Special Collections Librarian - Genealogy

Denver Public Library

Denver, CO, United States

Application Deadline

Apply By Oct 22nd, 2021


$52,523.00 to $61,058.00 per Year   Calculate


Denver, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Special Collections and Digital Archives (SCDA), at the Western History and Genealogy department in the Denver Public Library. The Department’s public area encompasses the entire fifth floor of Denver's Central Library. Our genealogy collection, begun in 1910, is the second largest found between the Missouri and the West Coast, and ranks among the best genealogy research centers in the nation. You’ll work with and shape our genealogy collection, where you will provide collection development expertise, education and provide excellent public service for our customers. You’ll also work closely with fellow Special Collections Librarians in Western History, Conservation, Manuscripts and the 10th Mountain Division.

What you’d do:

  • Support other library functions as needed
  • Supervise and train volunteers
  • Staff a busy reference desk, serving a diverse population of all ages
  • Perform community and educational outreach to genealogy societies and other community groups
  • Use data to assess usage and popularity of department materials
  • Create positive experiences for library customers by performing professional library work including western history and genealogy reference service, programming and outreach, and donor relations
  • Work with the department Manager and Librarians to develop, design and implement services targeted to specific communities 
  • Exercise professional judgment to anticipate demand, address customer and staff requests and analyze, identify, and respond to genealogy collection needs
  • Provide genealogy collection development, maintenance and evaluation within established guidelines
  • Participate in programming for all ages
  • Participate in community outreach
  • Public facing 70% of time
  • Honor public trust
  • Challenge inequity
  • Strengthen connections internally and externally
  • Foster curiosity through resources, spaces, outreach and relationships
  • Welcome all customers
  • Share passion for the Denver Public Library and librarianship

What You Have:

  • Two years of post-MLS professional-level work in a library. 
  • A Master's in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers and community members
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, innovation and flexibility
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet inflexible deadlines
  • Skill in using and assisting customers with technology
  • Ability to use workplace technology effectively including email, calendar, internet, databases, video conferencing, eMedia, social media and other software
  • Skill in project management, analysis, negotiation and problem solving
  • Skill in interpreting data from many sources in order to analyze collection needs
  • Knowledge of purchasing practices, including online ordering tools, and the donation of materials including books, serials, manuscripts and other materials
  • Knowledge of genealogy publishing trends
  • Knowledge of genealogy, genealogy research methods and databases.
  • Knowledge of collection development practices and resources for genealogy publications
  • Valid proof of full COVID vaccination


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