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Position: Librarian - Public Service

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
41 2DJ – Department not found Full-time A99416

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Library Director, manage the Access Services Department within the library, including circulation, reserve, and inter-library loan. Provide professional reference service, patron teaching, and staff training. Develop library collections to support student/faculty information needs in assigned subject areas. Assist in the planning of library operations to make best use of library resources through the creation and refinement of policies and procedures. Perform a variety of professional tasks including, but not limited to library representation on various committees or task forces and continual professional development.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Oversees assigned departmental services and responsibilities as well as develops policies and procedures related to departmental operations.    
  • Coordinates departmental activities and tasks with other library areas.      
  • Supervises departmental employees.
  • Oversees reference desk functions at designated times.  
  • Instructs patrons and staff basic information retrieval skills using databases, indexes, books, periodicals, etc. 
  • Advises patrons about computer network options, databases, and services related to individual info needs and the complex call number classification systems used for systematizing library materials.
  • Consults with other librarians and staff on teaching methods for various resources and types of patrons.          
  • Teaches formal library instruction classes and collects from faculty recommendations of materials to be ordered.  
  • Assesses current general, reference, and miscellaneous collections for currency, coverage and quality.  
  • Discusses with faculty their courses, assignments, goals and students'' information needs.     
  • Evaluates reviews in publishing announcements, professional journals, catalogs, etc.  
  • Selects most appropriate and cost-effective books, videos, and computer software.   
  • Apprises faculty of services and materials for selection and addition to collection.  
  • Ascertains suitability of donated materials for selection and addition to collection.    
  • Directs library assistants in disposition of outdated and worn out materials.   
  • Observes library operations and library-patron interactions. 
  • Plans the best utilization of budgets, facilities, and staff.      
  • Collaborates in creating, writing, and refining library policies and procedures.     
  • Recommends to the Director changes in policies and procedures to better library operations.    
  • Informs library assistants & students of policy revisions.  Interprets the policies and procedures to student and staff.    
  • Directs library assistants in procedure changes.           
  • Evaluates policies and procedures for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness to patrons. 
  • Attends designated committees, conferences, seminars, workshops and task force meetings on regular and ad hoc basis. 
  • Conducts meetings when appointed as committee chairperson.  
  • Explains library needs, concerns, policies, etc. to other committee or task force members.  
  • Notifies local personnel concerning committee plans, proposals, and actions.   
  • Presents formal presentations at committee meetings, conferences, seminars or workshops.  
  • Reads professional literature on library science, technology, and information sources.  
  • Corresponds with colleagues concerning information needs, professional issues, and library issues.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • N/A

Special Requirements of the Position:
  • Some evening and weekends may be required.


Graduation from an accredited ALA library college or university with a master's of Library Science degree, plus one year of experience related to the summary of duties.

  • Knowledge of databases necessary for information retrieval.
  • Knowledge of the use and content of the reference sources and matching users needs with appropriate resources.
  • Skills in formal library instructions.
  • Skill in evaluation and selection of print and non-print materials, periodicals, serials and indexes.
  • Interpersonal, problem-solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of current social, economic and educational conditions.
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and their applicant ion, library automated systems and office equipment.
  • Ability to learn and take responsibility for Access Services within the library, including circulation, reserve and interlibrary loan.

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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