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Adult Services Librarian, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook ME

Adult Services Librarian





$18.14 to $23.84 Hrly Range




Monday, September 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Position Objectives:


The City of Westbrook is seeking an experienced and highly motivated professional to work under the direction of the Library Director, to assist in all functional activities relating to the coordination of operations of Walker Memorial Library, the City’s public library, with an emphasis on the Adult Services and Reference areas. Originally constructed in 1894 with an addition built in 1989, the library is currently undergoing a renovation of the 1894 structure. Walker Memorial Library is a wonderful blend of the community’s history and renewal. As a member of MINERVA Consortium, the library lends and borrows materials across the state. The Library houses approximately 54,000 total volumes, a sizable Adult Collection of books and movies, a Local History Room, a Children’s Room, an Event Room and offers a wide variety of adult and children’s programming to its over 3,000 registered borrowers.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assists in the formulation and execution of annual goals and objectives that support the Library’s mission and meet community goals.
  • Takes on a participatory role in cataloging with MINERVA Consortium.
  • Administers and manages adult and reference collections, including classification and cataloging of all materials; weeding and supervising the maintenance of collections; selecting of electronic databases; and overseeing the handling of adult periodical collection.
  • Assists in the preparation and monitoring of the annual operating and capital budget.
  • Assists the public with reference/information, reader’s advisory and computer inquiries.
  • Coordinates the library’s participation in Inter-Library Loan.
  • Schedules meeting rooms.
  • Collects and maintains statistics for year-end reports.
  • Represents the library at community programs, meetings, etc. as appropriate.
  • Develops and participates in public relations activities.  Coordinates and assists with special events.
  • Provides assistance and support to various areas of the library as needed.
  • Participates in providing a safe and welcoming environment at the library.
  • Participates in the General Unit Customer Service Plan i.e. assists other City departments with special projects as necessary.
  • Assists the Library Director in program planning and directing to include developing the library’s collections, establishing internal library policies and procedures, establishing policies and program for assistance to readers and program evaluation and development.


Minimum Requirements


  • Effectively assists in administering the City library system with the ability to successfully plan, organize and direct activities of the library.
  • Maintains and applies thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, methods, techniques, tools and materials of library and information science.  Solid experience with library administration and management techniques.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills by setting a positive example for other staff. 
  • Communicates clearly and concisely, oral and in writing, including making public presentations as needed.
  • Establishes, maintains, and fosters positive, harmonious working relationships with staff, peers, City and Library Officials, the general public, businesses, outside agencies, and labor union representatives.
  • Exercises good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Meets and deals tactfully and effectively with the staff, officials, public, outside agencies. Responds appropriately to inquiries and complaints.
  • Ability to plan and carry out surveys and studies of existing public library services.
  • Manages multiple projects and meet deadlines utilizing strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Possesses and maintains intermediate to advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office products and internet use, and/or must be capable of learning computer skills and operating library computers as needed; and of assisting  the Director and Head of Circulation lead staff through technology changes.
  • Ability and willingness to successfully complete all necessary training.


Physical and Mental Requirements


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical Demands:  Duties are performed indoors in an office environment.  Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, talking, or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel.  Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.  Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered.  Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus.  Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans.  The noise level is usually moderate.   Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conference, etc.


  • Mental Demands:  Duties require the ability to use written and oral communication skills; observe and interpret situations; read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning at the algebraic level; perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines, on multiple concurrent tasks; work with constant interruptions; and interact with staff, officials, the public, and outside agencies and groups.


Desirable Training and Experience

The successful candidate will establish and solidify customer relationships by providing outstanding customer service to the public.  The ideal candidate will hold a MLS degree from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian.  A strong technology background including previous work with Minerva or other technology consortiums is desirable.  An equivalent combination of experience and education which provides a demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of the position may be considered.



This Full Time opportunity offers a competitive wage and generous benefits package that includes: Health & Dental Insurance; Paid Vacation, Sick & Holiday Time; Retirement Benefits; and Educational Reimbursement.


Applicants interested in the above opportunity may submit resume to:

City of Westbrook
Attn:  HR Dept.
2 York Street
Westbrook, ME. 04092

FAX:  (866)405-0776
EMAIL:  [email protected]