Job Opening - Adult Services Librarian

The Ripon Public Library in Ripon, Wisconsin (population: 7,619) is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Adult Services Librarian. Responsibilities include collection development and maintenance, young adult and adult programming, and promotion of library services to the community.

Flexible schedule consists of occasional nights and weekends, including Sundays. ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science required. Proficiency with computers and strong interpersonal and communication skills are necessary. Starting salary $36,754 plus excellent benefits. Send resume and cover letter by October 24, 2009 to: Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson St., Ripon, WI 54971. The City of Ripon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Ripon is the home of Ripon College, Alliance Laundry Systems and Rippin' Good Cookies. The recently remodeled library of 28,000 square feet is a member of the Winnefox Library System and a participant in the Winnefox Automated Library Service shared SIRSI automation system. An annual budget of $508,000 is supplemented by funds from an active Friends of the Library organization and an endowment fund. Circulation in 2008 was 154,000, collection size 58,000 items, open 63 hours per week, staff of 7.6 FTE.

Position Description

Title: Adult Services Librarian
Position Classification: V
Educational Requirements: Master of Arts in Library Science from an accredited institution.


1. Provides reader’s advisory, reference and other services for library users in person, by telephone and via fax and email.
2. Assists users with library resources such as books, online catalogs, databases and the Internet.
3. Provides assistance at a service desk.
4. Evaluates and selects materials for purchase in a variety of formats. Maintains and weeds collections.
5. Catalogs library materials and maintains accuracy of the public catalog.
6. Plans, organizes and conducts library services and programs for young adults and adults.
7. Conducts library tours, presents programs to local groups and performs other outreach activities.
8. Promotes library services through news releases, flyers and other types of publicity.
9. Coordinates selection and delivery of materials to nursing homes and homebound users. Delivers material to users.
10. Supervises volunteers.
11. Advises the library director in regard to policies and procedures. Writes reports and recommendations. Implements and carries out library policies and procedures.
12. Compiles statistics.
13. Participates in annual budget preparation.
14. Supervises library in absence of the library director.
15. Creates library displays and bulletin boards.
16. Indexes newspaper articles, obituaries and other information.
17. Serves on professional committees.
18. Performs light housekeeping.
19. Performs other related work.

Knowledge and abilities:

1. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from library users.
2. Ability to gather statistics, analyze information and write reports.
3. Ability to identify problems and opportunities, review possible alternative courses of action and utilize information and resources for decision-making purposes.
4. Ability to maintain confidentiality of library user information.
5. Ability to use a variety of office and library equipment such as a computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, calculator, microfilm reader and photocopier.
6. Ability to work independently, organize and prioritize work, respond to varied and changing work demands and make decisions as required.
7. Knowledge of basic library principles, procedures, technology, goals and philosophy of services.
8. Ability to travel to meetings outside of the library.
9. Good interpersonal skills and ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships with the public, peers and supervisors.
10. Willingness to maintain skills through active participation in appropriate continuing education activities.
11. Working knowledge of English grammar and spelling.

Physical abilities:

1. Ability to work in confined spaces.
2. Bending/twisting and reaching.
3. Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less. Ability to distinguish between colors and shapes.
4. Fingering: keyboarding, writing, filing, sorting, shelving and processing.
5. Handling: processing, picking up and shelving books.
6. Lifting and carrying: 50 pounds or less.
7. Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 300-400 pounds on wheels.
8. Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling and crouching.
9. Talking and hearing; use of the telephone.

Mental abilities:

1. Ability to apply technical knowledge.
2. Ability to comprehend and follow instructions: effectively follow instructions from supervisor, verbally and in written form.
3. Ability to deal with abstract and concrete variables.
4. Ability to interpret technical regulations and instructions.
5. Analytical skills: identify problems and opportunities; review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one; utilize information resources available when making decisions.
6. Communication skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and verbal form.
7. Creative decision-making: effectively evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge or training.
8. Mathematical ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) without the aid of a calculator.
9. Planning and organization skills: develop long-range plans to solve complex problems or take advantage of opportunities; establish systematic methods of accomplishing goals.
10. Problem-solving skills: develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; recommend actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; and refer problems to the library director when necessary.
11. Reading ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memos, reports, bulletins, etc.
12. Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.

September 30, 2009

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