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Community Librarian: Saline County Library, Benton, AR

14 May 2021 3:08 PM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

The Community Librarian is responsible for building and developing community partnerships, overseeing the non-fiction, local history and genealogy collections, and providing outstanding service to patrons.

Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited university plus 2 years of public library experience OR 5 years of public library experience are required. Must be organized, friendly, self-motivated, and committed to providing excellent customer service.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Computer fluency and willingness to learn new technologies

Knowledge of professional library principles and practices

Expertise in library’s resources, services, classification system, policies and procedures

Expert level knowledge in the library’s nonfiction, and electronic resources.

Must like working with people and be able to cooperate with other staff

Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and Saturday.

Position requires walking and standing for long periods. Requires light lifting and carrying of up to 40 pounds.

Responsibilities

Oversees the non-fiction, local history/genealogy collections including ordering and weeding books, manuscripts, photographs, databases, microfilm, newspapers, obituaries and other resources.

Plans and conducts periodic genealogy programs—virtual or in-person depending on circumstances—in conjunction with programmers and marketing staff.

Develops and maintains community partnerships by attending meetings and planning activities with partners e.g. library participation in blood bank drives, flu shot clinics, Saline Cares, Kiwanis, etc.

Speaks at community events and assists in library outreach.

Works with Outreach Librarian and Marketing department to coordinate library’s participation in big community events such as parades.

Works with Outreach Librarian to maintain Book Boxes throughout community.

May be called upon to assist at the public help desk especially to answer more specific research questions for genealogy/local history, but also for technology and computer help, reader’s advisory, and general research.

Answers telephone and assists patrons with renewals, lost items, and materials or services questions.


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