Library Makerspace & STEAM KIT Program Developer

Cape Breton Regional Library 

The Cape Breton Regional Library invites INTERNAL & EXTERNAL applications for the full-time, 1 year position of  STEAM Kits Program Developer.  

About CBRL 

Cape Breton Regional Library system serves Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Victoria County, with 12  branches and a bookmobile. CBRL is constantly evolving to meet the diverse recreational and educational needs  of our community. We have expanded our collections to include the loaning of snowshoes, tennis rackets,  board games, vegetable seeds, and other items. Now, the library is preparing to launch a loanable STEAM KIT  collection. This collection is designed to encourage children and adults alike to play and create while also  learning principles of coding, logic, mechanics, design, and creativity. Included in this collection are: 

  • Robotics kits 
  • Building toys & early elementary coding kits 
  • Electronic kits (Snap Circuits, Makey Makey and Little Bits) 
  • Knitting & weaving kits 
  • Button makers 

Essential Duties 

The STEAM KIT Program Developer will be responsible for getting the STEAM KIT collection ready for loaning to  the public and community groups, as well as training library staff on the use of kits and other makerspace tools  (e.g. 3-D Printers and Cricut Makers). This will include the following tasks: 

  • Developing both written and audio-visual training material to accompany STEAM KITS – Developing evaluation tools to measure project success 
  • Training library staff on how to use STEAM KITS 
  • Demonstrating the STEAM KITS to community youth groups/after school programs – Collaborating with other staff to develop related library programs and promotions. 

Hours/Working Conditions 

This position is full-time (35 hrs/week) based out of library headquarters in Sydney. The usual workweek will be  Monday to Friday. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. Flexibility is important as the  schedule may vary from week to week depending on need or events. There will be occasional travel (using  library vehicles) throughout CBRM and Victoria County for program delivery. Wage: $16.00/hr. 

Requirements/Skills 

  • High School Diploma, with post-secondary degree/diploma in science, technology or education  considered an asset. 
  • Valid Nova Scotia Drivers License 
  • Curiosity mindset. Playfulness and willingness to learn new technologies 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Relevant experience leading and instructing groups 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and organize time efficiently 
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with others 
  • This position requires a clear criminal record check and a child abuse registry check

To Apply: 

Interested applicants must forward a resume and cover letter by 4:30pm, April 22nd to: 

Meghan Eagles, Office Administrator
Cape Breton Regional Library
50 Falmouth Street
Sydney NS
B1P 6X9
meagles@cbrl.ca

Anticipated start date: May 4th 2022