New Orleans Public Library
The Opportunity: Librarian I
This is entry level professional work for the New Orleans Public Library System in a variety of phases of library operations. Employees in this classification are responsible for the application of professional library principles and practices to various assignments in all areas of library operations. Responsibilities may include assisting the public in the use of information technology, performing complex reference activities, analyzing collection development needs, and continuous familiarization with the library’s resources and developments in the profession. Supervision duties may be exercised over a 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.
Essential Job Duties: · 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; resolves patron problems concerning library or Parish policies. · Analyzes collection development needs, oversees the selection of materials, prepares bibliographies and provides readers advisory and reference services for assigned areas of responsibility. · Exercises responsibility for the proper maintenance of library materials and equipment in an assigned library area. · Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of para‐professional, clerical, technical, and vol‐ unteer workers engaged in a variety of library activities. · Maintains an awareness of current library issues and trends by reading professional and related literature and attending workshops, conferences, and courses. · Classifies, catalogs, and orders library materials. · Performs related lower level work as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: · Familiar with NOPL’s collection and patron population · Familiar with Horizon (ILS) · Selection experience, preferably at a broad level · Positive attitude towards public service work · Self-motivated · Considerable knowledge of professional library “best practice” principles, methods, and materials. · Attention to current trends desirable. · Knowledge of library reference materials and tools of research. · Knowledge of library automatic systems and applications. · Some knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. · Considerable knowledge of customer service principles and techniques. · Ability to comprehend and apply technical library theory. · 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. · Ability to prepare written reports. · Ability to travel as needed.
Minimum Qualifications: · 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 lbs. · Must be able to work at any location in the New Orleans Public Library System
To Apply: Submit an application through the City of New Orleans Civil Service Department:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/neworleans
Prepare the following documents: An original official Transcript or diploma reflecting a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited or approved equivalent graduate school.
Once you meet the requirements above, Civil Service will notify you that you have been added to the “register” for the position. The register is used by the New Orleans Public Library to contact candidates they would like to interview.
After you have been added to the register, you may email a cover letter and resume for additional consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Johnson Human Resources Director New Orleans Public Library 219 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, LA 70112 T: 504‐596‐2607 www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org
Employment offers are conditional upon a successful drug screening, background check, and refer‐ ence checks. The New Orleans Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about the New Orleans Public Library, please visit nolalibrary.org.