Librarian I

Caldwell County Public Library
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Caldwell County, a dynamic rural community with a dedicated library staff, is seeking an Adult Reference Librarian. This is a wonderful opportunity for an experienced librarian looking to make a substantial and immediate impact on library service.

An employee in this class performs professional library work in organizing and managing reference services offered by the Main Library. Demonstrates an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to job responsibilities and maintains accountability and a high level of courtesy with the public. Will implement library policies, train staff and coordinate reference services within the Library. Will report to the Library Director and will supervise Library Assistants III/II and volunteers.

Examples of (but not limited to) Duties Performed

*Determines patron needs and provides direction to library materials and electronic resources.
*Develops the collection of the Reference and Local History departments within budgetary guidelines and weeds materials when appropriate.
*Provides basic instruction, assistance and troubleshooting for computers and other electronic resources.
*Manages department schedule and trains library personnel and volunteers in Reference procedures.
*Assists in preparing the annual budget, recommends long and short term goals and compiles necessary statistics and reports.
*Provides reference support to branch staff and other library departments.
*Plans programming including but not limited to: technology classes, book clubs, job seeking, genealogy, summer reading, etc.
*Maintains directories and indexes of reference resources in County and across the state.
*Works with and evaluates reference staff.
*Updates public website as needed.
*Serves on cross functional, local, regional, and state workgroups and committees, as assigned.
* Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

*Ability to plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate library programs.
* Reviews, evaluates, and select materials for the library based on the Collection Development Policy, community needs, professional reviews, staff recommendations and current composition of the library system collection.
*Working knowledge of library purchasing and acquisitions.
*Considerable knowledge of managerial and supervisory principles and methods.
*Experience in collection maintenance.
*Skill in organizing and prioritizing work in order to cover schedule effectively and efficiently.
*Considerable knowledge of the current principles and practices of library science and the specific needs of a modern reference department.
*Above average familiarity with computer technologies.
*Ability to follow a new or established procedure and to perform work requiring accuracy and detail.
*Ability to explain, demonstrate, and use library tools and resources.
*Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with vendors, library personnel, County staff, community partners, and library users.
*Supervises the creation and distribution of support and collateral materials for library resources and programs.
*Demonstrated success with community partners in collaborative programs and strategic initiatives.
*Must be able to work the required schedule which will include some nights and weekends.
*Must be adaptable to performing appropriately when confronted with people acting under stress.
*Knowledge of Integrated Library Systems and its functions.
*Ability to work and travel from one branch to another and out of county for workshops and training sessions.

Physical Requirements

Sufficient strength, agility, visual acuity and verbal capability to perform the core requirements of the position which can require operating a variety of machinery and equipment and the ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift and/or move objects.

Minimum Education and Training

Master’s Degree in Library Science from a school accredited by the American Library Association or from a regionally accredited school of higher education which will insure acquisition of N.C. Public Library certification within 6 months. Experience in a public library setting required; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including computers, typewriters, copiers, printers, facsimile machines, calculators, postage machines, etc. Must be able to exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, 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.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments or directions from superiors.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, forms, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, permits, etc., using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in Standard English.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as office equipment. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via a telephone.


Knowledge of Job: Has considerable knowledge of modern office practices and procedures. Has considerable knowledge of math, spelling, grammar and punctuation. Has considerable knowledge of County policies, programs and procedures. Is skilled in organizing workflow and coordinating activities. Is skilled in the operation of common office machines, including popular computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs. Is able to compile data from varied sources and complete complex reports from such information. Is able to compose effective correspondence. Is able to develop and modify work procedures, methods and processes to improve efficiency. Is able to establish and maintain complex records and files. Is able to type accurately at the speed required by the position. Is able to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Is able to exercise tact and courtesy in dealing with the public. Is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities. Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility. Maintains high quality communication and interacts with all County departments and divisions, co-workers and the general public.

Quantity of Work: Maintains effective and efficient output of all duties and responsibilities as described under “Specific Duties and Responsibilities.”

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, county policy, standards and prescribed procedures. Accepts accountability for meeting assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

Attendance: Attends work regularly and adheres to County policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountability. Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility. Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives. Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations. Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors. Seeks expert or experienced advice and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same. Questions such instruction and direction when clarification of results or consequences is justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with County policy or procedures, etc. Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons within the department.

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with supervisors and staff for mutual and departmental benefit. Contributes to maintaining high morale among all department employees. Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations, and the general public so as to maintain good will toward the department and project a good departmental image. Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the County. Interacts effectively with fellow employees, supervisor, professionals and the general public.

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology. Avoids duplication of effort. Estimates expected time of completion of elements of work and establish a personal schedule accordingly. Attends meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time. Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules. Maintains a calendar for meetings, deadlines and events.

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the County and various regulatory agencies. Sees that the standards are not violated. Maintains a clean and orderly work place.

How to Apply: 

Caldwell County requires that all applicants submit a signed application. Applications are only accepted for positions in which the County is actively recruiting. Unsolicited applications and/or resumes for other positions will be discarded. Applicants applying for a position may use the Caldwell County Application or the PD-107 State Application. Copies of applications can be obtained at the Caldwell County Human Resources Office or downloaded by clicking the following link: