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Librarian (Adult)-DC Public Library

  • 27 Jan 2020 11:22 AM
    Message # 8695557

    Position Title:

    Librarian (Adult)-DC Public Library

    Position Description:

    This position is within the Public Services unit of the District of Columbia Public Library system and serves as a Librarian (Adult). The position is responsible for professional functions that support the efficient operation and best use of the libraries by adults (ages 20-above).

    Under the general direction of a Branch Librarian, the incumbent provides reference and advisory services to customers; provides assistance in study oriented activities and in developing adult reading interests; plans, schedules, conducts and evaluates adult programs and class visits, develops and maintains the branch collection of adult literature to meet the needs of the community; compiles reading lists on subjects assigned and prepares the display of books. 

    Selected candidates will be assigned to different library locations as needed. 


    • Serves as service architect for location’s adult engagement by designing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating programs, services, and outreach that align to community needs and library’s strategic goals. Collaborates on this with other DCPL staff in and beyond the location.
    • Manages location’s physical collection for adults by using established processes and procedures for weeding materials, requesting new materials, and analyzing usage. May also assist in collection movement and maintenance by shelving and shelf-reading.
    • Collaborates with manager and colleagues to optimize use of location by users associated with adults
    • Provides direct customer service to library customers (for example, answering basic and advanced informational, directional, technology, and referral questions; reader’s advisory, etc.) and assistance in using the library and its resources.
    • Maintains familiarity with DCPL’s electronic collections and resources and various options for accessing them, including web interfaces, streaming platforms, and mobile apps. Is able to instruct a library customer how to access any electronic collection or resource.
    • Assists in maintaining a welcoming and comfortable library environment by following DCPL Appearance Guidelines and enforcing DCPL Rules of Behavior, as needed
    • Maintains awareness of community needs, including the needs of schools and other community institutions and organizations. Establishes community partnerships that align to community needs and library’s strategic goals. 
    • Serves as location point-of-contact for customers and library administration when manager isn’t present.
    • Attends meetings, workshops, and trainings as assigned. May serve on committees and other working groups as assigned.


    A Master’s degree in Library/ Information Science from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited graduate program plus a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience working in directly and in-person with customers/clients of the adult population. 

    Experience working in an urban public library preferred. Additionally, the following is required: 

    • Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and techniques of public librarianship as gained through obtaining a Masters degree in Library/Information Science, with coursework or practical experience related to public libraries.
    • Experience providing excellent direct customer service to children and populations associated with this group
    • Experience designing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating public-facing programs and services
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment in the application of policies, procedures, rules, or regulations in difficult or sensitive situations.
    • Experience communicating effectively orally and in writing
    • Experience using standard office productivity software, such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite, and familiarity with content management software, such as Sharepoint and Drupal.

    Application Process:



Mailing Address:
DC Library Association
 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
 Unit #: 1653
Washington, DC 20013
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