Librarian I

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Position Description


REPORTS TO:    Librarian III


SALARY: $18.86 hourly



The person who fills this front-line position must be a positive-minded self-starter who enthusiastically connects library members with resources and services they need. This professional position involves collection management, processing, and cataloging duties and overseeing basic circulation operations. The Librarian I trains staff in customer service and computer tasks associated with the friendly and effective delivery of library services and is responsible for supervising membership staff and their efficient application of day-to–day circulation processes along with other activities described below.



The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Efficient daily operations of membership, circulation, and volunteer services
  • Train and supervise a knowledgeable team of membership staff and volunteers
  • Achieve and sustain excellence in customer service through training, directing, modeling, and motivating staff to ensure a friendly, customer-centered focus
  • Ensure financial process of cash handling, making deposits, and completing operations reports in accordance with established standards
  • Explain and maintain library policies and procedures to staff and the public
  • Provide supervision and backup for all circulation transactions, including processing holds, circulating resources, issuing library cards, shelving, and related activities
  • Provide stellar customer service by assisting members using Library resources and services, including computers, databases, research and referral, and reader’s advisory
  • Supervision of specialized circulation duties such as Interlibrary loan, Books by Mail, over-dues, billing, reciprocal borrowing and patron accounts
  • Respond to and resolve patron issues, including account questions and policy enforcement
  • Use and management of MARC bibliographic records according to nationally accepted technical standards and participate in related bibliographic activities
  • Coordinate technical and circulation operations with other library services and functions
  • Recommend bibliographic maintenance standards in an automated environment
  • Supervise purchasing, receiving, processing and classification of books and resources
  • Assigns appropriate Dewey Decimal Classification numbers to resources and performs original cataloging as required
  • Provide technology training to staff and library members as needed
  • Support library programming and outreach services


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to use various office related software, digital technologies and tools, applications and Internet programs
  • Ability to use library automation system and associated equipment
  • Ability to speak before groups
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
  • Must have excellent communication skills. Requires ability to communicate effectively, patiently and courteously with City employees, the Library Advisory Board, members and other community members
  • Must have broad knowledge of general office skills and tools including personal computers and various office related equipment and technologies
  • Must be able to learn and implement Library systems and procedures
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to handle multiple activities or interruptions at once and to work positively and effectively within a team model
  • Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal, for extended periods of time
  • Ability to stand, walk and drive as needed throughout the day. Work is performed primarily in indoor office setting, in community meeting rooms and at the library
  • Ability to occasionally lift, carry and put away parcels weighing up to 25 pounds
  • Supervisory experience
  • Positive attitude towards public service
  • Self-motivated
  • Considerable knowledge of professional library “best practice” principles, methods, and materials
  • Knowledge of library reference materials and tools of research
  • Knowledge of library automation systems and applications
  • Some knowledge of supervisory principles and practices
  • Considerable knowledge of customer service principles and techniques
  • Ability to comprehend and apply technical library theory
  • Ability to perform effective library reference, reader’s advisory duties, and other professional level library work
  • Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with library members, employees, and supervisors
  • Considerable ability to understand and implement library policy and procedures
  • Ability to effectively express ideas and information verbally, and in writing
  • Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale
  • Ability to maintain fiscal and administrative records
  • Ability to prepare written reports
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of certain patron, employee and city information
  • Knowledge of cataloging principles, i.e. MARC records, DDC and LC headings, authority control
  • Knowledge of copyright guidelines
  • Skill in basic math and language
  • Ability to act as a representative of the library to the public


A Master’s Degree in Library Science or current enrollment(MLS, MALS, MLIS) in a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association and at least two years of previous customer service experience is required.


Must be able to: work nights and weekends, meet FEMA requirement for NIMS certification, and possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.


Physical Ability:

Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and routine keyboard operations. The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards. The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception. Ability to stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed four hours consecutively.  Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally.  Ability to lift boxes not exceeding 25 pounds occasionally.

Sensory Requirements: 

Ability to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice.  Adept at listening to and understanding others from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  Ability to see, read, and comprehends letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols, which are both large and small.  Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are legible and understood by others.  Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.


Administrative and other work is performed under typical office conditions and in every room of the Library where operations are conducted.  The noise level in the work environment is usually (moderate but may be noisy in open locations and programming areas.) By the very nature of public libraries, it is very busy, with shifting demands from the varied public.  Ability to deal with stress related to routine deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention.  Necessity to multi-task successfully.  Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views.

Applications can be emailed to or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.   DFWP/EOE

The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.