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Librarian II, Information Services (IS-01); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA



Librarian II, Information Services (IS-01); Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, GA


Full-time, non-exempt, with benefits


40/hrs/wk, some nights and weekends required


$27,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Bilingual Skills (English-Spanish) preferred but not required.

Position Summary

Athens Regional Library System is committed to our Vision:  Engaging Communities and Exceeding Expectations, which we achieve through the everyday practice of our organizational values. It is through our values we provide an atmosphere and work environment that is inclusive, supportive of our community, respectful, committed to excellence and welcoming. 

We seek an entry-level librarian to join the Information Services team. The System will hire an experienced, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic individual who embraces and thrives in an active, fast-paced, culturally diverse environment. A successful candidate will deliver excellent customer service, will have knowledge of print and online resources to assist library patrons with their information needs, and technical skills to assist patrons using computers. The person in this job may serve as a library representative on local community organizations and will act as a U.S. Passport Acceptance Agent. The right candidates will be energetic, creative, and tech-savvy with a passion for, and strong commitment to, public service. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Public Services.

Minimum Training & Experience

This position requires an MLS from an ALA-accredited university or current enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS program with requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position; or a bachelor's degree and two years' public library experience, or any combination of education, training, and experience that provides requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Previous public library reference experience is preferred.

Essential Job Functions

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

  • Provides reference services to library patrons in person, by telephone, or online.
  • Provides computer assistance to patrons.
  • Performs customer service relating to the location and use of library services, materials, computers, resources, and related systems; assists library patrons with their information and readers’ advisory needs.
  • 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 outlined procedures.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of adult programs.
  • Participates in the planning and development of book displays, readers’ advisory guides, pathfinders, resource lists, and other finding aids.
  • Maintains specific materials collection areas by recommending weeding and purchase of materials in assigned sections.
  • Represents the library and library interests within the community.
  • Handles and executes applications for U.S. Passports.
  • 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 & 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 reference sources, both in print and online.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and skill in providing customer service to patrons of all ages as well as to co-workers.
  • Knowledge of general library principles and philosophy.
  • Knowledge of library practices and of ARLS policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Knowledge of PINES library catalog and library subscription databases.
  • Effective verbal and nonverbal communication and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate successfully with patrons and staff; ability to answer questions, explain procedures, and enforce policies.
  • Ability to employ appropriate reference interview techniques to accurately determine users’ information needs.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures.
  • Ability to keep up-to-date on technology trends and developments, and to learn new technologies in a timely manner.
  • Ability to meet the requirements to become a U.S. Passport agent, as stipulated by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Ability to learn U.S. Passport execution procedures and to clearly communicate those policies and requirements.
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable, and punctual attendance.
  • Knowledge of readers’ advisory resources.
  • Ability to use, understand, and assist patrons with computer applications.
  • Ability to work with people with tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Organizational skills and the ability to prioritize assignments and activities.
  • Skill in using Office computer software, including Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of all normal and emergency library building procedures.
  • Ability to walk, climb, stoop, reach, bend, kneel, and crawl in order to handle and manage storage and retrieval of library materials and equipment.
  • Physical ability to operate a variety of equipment including computer, telephone, photocopy machine, & audio/visual 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.

Position Disclosure Statement
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 may require drug testing according to established policy.  Hiring is contingent upon verification of identity; United States employment eligibility authorization through E-Verify will be required. Georgia is an open records state. Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the library unless the applicant is selected for an interview. 

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

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