Employment at the Mercer County Library System

Interested in working for the Mercer County Library System? We accept resumes on an ongoing basis for professional librarians and individuals who are interested in clerical or page positions. Résumés may be submitted care of:

Ellen O'Shea Brown, Library Director
Mercer County Library System
Lawrence HQ Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
email:
director@mcl.org
fax: (609) 538-1206

Note: Mercer County residency is required within one year of appointment. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical and criminal background check.

The Mercer County Library System is currently advertising the following opening(s):

Anticipated Vacancy: Full-Time Librarian at Lawrence Headquarters Branch

Posted 7/12/16

This is a full-time, 35 hour per week position which currently includes at least one evening per week (presently Wednesdays) and Saturdays in rotation.

 The Lawrence Headquarters Branch is also open four of the county-observed holidays and Sundays from Labor Day Weekend through Memorial Day Weekend; applicants must be available to work on some of those holidays and Sundays. The MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian's Certification is required. The candidate will have primary responsibility for providing reference and readers’ advisory services to patrons in a diverse community, developing the library’s collections, and creating programs of interest primarily for adult patrons. The candidate should be prepared to be flexible with scheduling desk coverage and program assignments, and expect to participate in outreach in the community.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, and forward thinking, and have strong knowledge of classical as well as current literature, including monographs, print reference materials, and periodicals. S/he will be comfortable planning programs of interest to patrons and members of the community. Strong organizational skills, program management skills, and a sense of commitment to the Library System are essential. Knowledge of current library technologies and demonstrated experience using technology (including library automated systems, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Publisher) are required. If you are patient, respectful, resourceful, a self-starter, technically adept and adaptable, then this position is for you.

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Searching the library catalog and locating library materials;
  • Accessing databases and other reference materials and showing patrons how to do so;
  • Answering reference questions presented in person, electronically, and by telephone;
  • Using computer, scanner, copier, projector, and microfilm equipment;
  • Providing reference and readers' advisory services and selecting library materials;
  • Assisting patrons in the operation of computers and computer software and providing appropriate instruction when needed;
  • Participating in outreach activities.

This position requires Mercer County residency. Full job descriptions can be found on the State of NJ Civil Service Commission website. This title is covered under the AFSCME Local 3566. The 2014 salary range for this position is $37,009 to $66,023 (this range may change once a contract is negotiated.) Once certified into a permanent title, full time employees do earn sick and vacation time, and are eligible to receive holiday pay. There is a 90 day probationary period. Applications will be accepted until a candidate is found; only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The County of Mercer adheres to a strict residency requirement. Residents of Mercer County will be given first priority. Mercer County residency is required within one year of appointment. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical and criminal background check.

EOE/AA/ADA Employer

Résumés may be submitted care of:

Ellen O'Shea Brown, Library Director
Mercer County Library System
Lawrence HQ Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
email:
director@mcl.org
fax: (609) 538-1206

Vacancy - Part-Time Librarian, Reference, Ewing Branch

Posted 7/7/16

This position supports the Ewing Branch’s reference department and staff by providing adult services to, and meeting the vast information needs of, a diverse community.

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, forward thinking, resourceful, flexible, efficient, conscientious, detail-oriented, and a self-starter. The ideal candidate should also possess excellent written communication and customer service skills as well as friendly professionalism. Willingness to be part of a professional team environment to provide excellent reference service and programming for adults is necessary.

Mercer County residency is required.

Hours of work include daytime hours, two nights a week, and every other Saturday from 10-5. Please note that the Ewing Branch is open on four County designated holidays and the candidate must be available to work on some. Both an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian’s Certification are required. The civil service job description for this title can be found on the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website. This position is covered under the AFSCME local 3566 and is a 19-hours per week position. The 2014 salary range is $20.334 to $36.276 (The contract for Local 3566 expired on 12/31/2014. At this time no new contract has been negotiated, therefore, the 2014 salary range remains in effect until the time that a new contract is negotiated.)

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Searching the library catalog and locating library materials
  • Accessing databases and other reference materials and showing patrons how to do so
  • Assisting patrons of all ages with information needs in person, electronically, and by telephone Using computer, scanner, copier, projector, and microfilm equipment
  • Assisting with computer class instruction
  • Planning/assisting with adult programming
  • Creating marketing materials (such as adult program calendars and flyers)
  • Participating in outreach activities
  • Participating in collection development Providing readers’ advisory services and selecting library materials
  • Assisting patrons in the operation of computer equipment and software and providing appropriate instruction when needed

Knowledge of current library technologies and the ability to use technology, including the library’s automated system, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and Publisher is a must.

Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

The County of Mercer adheres to a strict residency requirement. Residents of Mercer County will be given first priority. Mercer County residency is required within one year of appointment. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical and criminal background check.

EOE/AA/ADA Employer

Résumés may be submitted care of:

Ellen O'Shea Brown, Library Director
Mercer County Library System
Lawrence HQ Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
email:
director@mcl.org
fax: (609) 538-1206