AACC Coordinator – New Orleans Public Library – New Orleans, LA

(Will consider either Librarian I or II with Librarian I eligible for promotion to Librarian II upon meeting Librarian II Civil Service Eligibility requirements and satisfactory job performance)

Job Description: The librarian in the position coordinates the services provided by the African American Culture Center at NOPL Main Library, including programming, outreach, and collection development. Employees in this classification are responsible for the application of professional library principles and practices in the African American Culture Center. Responsibilities may include assisting the public with available resources, assisting with genealogical research, performing complex reference activities, analyzing collection development needs, promotion and outreach, and continuous familiarization with the library’s resources and developments in the profession. Supervision duties may be exercised over a small staff of clerical, para‐professional or technical employees. Librarians in this rank are expected to provide a professional attitude regarding library service and customers, and to utilize and promote customer service strategies with fellow staff to both internal and external customers.

Illustrative Tasks:

·       Fulfills the AACC purpose of cultivating, educating, and providing access to resources describing people of African descent and encourage the study of people of African descent through its exhibitions, publications, programs, and collection

·       Performs complex reference activities including researching and providing patrons with documented answers to reference questions; instructs patrons in the use of bibliographic materials and information technology; assists patrons in the selection of library materials; performs specialized library programming related to AACC mission; resolves patron problems concerning library or Parish policies

·       Promotes the AACC and its offerings to the community-at-large through public presentations and the development of related program offerings

·       Analyzes collection development needs, oversees the selection of materials, prepares bibliographies and provides readers advisory and reference services related to African American culture; maintains collection that promotes the vision of the AACC, including periodic weeding

·       Exercises responsibility for the proper maintenance of library materials and equipment in the AACC

·       Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of AACC staff

·       Maintains an awareness of current library issues and trends by reading professional and related literature and attending workshops, conferences, and courses.

·       Maintains community contacts and attends community events pertinent to AACC’s mission

·       Works with other supervisors to provide coverage to other divisions and locations when needed

·       Designates at least one staff person to represent the AACC on a programming team

·       Oversees the planning, development, and implementation of programs related to African American culture and experience

·       Performs other work and duties as required

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

·       Familiar with AACC’s collection, NOPL’s collection, and patron population

·       Familiar with Polaris (ILS) and Envisionware or knowledge of library automated systems and applications

·       Self-Motivated

·       Considerable knowledge of current professional library “best practice” principles, methods, and materials and ability to apply

·       Knowledge of library reference materials and tools of research

·       Supervisory experience with knowledge of supervisory principles and practices

·       Knowledge of and positive attitude to customer service principles and techniques

·       Ability to perform effective library reference, readers advisory duties, and other professional level library work.

·       Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with library patrons, employees, and supervisors

·       Considerable ability to understand and implement library policy and procedures

·       Ability to effectively express ideas and information verbally, and in writing

·       Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale

·       Ability to maintain fiscal and administrative records and written reports

·       Ability to travel as needed

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:

·       Master’s Degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited or approved equivalent graduate school

·       Must be able to work nights and weekends

·       Must be able to stand for extensive periods of time during the work day

·       Must be able to lift 25 pounds

·       Must be able to work at any location in the New Orleans Public Library System

·       Complete mandatory drug screening

·       Fulfill the Orleans parish residency requirement

·       Librarian II only: must have permanent status as a Librarian I and one year of full-time experience in that classification

Annual Salary: $33,524 (Librarian I) or $39,893 (Librarian II)

Benefits include: Longevity Pay, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Health, Life, Dental, Vision Insurance and Pension Participation

How to Apply:

Email a resume and cover letter to Jason W. Johnson, Human Resources Director at jjohnson@neworleanspubliclibrary.org