Library Specialist, City of Omaha

By IS Lab April 9, 2021

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City of Omaha

This is para-professional library work performing skilled library duties and providing customer services. The employee in this position works both independently and as part of a team with guidance from a supervisor.

Job Responsibilities

  • Delivers customer services to all library users, both internally and externally.
  • Answers patrons’ reference questions in person, over the telephone, and online by searching online catalogs, subscription databases, internet resources, and print materials.
  • Trains and assists library patrons in the use of the library’s online and printed resources.
  • Checks books in and out and issues library cards.
  • Advises readers by recommending authors, titles, and topics of interest.
  • Assists in the selection and replacement of library materials.
  • Delivers story times, programs, and tours for a variety of ages and community groups.
  • Assists in planning special programs; arranging publicity for special events; composing and disseminating information material and coordinating the efforts of public relations and advertising firms retained to promote planned events.
  • Creates content via online and print methods for staff development needs; delivers new employee orientation and continuing education content as part of a team.
  • Enters catalog data into the library online database so that materials may be searched and identified through the library automation system.
  • Provides work direction to clerical staff, library aides and volunteers.
  • Keeps informed of developing library practices and issues.
  • Maintains regular job attendance in accordance with a schedule established for the position by the supervisor.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates within the scope of this classification.

Job Qualifications

  • Two (2) years of college-level education AND Six (6) months of experience working in a library.
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate a computer or other technology using standard or customized computer or systems software applications appropriate to the assigned tasks.
  • Knowledge of standard library principles, procedures, and services, and materials.
  • Knowledge of library reference and resource tools.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to advances in computer and electronics device technology and software.
  • Ability to view printed text on book bindings to retrieve library materials.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy when interacting with difficult patrons.
  • Ability to maintain patron confidentiality.
  • Ability to use library principles, methods, and techniques in collection, development, cataloging, classification, circulation, programming, staff development, and reference services.
  • Ability to use and explain the functions of library tools and facilities.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Ability to understand oral or written instructions.
  • Ability to adhere to safety policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend from 76 to 100% of the time; reach, stoop, squat, crouch, and push from 51 to 75% of the time; and to climb, balance, kneel, crawl, pull, and sit up to 25% of the time.
  • Ability to use up to fifty (50) pounds of force up to 33% of the time, up to twenty (20) pounds from 34 to 66% of the time, and up to ten (10) pounds of force from 67 to 100% of the time to move objects.
  • Must be able to transport oneself or coordinate transportation to worksites throughout the City during the course of the workday.
  • Must be able to work flexible schedules that include evenings and weekends.
  • Fluency in other languages preferred.

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