Public Services Librarian
Provides public services and direct assistance to library patrons in locating, retrieving, and using information.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Assists library patrons in using the automated catalog, online databases, and other computerized indexes to locate information available on-site or externally.
Assists library patrons in using equipment such as photocopier, microform reader-printer, computers, and audiovisual equipment.
Provides information literacy instruction to classes and other groups.
Works as a public services team member to process and coordinate interlibrary loans.
Oversees circulation and reserve functions.
Oversees the organization and order of reference and circulating materials, e.g., shelving and arrangement.
Oversees the library security system.
Assembles and arranges displays of books and other library materials.
Collects and maintains usage statistics for Public Services.
Trains and supervises the Library Technical Assistant (Circulation/Public Services) and assists in the training of student employees.
Assists in the evaluation and development of the library collection by recommending materials for purchase and withdrawal, including electronic information such as free-based online information service.
Works as a team member to assist in developing general library policy and other activities designed to evaluate, develop, and promote library services.
Cooperates as a team member in performing other duties as assigned by the Director of Library Services.
Directly supervises Library Technical Assistant (Circulation/Public Services). Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master's degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association required. Two years of library experience in public services; experience in the use of library automated systems; experience in the use of the Internet, OCLC, and online services are all preferred.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general reports, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.