Lead, Children’s and Young Adult Collections

POSITION NAME: Lead, Children’s and Young Adult Collections

Reporting to the Collections Manager, the Children’s and Young Adult Collections Lead is responsible for the development and delivery of children’s and young adult collections in all formats throughout the system. The Children’s and Young Adult Collections Lead shapes the nature and quality of children’s and young adult collections through the selection and acquisition of material, the development of policies, guidelines and procedures related to collections, and the development of innovative collection management strategies that enhance patron access to and use of collections in real and virtual environments. The Children’s and Young Adult Collections Lead uses evidence-based assessment in the development and implementation of service improvements.

1. Select and acquire all assigned children’s and young adult collections, ensure that collections are balanced and current, liaise with Unit Heads and respond to patron expectations with respect to collections.
2. Develop, with other Collections Leads, collection management policies, guidelines, manuals and procedures that ensure effectiveness and efficiency, and that enhance patron access to and use of collections throughout the system. Write reports and compose correspondence including responses to patron requests for reconsideration of materials.
3. Identify and research emerging trends in all areas of publishing and collection development, initiate proposals and make recommendations regarding their adoption at the Regina Public Library.
4. Monitor children’s and young adult collections budget expenditures, and plan and recommend to the Collections and Programming Manager an annual children’s and young adult collections budget in consultation with Unit Heads and other members of the collection team.
5. Develop weeding guidelines and schedules, support service point staff in deselection and collection maintenance and oversee the weeding of children’s and young adult material throughout the system.
6. Develop, with other Collections Leads, and in consultation with Marketing and Communications, strategies that enhance awareness of the collection and enable the Library’s patrons to locate and use materials which support their needs and interests.
7. Undertake, with the Assessment Librarian, regular assessment and analysis of children’s and young adult collections and collection services and, with other Collections Leads, contribute to the overall direction, evaluation, and analysis of all collections throughout the system.
8. Design and develop workshops to staff, parents, and teachers to highlight and promote various collections formats and subjects.
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Lead, Children’s and Young Adult Collections
9. Lead teams in the planning and implementation of projects for the RPL system and is a member of system-wide committees, as assigned.
10. Recommend furnishing solutions for collections and spaces for children and young adults.
11. Undertake ongoing professional development activities leading to a broad and in-depth knowledge of professional issues and current library practices, trends, standards in children’s and young adult services, and related professional issues.
12. Initiate proposals and make recommendations for the adoption of new service direction and innovation, and the development of new approaches at Regina Public Library.
13. Perform other duties as required.

1. An ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies.
2. Minimum of three years of professional library experience as a children’s librarian.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of children’s and young adult literature, theories of early literacy and reading development, and theories of child and young adult development, behavior, psychology and learning.
4. Demonstrated commitment to deliver consistent, high quality customer service.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of collection management, current collection practices, trends and issues regarding children’s and young adult services.
6. Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a collaborative decision-making framework.
7. Demonstrated ability to lead teams in work and projects related to the ongoing delivery of collection-based services
8. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and the delivery of presentations.
9. Demonstrated analytical skills and problem-solving ability, including the ability to assess and solve problems using logical, fact-based reasoning.
10. Demonstrated ability to develop and lead innovation, and to handle multiple priorities.
11. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with the public, staff, and external agencies and to work as member of a team.
12. Demonstrated knowledge of current technology, current collection practices, trends, and issues related to Public Library services such as might be gained through experience, education, and professional activities.

Salary Range: $62,037.75 to $73,844.46

Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2014. Please forward résumé and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Mail: Box 2311, Regina, SK S4P 3Z5
Email: resumes@reginalibrary.ca
Fax: 306-949-7273

The successful candidate shall be subject to a Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.

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