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Substitute Librarian

High Plains Library District

Centennial Park Library, Greeley; Farr Regional Library, Greeley; Lincoln Park Library, Greeley; Riverside Library and Cultural Center, Evans; Carbon Valley Regional Library, Firestone; Erie Community Library, Erie; Kersey Library, Kersey

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$22.93 to $31.02 per Hour   Calculate


Greeley, CO


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Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

Substitute Librarian


Answers patron requests for information and assistance, coordinates programming within the branch, and acts as a staff resource.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

40% - IN BRANCH PROGRAMMING - Working independently or as part of a team, develops relevant programs by using project management and outcomes based planning and evaluation tools; delivers programs to audiences within the library, and assists Community Relations and Marketing with recruiting attendees in order to provide benefit to patrons, promote use of library resources and represent the library district to the community. (Essential)

15% - PATRON ASSISTANCE – Receives referrals from Library Associates working with patrons, assists patrons in locating the information needed through the use of library resources and Internet sites; provides in-depth reference services and locates requested materials and information sources in order to satisfy patron requests for library materials and information; stays well informed as a reader’s advisor; and assists patrons with circulation functions which include, but are not limited to, issuing and updating library cards, checking-out and renewing materials, placing holds, and addressing account problems. (Essential)

15% - TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTION – Receives referrals from Library Associates working with patrons, applies digital technology skills to assist patrons in using library technology; identifies opportunities for formal training in the library and advises patrons on availability of classroom and individual technology instruction. Accommodates different learning styles, assesses the needs of the learner and collaborates with the learner to meet the learner’s needs. (Essential)

15% - COLLECTION MAINTENANCE – Maintains and creates web content, recommends additions to the collection, evaluates weeding reports and recommends removal of items, notifying the Collection Librarian of the discarded item in order to keep collection appealing, current and useful. (Essential)

5% - STAFF RESOURCE – Acts as a resource for staff by providing in-depth reference assistance, reference consultation, mentoring and training of staff in providing reference and reader’s advisory services in order to provide dynamic services to patrons. (Essential)

10% - OTHER DUTIES – Creates displays, bibliographies, and blogs, recommends budgets, requests equipment and supply purchases, prepares statistical reports, acts as Person In Charge (PIC), and assists Supervisor with projects in order to ensure the smooth operation of the library. (Non-Essential)


Minimum Requirements:


Master of Library and Information Science

*Applicants who do not have an MLIS but are looking to pursue and receive the degree are still encouraged to apply.*


Two or more years of experience working in a library (preferred)

Able to read, write, and speak Spanish fluently (preferred)

District Success Factors:

Focuses on the customer


Contributes to a positive work environment

Strategic thinking

Pursues personal development

Continuous improvement

Takes pride in the workplace

Emotionally intelligent


Knowledge of public library operations


Job Success Factors:

Knowledge of public library reference service

Knowledge of literature  

Knowledge of print and online reference resources  

Skill in reference interviewing  

Skill in Reader’s Advisory

Skill in using Innovative Interfaces, Inc’s Sierra or other comparable automated library system  

Skill in using and troubleshooting a wide variety of digital devices, stationary and mobile  

Skill in instructing others how to use digital technology

Skill in customer service including dealing with difficult patrons and volatile situations  

Skill in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Publisher

Able to foster a nonjudgmental, supportive environment for a diverse population of users by using patience and effective communication to assure a positive learning experience

Able to operate various office equipment including copiers   

Able to plan and conduct age appropriate programming

Able to mentor and train staff

Physical Success Factors:

Able to push a fully loaded book-cart weighing up to 200 lbs.

Able to lift 50 lbs.

This Job Description is not a complete statement of all duties and responsibilities comprising this position.  

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info


Paid Sick Leave

Additional Info & Requirements

Pay Grade: 47

Wages/Benefits:  $22.93-$31.02 /hr;

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Hours: On-Call (Sub); Some days, evenings, and weekends  

Location: Centennial Park Library, Greeley; Farr Regional Library, Greeley; Lincoln Park Library, Greeley; Riverside Library and Cultural Center, Evans; Carbon Valley Regional Library, Firestone; Erie Community Library, Erie; Kersey Library, Kersey

Supervisor: Branch Manager

Supervises: None

Deadline: Open until filled


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Posted Sep 10, 2021