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The 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 and current employees to discuss potential accommodations. A pre-employment drug screen is required.

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Heritage Room Librarian - Athens-Clarke County Library

Athens-Clarke County Library is seeking an energetic individual with a proven commitment to customer service excellence to become the Heritage Room Librarian in the Library's newly expanded building. The Heritage Librarian must be knowledgeable in genealogy and in reference services. The ideal candidate must be able to help genealogy newcomers and the experienced researcher alike, as well as provide assistance at the reference desk as senior librarian.

Purpose and Scope

This 40-hour per week full-time professional position supervises the Heritage Room of the library and serves as the senior librarian on the reference team. The person in this position must have excellent communication and public service skills, enthusiasm for working with a variety of population groups, and be able to work both independently and as a member of the Information Services team.

Reports to Adult Services Coordinator.

Minimum Training and Experience

MLS or MLIS from ALA Accredited program preferred, or Master of Archival Studies, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job. 5 years of professional, preferably public library, reference experience.

Minimum Salary

$45,000 D.O.Q.

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Coordinates the operations of the Heritage Room. Responsible for materials selection, organization and evaluation of service programs.
  • Serves as a senior reference librarian on the Adult Services team.
  • Promotes the Heritage Room programs, services and collection in the community, in person, and through the media to encourage donations and increase usage.
  • Works scheduled reference hours at both Adult Services Desk and Heritage Room Desk including nights and weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Recommends systems and procedures to improve organization and use of materials and to improve the Library's collection and services.
  • Collaborates to create and deliver instructional content online, in person and in other appropriate mediums.
  • Compiles bibliographies, handouts, research guides, finding aids and other tools to assist staff and patrons in using the collection.
  • Monitors expenditures of funds to ensure full expenditure of funds allocated.
  • Participates in professional organizations, committees, attends meetings and conferences, and works to maintain knowledge of current developments in the field.
  • Processes archival collections, training staff and volunteers as necessary.
  • Handles and executes applications for U.S. Passports.
  • Presents programs to community groups, area genealogical and historical societies, and library branches when needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Must be able to use a computer to input/access information.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher.
  • Familiarity with primary source material cataloging.
  • Knowledge of digitization and scanning technologies and best practices for digital preservation including capture, data migration, and metadata creation.
  • Must be well-versed in the principles and practices of records management, preservation and conservation of library and archival materials, and knowledgeable about manuscript collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofing skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival arrangement and description standards and procedures including Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), MARC 21, AACR2r, and Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Knowledge of basic reference sources, both in print and online.
  • Ability to employ appropriate reference interview techniques in person and on the phone in order to accurately determine users' information needs and to match their needs with appropriate resources based on factors such as reading level, depth and breadth of information required, time frames and more.
  • Knowledge of PINES library catalog, library subscription databases & GALILEO databases.
  • Knowledge of general library principles and philosophy.
  • Ability to use, understand and assist patrons with computer applications, library subscription databases and other online services to patrons.
  • Ability to provide readers' advisory services by recommending titles and subjects to library patrons; knowledge of readers' advisory sources preferred.
  • Ability to work with people with tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Ability to remain calm under busy, stressful conditions.
  • Ability to answer questions and explain procedures and policies.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures.
  • Ability to learn U.S. Passport execution procedures and to clearly communicate those policies and requirements to patrons.
  • Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance.
  • (ADA)Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions
    • Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery & equipment including computer, telephone, copy machine & Audio/Video equipment. Must be able move or carry objects or materials. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, &/or up to 20 pounds force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of sedentary work.
    • Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare &/or judge readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) or data, people, or things.
    • Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak &/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving/receiving assignments &/or directions.
    • Language Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of records, notices, lists, manuals & informational documentation, directions, instructions, & methods & procedures. Requires the ability to prepare schedules, records, reports & logs using prescribed formats & conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, & style. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, & confidence.
    • Intelligence: Requires the ability to learn & understand basic principles & techniques; to acquire & be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation; & to make independent judgment in the absence of management.
    • Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record & deliver information, to explain procedures, & to follow oral & written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively & efficiently.
    • Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add & subtract totals; multiply & divide & utilize determine percentages.
    • Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, & shape, visually with computer, telephone, copy machine & Audio/Video equipment.
    • Motor Coordination: May require the ability to coordinate hands & eyes in using a computer, telephone & other office equipment.
    • Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as computer, telephone, copy machine & Audio/Video equipment. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
    • Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors & shades of color.
    • Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving & receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.
    • Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk &/or hear: (Talking = expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing = perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

Athens Regional Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Library is a drug-free workplace and requires a pre-employment drug test and eVerify approval.

Submit online job application, resume, cover letter, and 3 references before December 7th, 2012 to .

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Employment Application

Employment applications are available at all Athens Regional Library branches. The application is also available online in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You may either print a copy of this form to bring in person to the library or fill it out on your computer and submit it electronically. For the latter, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher installed on your computer. This program is available for free at Adobe's website.

Please note: You must SAVE the form to your computer before you submit it electronically. Otherwise the form will be blank when it is opened.

Athens Regional Library System Employment Form

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