Librarian - Early Literacy Emphasis

  • Pueblo City-County Public Library
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Oct 04, 2022
Full time Other

Job Description

Pueblo City-County Library District is conducting a search for a Digital Librarian Archivist.  In this position, you will be part of an award-winning Library District that serves an integral role in the Pueblo community. Pueblo, Colorado is one of Colorado's hidden gems! A hometown vibe under big open skies, Pueblo has a lot to offer including our Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, Lake Pueblo State Park, the Colorado State Fair and an abundance of hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and golfing opportunities!

The purpose of the Librarian- Early Literacy is to lead the District in the development of early literacy programs and services which will increase circulation, visits and program attendance for services that target young children in the community.  This position works in a team setting and provides support to the team where needed.

The Librarian with Early Literacy Emphasis reports to the Manager of User Services.  Works as a member of a departmental team with participation in planning and implementing appropriate procedures and programs as required.  Leads the library district Planning Committee for Children’s Services.  Works to promote a positive work environment by maintaining respectful interactions with team members and customers.  Demonstrates skill in engaging the interest and participation of young children.  Exhibits discretion and tact in communicating with parents. Provides excellent customer service demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively with people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, ability level or background.


Leads the library district in all early literacy initiatives, researches literacy issues in the community and develops partnerships with community organizations that also serve youth including EPIC Pueblo, Rocky Mountain SER Head Start, Pueblo Early Childhood Council, Bright Beginnings, area schools, preschools, and daycare facilities.  Develops all story time programs for the Library District.

Leads literacy-based programming for the Library District such as annual Literacy Fairs and author visit programs, including SPELL and Read Out Loud.

Serves as lead coordinator and manages PCCLD’s role as the Pueblo County affiliate for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Provides training to storytellers on how to utilize the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library literacy skill development techniques.

Provides public service coverage for approximately 30% of hours worked. Engages in facilitated customer service to provide service at the point of need by providing readers advisory, research, assistance using library resources; suggests outside resources for children, parents, teachers and community members. 

Resolves customer issues and communicates library policies and procedures to customers. Uses diplomacy and tact to address customers of all ages about appropriate conduct within the library.

Stays informed of District news and events and work related information by checking email, announcements, newsletters and posters.

Supports team daily efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment for customers and employees by staying alert to your surroundings and following safety procedures.

Instructs customers on use of library’s computers, devices and e-resources including databases and downloadable materials. Stays current on use of new library resources.

Compiles program statistics, prepares reports, maintains program data and performs other administrative duties. 

Assists in the collection development process by evaluating and suggesting print and e-resources for children.

Assists in the training of new employees and volunteers; may supervise work for special projects as assigned by the supervisor.

This position will be assigned the role of Person in Charge (PIC) at the Rawlings Library on a regular basis to respond to any escalated customer service, emergency, or security issues and will work closely with the security officer on duty.

Participates in regularly scheduled department meetings.  Attends All Staff Development Days and other training sessions to acquire new skills and to stay current on all information that is pertinent to PCCLD.


Cross trains with other professional library staff and provides back-up coverage for the Manager of User Services.

May supervise and coordinate the work of others for special projects as assigned by the supervisor.

Performs other duties as needed.


Education and Experience: A Master’s Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association plus three years of combined work experience in a library or children’s educational setting. 

Experience with literacy skills development and/or youth services is strongly preferred.

Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must possess knowledge of children’s and young adult literature as well as knowledge of human growth and development. 
  • Demonstrated creativity in youth programming. 
  • Knowledge of research techniques, reference resources, databases and Internet resources.
  • Knowledge of library automation systems. 
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to diplomatically address and resolve customer issues; sensitivity in dealing with diverse populations and persons with special needs. 
  • Ability to conduct complex reference interviews specific to young learners, to analyze requests and to apply research skills to locate specialized information or provide customers with alternative sources.  
  • Intermediate computer skills using Microsoft and Google Office, email, internet, electronic databases and library catalog software. 
  • Must possess strong computer skills with the ability to use a variety of electronic and digital devices and e-resources; possesses a keen interest in using and learning new technologies. 
  • Ability to function under flexible and changing conditions. 

Physical Requirements:   Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and push /pull a fully loaded book cart weighing up to 200 pounds.

Other Requirements:  Must be able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends.  Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.  Must have clean driving record, Colorado Driver’s License or ability to acquire such and auto insurance.

Salary:  $49,483.20-$69,284.80 per year 

BenefitsPCCLD offers health insurance including a tele-health service, dental and vision insurance, HSA and FSA plans, employer paid life insurance, and 401(k) and PERA retirement plans. Full-time employees also receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.

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As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Pueblo City-County Library District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation including gender orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants are given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. 


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