Reference Librarian-Sherman Room-Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.
Applications can be found online at or at any MRCPL location. Please print, complete and submit application to any MRCPL location or to the Business Office, 43 W Third St, Mansfield OH 44902.

Reports to: Adult Services Coordinator

FLSA Status: Nonexempt/hourly
Salary Grade: 24; $20.21 to start

Location: Main Library
POSITION SUMMARY: Under direct supervision of the Adult Services Coordinator, the Reference Librarian-Sherman Room serves as a reference specialist and local historian and performs a variety of professional duties involved in planning and implementing library services and programs. Has specialized projects related to local history and genealogy and other tasks as assigned.

1. MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution of higher learning is required. Will consider currently enrolled students who have complete 50% or more of the program and will receive the MLIS degree within 12 months of appointment to position.
2. Current knowledge of reference sources (in print and online) preferred
3. Proven ability in reference service, including electronic retrieval
4. Communicate clearly; listen, speak and write effectively with English grammar, spelling and usage
5. Attention to detail and accuracy
6. Solid Internet search skills
7. Working knowledge of Dewey Decimal system.
8. Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record
9. Favorable results of pre-employment background check.
10. Ability to work flexible schedule, including day, evening and weekend hours.
11. With reasonable accommodation, engage in intermittent periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, stretching, lifting and carrying equipment and materials occasionally weighing 40 – 60 pounds and pushing loaded book trucks weighing 75 to 100 pounds or more.


1. Library policies and procedures [acquired after date of hire].
2. Library practices, including knowledge of popular and professional research sources.
3. Library online circulation system, catalog, and resources [acquired after date of hire].
4. Principles of intellectual freedom.
5. Principles and practices of public libraries
6. Standard bibliographic sources.
7. Local history and genealogy resources.
8. Advanced facility with a variety of social media and digital formats
9. Windows and Microsoft Office software
10. Safe work practices.


1. Work independently in the absence of supervision
2. Provide and follow oral and written instructions in a clear and concise manner
3. Handle multiple activities or interruptions at once
4. Establish priorities for the most effective use of time and resources
5. Provide quick and accurate answers using appropriate reference techniques in a professional non-judgmental manner
6. Perform online reference searches when appropriate
7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisor, volunteers and the general public
8. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse customers
9. Keep abreast of current reference resources
10. Carry out essential duties and responsibilities within 6 months of on-the-job experience and training

Note: The tasks listed below are illustrative, but not exhaustive, of the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

1. Assist the public in the use of the adult library collections, providing directional, informational and referral service to Library customers, including Sherman Room resources, in person and over the phone.
2. Plan and implement programming in the Sherman Room related to General John Sherman and other local history, both Mansfield and Richland County.
3. Assist in developing educational materials on the history of MRCPL
4. Develop and present programs centered around local history and genealogy
5. Join and collaborate with local genealogy and history programs outside the Library
6. Begin and facilitate a Genealogy Interest Group at the Library
7. Work with Communications department to promote the resources available in the Sherman Room.
8. Provide reference and reader’s advisory services
9. Provide individual and group instruction in the use of the Library’s online print and computer based resources and the Internet
10. Assist in the use of computer reservation and print release software in accordance with library policy and procedure
11. Maintain reference statistical data
12. Pull reserve and/or requested materials for customers
13. Serve as Person in Charge for assigned afternoons, evenings and weekends, as needed
14. Special projects, including ordering and maintaining government documents, indexing the News Journal, conducting local history and genealogy reference.
15. Responsible for specialized project(s) and/or tasks assigned by supervisor, meeting the operational needs of the department.
16. Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively to provide quality, accurate and seamless customer service
17. Produce bibliographic aids such as reading lists, bibliographies and resource guides and library displays as needed
18. Work the Reference Desk as assigned.

Note: The tasks listed below are illustrative, but not exhaustive, of the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

1. Represent the Library in regional, state, and national professional activities, as assigned. Engage actively in professional development, and monitors changes in the profession through meetings, professional association membership and activities, and professional reading.
2. Introduce or present programs to teens, adults and/or seniors
3. Participate in school visits and occasional library tours
4. Assist in training new adult services staff members
5. May serve as staff trainer – sharing ideas and planning and presenting workshops
6. May be asked to input departmental information on the Library website and in social media.
7. Serve on committees, such as Staff Development Day committee, as requested
8. Attend and actively participate in Staff Development Day, workshops, seminars, and conferences, as appropriate and as assigned.
9. Adhere to, support, and effectively implement Administration and Board policy, procedures, Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Core Values.
10. Engage actively in professional development, and monitor changes in the profession through meetings, professional association membership and activities, and professional reading.
11. Perform additional duties and assignments as required by the upward chain of command which moves from the Reference Librarian/Sherman Room, to the Adult Services Coordinator, to the Deputy Director, to the Director.

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