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Librarian III

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Librarian III
Job Requisition Number COA077721
Position Number 108837
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Lib Branch Library Services
Minimum Qualifications

Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited university plus three (3) years as a professional librarian, one (1) of which was in a lead/supervisory capacity.

Licenses or Certifications:

May require a valid driver operator’s license.
May require the use of a personal vehicle.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to stoop, bend, walk and reach to heights of up to six (6) feet.
Must be able to pull or lift up to fifty (50) pounds.
Must be able to push loaded book truck weighing up to three hundred (300) pounds.
Must have manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard.

Notes to Applicants

Austin, Texas, known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is known for embracing diversity and welcoming all individuals and families. The Austin Public Library offers easy access to books and information through engaging programs, interactive library services, and state of the art technology. Both the Cepeda and the Terrazas Branch Libraries are located near downtown Austin, close to many beautiful parks, lakes, and historic landmarks.

Home to The University of Texas at Austin and host to several well-known festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin City Limits (ACL), and the Texas Book Festival.

As one of Austin’s famous taglines states, “Come for the weird, stay for the smart.”

All new employees are required to attend City of Austin Public and Austin Public Library training as scheduled, and should arrange their outside schedule to accommodate those training.

A detailed and complete job application is REQUIRED and helps us to better evaluate your qualifications. In completing your job application, please be sure to provide a COMPLETE employment history regarding any relevant experience that you wish for us to consider. This information will also be used to determine salary in the event that you are selected for this position. NOTE: A cover letter and/or resume will NOT be used to substitute for an incomplete job application

Pay Range

$23.44 – $29.80


Full time. 40 hours per week.
Hours will vary, but will include nights and weekend days.
Flexibility is required.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Library
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location Terrazas Branch, 78702; Cepeda Branch, 78702
Preferred Qualifications

Proficiency in Spanish language

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Explains policies and procedures to public, staff, and client public libraries. Interprets state and federal library laws and rules to citizen advocacy groups and governing bodies.
2. Investigates and resolves complaints involving staff and public.
3. Contributes to preparation and monitoring of division budget. Prepares grant applications for the division or for client public libraries.
4. Compiles bibliographies, reference guides, newsletter articles, statistics and written reports and other materials for the library patrons.
5. Processes new and incoming books and assesses collections on a regular basis to ensure a proper collection.
6. Serves on division’s management team and on library-wide committees and task forces.
7. Engages in long and short-range planning for the work unit or for client public libraries.
8. Provides direct reference service to the public or to the management and staff of public library clients.
9. Researches, appraises, selects and orders materials for assigned section(s) of the library collection or professional library collection of the work unit.
10. Appraises, organizes and processes special archival collections. Provides basic conservation of archival materials.
11. Researches, appraises, selects and orders materials for assigned collection (2) of the library collection or professional library collection of the work unit.
12. Conducts meetings, training sessions and public programs. Manages outreach and promotions for library system for branch.
13. Manages outreach and promotion for library system or branch.
14. Trains and consults with client library staff on collection development public library management, specialized services to library users, and utilization of electronic resources.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.

  • Knowledge of public library issues and trends.

  • Knowledge of reference tools and procedures.

  • Skill in oral and written communication.

  • Skill in using computers and related software, including Microsoft Office products.

  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

  • Ability to stay current archival issues and trends.

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires a Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited university, plus three (3) years as a professional librarian, one (1) of which was in a lead/supervisory capactiy. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years have you worked as a professional librarian after obtaining your library degree?
    • Less then 3 years
    • 3-4 years
    • More than 4 years
  3. * Please describe your customer service experience in a public library.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please state and describe your experience leading, coaching and/or supervising others.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe your ability to identify emerging technologies and trends in libraries and experience adopting them.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Describe your experience working with diverse populations and/or multicultural communities?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Describe your experience in developing innovative public library programs and services that you have used or would recommend using.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Describe your experience in financial reporting, records management, and staff scheduling using web-based tools and software programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please select the statement that best describes your bilingual abilities in English and Spanish.
    • * Speak, read and write in Spanish
    • * Can converse in Spanish
    • * Can understand Spanish but have some difficulty speaking it
    • * Do not speak Spanish
    • * Speak another language
    • None of the above
  10. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background check (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents