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Librarian I

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for the position of:

Librarian I
Reference/Information Services Divisions
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The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.
We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.
It takes us all working together.

RPL, a division of the City of Rochester, MN, is a very busy downtown library and bookmobile (with more than 60,000 cardholders, a collection of more than 460,000 items, over 1.7 million items checked out annually and the busiest bookmobile in the state of Minnesota). RPL serves the City of Rochester, Olmsted County, and visitors from all over the world. 
The Reference / Information Services Division connects customers with nonfiction books and DVDs, and magazines, both in print and digitally. We offer study rooms, internet computer access and printing, and copy/scan/fax services. Reference librarians help customers find the information resources they are seeking -- in person, via email, and over chat. 
Nature of Work
The Librarian I position involves professional library work utilizing complex computer programs and electronic resources. Duties of this position may include, but are not limited to, cataloging and classifying various library materials and collections; developing and maintaining divisional services and library collections; working at public desks assisting library patrons; organizing and facilitating library programs, classes and activities; building community partnerships; and overseeing and directing the work of paraprofessional, clerical or student employees, and volunteers. Depending upon assignment, responsibilities may include developing and maintaining website content.  
This Librarian I position focuses on: 
  • providing top-notch reference and readers' advisory service; 
  • assisting customers with library technology, including grant-funded Connected Chromebooks
  • coordinating Wellness Corner programming and partnerships 
  • and other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate for this position will have a positive outlook, a passion for helping people, superb attention to detail, and an ability to prioritize. They will embrace our core values of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all, providing exceptional library service, and upholding intellectual freedom. We strive to reflect our community through our dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strongly urge people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Work Schedule:
This is a full-time position, where the individual hired will be working primarily weekdays, with some night and weekend shifts. 
Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled, with priority consideration for applications received by June 26, 2022.  



The following job description contains Librarian I duties across all library divisions. Not all responsibilities will apply to this Reference/Technical Services position.

*Provide direct service to the public

  • Provide reference and readers advisory services to the public in person and via telephone, e-mail, instant messaging and other means of communication.
  • Assist patrons in locating information using a variety of reference and readers advisory tools, resources, and electronic databases.
  • Provide support to patrons using library collections, equipment and services including digital collections.
  • Conduct complex searches based on extensive knowledge of information sources and databases.
  • Assist patrons with reserves and interlibrary loan requests.
  • Create bibliographies, book or media lists (both print and electronic), and/or displays to promote the library's collections and encourage their use.
  • Develop and provide outreach services.
  • Meet or exceed the library's customer service standards in all interactions with the public and staff.
  • Explain and interpret library policies and procedures to the public.
*Maintain library collections and bibliographic control
  • Select materials for specific collection areas assigned by the Division Head by applying the library collection development policy.
  • Maintain specific collection areas as assigned by the Division Head by evaluating the condition and recommending mending, weeding or replacing items as necessary within the context of the overall collection development policy.
  • Evaluate donations for addition to collection areas as assigned by the Division Head.
  • Develop and coordinate kits, special collections and other items for circulation.
  • Classify, index, and catalog materials for easy access by the public.
  • Search appropriate databases for both bibliographic and authority records and download into local database as appropriate.
  • Maintain quality control of new items being added to the collection and revise old information as necessary to maintain consistency.
*Provide instruction to the public and staff
  • Create and maintain information and training documents for the public & staff as assigned.
  • Provide bibliographic instruction to staff and customers to enable them to better understand and use specific library resources.
  • Develop and teach classes.
  • Provide one-on-one instruction both formally & informally.
  • Plan, budget, promote, execute and evaluate programs that are consistent with the library and division's overall programming and outreach goals.
  • Develop and nurture community partnerships to further the library's programming and outreach goals.
  • Hire performers and manage contracts for library programs.
  • Input public programs in the library's online programming tool and work with the library's graphic designer to help publicize the programming efforts of the division.
  • Create publicity materials such as flyers and brochures.
  • Lead other staff assisting in programming.
  • Present tours to classes and other groups.
*Develop and maintain website
  • Plan and develop portions of the library's website as assigned by the division head.
  • Maintain website information for the division.
  • Coordinate and participate on special project task forces and work groups as assigned.
  • Be an active participant on the team to help further the goals of the library and promote library services.
  • Participate in the training and directing the work of student, clerical, volunteer or paraprofessional assistants.
  • Apply for grants to supplement funding.
Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.




Education and Experience
Master's Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college with relevant coursework and work experience with the general public.

Desirable Qualifications
Experience in: providing customer service in a public library; collection development and maintenance; providing outreach services; integrated library systems software, library databases, ebook and other digital collections; developing community partnerships; developing and presenting programs; providing readers advisory services; adult nonfiction and serials cataloging; working with special and diverse populations; and managing electronic resources; the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® parent education initiative.


Knowledge of: the principles and practices of library science -- including collection development and maintenance, reference interactions, readers advisory, information architecture, intellectual freedom, and technology management; reference, literature, and readers advisory resources; the reference and readers advisory interview; current trends and issues in library services; cataloging rules and rules interpretation. Library information technology including computer basics, ebooks, library databases, digital collections, and networks; graphic design programs; web publishing tools; and computers and computer software and apps such as Microsoft Office Suite, instant messaging, advanced searching of the Internet and databases.

Skill in: providing customer service to people of all ages including seniors, adults, teens and children; oral and written communication; organization, multi-tasking, and time-management.
Ability to: identify current and future community needs and apply them to collections, collection development, services, and programs; work pleasantly and effectively with diverse co-workers and library patrons; develop search strategies to locate resources for patrons; correctly and efficiently provide prompt, objective, confidential, and knowledgeable responses to requests for information or assistance; explain library policies, procedures and options to patrons; instruct others in the use of library resources; speak and/or read a language other than English; and select the appropriate materials and determine the best call numbers and access points for materials to make information most accessible for patrons.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as: Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Continuous demands: repetitive movements of the hands, wrists, and fingers.

Frequent demands: fine dexterity; standing; sitting; lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling up to 10 lbs of force; and handling of materials.

Occasional demands: walking; lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling between 10 to 50 lbs of force; climbing; balancing; stooping; kneeling; twisting; bending; and reaching.

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, and touch.

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include: the majority of the workday is spent indoors. 

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