Library Director

 

Qualifications
Master’s degree in library science from an accredited library school.  Experience in public library administration, including some supervisory and budgeting experience, or any equivalent as approved by the board of trustees.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics
High-level professional and administrative position requiring a thorough knowledge of the principles of library science and an understanding of business management.  The work requires the ability to plan creatively and think critically, as well as the ability to work effectively with all types of people.  The work is performed with policy direction from the board of trustees.

 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Directs library service, including the formulation and implementation of long-range goals and objectives.

  • Works with the board of trustees, other city departments, the mayor and the city council.

  • Attends all board meetings as an ex-officio member and reports to the board concerning physical facilities, collections, programs, personnel, etc.

  • Reports to the board about, and evaluates the effectiveness of, programs and activities.

  • Supervises, directly or indirectly, the work of all library employees.

  • Is responsible for the daily operation of the library, including decision making and problem solving.  Consults with the board as needed.

  • Supervises maintenance of the library facility and grounds.

  • Prepares an annual budget request and utilizes the budget as approved.

  • Determines staffing needs.  Selects and hires staff with approval of the board.

  • Implements personnel policies, including hiring, disciplinary action and termination.

  • Delegates administrative and supervisory responsibility to appropriate personnel for effective operation of the library.

  • Sees that the library is in general accordance with local, state and federal regulations and accepted professional standards.

  • Is aware of current and new trends in library service and recommends those appropriate for local needs to the board.

  • Participates in professional activities on the local, state and national level.

  • Represents the library and board to the public.

  • Coordinates with the Keokuk Art Center and other groups in scheduling activities and uses of the library building.

 

Assistant Director

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, with 5 years related business and library experience, or any other equivalent as approved by the director.  Must use automated and computerized equipment, communicate effectively (orally and in writing), assemble and organize data and prepare accurate, understandable reports.  Familiarity with efficient office practices and procedures is essential.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a supervisory position, with responsibility (under the supervision of the director) for preparing reports, organizing and paying bills, ordering materials and equipment.  Also includes supervision of routine procedures performed by clerks.  Carries responsibility for ordering and processing books and other library materials.  Person holding this position is responsible for all aspects of technical service at the library.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with director.

  • Maintains personnel records.

  • Compiles monthly reports for the library board.

  • Maintains records of library income and expenditures.

  • Orders supplies as needed.

  • Attends local and state library meetings as requested by the director.

  • Communicates staff concerns to the director.

  • Maintains current familiarity with policies and procedures, communicates these with patrons and staff and sees that they are implemented.

  • Understands and effectively uses standard library materials, including the online catalog, ready reference sources and the reference collection.

  • Works at the circulation desk as necessary.

  • Orders books and library materials.

  • Maintains current files of library and board business.

  • Responsible for cataloging of materials.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Serves as bookkeeper for Lee County Libraries.

  • Represents the library in the community, and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Acts as supervisor in absence of the director, as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the director.

 

Patron Services

 

Qualifications

The Patron Services Librarian performs professional librarian duties providing customer service, program development, and training and guidance to library patrons and volunteers.  Works with customers and members of the community to access a variety of information resources.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a supervisory position.  The position has responsibility for management of patron services, including reference and information service.  The person holding this position participates in all library operations as necessary to ensure high levels of service to the community and has responsibility for other duties as assigned by the director.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the director.

  • Recommends improvements in policies, procedures, services, etc. to the director and communicates staff concerns.

  • Attends local, state and national library meetings as requested.

  • Maintains familiarity with policies and procedures and communicates these to patrons.

  • Communicates staff and public concerns to the director.

  • Maintains familiarity with books, authors, publishers, and other library materials.  

  • Serves as resource person for reference.  Understands and uses standard library reference tools, including online catalog and electronic resources.  Assists other staff in use of the same.

  • Manages the development and implementation of library programs and classes to inform, create interest, and spark enjoyment for the community, coordinating with Youth Services when appropriate.  Keeps statistics on such programs and classes.

  • Promotes and publicizes programs through flyers, press releases, social media posts, and other outlets as necessary

  • Coordinates and supervises volunteers.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Works at circulation desk as necessary.

  • Represents the library in the community and elsewhere, and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Acts as supervisor in absence of the director, as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the director.

 

Youth Services

 

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or five years of public library experience, including work in youth services, or any equivalent as approved by the director.  Knowledge or willingness to learn technical aspects relating to virtual programming and social media promotion.
This position requires a thorough knowledge of library practices, policies, procedures, and collections.  Familiarity with library materials as related to needs and interests of children and young adults is essential.


Distinguishing Characteristics

This position has responsibility for management of youth services.  The person holding this position participates in all library operations as necessary to insure high levels of service to the community and is responsible for other duties as assigned by the director.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with the director.

  • Plans and presents library programs for children, with an emphasis on 0-5 year-olds, as well as tween and teen programs.

  • Promotes and publicizes programs through flyers, press releases, social media posts, and other outlets as necessary.

  • Prepares reports and monitors statistics related to youth services.

  • Communicates staff concerns to the director.

  • Attends local, state and national library meetings as requested.

  • Maintains familiarity with policies and procedures, communicates these to patrons and sees that they are implemented.

  • Serves as a resource person for the staff and patrons in youth services.

  • Understands and effectively uses standard library materials, including the online catalog and electronic resources.

  • Serves as a primary contact person in cooperative efforts between the public library and local schools and children and young adult organizations.

  • Assists outside groups in planning and presenting appropriate children and young adult programs using library facilities.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Works at circulation desk as necessary.

  • Represents library in the community and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Acts as supervisor in absence of the director, as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the director.

 

Senior Circulation Clerk

 

Qualifications

High school diploma, some college experience preferred, or any other equivalent as approved by the director.  Keyboarding and computer skills are necessary.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a clerical position with responsibility for maintaining collection control, handling past due and unreturned materials.  It is important to maintain library policies while retaining a good relationship with library users.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Assistant Director librarian.

  • Understands and effectively uses standard library materials, including the online catalog and electronic resources.

  • Keeps accurate records of overdue and unreturned materials.

  • Uses computer for reports and record keeping.

  • Works closely with integrated library system (ILS) software

  • Sends overdue notices, billing letters and final notification letters.

  • Keeps records of patrons with debts or obligations to the library.

  • Works closely with the collection agency, when necessary.

  • Assists patrons with genealogy and local history requests.

  • Performs software updates for public computers and laptops on a regular schedule.  Works with vendors on computer management software issues.

  • Coordinates an inventory of the collection annually.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Communicates staff and public concerns to supervisor.

  • Attends local, state and national library meetings as requested.

  • Maintains familiarity with policies and procedures, communicates these to patrons and sees that they are implemented.

  • Works at the circulation desk as assigned.

  • Represents the library in the community and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Circulation Clerk

 

Qualifications

 

High school diploma, some college experience preferred, or any other equivalent as approved by the director.  Thorough knowledge of the alphabet and competence in spelling and arithmetic is essential.  Keyboarding and computer skills are necessary.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a clerical position involving library services work.  Those holding the position perform clerical tasks as well as serving library patrons.  It is important to maintain library policies while retaining a good relationship with library users.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Assistant Director librarian.

  • Understands and effectively uses standard library materials, including the online catalog and electronic resources.

  • Communicates concerns to supervisor.

  • Attends local, state and national library meetings as requested.

  • Maintains familiarity with policies and procedures; communicates these to patrons and sees that they are implemented.

  • Represents the library in the community and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Assists patrons with genealogy and local history requests.

  • Answers telephone, directs calls and responds to inquiries when necessary.

  • Mend and process library materials as necessary.

  • Responsible for requesting and sending all inter-library loans.

  • Prepares reports and monitors inter-library loan statistics.
    Responsible for video rotation.

  • Responsible for distribution of mail and preparation of newspapers and magazines for use by public.

  • Serves as a resource person for staff and public concerning computers and electronic resources.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Teaches and assists with free computer classes. 

  • Works at the circulation desk as assigned.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Patron Services Clerk

 

Qualifications

High school diploma, some college experience preferred, or any other equivalent as approved by the director.  Thorough knowledge of the alphabet and competence in spelling and arithmetic is essential.  Keyboarding and computer skills are necessary.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a clerical position involving library services work.  Those holding the position perform clerical tasks as well as serving library patrons.  It is important to maintain library policies while retaining a good relationship with library users.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Assistant Director librarian.

  • Understands and effectively uses standard library materials, including the online catalog and electronic resources.

  • Communicates concerns to supervisor.

  • Attends local, state and national library meetings as requested.

  • Maintains familiarity with policies and procedures; communicates these to patrons and sees that they are implemented.

  • Represents the library in the community and promotes library services when appropriate.

  • Answers telephone, directs calls and responds to inquiries when necessary.

  • Mend and process library materials as necessary.

  • Responsible for ongoing and special book sales.

  • Provides free Notary Public services to patrons when needed, following Iowa legal requirements.

  • Works at the front desk as necessary.

  • Responsible for audio book and large print rotations.

  • Maintains signage and brochures.

  • Teaches and assists with free computer classes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Library Page

 

Qualifications

Must be enrolled in high school or college and be of legal age to work or any equivalent as approved by the director.  This work requires a thorough knowledge of the alphabet and competence in spelling and arithmetic.  Keyboarding and computer skills are desirable.  Must have ability to understand library classification system and be able to work well under supervision and with some independence.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a part-time, temporary position involving specific duties in support of library operation.  The work is performed under the guidance of the Assistant Director librarian.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Empty outside and inside book returns.

  • Check in returned materials.

  • Re-shelve checked-in materials.

  • Maintain and shelve newspaper and magazine collections.

  • Perform closing procedures at end of work day.

  • Read shelves, including reference books.  (Must fill in shelf reading form).

  • Shelve books, videos, CDs, cake pans, etc.

  • Work at circulation desk as needed.

  • General maintenance of library materials and preparation of new materials.

  • Communicates concerns to supervisor.

  • Special projects as assigned by supervisor.

Keokuk Public Library

210 N. 5th Street

Keokuk, IA 52632

319-524-1483

reference@keokuk.lib.ia.us

keokuklibrary.org

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm

Friday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm

 

Masks Required. 

Limited Capacity - expect a wait time.  

Limit time to 30 minutes.

 

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