Volunteer & Employment Opportunties

POSITION OPENING

Youth Services Manager

The Williams County Public Library located in Bryan, Ohio has five Branches throughout the county as well as a Main Library and Local History Center.  Serving a population of 38,000, the library has an annual budget of 2.3 million and a staff of 58.  Bryan is the county seat of Williams County, and its greatest asset is its ability to combine the friendliness and charm of a small town with the convenience of a large city.  A first class library system, award winning hospital, along with a strong school system, booming downtown shopping district, and extensive park system, combine to make life in Bryan very appealing.  Bryan was listed multiple times as one of the best small towns in America.

JOB PURPOSE:

As a full-time (40 hour/week) member of the library’s management team, this position is responsible for the supervision of all Youth Services functions of the library in conformance with Library policies and procedures and professional standards. Supervises Main department’s staff for children’s services and young adult services, including Librarians, Library Assistants, and Department Coordinators and Managers.

CORE FUNCTIONS:

  • Hires, trains, evaluates, supervises and manages Youth Services staff, covering children’s and young adult services.
  • Meets or exceeds professional standards and best practices in reader’s advisory and reference work for children, their parents or guardians.
  • Meets or exceeds standards and best practices in collection development, program development and outreach activities for children, toddler through 8th grade, and young adults, 9th grade through age 19.
  • Compiles departmental reports and statistics.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As Library Management Team Member:  Willingly and actively assists the Library Director in the development of departmental goals and objectives and serves on various internal library committees.  Manages grant writing/ fund raising for exhibits, collections, programs and other outreach activities, at Director’s discretion.  Takes on special projects and performs other work as determined in conjunction with Director.
  • As Department Manager:  Organizes, plans activities, schedules work assignments, guides, evaluates and otherwise supervises the Youth Services staff.  Assists in the development of departmental budget and oversees appropriate expenditure of funds.  Oversees and assists with collection development, selection and weeding of materials.  Oversees the planning, implementation and review of all Youth programs and activities, working with other Departments and Managers as necessary.  Works with Marketing Manager to organize effective marketing of Library programs and services through the Library’s newsletters and website, Face Book and other electronic media, newspaper notices and articles, among others.
  • As Youth Services Manager:  Provides reference, reader’s advisory and other library service to children, their parents and young adult patrons as needed.  Represents Williams County Public Library appropriately at workshops and educational meetings relating to Youth Services.  Performs other work as assigned.

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

This is an active position requiring a sighted individual for reading and computer usage. The position also requires an individual with normal hearing and excellent English skills for frequent direct and telephone interaction with the public and other employees. The Youth Services Manager is required to move frequently and quickly around the library, to reach and bend for materials, to lift and carry books and equipment as needed. A valid driver's license is required for travel to professional development and outreach opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent required.

Minimum of 2 years Youth Services experience, preferably in a public library, preferred.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Must be willing and able to work weekends and evenings.

Must have access to transportation for performing job responsibilities required.

 

Salary commensurate with experience.  The library offers a complete benefits package.

Position open until filled.

Interested applicants should send resume with references either via mail or email (no phone calls, please) to:

Jeffrey A. Yahraus, Director
Williams County Public Library

107 E High Street
Bryan OH 43506
jeff@mywcpl.org

Williams County Public Library is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and actively recruits persons from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to enhance service to its diverse community. It is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veterans’ status or disabled veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

As an employer the library offers an attractive work atmosphere, flexible hours, and access to thousands of library materials. Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, or use the skills you already have.

Library Assistant Volunteers 
Genealogy/Local History Assistant
Read-to-Me Listeners
 

Library Assistant Volunteers [All WCPL Locations]
Volunteer commitment: as available
Due to our decreased funding the library has had to make drastic cuts in public service staff.  Many of the "non-public service" duties that staff had to do, like straightening shelves, cleaning, and keeping the library looking nice are difficult to accomplish with our smaller staff.  Job duties would include straightening, dusting, general cleaning of public areas, and various other non-public service duties.  Hours are flexible and you can volunteer for as much time as you like.  Contact your local Williams County Public Library for more information.

Genealogy/Local History Assistant [Local History Center - West Annex/Bryan]:
Volunteer commitment: 10 hours per week
Do you enjoy history or researching genealogy?  Volunteering in our local history department may be just the thing for you.  Job duties include:  answering patron questions, assisting with the microfilm reader/copier, locating materials for patrons, answering phones, database entry, obituary research, and newspaper index research.  The volunteer will receive training from the Local History Coordinator.  Hours are flexible.  Contact Jane Kelly at 419-636-6734 ext 231 for more information.

Read-to-Me Listeners [Main Library, Bryan; Edgerton Branch; Pioneer Branch; Stryker Branch]
Volunteer commitment: 15 minutes
Help children sharpen their reading skills by listening to them while they read aloud.  Children can use this program to help reduce fines they have on their library card, or do it just for fun.  The volunteer will have a scheduled session with a child for 15 minutes.  Librarians handle all scheduling.  Volunteers can sign up for as much time as they wish.  Job requirements:  ability to work with children.

For more information and to volunteer contact:
Vickie Zippay [Main Library, Bryan] at 419-636-6735 ext 243
Jane Huffman [Local History Coordinator] at 419-636-6734 ext 275
Shanea Herman [Edgerton Branch] at 419-298-3230
Rose King [Pioneer Branch] at 419-737-2833
Connie Aeschilman [Stryker Branch] at 419-682-5081