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Flat Rock Public Library

Substitute Librarian

The Flat Rock Public Library currently serves approximately 9,878 residents of the City of Flat Rock, the approximate 4,656 residents of the City of Gibraltar, and the approximate 3,289 residents of the City of Rockwood (2010 U.S. Census). We are a busy place with many youth and family programs and are fortunate to have such wonderful community support in all areas. We are nicely situated in front of the Flat Rock Historical Area Buildings, next to a beautiful city park, and just across the park from the Municipal Building, which houses all City of Flat Rock services.

JOB TITLE: Substitute Librarian

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Part-Time; No Benefits

SALARY RANGE: $16.00/hour

HOURS: As needed—including days, nights, and weekends


The substitute librarian reports to the Director/Head of Adult Services is responsible for providing patron service at the reference desk. This includes:

·         Greeting patrons

·         Answering reference questions (in person and on the phone), including providing reader’s advisory

·         Locating materials in the collection

·         Placing items on hold for patrons

·         Other computer-related tasks, such as but no limited to, providing basic technology instruction to patrons, including Internet navigation and use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.).

·         Other duties as assigned

Policy 3.1 and 6.2

 Provide comprehensive reference and readers’ advisory services.

 Assist patrons with downloadable digital resources including eBooks, audio eBooks, magazines, and music on multiple platforms/devices.

 Instruct patrons on the use of electronic databases, the library catalog and website, and other library technology.

 Master of Library Science degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association. Candidates must submit proof of degree with application and official transcript at time of interview.

 Demonstrated proficiency with electronic databases, Microsoft Office applications, social networking sites, and mobile technology, especially as it relates to eBooks and other digital resources.

 Ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public, library staff, library volunteers, and other City departments.

 Ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, fast-paced environment, using excellent organizational and time management skills.

 As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must pass a background check and pre-employment physical, including drug screen.

 Follow and enforce all library rules, policies and procedures.

 Follow patron privacy laws.

 Answer telephone and accurately give information and when necessary, direct calls to the correct location or staff for information.

 If scheduled, open or close the library, following established procedures.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reports to the Library Director/Head of Adult Services. The Substitute Librarian will be required to perform the following types of duties:

 Provide readers’ advisory and reference services to patrons using various collections and materials, and in multiple formats.

 Provide technology instruction to patrons, including Internet navigation; use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.); e-reader and tablet use; and use of electronic resources, including databases, e-books, and e-audiobooks.

 Other duties as assigned.

Being engaged with up-to-date technology is a priority and a value to Library staff, residents, and businesses.

Under the direction of the Head of Adult Information Services, the Librarian performs a variety of professional and public service tasks in order to support the educational, recreational, business, and cultural needs of the community.



·         Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution (Please note: Proof must be presented at time of interview).

·         Flexible schedule with evening and weekend availability

·         Good written and verbal communication skills

·         Public service orientation

·         (preferred) Minimum of a year of relevant library experience

·         (preferred) Familiarity with OverDrive/Download Destination and e-readers.

Job Requirements:

• Customer service and/or library experience.

 Public service attitude, computer skills, and good communication skills.

 Have appropriate reading abilities to sort and properly shelve materials according to the Dewey Decimal System.

 Must be able to work independently as well as with a team.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution. Candidates should be enthusiastic and energetic with a desire to provide excellent service to patrons of all ages. Candidates should be flexible, approachable, and comfortable with a broad range of technologies.

TECHNOLOGY: Excellent computer skills are required, including:

 Knowledge of subscription databases and common software packages

 High-level Internet searching skills

 Ability to teach people how to use e-books, downloadable audio books, and other electronic resources

 Acquaintance with emerging technologies


Email a cover letter and resume to:

Michael Cummings,  Library Director

Flat Rock Public Library

Applications will be accepted ongoing.