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Library Specialist: Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE

9 Apr 2021 8:01 AM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

Library Specialist 

This is para-professional library work performing skilled library duties and providing customer services. The employee in this position works both independently and as part of a team with guidance from a supervisor.

Education and Experience Requirements:

(The knowledge, skills, and abilities above may be acquired through, but are not limited to, the following combination of education and/or experience.) Two (2) years of college level education AND Six (6) months of experience working in a library.

Special Qualifications:

Must register for Nebraska Public Librarian Certification through the Nebraska Library Commission within 30 days of the hiring date. Must complete necessary continuing education requirements to keep certification current while employed by the Omaha Public Library. Must be able to transport oneself or coordinate transportation to locations throughout the City during the course of the work day.

Who Can Apply:

Any person who meets the qualifications and other requirements described in this posting.

How To Apply:

Completed City of Omaha employment applications must be submitted using the on-line application from the City website. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to check and ensure that any and all required application materials and supplemental forms are received by the City of Omaha Human Resources Department by the stated deadline. You may confirm receipt of any materials and forms by contacting the Human Resources Department. If the materials are not received in the Human Resources Department by the stated deadline, they will not be considered. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Contact Points:

City of Omaha, Human Resources Department, 1819 Farnam St., Suite 506, Omaha, NE 68183

Phone: (402) 444-5300 Fax: (402) 444-5317; Web: Email:

Required Forms:

On-line Application: including Applicant's Authorization to Release Information, Equal Employment Opportunities Form (Record Keeping Only) and ADA notice.

Examination Information:

The examination will consist of a training and experience form designed to assess job-related knowledge, skills and abilities of the position. The training and experience form will be given to candidates who have had their applications reviewed by a recruiter and accepted to test for the position. The form must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Department by May 7, 2021 (passing score 60%). Final eligibility list will be an overall score with the Training & Experience form weighted 100%.

$45,905.60 with step increases to $55,556.80 Annual

Forty-hour work week; twelve days of paid vacation per year for the first five years, sick leave, and twelve paid holidays. The City offers an employee group health insurance which includes major medical for individual or Family plan; Cash Pension Program, plus Social Security. See our website at (under the Employment section, Benefits link) for detailed information.

Candidates must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of permanent residence or authorization to work. The City of Omaha reserves the right to conduct criminal history, driving record, reference and credit checks and a background investigation on applicants for employment. Successfully passing a criminal background review, reference check, and if applicable, a credit check, is required as a condition of employment. If applicable, the City will require that you successfully pass a review of the driver's license, driving abstract, a pre-employment drug test, a hearing test and a back screening examination as a condition of employment. Failure to provide the information requested in the application process in a truthful, accurate and complete manner may result in disqualification, revocation of conditional employment or termination. APPLICANTS REQUIRING AN ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EXAMINATION BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY SHOULD ADVISE THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION OR AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION BY EMAILING

For Open Competitive Applicants: To claim 5 points for Veteran’s preference, you must submit proof of service (such as a DD-214) that includes date of induction, date of honorable separation, and date of honorable separation, and Social Security number. (You must have completed more than 180 consecutive days of active duty.) To receive an additional 5 points credit for disability, you must submit proof of eligibility from Veterans Administration dated within the last 12 months. This information must be submitted to the Human Resources Department by 5/7/2021.

Knowledge of and ability to operate a computer or other technology using standard or customized computer or systems software applications appropriate to the assigned tasks. Knowledge of standard library principles, procedures, and services, and materials. Knowledge of library reference and resource tools. Ability to learn and adapt to advances in computer and electronics device technology and software. Ability to view printed text on book bindings to retrieve library materials. Ability to use tact and diplomacy when interacting with difficult patrons. Ability to maintain patron confidentiality. Ability to use library principles, methods, and techniques in collection, development, cataloging, classification, circulation, programming, staff development, and reference services. Ability to use and explain the functions of library tools and facilities. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public. Ability to understand oral or written instructions. Ability to adhere to safety policies, procedures, and guidelines. Ability to stand, walk, and bend from 76 to 100% of the time; reach, stoop, squat, crouch, and push from 51 to 75% of the time; and to climb, balance, kneel, crawl, pull, and sit up to 25% of the time.

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