Librarian I- Local History/Genealogy

Position Overview

Plans, organizes, directs, and manages all District local history and genealogy library services conforming to the policies established by the Trustees and Director. Organizes outreach programs and special activities. Continually seeks and finds ways to promote increased use of the District libraries and local history and genealogy materials. Works with District librarians and community groups to develop and expand services. The work requires that the employee have excellent judgment as well as knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field. May assume responsibility for all staff and the building in the absence Branch Manager. May oversee Technical Services functions in the absence of the Technical Services Manager.

Work Environment

  • Performs work under typical library conditions.
  • Library hours require evening and weekend work.
  • Makes frequent contacts with the public, other libraries, historical societies, civic organizations, local nonprofits and other professional organizations.
  • Operates computers and other standard office equipment. Routinely exposed to computer screens
  • Regularly interacts with other personnel and the public

Qualifications, Education, Experience, And Skills


  • Completion of a Masters degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution.


  • One year professional library experience working in Reference/Adult Services/Special Collections.
  • Advanced knowledge of the information needs of adults and the library materials and services appropriate to Special Collections.
  • Extensive knowledge of preservation and archival practices either through coursework or experience.
  • Ability to perform original cataloging in OCLC of all material formats, including rare materials.
  • Ability to apply professional library principles, methods, and administrative practices to collection development, planning, coordination, and budget management.
  • Ability to establish priorities, develop long range plans, including staffing needs, for the implementation of new services, programs or solutions to problems.
  • Ability to administer the activities of library service to adults, and to supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to perform and supervise reader's advisory, bibliographic and other professional library services offered by associates and volunteers.
  • Artistic skills used in creating posters, displays highly desirable.
  • Ability to serve as a liaison to community agencies, particularly the Eagle County Historical Society.
  • Ability to communicate and to prepare and deliver brief, concise and attractive reports of library services and facilities both orally and in writing.
  • A working knowledge of computer applications for library services, archives, museums and special collections.
  • Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, officials of other agencies and the general public.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Trains and oversees all personnel working in Local History/Genealogy Services.
  • Participates in the development of operating policies and procedures.
  • Participates in planning near and long-range library services.
  • Participates in library special projects as required or as necessary.
  • Designs, schedules and implements local history or genealogy programs.
  • Selects or supervises the selection of program topics and presenters.
  • Negotiates fees for programs.
  • Selects or supervises the selection of reference books, magazines, audiovisual materials, software, online services, etc. for adults. Determines location of materials; evaluates collection annually for balance and comprehensiveness.
  • Works closely with Technical Services in updating reference materials.
  • Provides assistance and instruction in use of PAC terminals in choosing books and other materials for borrowing and locating reference information.
  • Interacts with other professionals and cooperates with educational and cultural organizations serving adults.
  • Cooperates with local college professors in research assignments.
  • Oversees and coordinates with Public Relations Librarian the promotion of local history or genealogy programs, and the preparation of book lists, reading lists, bibliographies, flyers and other public relations materials for adults, and contributes to the District newsletter.
  • Oversees the organization and presentation of displays.
  • Seeks opportunities to speak and write about the library to promote the use of resources and the attendance at programs in the public forum as directed.
  • Develops and coordinates outreach programs.
  • Weeds the local history or genealogy collections semi-annually.
  • Responsible for the general maintenance and appearance of the Local History/Genealogy areas and verifies that all equipment is working properly.
  • Prepares the following reports for Administrative personnel: monthly Local History/Genealogy Services report, monthly budget report, annual proposed library materials budget, and annual collection development plan.
  • Monitors all line items in the Local History/Genealogy Services budget to ensure funds are being expended at an appropriate rate on a monthly basis.
  • Keeps informed on trends in library services, preservation and archives; participates in professional organizations; attends continuing education professional workshops and conferences.
  • Assists patrons in meeting information requests and needs.
  • Conducts library tours for adults.
  • May participate in the recruitment, training and development of library support staff members.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs general library work as needed, participating in serving on Reference and Circulation desk rotations, assisting patrons, shelving, maintaining computers, and answering phone calls.
  • Supervises personnel and volunteers as assigned.
  • Participates in staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Examines professional publications and other sources for selection of books, periodicals and other materials.

Physical Requirements

  • Light physical effort required in carrying and shelving books, and in performing other typical library functions
  • Frequent standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching and climbing.
  • Ability to operate a keyboard at an efficient speed
  • Frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move materials weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Vision and hearing at or correctable to "normal ranges"


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Note: The description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Salary Description
$53,000 - $74,400 / per year