Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian

The Wallingford Public Library seeks a dynamic Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian to join its Management Team. The Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian is responsible for planning and implementing a wide range of public programs and services for adults, cultivating communication and collaboration with community groups and partners, and delivering reference, reader’s advisory, and technology assistance to library patrons. This position provides direct service to patrons 50% of the time.

Essential Job Functions:

Public Programs
  • Participate in cross-department teams and work collaboratively with other members of the library staff to generate program ideas and coordinate development.
  • Plan and execute programs, presentations, workshops, and participatory experiences for adult patrons. Maintain a diverse range of ongoing programs for the adult community while simultaneously introducing new programs and special events that respond to patron and community interests.
  • Track program attendance, evaluate program outcomes, and prepare reports.
  • Prepare marketing and promotional materials and distribute/upload to traditional and new media outlets, library newsletter, electronic bulletin boards, and online events calendars.
  • Maintain adult program budget, keep a record of expenditures, contracts, and check requests.
Community Building and Outreach
  • Initiate and cultivate communication and collaboration with community partners, businesses, interest groups, and other organizations.
  • Develop observations and understanding of community needs and use that knowledge to develop effective library services and programs.
  • Represent the library through speaking engagements, including speaking to community groups, participating in community-based events, and participating in multimedia presentations.
  • Coordinate and oversee access to the Library’s meeting rooms and exhibit spaces.
Public Service
  • Provide exemplary information and reader’s advisory service to the public at various service points including the information desk, public computer areas, in the Collaboratory, and via telephone and text messaging.
  • Assist patrons with operation and maintenance of library equipment including copiers, public computers, wireless printing, microfilm reader/printers, 3D printers, scanners, fax machine, and Collaboratory equipment.
  • Conduct one-on-one customer training on the library’s online resources and digital collection platforms, including OverDrive, RBDigital, Kanopy, and hoopla.
Additional Job Requirements:
  • Participate in collection development and maintenance.
  • Attend continuing education programs.
  • May be responsible for the building and personnel in the absence of the Director, in accordance with the chain of responsibility.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

This position requires:
  • A Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science and three years of increasingly responsible professional library work, preferably with experience in adult programming and reference services.
  • Proven track record of outstanding customer service to a wide range of ages and abilities; fluency in Spanish language preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form with patrons and staff and have excellent public speaking abilities.
  • Proven track record of engaging community partners, patrons, and staff in the promotion of library programs and services.
  • Currency and fluency with technology trends in public libraries; excellent digital literacy skills including proficiency with use of mobile devices, e-reader devices, and downloading of e-books, e-magazines, and streaming media.
  • Ability to lead both within and across departments.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The person in this job needs to do the following:

  • Move about the inside of the library to access collections, lead programs and meetings, and operate office equipment.
  • Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as scanner/fax machines, printers, and copy machines.
  • Communicate with staff and the general public and exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Have the visual acuity required to read and view from a computer terminal.
  • Move equipment and book carts up weighing up to 20 pounds around the library building.

37.5 hours per week including evenings and weekends

Benefits & Compensation:
  • Librarian III in 12 steps, depending on qualifications and experience (range is $64,045 – $83,335)
  • 20 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, 2 personal days
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Defined contribution retirement plan

Reports to: Library Director
Employment Status: Full-time non-exempt

To apply: Send a meaningful cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Jane Fisher, Director, at jfisher@wallingfordlibrary.org. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis with priority given to those who apply before January 29, 2020.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts the Wallingford Public Library’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This description reflects the Wallingford Public Library’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time.

The Wallingford Public Library is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate as to age, race, color, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected status under state and federal laws.