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Public Services Librarian, Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA

PUBLIC SERVICES LIBRARIAN (GRADUATE LIBRARIAN 2)

The Worcester Public Library is seeking candidates for the position of Public Services Librarian! This position is a professional position under the general direction of the Public Services Coordinator. The incumbent will assist with all aspects of public services in a busy department, including providing customer assistance at various service points. This position participates in development of adult collections, programming and outreach activities, and information literacy instruction. The ideal person in this position will possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills and have experience working with diverse populations in an urban community. 

SALARY: $48,359.10 - $69,272.27 annually; $23.17 - $33.19 hourly

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides excellent professional reference and readers' advisory services to the public in person and online
  • Builds, manages and promotes quality collections in all formats in assigned subject areas
  • Participates in the development and implementation of strategic partnerships with community groups, government agencies, and other appropriate organizations
  • Maintains a working knowledge of library resources, and an awareness of new resources and technologies and effectively uses and teaches the library's resources
  • Develops, publicizes, implements and evaluates adult programming, classes and outreach services, including reading discussion groups, library and technology literacy
  • Collaborates with a team of professional and paraprofessional staff and with other city agencies
  • Interprets library services and policies to patrons in a clear and courteous manner
  • Contributes to creating an environment oriented to trust, open communication, creative thinking, and cohesive team effort
  • Actively participates in staff development and training opportunities
  • Works at various locations within the library system, including mobile library services
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, consistent with the functions of the work unit and level of responsibilities

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR PERFORMING ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of search skills using paper and electronic resources
  • Ability to initiate, organize, and self-direct work responsibility under moderate supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with professional and paraprofessional staff about concepts, ideas, and requirements
  • Strong commitment to consistent excellent customer service to a diverse population in an urban environment
  • High level of professionalism and commitment to the organization
  • Embrace opportunities to learn in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current and emerging technologies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to create positive working relationships with a diverse staff
  • Ability to learn and use library technologies
  • Ability to maintain patron confidentiality
  • Ability to push book carts and bins loaded with library materials
  • Ability to reach and retrieve books at high and low shelf heights
  • Ability to stand and or sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to perform bending, stopping, lifting, pushing, and twisting
  • Ability to perform repetitive hand and arm motions for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to move or lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge of the principles and correct usage of the English language including grammar, punctuation, and spelling

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education: MLS from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Experience: Relevant experience will be considered Schedule: Includes evening and weekend assignments, and working at other locations Travel: Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner. A valid driver's license is required CORI/SORI: Must pass a Criminal/ Sex Offender Background Check

Open Until Filled To apply, please visit: www.worcesterma.gov/employment or send resume and cover letter (required for consideration) to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE/ AA employer. Preference is given to Worcester Residents.

The information in this summary indicates the general nature and level of work performed within this role. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.

The Worcester Public Library makes every effort to support ALA's "Core Competences of Librarianship" http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp as approved and adopted as policy by the ALA Council, January 27th 2009 and, as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, values diversity and aims to have its workforce reflect the community. The City of Worcester is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to: City Hall Human Resources 109, 508-799-1030, HR@worcesterma.gov

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