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Heritage Room Librarian (HE-02) - Athens-Clarke County Library

Position Heritage Room Librarian; Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA
Status Part-time; hourly; non-exempt; with limited benefits
Hours Up to 19 hours per week; evening and weekend hours are required
Salary $13 per hour, commensurate with experience

Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System, Georgia Public Library of the Year 2017, is hiring a Librarian to work as a member of the Heritage Room Team in the Athens-Clarke County Library. We seek an enthusiastic, flexible individual who proactively searches for opportunities to deliver quality library services that engage the community and exceed expectations.

This position staffs the public service desk in the Heritage Room, providing genealogy and local history assistance to library patrons. Additionally, this position assists with processing the library’s archival collections and with program presentation. This position requires knowledge of reference interview techniques and basic genealogy reference resources, familiarity with archival principles, and excellent communication and public service skills. Position reports to the ARLS Regional Heritage Room Librarian/Coordinator.

Minimum Training and Experience

This position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, or a Master’s of Archival Studies. Previous public library reference experience is preferred but not required. A combination of education, training and experience that provides requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position may also be considered.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job.  Other duties of a similar nature may be required and assigned, and job assignments and schedules may change in the future.

  • Provides basic assistance in genealogy research, using locally available databases, books, and other resources.
  • Provides instruction to patrons on the use of genealogy databases and resources offered by the library.
  • Participates in the planning, implementation, and teaching of local history and genealogy-based programs and classes.
  • Participates in the planning and development of library book displays, exhibits, reader’s advisory guides, pathfinders, resource lists, and finding aids.
  • Participates in processing archival collections, including accessioning, arranging, describing, and providing access to the library’s manuscript materials and institutional archives; contributes records to the Heritage Room’s archival collection management system.
  • Participates in processing of pilot web archival programs, including scoping of collection, using web archival software, metadata production, and quality analysis.  
  • Provides support in many areas of daily library operations, including (but not limited to) organizing and shelving materials; routing information; recording statistics; basic maintenance; performing basic office duties.
  • Upholds all library policies, including the Patron Responsibilities and Conduct statement; monitors and responds to safety and security of library patrons and campus; reports situations according to established procedures.
  • Meets System expectation to participate in at least two approved off-site outreach programs each year.
  • Meets System expectation to complete at least 10 hours of approved work-related training activities during each year of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in upholding the library’s core values; ability to provide external and internal service that is welcoming, committed to excellence, inclusive, and respectful and that supports the community and co-workers.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and skill in providing efficient, positive, and professional customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers.
  • Knowledge of genealogy sources, including books, indexes, microforms, databases, original records, websites, and serials.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of records management and preservation of library and archival materials.
  • Knowledge of digitization and scanning technologies and ability to use digital scanning equipment; knowledge of library technology services and ability to learn new technologies in a timely manner.
  • Knowledge of PINES library catalog and library subscription databases, especially related to genealogy.
  • Public relations skills to ensure that all patron transactions are conducted in an efficient, positive, and professional manner, with every effort made to satisfy requests while upholding library policies.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Ability to create records in the Library’s archival management system.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Ability to walk, climb, stoop, reach, bend, kneel, and crawl in order to handle and manage storage and retrieval of library materials and equipment; this job also requires full use of sight, hearing, speech, and limbs. Physical ability to regularly operate a variety of 21st   century library machinery and equipment; must be able move or carry objects or materials and to lift and place materials above head; must be able to exert up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 to 25 pounds force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of Medium Work.

Athens Regional Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Library may provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees to discuss potential necessary accommodations. The Library is a drug-free workplace and requires a pre-employment drug test.  Verification of identity and employment authorization through E-Verify will be required.

Submit completed online ARLS job application, including a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications for this position.

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