Librarian I, Phoenix Public Library

By IS Lab November 12, 2020

Phoenix Public Library

Librarian I


THIS IS A CRITICAL POSITION. During the current health crisis, any job interviews will be held by video or audio conference.

Please be aware that you may be required to undergo screening for symptoms of COVID-19 which may include answering questions regarding symptoms or having your body temperature read as part of this job.  You may also be required to wear a face covering or use other personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Phoenix Public Library serves a diverse multi-ethnic clientele of over 4.8 million people, with a central library and 16 branches.  The library offers collections in multiple languages, a full range of cutting edge electronic resources and customer focused public services.

Librarians I perform entry-level professional library work by applying the full scope of basic library knowledge and techniques in the performance of duties. Work involves analyzing the public’s library needs, maintaining library collections, applying bibliographic control techniques to library materials, advising the public in their use of digital and traditional library materials, creating and presenting library programs, and accurately responding to reference and information search requests. Incumbents are hired for system-wide positions and are required to move throughout the system based upon operational needs. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and accepted library practices and procedures. Some positions will require the performance of other essential projects depending upon work location, assignment, or shift.

Currently there are four full-time and two part-time opportunities as a general Branch Librarian I assigned in the branches to assist public service desks providing reference service to customers using online and physical resources and perform collection maintenance under the direction of the Branch Manager.  They create and provide programming and outreach to children, teens, and/or adults as assigned.   Librarian Is supervise pages, circulation staff and/or Library Assistants and are responsible for scheduling and completing payroll for branch staff as assigned.  They serve as the Person-in-Charge of a branch when the manager or supervisor is not in the building, ensuring excellent customer service and enforcing policies and procedures.

This recruitment will also be used to fill one specialized position assigned to manage database maintenance in the library’s ILS, including global changes, weeding materials, item maintenance, and bibliographic maintenance; Maintain current working knowledge of OCLC, LC Authority, RDA, AACR2, MARC, Bibframe, MarcEdit, Marc Report, Dewey Decimal Classification, LC Classification, and any other current cataloging practices and resources, will perform enhanced original and copy cataloging in OCLC and the library ILS (currently Polaris); 

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies to include specialized positions; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service to both internal and external customers. Excellent written and oral communication skills.


$21.01 (minimum) – $31.91 (maximum) hourly / $43,701 – $66,373 annually. 

A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days.  For more details, visit:   Unit 7 Benefits


  • Master’s degree in library science, education, business administration, public administration or a related field. 
  • Working irregular hours, weekends, holidays, and evenings will be required.
  • Some positions in this classification require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business.
  • The City job description can be found here
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • Experience conducting training presentations or teaching classes.
  • Previous experience in a library setting is preferred.
  • Some previous supervisory experience is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish is desirable.


Recruitment closes December 7, 2020. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date. 


Apply online at by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.



Librarian I, Job Code #30210, ID #37707

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