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Digital Initiatives Librarian (Administration)
Early Literacy Librarian (Youth Services)
Information Desk Assistant (Adult Services)


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At the heart of a vibrant urban/rural community of over 96,000, Strathcona County Library (SCL) encourages literacy and lifelong learning, fosters community connections, and offers programs and services that inform, engage, and entertain. SCL provides excellent and accessible services from its Central Library in the Strathcona County Community Centre, its award-winning Bookmobile, and  satellite book returns throughout the community.

Please note: Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The library keeps all applications received on file for a period of 3 months.

Learn more about SCL

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Are You Page Material?
Are you interested in working at the library? Do you have a keen eye for details? Come join our Page team where you will work evenings and weekends through the school year to help us shelve materials.

Pages shelve each and every item that gets returned to the library and help us monitor the organization of materials on our shelves to ensure everything is locatable.

The minimum job requirements are: 15 years of age and a high school student.

Please fill out the Page Application Form (pdf) (also available at the library) and return it to the front desk.


Current Postings

Digital Initiatives Librarian (Administration Department)

EMPLOYMENT TERMS
This is a permanent, full-time, 35 hour/week position starting September 25, 2017. This position involves working a variety of shifts, which may include some evenings and weekends. Pay range is $37.94–$47.42 with benefits, paid on a bi-weekly basis.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Strathcona County Library is looking for a flexible team player with
excellent communication skills, a strong library service orientation, and hands-on experience with data management, to take a lead role on organization-wide digital development projects.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Assistant Manager, Administration, this position will:

  • Manage the Library’s public website and staff intranet. Lead the Library’s cross-department Web Development Team and act as primary liaison with vendors and the Library’s IT staff to maintain stability and usability. Consider user feedback and track and analyze site performance on a regular basis to inform decision-making about future development. Provide staff training and troubleshooting.
  • Lead organization-wide digital development projects. Collaborate with library and information technology staff, vendors, partners, and outside experts to identify emerging technologies that have potential for new and improved library services. Work with the Library’s IT staff to provide enhancements to existing library applications and to develop and maintain staff tools and supporting ifrastructure. Manage technical projects through their lifecycle, from research and development through to implementation.
  • Provide staff training and regular communication and support for organization-wide digital development projects. Collaborate with other library and information technology staff to analyze, test, gather user feedback, and provide regular status updates about ongoing digital development projects, and to design and schedule staff training opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Library & Information Studies degree from an accredited university.
  • At least two years of experience in a library, preferably in a public library
  • Demonstrated experience with successful project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide staff training for digital tools and resources.
  • Strong technological skills including some programming in a Windows/PC environment.
  • Analytical, organizational, and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to maintain currency and competence with new technologies and digital resources.
  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of technical and non-technical teams in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge related to dynamic web design, data management tools and principles, e-content management, database management, open access tools, cloud-based services, and library-related software would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with: Drupal 7, XML, CSS, PHP, Sirsi Dynix Horizon, BiblioCommons, Windows 10, MS Office Suite (especially Excel), Google Forms and Analytics, would be an asset.
  • Direct customer service or help desk experience in a public library setting would be an asset.

APPLICATION DETAILS
Please apply by submitting a
cover letter and résumé by 9:00 am, August 29, 2017.
Attn: Sue Colp, Assistant Manager, Administration
email: scolp@sclibrary.ca

Please Note: Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Youth Librarian, Early Literacy Services

EMPLOYMENT TERMS
This is a permanent, full-time, 35 hour/week position starting September 18, 2017, or a date to be determined in consultation with the successful applicant. This position involves working a variety of shifts including weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Annual salary range is: $69,051 – $86,304 with benefits, paid on a bi-weekly basis.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Strathcona County Library is looking for a flexible team player with strong leadership skills to bring experience, knowledge, leadership and passion to the development and delivery of innovative library services to preschool children and their families and caregivers.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Within established guidelines and under the direction of the Manager, Youth Services, this position:

  • Acts as a Team Lead for library programs and services for preschool-aged children (babies to 5 years) and their caregivers and provides leadership, training and support to a team of five preschool staff.
  • Develops, coordinates and implements a variety of engaging programs for preschool children and their caregivers by applying knowledge of development stages of youth, brain development, and literacy development and learning activities; considering goals, community needs and trends, customizing for specific audiences, evaluating feedback and outcomes, and making recommendations.
  • Collaborates and builds partnerships with other agencies, develops outreach services and promotes library resources and services by consulting with daycares, preschools, and other community agencies supporting preschool children and their caregivers. Proposes, maintains and evaluates existing partnerships with external agencies. Coordinates and assigns staff for tours, outreach services, partnered and co-sponsored programs.
  • Provides early literacy instruction, training and support for both library staff, educators, and external agencies that work with preschool children.
  • Monitors preschool budget and expenditures and provides recommendations for program and equipment purchases.
  • Envisions and maintains the public preschool space and activity centres.
  • Oversees a variety of preschool library services including: Babies Need Books bags, Enchanted Express grab bags, and a themed book service for daycares.
  • Analyzes program feedback, evaluates programs and services and maintains program statistics.
  • Coordinates and develops content for program guides and related sections of the Library website and posts to Library social media accounts.
  • Manages collection development and maintenance for assigned collections.
  • Provides research, reader’s advisory and technical assistance to customers of all ages in person, online and by phone.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters of Library & Information Studies degree from an accredited university.
  • At least two years of related library experience, including leadership functions.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Professional knowledge of public library philosophies, principles, roles, values and procedures with experience in youth services and reference services.
  • Experience in planning and providing developmentally appropriate programs for infants, preschool children and supporting adults is required.
  • Understanding of and experience with skill building for preschool children in the areas of digital literacy and STEM learning.
  • Specialized knowledge of theories and stages in child and youth development and of theories and models related to early literacy and family literacy.
  • Training in children’s literature.
  • Ability to gather community input, assess needs, analyze data and trends, and create responsive services.
  • Analytical skills to evaluate services and make innovative recommendations.
  • Team leadership skills.
  • Collection management skills.
  • Marketing and promotional skills.
  • High level of research, readers’ advisory and information fluency skills.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate website content.
  • Able to work effectively in a fast-paced, flexible team environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Technical skills related to using ILS systems, online resources, MS Office, e-technology, and office equipment.
  • Valid driver’s license.

APPLICATION DETAILS
Please apply by submitting:

  • cover letter and résumé
  • one- or two-page description of an early literacy project, service or series of programs for which you provided leadership

By 9:00 am August 21, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Attn: Kerry Vandenhengel, Youth Services Manager
email: kvandenhengel@sclibrary.ca
phone: (780) 467-6861

Please Note: only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
A criminal record check will be required for the successful candidate.


Information Desk Assistant (Adult Services)

EMPLOYMENT TERMS
This is a temporary, part-time, 20 hour/week position from August 28, 2017 – April 27, 2017.
This position involves primarily weekday evening and weekend shifts.

Hourly Rate: $28.74 - $35.94 paid on a bi-weekly basis.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position is responsible for the following duties and reports to the Assistant Manager,
Adult Services.

  • Provide professional research, readers' services, and tech assistance to patrons of all ages, including on-on-one and group instruction.
  • Provide support for library programs, collections and services, including program delivery.
  • Promote library programs and services.
  • Other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of the first year of a post-secondary degree or diploma in Library and Information Science or Information Management and Library Technology is desirable.
  • Completion of a post-secondary reference course is desirable; equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Experience working with the public – preferably in a library setting – is required.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with library technologies, popular culture, adult fiction and nonfiction is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment is required.
  • Demonstrated customer service, decision making, and problem solving skills in a public service environment is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications is required.

We encourage applications from post-secondary students returning to full-time library studies in September 2017.

APPLICATION DETAILS
By 5:00 pm Tuesday August 8, 2017

Attn: Anna-Marie Klassen
email: aklassen@sclibrary.ca

Please Note: Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Muriel Abdurahman Volunteer Award

Volunteer award glass artThe Muriel Abdurahman Volunteer Award is presented each year to a deserving Strathcona County Library volunteer or volunteer group. Recipients may not necessarily be the most widely known volunteers at the library, or the longest-serving volunteers, but the recipients will be volunteers with passion and commitment for the work that they do.

Next nomination will happen in March 2018.

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