Research Librarian – Adult Services

Application Deadline: 2022-10-31
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
ALL applicants MUST submit BOTH a resume AND cover letter to be considered.

Research Librarians provide research services to internal and external customers. They connect and promote library resources, services, and programs and provide leadership and training on available resources to customers. Research Librarians work under the general supervision of a Library Manager.

Typical Schedule:
Sundays (September – May): 11:15 am – 4:15 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays: 11:15 am – 8:15 pm
With rotating Saturdays
Essential Duties
1. Inform about and assist customers with using the Library
Greet customers in a friendly and professional manner and model exceptional customer service for other staff
Meet customers’ needs for information by answering questions and locating appropriate library resources, providing referrals when appropriate
Recommend library materials and resources based on customer preferences and knowledge of the collection
Provide help with technology such as public computers, the library catalog, and digital resources
Develop, promote, and implement events and programs, and provide programming support for other Library employees
Promote library services through individual instruction or conversation, public speaking, writing reviews, posting to social media, conducting workshops and in-service events, and providing community organizations with information about the Library
Monitor and appropriately address behavior issues to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all customers

2. Develop and implement system-wide initiatives
Assist with or conduct large-scale projects and events
Attend and participate in staff and departmental meetings, as well as training sessions
Provide research and digital resource assistance and training for other staff around the system as well as for customers
Develop partnerships with community organizations

3. Support the mission and strategic goals of the Library
Promote library programs, resources, and services to customers
Serve on system-wide committees as assigned or required
Maintain professional knowledge through workshops, membership in professional organizations, and reading current literature
Work with other staff and community partners to research, write, and implement grant proposals
Suggest needs and possible resources to Manager and assist with preparation of budget and Friends of the Brown County Library requests
In the absence of manager, provide guidance and direction to other staff
Perform other related duties as needed or assigned

Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience
A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university; or a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study directly related to the job to be performed, including or supplemented by fifteen semester credits in Library Science, plus three years of related work experience; or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Considerable knowledge of public library principles, practices, and techniques
Effectively administer Brown County Library policies and procedures
Detailed knowledge of research techniques
Detailed knowledge of library materials and access
Assess users’ needs and provide consistently exceptional customer service
Complete closing duties, including clearing and securing the building
Identify problems and take action to develop appropriate solutions or refer to a supervisor when necessary
Make presentations to varying sized groups of youth and adults
Effectively coordinate and direct the work of others
Maintain a calm demeanor under stressful or unsettling circumstances
Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills
Perform accurate cash handling
Represent the Library in a responsible, professional and trustworthy manner
Establish and maintain cooperative and courteous working relationships with staff and a diverse customer base
Work independently with minimal supervision
Appropriately multitask and prioritize
Work efficiently while paying close attention to detail
Follow detailed verbal and written instructions
Meet the flexible scheduling needs of the Library
Adapt to changes in the work environment
Effectively use general office equipment and software, including but not limited to computer, printer, photocopier, telephone, cash drawer, audio-visual equipment, word processing, and email
Demonstrate proficient technology skills, including but not limited to working with the library specific software and databases, and efficient use of Automated Materials Handling system.

Deadline Note: