Head of Children's, Lenski Children's Center, Clark County Public Library, Springfield OH

Job Title: Head of Children's / Grade 25 / Full-time / FLSA status - Exempt 

 Location: Lenski Children's Center, Clark County Public Library, 201 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield, Ohio 


Application deadline:  Responses received by January 10, 2014, given first consideration.  Open until filled. 


Under general direction of the Library Director, the Head of Children's oversees the Lenski Children's Center, maintains the children and young adult's collection and supervises employees in the department.  



Master's degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from an ALA-accredited college 

Three years professional library experience in children's services with increasing levels of responsibility 

and supervision 

Public library experience preferred 


An equivalent combination of education, training and experience and the required knowledge, skills and 

abilities at the discretion of the Director and/or the Board of Trustees 



Establish and maintain relationships with local schools, agencies, and organizations for the purpose of promoting library programs and encouraging community partnerships   

Prepare and present formal communications and public presentations; consistently present Clark County Public Library in a positive manner  

Plan, promote, implement, recommend, and present youth services programs, activities, exhibits, and displays from infants to teens  

Develop and maintain collections; read reviews, bibliographies and other sources; maintain an awareness of current library trends and a willingness to acquire new skills 

Maintain strong public service focus; provide prompt assistance for patrons in utilizing library resources and services; provide reference and technology assistance, readers' advisory and complaint resolution 

Function as part of the administrative staff to develop, implement, and evaluate youth services policies and procedures and participate in decision making; compile statistics and generate department reports 

  Supervise Children's Center's employees, evaluate work performance, and ensure compliance with CCPL policies and procedures; provide orientation; identify hiring and training needs  


Experience with youth programming, including Summer Reading Program events, and youth collection development 

Thorough knowledge of children's and young adult's literature   

Knowledge of MARC and OCLC formats, Dewey classification, and standard cataloging tools 

Excellent organizational and time management skills, written and verbal communication skills for formal communications and public presentations  

Knowledge of Supervisory methods; management and leadership abilities 

Ability to identify qualified candidates through screening and interviewing methods and recommend hiring to the Director 

Ability to work independently and with others, interact and respond professionally and appropriately to patrons and staff in a consistently friendly and courteous manner 

Knowledge of research techniques, Microsoft Windows, and other electronic resources  

Knowledge of library automation systems (prefer knowledge of Polaris automation systems)  

Knowledge of budget administration to assist with long-range planning for the library 

Ability to make analytical decisions with attention to accuracy 



Ability to operate tools and controls, reach, stand, walk, sit, see at close range and distances, talk and hear, occasionally lift lightweight objects (up to 25 pounds) and push book carts (up to 50 pounds), bend, reach, and stoop in order to provide general assistance  

Valid Ohio driver's license needed to attend meetings and presentations  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions or for the interview process 

Department operates 7 days a week; must be willing to work flexible schedule as needed  


Salary and Benefits:  

Starting salary is $20.63 per hour (may be negotiable for highly qualified candidate). 40 hour week. Section 125 health insurance offering (Medical, Dental), employer-paid life insurance, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System membership, four (4) wks. vacation accrual, ten (10) holidays, and sick leave allowance in accordance with CCPL Personnel guidelines. Ohio Deferred Compensation (457) Plan membership available. Direct Deposit to a financial institution required, pursuant to O.R.C. 125.151(B) 



 Applicant must submit ALL of the following to be considered: 


1.  Cover letter 

2.  Clark County Public Library Application Form (available as Electronic or blank 

Printable options) 

3.  Résumé 

4.  Responses to Experience Questionnaire 

5.  Letters from three professional references 

6. Official library school transcript 


Initial screening is based on examination of submitted materials. 

Continuing applicants will be interviewed by phone. 

Finalists will proceed to interviews/meetings with staff at the library. 



Information packet: Application materials are available at: Head of Children's Packet 



Diana Garrison 

 HR Office  

 Clark County Public Library  

 PO Box 1080 

 Springfield OH  45501-1080 


 Or: dgarriso@ccpl.lib.oh.us   (Official transcripts must be mailed) 


Questions: Diana Garrison, HR Mgr., 937-323-9752, dgarriso@ccpl.lib.oh.us 



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