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Public Services Librarian III, Ocala Public Library, Ocala, FL


This is professional library work in Information Services, Access Services or Children’s Services providing internal and external customers with assistance in finding information on a wide range of subjects utilizing a variety of library resources of reference service, reader’s advisory, research, and library instruction, conducting original cataloging and bibliographic maintenance, selecting children’s, young adult, and adult materials, and providing a relevant schedule of programming for users, pre-school through adult.


  • The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the work load.
  • Instructs customers on the use of the library online catalog, databases, the Internet, and library equipment which may include computers, photocopiers, laser printers, and microfilm and microfiche reader/printers.
  • Provides in-depth direct informational, reference, and reader’s advisory services to the public. Interviews customers, in person, virtually, or by telephone, to determine the nature of inquiry and the appropriate, most likely resources for locating information requested.
  • Uses the online catalog and databases, the internet and other resources to assist customers in finding library materials. Advises customers in the selection of reading material and information sources pertaining to their needs. Recommends web sites for business, academic, and other information inquiries.
  • Provides general assistance and basic instruction to patrons on the use of computers, email systems, word processing applications and other software, use of the Internet and related electronic resources.
  • Provides information and referral to facilitate customer access to other community resources, libraries, and service agencies.
  • Troubleshoots library equipment. Diagnoses and reports equipment problems.
  • Reads professional journals, publishers catalogs, online reviews, library reference materials, and keeps abreast of popular materials. Communicates with vendors to select a full range of public library material.
  • Keeps abreast of library technology trends and issues.
  • Presents a broad knowledge of the world and the ways in which it is portrayed in children’s, young adult, and adult material and other media by engaging in regular personal reading, scanning of reviews, exposure to movies, TV shows, and magazines geared to the age group; talking to children and teens, parents, teachers, school media specialists, etc..
  • Confers with teachers, parents, community groups and other pertinent individuals to assist in developing programs.
  • Examines donations for possible additions to collection. Evaluates library material using collection development criteria to determine continued usefulness of titles. Updates or replaces titles. Regularly surveys the collection to identify areas in which additional materials are needed. Evaluates damaged material to determine repair or replacement.
  • Reviews new materials received. Checks cataloging and changes collection codes and labels as necessary.
  • Creates bibliographies and pathfinders to various library resources to support customer needs and interests. Assists in the selection and creation of promotional and informational materials including schedules, flyers, and special event notices. Recommends suitable Web sites and overall informational content for inclusion on library web page. Plans and selects material for library theme-based displays. Assists in conducting the quarterly in-library use survey.
  • Plans, sets-up, and implements age appropriate library programs for the general public and special groups on topics to meet community needs and interests. Includes setting goals and objectives, researching topic, planning for use of outside resources, materials preparation, and program presentation and evaluation. Plans, schedules and presents library tours.
  • Performs original and copy cataloging for library materials in all formats utilizing national cataloging rules and standards including the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal system, MARC, RDA, and other cataloging tools.
  • Manages the maintenance of the bibliographic database; develops, manages, and participates in bibliographic database projects.
  • Maintains and modifies for local use name and subject authority records; searches bibliographic utilities.
  • Reviews work of staff as assigned, resolves cataloging errors and database problems. Maintains currency on latest cataloging rules and interpretations by attending workshops and monitoring cataloging discussion lists.
  • Develops and maintains any necessary documentation of local cataloging decisions and interpretations.
  • Manages library materials processing workflow; reviews processes periodically to achieve efficiencies. Manages library courier functions; develops courier schedules; reviews as needed. Manages library vehicles. Recommends replacement vehicles as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual division budget, business plan, statistical reports, activity reports, etc.
  • Maintains and promotes the characteristics of excellent customer service in assigned area of responsibility. Ensures that the library meets the needs of all library users. Conveys a warm, yet respectful and un-patronizing attitude toward Library users. Listens carefully, asks questions, as necessary.
  • Interprets, communicates and carries out policies, procedures, and established practices of the Marion County Public Library System.
  • Supports the organization’s guiding principles and core values.


  • Visually reads library shelves to maintain proper Dewey Decimal order; shelves library materials; manually shifts material as required to maintain the proper quantity of materials on the shelf.
  • Performs opening and closing duties, including lock-up procedures and floor duty.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This is a front-line position for providing excellent customer service to members of the general public and other County employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit, employees of other departments in the County, citizens, media, vendors, and customers of the department. Service is provided in person, by mail, electronically, or by phone contact.


Functions as a lead worker for a small group of employees (one to twenty), volunteers, or community service workers in the absence of a manager. Reviews the work product of others. Provides guidance, advice, and assistance to others on work assignments. Provides work direction and service as a resource for division staff. Provides in-depth training and ongoing assistance, instruction and guidance to division staff regarding library procedures and protocol.


Education and Experience.
Graduation from an accredited college or university, supplemented by completion of a Master of Library Science (MLS) advanced degree from an ALA-accredited institution required; five years successful, practical professional public library experience that includes proficient use of current computer technologies, at least one year supervisory experience; and two years customer service experience; or an equivalent combination of considerable training and experience. Cataloging/technical services position requires two years cataloging experience.

Valid Florida Driver License.

Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an ALA accredited institution.

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