Employment at PPL
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Portland is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. Some recent accolades:
- Parenting Magazine (2012), Best Cities for Families
- Forbes Magazine (2011), Best Cities for Young Professionals
- GQ Magazine (2010), Coolest Cities in America
- Outside Magazine (2010), Best Towns 2010 (Best Overall, East)
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Library Technical Assistant (20 hours)
The Portland Public Library is seeking an energetic Children’s Library Technical Assistant (20 hours), who will contribute to the success of the dynamic Youth Services’ area at the Main Branch of the Library in Monument Square, downtown Portland, Maine. Using knowledge of child development, children’s literature, technology for children, and programming and activities, the Assistant will be an enthusiastic provider of high quality, creative library services to children, teens and adults who care for children.
- provide reference and readers’ advisory services to a wide range of clientele, including infants to teens, caregivers and other adults working with children, English Language Learners of all ages and staff from agencies and organizations serving children
- assist and instruct patrons in using library services, online databases, equipment and facilities
- organize, prepare and produce a wide variety of programming for children and adults
- design, develop and implement activities to enhance public accessibility to the Children’s Collection
- participate as a member of the Children’s Service Team to plan programming of all types throughout the Library system
Required expertise includes: wide knowledge of children’s literature, strong knowledge of library technology, such as to assist with downloading books, access databases, use children’s computers and programs, aid in reviewing apps for early literacy tablets, use Social networking sites; willingness and facility to learn new technologies as they become available. Experience organizing and providing programs for children such as presenting story times, book discussions, outreach activities, puppet programs, tours, etc. is essential.
This position requires a BA degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of experience, training and education, and at least two years of library experience, all of which provide a broad knowledge of children’s literature; strong knowledge of child development and early literacy activities; ability to work independently and to organize multiple assignments, proficiency with the Dewey Decimal system, and comfort level with many types of library technology.
Essential personal qualities include: ability to remain calm and pleasant under pressure in a very fast-paced urban library environment; strong service orientation and demeanor to provide a high level of service to a very diverse public; strong team orientation; sufficient physical stamina and general health to be on one’s feet throughout the day moving throughout the Collection and the building. Work at a computer is done throughout the day as well as bending, lifting materials and equipment, reaching to low and high shelves and using materials weighing up to 25 lbs.
Excellent benefits, competitive salary. Environment is challenging and dynamic with many ways to contribute. To apply, please provide a current resume and cover letter by 2/13/14 to email@example.com or to:
Portland Public Library,
5 Monument Square
Portland, Maine 04101