence – Sees the value of cultural, ethnic, gender, and other individual differences in people; Values different points of view and checks views against the views of others; Supports fair treatment and equal opportunity for all; Listens to and objectively considers the ideas/input of others and respects the talents and contributions of all individuals; Strives to eliminate barriers to diversity; ensures that new barriers to diversity are not built.

  • Accountability – Accepts personal responsibility for and meets established standards for the quality, quantity, resource management, and timeliness of work.  Maintains a positive attitude, regular attendance, punctuality, and demonstrates integrity and honesty. Acknowledges and corrects mistakes.

  • Civility – Demonstrates respect for others, open-mindedness, generosity of spirit, and a concern for the common good.

  • Communication – Communicates in a clear and concise way both verbally and in writing.  Demonstrates the ability to convey ideas, thoughts, issues, and information.

  • Learning and Innovation – Manages the development of one's own learning and ongoing improvement of skills and knowledge that contribute to increased effectiveness, proficiency, and service; demonstrates critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

  • Teamwork – Values and cooperates with all team members.  Promotes a friendly climate, good morale and cooperative team relationships.

Essential Librarian Core Competencies

  • Foundations of the Profession
    Knows the ethics, values, and foundational principles of the library and information profession. Understands the role of library and information professionals in the promotion of democratic principle and intellectual freedom (including freedom of expression, thought, and conscience). Knows the history of libraries and librarianship. Knows the history of human communication and its impact on libraries. Distinguishes current types of library (school, public, academic, special, etc.) and closely related information agencies. Knows national and international social, public, information, economic, and cultural policies and trends of significance to the library and information profession. Understands the legal framework within which libraries and information agencies operate. That framework includes laws relating to copyright, privacy, freedom of expression, equal rights (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act), and intellectual property. Understands the importance of effective advocacy for libraries, librarians, other library workers, and library services. Knows the techniques used to analyze complex problems and create appropriate solutions. Displays effective communication techniques (verbal and written). Knows certification and/or licensure requirements of specialized areas of the profession.

  • Information Resources
    Understands concepts and issues related to the lifecycle of recorded knowledge and information, from creation through various stages of use to disposition. Understands concepts, issues, and methods related to the acquisition and disposition of resources, including evaluation, selection, purchasing, processing, storing, and deselection. Understands concepts, issues, and methods related to the management of various collections. Understands concepts, issues, and methods related to the maintenance of collections, including preservation and conservation.

  • Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information
    Understands the principles involved in the organization and representation of recorded knowledge and information. The developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills needed to organize recorded knowledge and information resources. Knows the systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods used to organize recorded knowledge and information.

  • Technological Knowledge and Skills
    Understands information, communication, assistive, and related technologies as they affect the resources, service delivery, and uses of libraries and other information agencies. Understands the application of information, communication, assistive, and related technology and tools consistent with professional ethics and prevailing service norms and applications. Knows the methods of assessing and evaluating the specifications, efficacy, and cost efficiency of technology-based products and services. Possesses the principles and techniques necessary to identify and analyze emerging technologies and innovations in order to recognize and implement relevant. technological improvements.

  • Reference and User Services
    Understands the concepts, principles, and techniques of reference and user services that provide access to relevant and accurate recorded knowledge and information to individuals of all ages and groups. Knows techniques used to retrieve, evaluate, and synthesize information from diverse sources for use by individuals of all ages and groups. Knows the methods used to interact successfully with individuals of all ages and groups to provide consultation, mediation, and guidance in their use of recorded knowledge and information. Knows information literacy/information competence techniques and methods, numerical literacy, and statistical literacy. Understands the principles and methods of advocacy used to reach specific audiences to promote and explain concepts and services. Understands the principles of assessment and response to diversity in user needs, user communities, and user preferences. Understands the principles and methods used to assess the impact of current and emerging situations or circumstances on the design and implementation of appropriate services or resource development.

  • Research
    Knows the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Knows the central research findings and research literature of the field. Understands the principles and methods used to assess the actual and potential value of new research

  • Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning
    Understands the necessity of continuing professional development of practitioners in libraries and other information agencies. Understands the role of the library in the lifelong learning of patrons, including an understanding of lifelong learning in the provision of quality service and the use of lifelong learning in the promotion of library services. Knows learning theories, instructional methods, and achievement measures; and their application in libraries and other information agencies. Understands the principles related to the teaching and learning of concepts, processes and skills used in seeking, evaluating, and using recorded knowledge and information.

Physical and Working Conditions

  • Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.

  • Finger work: keyboard, writing, filing, sorting, shelving, processing, and picking up and shelving books.

  • Lifting and carrying: 50 pounds or less.

  • Ability to travel to meetings outside the library, including overnight travel.

  • Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.

  • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing and stooping, bending, twisting and reaching.

  • Talking and hearing

  • Ability to use the following: audiovisual equipment, building security systems, calculator, computer workstation, copy machine, fax machine, telephone.




Kenosha Public Library (WI)
Southwest Neighborhood Library
7979 38th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
United States

How to apply

Interest applicants must apply utilizing the City of Kenosha's online application system.

Teen Services Librarian Application Link

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