Technology Librarian, Reference Services, City of Carlsbad

City of Carlsbad

The Library & Cultural Arts Department of the City of Carlsbad is currently seeking an enthusiastic, team-oriented and innovative Technology Librarian to be an integral part of the Reference Services division. This position will guide and support a wide variety of technology services including computer and makerspace labs, wireless capabilities, streaming and downloadable offerings and database selection and management, as well as providing technology training and first-rate reference and outreach services to the community. In addition, the Technology Librarian serves as a liaison between the Reference division, Business Systems division and the City’s Information Technology department.

The ideal candidate will thrive with ongoing change, take initiative, be a constant self-educator, be forward thinking and appreciate the role that libraries serve in bridging the digital divide. Successful completion of a Masters of Library Science or a Masters of Library and Information Systems from an American Library Association Accredited school and two years of library work experience is required.

Application deadline: May 7, 5 p.m. PST or the first 25 qualified applications, whichever comes first.

Save the Date:

The Oral Board Interview for this position is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 13.

Key Responsibilities
  • Assists patrons in the use of the Library and ensures top quality user experiences.
  • Plans, manages and administers professional library services.
  • Recommends and locates library materials appropriate to library users’ needs
  • Provides instructions in the use of various print, electronic, and online resources
  • Promotes libraries, library services and library programs
  • Manages programming; schedules, plans and publicizes programs and events
  • Participates in the development of online resources and their delivery
  • Maintains an active role in the community, including schools, community groups, civic and other governmental agencies to promote library and city services
  • Prepares grant requests and implements grants related to program and collection development
  • Monitors grant expenditures and prepares reports
  • Catalogues and classifies library materials
  • Maintains the integrity of Library records
  • Manages the budgeting for a program, functional or specialized area or division
  • Develops and manages library collections for all sites
  • Develops and delivers classes and instruction on technology and computers
  • Prepares reports based on the collection and analysis of relevant data for library activity
  • Participates and contributes to library projects
  • Leads and participates on committees and teams
  • Responds to challenging situations and emergencies
  • Recruits, selects, schedules and trains full time professional librarians, para-professional librarians, hourly employees and volunteers
  • May approve timecards
  • Supervises the work of staff engaged in providing various library services
  • May provide input into disciplinary matters
  • Schedules, attends and/or presents training and education seminars, workshops and classes, for library-and city-related skills
  • May represent the service area or the library at meetings of library, city, community and professional associations
  • Pursues continued professional and Library-wide development
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Specific Assignments:

  • Librarians may be assigned to particular areas of specialization including but not limited to: Technology coordination, computer lab management, managing periodicals, database management, cataloguing, collection management, and teen services
Requires a thorough understanding of:

  • Principles, practices of professional library work
  • Use of standard library tools and practices in processing library materials
  • Current consumer technologies
  • Automated library systems and databases
  • Principles of supervision
  • Methods for effective community outreach and public relations
  • The basics of the City’s Vision and Strategy, and annual operating goals, and how their area and work supports the Vision/Strategy/Goals
  • The organizational structure of the City and the roles and responsibilities of functions related to their position

Demonstrate a thorough ability to: 

  • Foster excellent customer service
  • Use automated library systems, databases, and the Internet in performing technical library tasks
  • Supervise, train and evaluate others involved in a related activity
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Entry level through experienced library professional
  • Requires full use and application of standard library principles, theories, concepts and techniques used, and a solid understanding of the Library’s relevant policies and procedures
  • Independently completes routine and non-routine tasks in an accurate and timely manner
  • May initiate and conduct innovative research, as it is relevant to the Library’s objective
  • Entry level through experienced library professional
  • Requires full use and application of standard library principles, theories, concepts and techniques used, and a solid understanding of the Library’s relevant policies and procedures
  • Communicates outside division
  • Frequent inter-organizational contact and interaction with external organizations. Serves on crossfunctional teams and committees.
    • When appropriate may serve as lead or chair of team or committee
  • Effective communicator, presenter and trainer, with both written and oral presentations
  • Developing solid presentation, demonstration, and technical writing skills
  • May train other librarians or paraprofessionals in the use of tools, systems, and policies
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Communicates with other departments to accomplish objectives
  • Works under general supervision, with a minimum of supervision of a Lead Librarian or Senior Librarian
  • Performs independent professional work with patrons and other assigned duties.
  • Receives instructions on specific assignment objectives, complex features and possible approaches
  • May supervise, lead or schedule the work of para-professional, hourly employees and/or volunteers
  • Recruits, selects, and trains paraprofessional, hourly employees and volunteers
  • Work progress is reviewed upon completion of milestones for soundness of judgment and overall adequacy and effectiveness
  • Leads functional problem-solving teams and chairs committees
  • Microsoft Office Suite, integrated library systems, research databases, public computer authentication and print systems, digital scanners, microfilm/fiche machines, eBook readers and portable devices and others specific to job duties
Experience & Education
An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

  • Masters of Library Science or a Masters of Library and Information Systems from an American Library Association Accredited Library School
  • Two years of library work experience is preferred
  • May require specialized training in assigned division
City of Carlsbad
1635 Faraday Ave.Carlsbad, California, 92008
$54,412.80 – $71,177.60 Annually