Monday, December 14, 2009

Bilingual Vietnamese or Cantonese Children’s Librarian, Portland OR

Salary: $23.81 to $29.30 per hour & 4% language differential pay
Closing Date: December 18, 2009

Multnomah County Library is seeking applicants for a part-time (20 hours/week) Bilingual Vietnamese or Cantonese Children’s Librarian at the Holgate Library. The Bilingual Vietnamese or Cantonese Children’s Librarian will assist all patrons, with a special emphasis on serving youth (ages 0 to 18), particularly birth through elementary age, and those who live and work with this age group. This position will perform the vital tasks of matching these patrons’ personal, educational, and recreational needs with the appropriate information and resources, and fostering literacy in English- and Vietnamese- or Cantonese-speaking youth and families. This librarian also assesses community needs in order to plan, prepare and implement programming and outreach for the youth and families of the community in both English and Vietnamese or Cantonese as appropriate.

No experience is required; however, two years of professional Children/Youth Librarian experienceis preferred. Experience planning, preparing, and implementing culturally sensitive programs (including story times) that are of interest to children, young adults,caregivers, and adults working with children is preferred. Must have demonstrated proficiency in speaking and writing Chinese Cantonese dialect) and/or Vietnamese and English. Must have knowledge of and/or extensive experience with the Chinese or Vietnamese community, demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values, and customs of the community being served.

Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent credentials from a foreign institution. Experience cannot substitute for the degree requirement for Librarian positions. For more information or to apply, please visit our website at

Johnette Easter, Senior HR Analyst
Multnomah County Library
205 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 988-5046