ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
OPENINGS – POST STAFF and PUBLIC
REGULAR STAFF – LIBRARIAN I – BRANCHES
Regular Staff – Fulltime – 2 Openings
Locations will be determined after internal transfers and promotions are completed.
Librarian I - Grade 14GA Fulltime 37.5 hours/weekly
Salary Range: $37,665 - $50,658 (plus longevities)
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a Master's Degree in Library Science
from an American Library Association-accredited program and a combination of
experience and training that has provided the knowledge, abilities, and skills listed in the
attached job description. In addition to the Master’s Degree, some experience in public
libraries, knowledge of the Internet/Web, and supervisory experience preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Programming, reference and readers’ advisory work with all
ages; collection development; assisting branch manager in overall branch operations,
including supervisory assignments.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Ability to secure certification as a Professional Public
Librarian in the State of Maryland within 120 days following appointment; ability to
meet re-certification requirements by completing 90 hours of training every 5 years.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and completed AACPL Employment
Application Form to Terry Bowen, Chief of Human Resources, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All required application materials must be received no
later than 4:00 p.m. August 23, 2012.
For more information about AACPL and to download the AACPL employment
application form (LibraryInformation/Job&VolunteerOpportunities) visit our website
at http://www.aacpl.net .
TIMETABLE for filling vacancies: Candidates selected for an interview will be
contacted no later than September 5, 2012. Target start date is the pay period beginning
October 8, 2012.
Anne Arundel County Public Library is committed to diversity in the workplace. Anne Arundel
County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Library’s policy is to treat all
applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, national or
ancestral origin, sexual orientation, and/or disability in accordance with applicable laws. If you
need assistance with any aspect of the application process, please contact the Human Resources
Office (410-222-7107) or (www.mdrelay.org). 8/9/12
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Job Title: Librarian I
Line or Staff: Line
Grade: 14 GA
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: Library Branches
Reporting Relationships: Reports to Branch Manager or Area Librarian II. Contacts normally include public, branch
staff, administrative and support staff at Headquarters, local officials, community leaders, private and public
Supervisory Responsibility: May supervise Library Associates, Circulation staff, Custodians, Pages, Part-time
Hourly staff, or Volunteers as assigned by supervisor. May serve as Sunday Service Supervisor. May oversee branch
contractual security guard.
Overall Purpose of Job: This is varied professional work in providing library services to the public of all ages,
including reference, readers' advisory, programming and outreach, and library instruction. Work requires expertise
in the use of information technology. Acts as part of branch's management team and assists in the management of
branch operations, and the supervision of branch staff. Regularly assumes responsibility for branch operations as
designated person in charge in absence of management. Also may participate at a system level in training,
collection development, planning, and other committee activities or projects. Works under supervision of Branch
Manager or Area Librarian II using established guidelines.
Essential Functions: (Examples are illustrative of this class of work; they are not intended to include all of the
essential functions of all positions in this class. Lists of tasks under each essential function are not exhaustive.)
1. Provides professional library services to public of all ages in person, on the phone, and through live chat
and email reference services. Follows system guidelines for roving to find patrons and satisfy information
*Responds to and negotiates inquiries presented in person and by phone as well as via e-mail, online chat,
texting, and other networking media
*Conducts reference interview and develops information search strategy
*Provides readers' advisory service in fiction, juvenile, young adult, adult, and non-fiction
*Markets library programs, resources, and services; explains and implements policies and procedures; uses
cross-marketing and word-of-mouth marketing techniques
*Provides instruction on and assists in the use of information resources in traditional and electronic
formats and online formats
*Provides instruction on the use of library technology, equipment, and software as it applies to services
provided by the library
*Uses Interlibrary Loan and other external sources in answering inquiries
2. Acts as designated person in charge on regular basis.
*Makes operational decisions as needed
*Resolves problems and patron complaints
*Responds to building problems and other emergencies following system and branch guidelines
*Seeks advice and communicates with area and system administrators as needed
*Reports to management on activities
3. Assists in management of branch operations.
*Acts regularly as designated person in charge of branch
*Weeds assigned areas of branch collection
*Monitors use of collection in assigned areas
*Recommends replacement and new materials to be requested for collection
*Assists in planning displays of and marketing branch collection
*Participates in developing and implementing branch goals and objectives
*Handles complaints/emergencies involving building, staff, and/or customers
*Develops branch procedures
*Supervises specific areas of branch operations on a regular basis, e.g., branch programming, branch work
schedules, collection maintenance, etc., as designated
*May oversee building maintenance
*Participates in developing and maintaining Community Analysis of branch service area
*Serves as one of the branch petty cash officers
*Assists branch manager with annual book order
4. Plans and provides programming/library tours as assigned for all age groups.
*Links programming to target audiences identified in library's long-range plan
*Creates program plan
*Evaluates programming - including staff involved and effectiveness of activity
*Submits and verifies program and publicity forms
*Records, evaluates, and submits programming statistics
*May coordinate programming in branch - assigning staff, monitoring and evaluating programs, and
revising plan as necessary
*May coordinate and lead branch summer reading club team
5. Supervises staff as assigned.
*Plans and schedules work assignments of staff
*Provides for staff training/development needs using on-the-job training, system, and outside resources
*Monitors performance and conducts regular coaching sessions/feedback, and evaluations
*Provides supervisory counseling
*Recognizes staff contributions
*Holds meetings to share information as well as to discuss/resolve work issues with a group of staff
6. Supervises branch volunteer program as assigned.
*Assesses need for volunteers and writes job descriptions
*Recruits qualified volunteer applicants
*Selects qualified volunteers
*Provides or arranges for appropriate training
*Monitors volunteer performance
*Recognizes volunteer contributions
7. Contributes professional expertise to branch and system through committee membership/special
*Prepares for and attends meetings
*Coordinates with staff at Headquarters, other branches, and outside the library
*Completes assignments and presents results
*Communicates information to branch staff at meeting or through minutes
8. Serves as staff trainer.
*Creates, implements and delivers training for branch staff
*Learns new technology and trains other staff in its use
*Learns new services, programming, etc. and trains other staff in its use
*Works with Staff Development Coordinator to prepare and present system-wide training
9. Maintains professional librarian skills and knowledge.
*Attends training and reviews professional literature
*Learns new technology as necessary to retain proficiency in providing information service
10. Other Activities.
*Participates in outreach service. May visit schools to promote summer reading club and other library
services; hosts nursery schools/daycare centers and provides story time; provides library tours to school
groups; makes presentations to community, business, and other groups about library services and
resources; may participate in Library by Mail service to homebound, etc.
*Assists with circulation and other branch activities as needed to provide service to the public
*Troubleshoots branch equipment and performs simple upkeep or repair; may serve as branch technology
coordinator and liaison to ISS department
*Uses word processing, database, and spreadsheet software to maintain records, prepare reports, etc.
*Processes Interlibrary Loan requests for branch
*May serve as a branch timekeeper
*May coordinate branch participation in system activities, studies, and surveys
11. Performs related duties as assigned.
NOTE: Certain conditions, e.g., economic constraints, staffing patterns, changes in system/branch goals and
objectives, etc., may necessitate changes to the duties described in this job description.
Accountabilities: (Include, but are not limited to the following)
1. Maintains good public relations with library customers.
2. Maintains good working relations with branch and system staff.
3. Represents library to other library systems, County agencies, community, and other outside groups.
4. Maintains professional certification and updates skills by participating in training and related workshops.
5. Maintains awareness of current events on the local, state, national, and international levels.
6. Performs work in keeping with professional standards and the policies and procedures of the library
1. Physical Demands: Job involves a considerable amount of movement and activity - to accompany patrons
to resources and to retrieve materials from shelves. On an occasional basis, lifting or handling material
weighing up to 30 lbs. Work can also include pushing book-trucks weighing up to 100 lbs., and moving and
arranging heavy meeting room tables and chairs. Much use of computer monitor, mouse and keyboard.
2. Emotional Demands: Some stress related to high degree of public contact, including incidences of
complaints or disruptive behavior, and normal challenges of supervisory responsibilities. Some pressure
related to sustained periods of high-volume activity.
3. Social Environment: Always people to talk to and work with.
4. Physical Environment: Typical office/library environment. Some fluctuations in building temperature
related to HVAC problems can cause short periods of uncomfortable heat or cold. Some periods of
elevated noise levels during programs and peak times.
5. Mental Demands: This is professional-level work requiring sophisticated reasoning and independent
judgment. Job allows for some variance in work routine.
Possession of a Master's Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association-accredited program and a
combination of experience and training that has provided the knowledge, abilities, and skills listed below.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of standard and emerging public library resources (including those in electronic formats),
services, techniques, principles and practices; considerable knowledge of and demonstrated technical
competencies required to use software, the internet, databases and other technology in the performance
of information work, public service, and support activities.
2. Knowledge of standard reference and readers' advisory interview protocols.
3. Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully and courteously with a diverse public and all age
4. Knowledge of community analysis practices as they apply to public library service.
5. Ability to organize, plan, and execute work and to set and reach goals with minimal direct supervision.
6. General interest in reading and literature, and an awareness of trends in popular culture as well as
current news events as they relate to customer interests and needs.
7. Ability to plan and execute programs for the public geared to a targeted age group - from babies to adults
- based on library materials.
8. Knowledge and skills necessary to supervise and direct the work of others.
9. Knowledge and skills necessary to provide instruction to the public in the use of library resources.
10. Ability to plan and present training for library staff and patrons in the use of library technology, services,
11. Ability to work effectively and calmly under pressure.
12. Knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively as part of a team toward the achievement of common
goals and objectives.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Ability to secure certification as a Professional Public Librarian in the State of Maryland within 120 days following
appointment; ability to meet re-certification requirements by completing 90 hours of training every 5 years.
AACPL employees work in a diverse environment and are expected to demonstrate respect for and relate to co-
workers and customers from many different backgrounds and cultures. The Anne Arundel County Public Library is
an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Library's policy is to
treat all applicants and employees equally without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or