Employment Opportunities

Want to work for us? We accept résumés on an ongoing basis for both professional librarians and individuals who are interested in clerical or page positions. Mercer County residency required. Candidate would be subject to all Civil Service regulations. EOE/AA/ADA Employer, and all applicants are subject to pre-employment test including drug test, physical examination and background check. To apply, compose an email with the subject line: [position] — [branch] (for example, “Youth Services Librarian — Ewing Branch”). Attach your résumé as a PDF and send it to:

Ellen Brown
Library Director
director@mcl.org

Current Openings

COVID-19 Update

Although the scheduled hours of these vacancies will mirror our present circumstances, the library system will move toward increasing its hours and days of operation back to a pre-COVID schedule, as COVID 19 and the Governor's EOs permit. Any candidate wishing to pursue a vacancy with the library system will be required to at some point work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Candidates must be flexible and adaptable to what could be a changing environment. Part time staff in particular must be aware that most part time positions require working every Saturday and/or Sunday, or at least every other. Some require, under normal circumstances, more than one evening per week.

Please also remember our programming needs have changed - in addition to in-house programming, which will resume as soon as is safe to do so, we engage our public by creating virtual programming and participating in the library's blog and other social media outlets. Outreach is also an important component to any library position, and will be again, as soon as permitted.

Part Time Library Assistant, various locations

Posted: 1/7/2021

The library system has several vacancies in the title of part time library assistant throughout the system. At this time, there are vacancies at our Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Robbinsville and West Windsor branches. These are 19 hours per week positions, and primarily involve evening and weekend hours, accrue vacation and sick leave time, are eligible for holiday pay, but do not have health benefits associated with them.

Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021.These positions require candidates who will provide outstanding patron service to a diverse public. The successful candidate must possess strong customer service skills, be willing to work as part of a team, be detail-oriented, and be able to complete a variety of tasks in an organized manner. Candidates should exhibit a strong sense of friendly professionalism, be self-motivated, have good communication skills, be flexible, have the ability to handle problem situations, and contribute new ideas that will help the branch to better serve its community.

Duties consist of, but are not limited to: general circulation desk duties, processing patron hold requests and reports, emptying the book and AV drops, assisting library patrons with directional questions, renewing items for patrons, performing title and subject searches, placing items on reserve, helping patrons with using the copier, performing basic copier maintenance, answering the phone, outreach participation, filing, occasional shelving, shelf reading and other projects and assignments as needed, such as participation in the library's contactless delivery of materials. Computer proficiency (including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher) is preferred. Only candidates who want to be a part of a team environment need apply.

Part Time Library Page, Ewing Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This is a part-time, 19 hours per week position. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. This is a permanent position that earns accrued leave time, and is eligible for holiday pay.

The position requires a flexible, self-motivated individual who can perform basic library tasks with minimal supervision. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: sorting and shelving library materials; looking for books on the Holds list and processing patron requests; shelf reading; clearing books, stray paper and other items from library shelves and tables; answering directional questions and assisting patrons in locating library materials; preparing library materials to send to other branches; ability to utilize standard office equipment (including computers); ability to easily follow/understand oral and written directives, and other tasks as specified by the branch manager/supervisor. Ability to read, write, speak, and communicate in English, and ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System is required.

Part Time Librarian 1/Library Associate, Ewing Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This position is in adult reference at our Ewing Branch. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. These are permanent positions that earns accrued leave time, and are eligible for holiday pay. Students enrolled in a master's program will be considered as a Library Associate. If applying as a Librarian 1, please be aware of the requirement of an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian's Certification.

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 a must.

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 and projector
  • Teaching computer classes
  • Planning/assisting with adult programming, including virtual. The library will continue to provide a hybrid of virtual programming, so comfort using and engaging in YouTube and GoToMeeting presentations is necessary. Creating marketing materials (such as adult program calendars and flyers)
  • Participating in outreach activities, including participating in a library blog rotation
  • 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.

Part Time Librarian 1/Library Associate, Lawrence Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This position is in youth services at our Lawrence Branch. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. These are permanent positions that earns accrued leave time, and are eligible for holiday pay. Students enrolled in a master's program will be considered as a Library Associate. If applying as a Librarian 1, please be aware of the requirement of an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian's Certification.

Please note, under a normal schedule, the Lawrence Headquarters Branch is open four of the county-observed holidays and applicants must be available to work on some of them. Sunday hours to change to another shift during summer months when the Library is closed.

The successful candidate will show enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, a willingness to learn and an awareness of youth literature. Must also have excellent customer service skills and enjoy working with the public.

Candidate should be able to work within a budget, and work both independently as well as in a team environment. Multitasking and assisting the public from the youth desk is the norm for us in the department.

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, Publisher and Excel are essential.

This is an opportunity for a high-energy candidate to be positively involved in all aspects of youth librarianship in a vibrant, busy, system headquarters. The successful candidate will staff the youth desk alone at times, but also work alongside the rest of our experienced youth services staff team of 4.

Duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Provide welcoming face-to-face patron services at the youth desk to our diverse public of children, teens, adults and caregivers. Assist patrons by accompanying them to the shelves to find necessary materials as well as locating answers using our Virtual Branch. Instruct patrons as necessary in using our catalog and Virtual Branch resources.
  • Plan and provide fun, engaging programming to youth from infants on up through young adults-including regular daily programs as well as larger parties, and seasonal events. Must have a comfort level with presenting and singing in front of our groups and have a good working knowledge of group or classroom management skills. The library will continue to provide a hybrid of virtual programming, so comfort using and engaging in YouTube and GoToMeeting presentations is necessary.
  • Creating engaging online content for the Library's social media accounts including writing blog posts and appearing on YouTube. Video editing skills are a plus.
  • Participate in materials selection for all of the youth print and non-print fiction and nonfiction collections, according to collection development policies
  • Outreach such as in-house tours and off-site seasonal outreach provision with community partners such as schools, parenting groups, clubs, local businesses, governmental and social services agencies. Participates in the library's blog schedule.
  • Communicate with patrons in person, through email, by telephone and via electronic tools.
  • Advertising and promotion of departmental happenings through creating flyers, using our EventKeeper calendaring software and sharing documents and photos with our Social Media librarian.
  • Pull books from the stacks and create physical in-library displays.
  • Routine maintenance tasks such as materials processing, pulling holds, craft preparation, materials deletions, creating and hanging decorations, and all aspects related to indoor and outdoor event setup and take-down

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