Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

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Tidbits, Tips & Tidings is a blog from Library Director, Beth Carpenter. Tidbits will share info about library services, helpful tools & websites, answers to patron suggestions, tips & tricks on how to use different library resources, and more.

Work at the library - Adult Services Librarian

Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library
Position Description


TITLE:                                    Programming and Adult Services Librarian
REPORTS TO:                         Library Director
VILLAGE PAY GRADE:             Permanent Full-Time Wage Schedule

General Purpose:

Develop and manage adult library services:

  • Maintain a current and relevant collection of library materials.
  • Coordinate programming for adults.
  • Implement new technology for library users
  • Coordinate online presence for adult services.
  • Assist staff and customers with ready-reference, research questions, and how to use information tools.

Supervision Received:

Works under supervision of the library director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Answers ready-reference and research questions in person and through electronic communication.
  • Performs Readers’ Advisory duties, suggesting print and audiovisual materials for customers based on customers’ preferences.
  • Assists customers in using library resources such as books, computers and peripheral equipment, on-line catalogs, databases, the internet, Microsoft Office software, and other electronic resources.
  • Accesses resources via online catalogs, reserve systems, interlibrary loan systems, databases, the internet, and other electronic resources.
  • Maintains and enhances the library’s adult collections in all formats. Evaluates materials for purchase using selection and review sources as well as customer demand. 
  • Participates in the evaluation of new electronic resources.
  • Maintains budget in designated categories.
  • Participates in planning to address future customer information needs.
  • Researches, plans, formats, and produces book lists, newspaper articles, bibliographies, newsletters, brochures, and other reports and written materials.
  • Incorporates new technologies into library customer services and staff duties.  Trains library staff and teaches customers in the use of new hardware and software.
  • Plans, updates, and maintains adult services and programming on the library web site.
  • Organizes, promotes, and presents library tours, programs, and classes for adults.
  • Coordinates library displays and bulletin boards.
  • Participates in ordering, installing, and maintaining library electronic devices, personal computer hardware and software, both for the public and for library employees.
  • Attends continuing education workshops, classes, and conferences.
  • Staffs Circulation Desk as needed.
  • Other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Competence and experience working with electronic devices.
  • Computer skills and experience using Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Ability to understand and perform routine library procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and public.
  • Ability to create and maintain effective public relations.
  • Driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • American Library Association-accredited master’s degree in library and information studies.
  • Basic cataloging skills.
  • Spanish language skills.
  • Experience with Innovation (Sierra/Encore).
  • Driver’s license.

Tools and Equipment Used:

  • Sierra Integrated Library System (ILS).
  • Online catalogs including Overdrive, WorldCat, and WISCAT, among others.
  • General application software – word processing, spreadsheets, databases, publisher applications, presentations.
  • Photocopy machine and scanner.
  • Phone system.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those required to be met by an employee in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing and stooping.
  • Bending/twisting and reaching.
  • Speaking and hearing.
  • Far vision at 20 feet or further, and near vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Lifting, carrying to a maximum of 30 pounds.
  • Pushing, pulling: objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.
  • Mobility to travel to meetings outside library in other communities, including some overnight conferences.


  • Cover Letter and Resume.
  • On-site Interview, reference check, background check.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the need of the employer and requirements of the job change.

New Reader Services

I am happy to announce several new services to help us fulfill our mission of encouraging the love of reading! The tools below will connect you with a wealth of resources related to the library's collections for all ages, as well as author information, and the ability to subscribe to content that interests you. Please explore these new resources and let us know what you think! As with any new service, there may be some kinks to work out along the way, so let us know if you find something that isn't quite right. And don't forget, one of the best resources for connecting to a great new book is the library staff - we love to talk about books, so if you don't find something interesting here be sure to visit us at the library.

Learn about your favorite authors at AuthorCheck. Read bios, check author webpages, and sign up to track an author so you'll be notified when a new book by the author arrives at the library.

Sample books in your email with our DearReader Online Book Clubs. Over a week, you'll have read 2 or 3 chapters. If you like the book, you can check InfoSoup to see if it's available to check out at the library. And here's some exciting news! They'll be coming out with an app sometime soon, which will make it even easier to use.

New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by the library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title you're interested in, just click the "Check Catalog" button to place a hold on the item right away. Lists of new materials are available in a variety of categories.

SelectReads helps connect you with titles old and new - hidden gems waiting for you to discover on our shelves. Subscribe to the list categories that interest you and receive monthly newsletters that will offer you titles to explore. You can also sign up for the library's Event Newsletter here.



Library User Survey

Take the Survey

We want to hear from YOU! Please take a few minutes to participate in the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library User Survey. We'd like to know how you feel about current library programs and services and how we can better serve your needs. The survey will be available through Thursday, June 30th.

A similar survey was taken in 2011 during the library's first 5-year planning process. The results from that survey are available in the Library Plan: 2011-2015. Results from this year's survey will be shared in a similar manner.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Summer Reading Program

[Guest post by Angela Schneider, Programming & Adult Services Librarian]

It’s that time again! Time for the library’s Summer Reading Program for ages 3 and up. This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set--Read! The focus is on sports, health, and fitness--perfect for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Registration for this year’s program will begin Tuesday, May 31st. Stop by the library to sign up and pick up your materials.

Summer Reading Program isn’t just for kids and teens. Adults can get in on the fun, too! Participation is easy. Read two hours each week – books, audiobooks, e-books, magazines, or whatever format your like – and earn a grand prize entry slip for each week completed. Grand prizes this year include tickets to The Trout Museum of Art and Heritage Hill, passes to The Escape Room, a summer picnic set, creative coloring packs, and a variety of gift certificates! Visit the library each week to challenge yourself with the weekly trivia question for a chance to win additional prizes!

Need even more incentive to read this summer? Each hour you read will help raise money for Special Olympics. Vanderloop Shoes is our matching donor, so we will donate more money the more you read. The goal is to have kids, teens, and adults reach 25,000 hours of reading this summer which will earn $600 for Special Olympics. We need to reach 15,000 hours to give $200 and 20,000 hours to give $400. Let's go for the gold and reach that top mark for the highest donation!

The Summer Reading Program is designed to be fun, but it’s much, much more than that, too! The main reason to have a reading program at all is to prevent “summer reading loss.” Studies have shown that children who don’t read over the summer lose three months of reading comprehension. Be a model reader for the kids in your life and help them stay on track for next school year -- On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!

Movers for Moms

The library is working with Movers for Moms to collect donations for local women's and family shelters to be delivered for Mother's Day, May 8. Consider bringing a donation of blankets, gas gift cards, diapers and wipes, pajamas (children and women), slippers, robes, new soaps, hair styling products or non-perishable foods. Bring in your items by Friday, May 6th. Thanks for supporting this wonderful program!