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Reference Librarian

  • Post Date:January 10, 2020
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  • Offered Salary 40,000 - 60,000
    Employer Name University City Public Library
Job Description

The University City Public Library has an immediate opening for a full-time professional librarian to work in the Reference Department. Duties are shared with two other full-time reference librarians and three part-time librarians. Required qualifications include the ability to: answer patron questions at a busy Reference Desk; develop and manage library programs for adults, contribute to collection development; evaluate electronic and web-based reference services; teach computer and library skills to patrons; troubleshoot PC problems; perform outreach to community groups; and provide readers’ advisory service. Additional strongly desired skills include: demonstrated experience with fundraising and grant writing; basic design skills for producing promotional materials; and ability to market programs and services. The schedule for this position will include working some evening and weekend hours. An MLS from an ALA-accredited library is required. We will consider candidates with an MLS degree in progress.
The University City Public Library serves an inner suburb of St. Louis. The city of 35,000 has a diverse population which is 44% African American, 50% white, and 6% other ethnic and racial groups. The city is adjacent to Washington University, and the library is located at the west end of the bustling Delmar Loop business and arts district, recently named one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. The collection numbers 185,000 print and audio-visual items, and circulation is 500,000 annually. The University City Public Library belongs to the nine-member Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County, which serves a combined population of 150,000 with 500,000 volumes and shares a joint Polaris/Innovative Interfaces, Inc. library automation system.
We are looking for a bright, personable, service-oriented professional who will work well with the community and staff and be a patient teacher to those needing help with new technology. This individual should possess a sense of humor and creative problem-solving skills, and have an interest in developing and implementing innovative services and programs.
Benefits include medical plan, four weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and education benefits. Salary dependent on experience and qualifications. Applications should include a cover letter and current resume to the following e-mail address: [email protected], or may be made by mail (6701 Delmar Blvd., University City MO 63130) or fax (314-727-6005). The University City Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.
Patrick Wall, Director
[email protected]
University City Public Library
6701 Delmar Boulevard
University City MO 63130
314-727-3150; FAX, 314-727-6005

Essential physical abilities to be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodation:

Clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate effectively with the supervisor and other employees.
Vision which permits the employee to produce and review a wide variety of library materials, written correspondence, reports, and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
Manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate a keyboard and any other assigned equipment to process library materials. Personal mobility which permits the employee to monitor, supervise, and perform assigned library operations, and to attend Library district, community, and public meetings at various locations.
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds; push and pull carts weighing up to 200 pounds; bend, stoop and reach shelving from floor level to 6 feet high; and stand or walk for at least 1 hour at a time.   Tolerance for dust and mold which permits the employee to work with books and other library materials, as well as work in older buildings.

General requirements for all library employees:

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Commitment to the library’s mission and goals.
Ability to read, write, and speak English.
Ability to give and receive instructions in English.
Alpha-numeric recognition skill.
Ability to exercise good judgment.
Ability to use basic office equipment: telephone, fax, e-mail, copier.
Honesty, punctuality, accuracy, ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to pass a criminal background check.
One-year probationary period.