July 17, 2007	
Job Posting, Halifax Public Libraries, Competition # HRL-07-70
(Librarian 2)   		

Halifax Public Libraries invites INTERNAL and EXTERNAL applications for the full-time position of Information and Electronic Services Librarian This position is located in the Reference Services Department of the Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, N.S.

The Information and Electronic Services Librarian  plays a key support role to the Reference Services Manager and is actively involved in service development related to technology. The successful candidate will be:

▸	flexible with a demonstrated ability to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies
▸	keenly aware of developments/trends in the area of technology and reference services
▸	a strong communicator with the demonstrated ability to build relationships with community partners
▸	skilled at handling multiple and diverse projects 

Major Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Reference Services Manager, this position carries out professional duties associated with information services, electronic resources, collection development and programming to ensure the highest quality service delivery to the public:

▸	Monitors trends and seeks innovative ways to integrate technologies into service delivery
▸	Identifies potential digitization projects and co-ordinates their implementation
▸	Develops website content and contributes to website innovation and development
▸	Develops and maintains content for electronic resources
▸	Develops and facilitates self-directed IT skills for the public
▸	Liaises with vendors, community partners and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library regarding electronic resources
▸	Pursues partnerships to achieve organizational goals
▸	Participates in the planning and implementation of system-wide training for Information Services staff 
▸	Provides information services to the public
▸	Participates in collection development (print and electronic resources)
▸	Assists Reference Services Manager in reviewing the operation of the Department to ensure relevance to user needs
▸	Assists Reference Services Manager in developing departmental priorities
▸	In cooperation with the Reference Services Manager selects, trains and evaluates staff as appropriate
▸	Acts in the absence of the Reference Services Manager
▸	Participates in Regional Committees
▸	Operates within designated budgets
▸	Assists with development and implementation of marketing plans (e.g. writes Guide copy, speaks to groups, liaises with media and community groups)

Application Requirements:

●	MLIS degree from an accredited library school plus one year library experience including supervisory experience. (Please state whether the application requirement is met in your resume and/or cover letter.)


Problem Solving and Decision Making - Solution-oriented problem-solving ability required.  Uses sound judgement in making decisions.  Recognizes when to seek guidance.

Communication Skills - Must be able to effectively communicate with users of all ages, co-workers, media, and community groups. Listens effectively and transmits information accurately. Must have the ability to provide effective technical (and other) instruction.

Creativity / Innovation - Must show initiative, energy and enthusiasm towards public library services with an emphasis on Reference services.  
Knowledge of Work - Pursues excellence by acquiring broad, in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of public library and Reference services issues and trends. 

Technological Competence - Broad and in-depth knowledge of current and emerging technology and information resources required.

Adaptability - Must be able to work in an environment of changing priorities.  Ability to work in non-traditional environments.

Interpersonal/Group Skills - Must have ability to work well with library staff,  library users, community groups and organizations.

Leadership - Sets and models high performance standards.  Must have the ability to motivate staff through various supervisory techniques and lead others through change.

Organizational Understanding and Global Thinking - Demonstrates an understanding of the purpose of library services and works to achieve results across disciplines, branches/departments and functions.

Accountability/Dependability - Accepts responsibility for actions and results.

Planning and Organizational Skills - Must have demonstrated ability to effectively plan and organize work.

Resource Management - Ability to manage resources consistent with organizational and department objectives.

Service Attitude - Must have an understanding of what is required to provide the highest quality service.  Thrives in an environment of interaction with a wide range of users.

Respect for Diversity - Respects the diverse opinions and beliefs of library users and co-workers.  Appreciates the need and demonstrates the ability to consult with, respond to and reflect the communities served by the branch.

This is a unionized position.

Hours of Work:   70 hours biweekly (Includes daytime, evenings & weekends)

Bi-Weekly Salary: $1,597.66 - $1,833.38 (5 steps),  Based on annual salary:  $41,698.84 - $47,851.33

Applications must be received in the Human Resources Office no later than: Monday, July 30, 2007 - 4 pm

Cover letters (quoting competition No.) and resumes should be faxed to: 
Ms. Lee Outerbridge, Manager, Human Resources, Halifax Public Libraries, 60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, N.S.  B2Y 4P8   FAX: 490-5850

Note:  All appointments are conditional on an acceptable criminal records check report. More information and the required forms will be provided at an interview and are available at all Halifax Public Libraries branches, including our e-branch (

Halifax Public Libraries hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  We encourage all qualified persons to apply.

We thank you for your interest in employment with Halifax Public Libraries, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please quote: Competition #HRL-07-70