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Collection Development Librarian, Sno-Island, Marysville, WA


Provide collection development services for library customers, including assessing collection needs for the library communities in our District to help guide the acquisition of new materials. This position contributes significantly to a community library’s effective operations and services, providing library services, spaces, and resources that are representative of diverse cultures and perspectives, intentionally inclusive, and accessible to everyone. The incumbent significantly impacts customers and Sno-Isle’s success as they select nearly all the materials for our Adult Fiction Collections.

$5,915.87 – $8,164.00 Salary/month

Essential Functions:

The functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Select library materials that reflect the diversity of our communities and provide equity of access through the sourcing of inclusive formats and access points. These are achieved using online databases and ordering tools based on publisher summaries, professional reviews, author and publisher track records, local relevance, and evidence of predictive or stated demand in our communities. This position will focus primarily on Adult Fiction in print and digital formats but may select other materials as needed.
  2. Understand and incorporate intellectual freedom concepts into their work.
  3. Regularly review library materials and perform collection maintenance based on currency, relevance, condition, circulation history, building space consideration, and subject coverage.
  4. Process requests for materials and select materials as appropriate based on the Sno-Isle Libraries Collection Development Policy criteria (e.g., professional reviews, local relevance, availability, etc.).
  5. Provide Readers’ Advisory support and training to library staff by serving on collaborative teams, supporting book-based library services or programming, assisting with title selection for book discussion kits, and other related activities.
  6. Provide collection curation support for both print and digital materials.
  7. Respond to collection-related questions and requests from library staff and the public by various methods.
  8. Review professional literature and current news related to upcoming titles, publishing trends, awards, collection policies, and reader’s advisory topics to share with library staff.
  9. Analyze collection inventory, holds, circulation turnover, and other various reports to plan new selection and collection maintenance activities.
  10. Positively represent the library as a collaborative partner in discussions with vendors.
  11. Provide input for collection questions and requests for reconsideration of library materials.
  12. Consult with community library managers on collection size and organization.
  13. Create and deliver training on issues related to the collection for community library staff.
  14. Ability to possess a current Washington State driver’s license for travel to the Service Center and community library locations.

Additional Duties:

  1. May serve as an in-charge staff member in the absence of the Assistant Director of Collection Services and Acquisitions and Cataloging Manager. 
  2. Coordinate library volunteers as needed. May occasionally direct the work of fieldwork students from MLS and library technician programs.
  3. Assist with special projects as required.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Thorough knowledge of established practices and procedures for an integrated library system (ILS).
  2. Thorough knowledge of collection development practices, procedures, and trends.
  3. Thorough knowledge of resources, programs, and services in a public library.
  4. Thorough knowledge of bibliographic search techniques and the full range of standard library online and print reference tools.
  5. Ability to uphold the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community.
  6. Ability to recognize personal bias in themselves and others and challenge its influence as part of the materials selection process.
  7. Ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  8. Ability to work cooperatively and maintain practical interpersonal skills with the public and coworkers.
  9. Strong customer service skills.
  10. Ability to handle and resolve conflict effectively.
  11. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  12. Ability to work independently, with mentoring, and to set priorities.
  13. Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software such as Office 365, electronic databases, e-mail and internet navigation,  and other office equipment and systems.

Education and Experience

  1. A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited university is required.
  2. One to three years of related professional librarian experience is required, with a preference for public service work supporting customers/users.
  3. One to three years of centralized acquisitions experience or intensive collection experience.
  4. Ability to obtain Washington State Librarian certificate.

The following supplemental questions will be asked during the application process:

  1. Describe your experience providing direct customer service including in-person, online, or by telephone. Provide an example of a time you provided excellent customer service.
  2. Describe your experience related to supporting Intellectual Freedom in a library setting and provide an example of how you successfully communicated or upheld Intellectual Freedom principles in a customer or colleague interaction.
  3. Why do you think it is important to address equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in this position, and what are some ways you might do that?
  4. Describe a situation in which you embraced a new system, process, technology, or idea at work that was a major departure from the previous way of doing things.

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