Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Reference Librarian- Technical Services
Department: Library Updated: 10/2017
Division: Technical Services FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available

This position performs a variety of professional librarian duties including, but not limited to, cataloguing, reference, reader’s advisory and collection development. 


·         Perform professional cataloging and classification for print and non-print material using MARC protocol, original descriptive cataloging and subject analysis.

·         Import records and invoices from vendors into ILS.

·         Assist with maintaining the Teleworks patron notification program for pre-notifications of classes, materials on hold and overdue material.

·         Telephone troubleshooting of software problems.

·         Assist with the administration of resources for the implementation and improvement of technology services and library automation.

·         Use the Teleworks patron notification program for pre-notification of classes, materials on hold and overdue material.

·         Work with inventory process system-wide.

·         Provide quality control of processed new materials.

·         Respond to eBook customer support issues.

·         Assist patrons at public service desks in using library materials and services.

·         Assist patrons with e-readers and eBook downloading.

·         Elicit and interpret information requests in person and by telephone

·         Instruct and assist patrons in using the online catalog and in making effective use of the Library’s collections.

·         Direct patrons to sources of information.

·         Assist patrons in research.

·         Provide reader’s advisory services.

·         Develop and maintain the general collection for assigned classification areas.

·         Train staff as needed in relevant areas.

·         Work at public service stations as needed. 

·         Participate in team meetings, training and other professional development opportunities.

·         Check and respond to email regularly.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the supervision of the Innovation, Technology, and Collections Coordinator and general guidance of the Technical Services Department Lead.


May coordinate daily activities of Main Library clerical staff and pages assigned to area and monitor associated daily work.



·         Master’s Degree in information or library science from an American Library Association accredited school.

·         High level of commitment to public service.

·         Knowledgeable of the principles and practices of professional librarianship.

·         A familiarity with the Horizon or similar public access systems.

·         Knowledge of standard library reference tools and sources of information.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.  

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.  

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.

  • Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                
  • Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              
  • Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     
  • Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     
  • Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.
  • Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             
  • Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a St. Clair County Library Systems- Library Card prior to employment and maintain throughout employment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 35 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         The position requires working with the public.

·         Position requires working a rotation that may include nights, evenings and weekends.





Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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Port Huron, MI 48060

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