The Fiction Librarian is responsible for providing reference assistance to patrons in the Library's Fiction area; ensuring that the Fiction Desk runs efficiently and represents the Library standards; and assisting with adult programs related to readers' advisory.
Candidates must have at least 1-2 years Readers Advisory experience. Position includes working the Fiction Desk, and assisting with collection development, displays and programming.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist in facilitating book discussion groups.
Assist in developing programs for the Fiction Area.
Assess patrons' needs effectively and efficiently, either in person, over the telephone, or in writing.
Develop strong research skills and techniques to help patrons to the fullest degree possible.
Search for library materials by computer and on shelves.
Assist patrons at the online catalog and in the Library stacks.
Reserve materials for patrons when the request is in-person, over the telephone, or by email.
Take requests for Interlibrary Loan services; refer patrons to the Adult Information Desk for other out-of-library services.
Select materials in assigned areas for the fiction collection.
Maintain familiarity with review sources and fiction trends.
Refer patrons to other department, as necessary, to fulfill patrons' inquiries.
Work with all age groups effectively.
Give information, based on a primary source from a reliable authority; never give personal opinion.
Manage and complete special projects, as requested.
Assist in the training of new hires at the Fiction Desk, as requested
Assist in the compilation of daily and monthly statistics, including: patron interactions, in-person and by telephone, and reserve questions/assistance
Assist in creating book displays, bibliographies, and bookmarks highlighting topics within the fiction collection
Maintain knowledge of readers' advisory issues and developments.
Maintain membership in programming and Readers' Advisory professional groups, i.e. Adult Reading Round Table.
Maintain working knowledge of the Library's reference tools and materials, the online catalog, and the Internet.
Instruct patrons in the use of the Library's reference tools and materials, the online catalog, and the Internet.
Maintain working knowledge of the Library's circulating collection.
Stay informed about the names of officials, organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, social agencies, etc, in the greater Schaumburg area.
Maintain working knowledge of the services and practices of other Library Systems.
Keep apprised of the offerings of neighboring public and special libraries
For full job description and employment application, please see our website at www.schaumburglibrary.org/about/employment.