• Teen Technology Coordinator

    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/12/2019 8:50 AM)
    Req ID
    Boston Public Library
    Regular Full-Time
    BPL Young Adults
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  • Overview:

    Brief job description (essential functions of the job):


    Promotes digital literacy to teens by incorporating technology and technological concepts in teen-oriented programming for the Central Library. Develops content and projects in collaboration with Teen Central staff, and in conjunction with IT, provides oversight for technical hardware and software in Teen Central. Operates the Teen Central digital lab and teaches teen patrons professional hardware/software technologies. In conjunction with Teen Central staff, conceptualizes, develops, implements, and evaluates innovative, educational programs for teens in the Central Library, incorporating technology, and supporting the concepts of creativity, self-expression and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) in technology-based programming. Collaborates with other Youth Services staff on other technology-related initiatives.


    Reports to:
    Teen Services Team Leader


    As assigned, professional and support staff


    Scope of Responsibility:

    1. In collaboration with management and appropriate staff, creates, coordinates, and/or monitors teen-engaged digital curriculum development using music production, movie production, graphic design, photography, social media, and emerging technologies.
    2. Operates a variety of site-specific equipment including but not limited to desktop and laptop computers (PC and Mac), printers, scanners, cameras, gaming consoles, music-making tools, 3D printers, and microphones.
    3. Assists Teen Central staff in the exploration and implementation of new approaches to learning and information access as well services delivered through social networking tools, Web 2.0 applications and mobile computing platforms.
    4. In collaboration with Teen Central staff, develops and prepares digital content for display and interactive installations Teen Central.
    5. Works with Teen Central staff to select age-appropriate software and hardware tools for teens in the Central Library; researches new tools, determines incorporation method, and develops programs around these tools to demonstrate their use to both staff and the public.
    6. Oversees and monitors budget for technology and technology-related programming for Teen Central.
    7. Serves as liaison to Youth Services staff and IT in the Central Library. Teaches Teen Central patrons and staff proper techniques in using hardware and software.
    8. Works closely with the Teen Central Librarians to incorporate appropriate technology into programming for teens.
    9. Works with management and appropriate staff to initiate and develop appropriate partnerships with external organizations for the provision of Teen Technology-related programming at the Central Library.
    10. In conjunction with Youth Services Manager and other appropriate staff, recommends regular technology-based professional development for Youth Services librarians, system-wide.
    11. Presents and publishes on Youth Services technology-based programming, both on BPL website and in related publications.
    12. Assists in supervising, training, and developing Youth Services staff.
    13. Keeps the Youth Services staff updated on major trends in technology-based youth programs.
    14. Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.

    • Proficient in MS Office Suite
    • Ability to execute Library policy
    • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others
    • Demonstrated initiative and independent decision-making skills
    • Identifies, plans and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines
    • Demonstrated flexibility and the ability to adapt to change
    • Ability to collaborate and implement complex projects involving diverse resources and stakeholders
    • Familiarity with technology and information literacy principles and standards
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to a general audience
    • Proficiency with graphic design, audio and video editing, and podcasting software such as Adobe Photoshop, Premier Pro, Audition and Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, and Audacity.
    • Proficiency in current trends and developments in the field of digital services, technology, user experience and online tools. Principles and practices in digital technology, user experience, mobile devices and service and testing. Computer devices and software, including desktop systems, mobile computing (including tablets, phones and other devices) and emerging technologies.


    Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

    Education – Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university and a master's degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school. Relevant subject knowledge and/or specialized training required. In exceptional circumstances, specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.


    Experience – Four (4) years of programming experience in children’s and/or teen services or four years of experience providing technology instruction for youth. Supervisory experience preferred. Knowledge of broad-based library, school, or museum programming practices, including current trends in youth services. Knowledge of digital media development software and web development tools. Experience in designing course curriculum preferred.


    • Ability to work weekends and evenings. Ability to travel to BPL locations as well as to off-site locations. Knowledge of trends in print and digital library resources for teen patrons.
    • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
    • Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
    • CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


    Terms - 
    Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P/3
    Hours per week: 35


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