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 - Librarian I, Circulation Supervisor, Twin Rivers Branch

Posted 12/15/15

This position is 35 hours per week, and includes one evening per week and Saturdays in rotation and will act as the Circulation Supervisor.

This position will report to the branch manager, and have primary responsibility for the circulation department, as well as professional duties in collection development and management, programming, reference, and outreach.

The librarian will provide leadership and guide the work of 3 full- and 3 part-time circulation staff, along with student shelvers and library volunteers. As the team’s leader, the s/he must be self-motivated, resourceful, and innovative, always looking for the best ways to improve workflows and manage the department’s staff. Candidates for this position should be detail-oriented, and able to complete a variety of tasks in an organized and timely manner. The librarian will:

  • Be responsible for opening and closing procedures;
  • Ensure all circulation services and functions are operating efficiently and in accordance with MCLS policies and procedures;
  • Serve as an expert on Symphony Workflows circulation functions;
  • Ensure that library fines/fees collected in accordance with library policy are secured during hours of operation;
  • Manage, train, develop, and evaluate staff, ensuring that all staff are trained and in compliance with MCLS procedures;
  • Assist the branch manager with payroll and scheduling;
  • Maintain the desk schedule, delegating specific work duties to circulation staff to ensure effective and efficient running of the department;
  • Create a positive customer experience;
  • Recommend and implement local procedures that improve library service;
  • Troubleshoot and resolve difficult situations with customers or technology,
  • Generate daily reports;
  • Oversee mending of library materials;
  • Perform general circulation duties (e.g., reserves, check-in/check-out);
  • Convey time-sensitive information to library administration in the absence of the branch manager;
  • Collect and compile department statistics, and prepare reports for library administration, as needed,
  • Contribute to development and implementation of library new initiatives; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

This individual will directly support the branch manager in the areas of collection development and maintenance. The librarian will have specific duties regarding ordering for the collections. In addition, s/he will work with the branch manager and reference librarian on ensuring the collection as a whole is up to date, arranged properly, displayed for maximum user access, and accurately represented in the library’s online catalog. S/he will assist the branch manager with setting workflows for collection management projects, such as weeding, recataloging, or performing inventories.

In partnership with the reference librarian, the circulation librarian will provide backup assistance for reference functions, including performing subject and title searches; assisting patrons with technology questions; providing readers’ advisory services; and referring patrons to online databases, including performing bibliographic instruction one on one. This librarian will create/facilitate adult programming for a diverse public; market programs and library services; and assist with outreach to the community.

The successful candidate will possess an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science, and hold or be eligible for a NJ Professional Librarian certificate. S/he will be enthusiastic, forward thinking, and comfortable with change. Excellent customer service skills, strong knowledge of reference sources (both print and online), and great teamwork skills are required. The ability to understand, apply, and explain library policies is necessary for this professional position. Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher) is necessary, as is the ability to attain expert-level knowledge of the library’s circulation system. Preferred: The ability to troubleshoot technology issues and a creative approach toward problem solving, as well as previous circulation and supervisory experience.

This position is affiliated with AFSCME local 3566 and there is a 90-day probationary period. The present salary range for the title is $37,009 to $66,023.

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.

Applications will be accepted until a candidate is found; only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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