Monday, May 16, 2016

South Pasadena – City of South Pasadena – Substitute Reference Librarian


Salary: $20.11 - $24.44/Hourly

Closing Date: Continuous

The City of South Pasadena is accepting applications to create a Substitute Reference Librarian pool. Members of this pool perform a variety of professional Librarian tasks at both the Adult and the Children's Reference Desks, reporting to the Senior Librarian-Adult Services. Substitute Librarians are responsible for providing public reference and informational services, collection development, outreach and publicity, and other professional duties. The work schedule will vary depending on the department's needs including day, evening, and weekend hours.

Examples of Duties:

The duties listed below are examples of the work typically performed by employees in this class. An employee may not be assigned all duties listed and may be assigned duties, which are not listed below.

Provides professional library services to the public; answers reference questions accurately; completely and authoritatively in person, in writing, and over the phone; assists with the library's materials collection development; demonstrates knowledge of and helps instruct customers in the use and enjoyment of the library's collection of books, DVDs, CDs and other materials, computer catalog, public PC workstations, online databases, and other resources; ensures that customers are provided with outstanding customer service and are satisfied with the information provided; acts as a Reader's Advisor, suggesting and referring customers to appropriate materials and resources; prepares, composes, and distributes library promotional and informational materials; compiles statistics and writes reports; performs other related duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines:

A Master's Degree in Library and Information Science (MLS) or Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA accredited program is required; or eligibility to complete the MLS and/or MLIS degree within six months of the date of hire. Upon completion of a required degree, proof must be submitted.


Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software; understanding of local library policies and ability to explain them in a clear manner; knowledge of professional library procedures, systems and techniques; familiarity with general and specialized reference sources, both print and electronic; cataloging rules and norms; skill in research methods and data entry; ability to deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner and help uphold the Library Code of Conduct and adhere to the Library Mission Statement; ability to consistently exercise good judgment and apply department policies in a reasonable manner; ability to serve as an advocate and promoter of public library use; and to maintain positive working relationships with the public; department supervisors and other City staff.

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:
Working Conditions:

Environment is generally clean with limited exposure to conditions such as dust, fumes, odors, or noise.  Position requires extensive face-to-face interaction with the public; reading and writing to help patrons. Books and a computer terminal is used regularly.

Physical Demands:

Work is performed in both an office and a library environment and requires sitting and/or standing for prolonged periods of time. Physical demands include twisting, squatting, bending, walking, reaching, lifting, and moving library materials and related items weighing up to 25 pounds.

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