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Reference Librarian

Pueblo City-County Library District

Pueblo Colorado

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$46,675.20 to $65,353.60 per Year   Calculate


Pueblo, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


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Job Description

Are you a librarian who enjoys public service, wants to make a difference in their community and has an insatiable curiosity for learning? If this sounds like you, you will want to learn more about the award-winning Pueblo City-County Library District (PCCLD) and our new opening for a Reference Librarian!

Pueblo is located in southeastern Colorado and is the most populous city of Pueblo County with approximately 160,000 residents. The climate is enjoyable year 'round with outdoor activities available for every season! Located between rivers and mountains, Pueblo also offers visitors and residents an abundance of scenic beauty.

The Reference Librarian recommends, interprets, evaluates, and/or uses information resources to help public library patrons with specific information needs. The Reference Librarian manages reference resources, identifies and interprets user needs, provides reference and reader’s advisory services to library users and assists patrons in material selection. This is accomplished by providing professional expertise, based on knowledge of library principles.

The Reference Librarian reports to the Assistant Director of the Rawlings library. This position works as a member of the library team to provide exemplary customer service to patrons. This position also serves as internal consultant within the library district relative to reference services.


  • Reviews PCCLD standards for reference service, teaches staff best practices, and helps ensure principles of reference service are supported throughout the district.
  • Assists customers with finding library materials and provides information to broaden their awareness of library resources and services.
  • Engages directly with the public by providing library reference services to patrons by staffing a service desk and also providing virtual reference via chat, email, and telephone. 
  • Determines the timeliest, authoritative and most appropriate information source for each customer, based on questions asked, the information required, and the format (print, non-print) that provides the most effective delivery.
  • Trains customers in the use of electronic reference resources, authoritative internet searches, e-books and digital downloads; provide guidance and instruction for both general and specific requests.
  • Works with the collection development department to facilitate selection and purchase of reference and general nonfiction books, electronic resources and database subscriptions.
  • Provides training in library reference resources, on reference desk procedures and keeps procedural documents updated and current.
  • Works with the Technology Librarian to train and update Library staff on use of virtual resources and online databases and assists with resource use.
  • Leads system-wide tracking and reporting of reference transaction statistics and reference data collection.
  • Creates and maintains online guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with librarians, archivists and other providers of information resources to support research and reference.
  • Promotes facilitated customer service by proactively approaching customers to offer assistance.
  • Explains library regulations and procedures, and resolves basic patron issues. 
  • Conducts  in-office research appointments with library patrons.
  • Prepares library guides, handouts, bibliographies, and other research tools.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and stays current with emerging trends, resources, practices and standards in electronic resource management, usage statistics, data management, access, and discovery to enhance library services.
  • Responds to the library’s Ask Us and Book a Librarian requests. Provides answers directly to patrons in a timely manner or may refer the question to the appropriate staff member or department.

 This position will be assigned the role of Person in Charge (PIC) at the Rawlings Library on a regular basis to respond to any escalated customer service, emergency, or security issues and will work closely with the security officer on duty.

Supports team efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and staff by maintaining awareness of surroundings and working in accordance with safety policies and procedures.

Participates in regularly scheduled department meetings.  Attends All Staff Development Days and other training sessions to acquire new skills and to stay current on all information that is pertinent to PCCLD.

Reads daily organizational communications from intranet, e-mail, newsletters and print announcements.  Stays current on all library services, programs and events throughout the district. Regularly accesses electronic time keeping, payroll and personnel employee access systems.

The Reference Librarian may also complete other designated projects and oversee special projects.


Education and Experience: Masters Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.  One year of library experience required, preferably in a public library setting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to conduct complex reference interviews, to analyze requests and to apply research skills to locate specialized information or provide customers with alternative sources.
  • Passionately committed to literacy and lifelong learning.
  • Intellectually curious and an avid researcher.
  • Able to communicate well with and relate easily to coworkers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Knowledge of online library instruction platforms (such as LibGuides).
  • Demonstrated service orientation and proven ability to promote libraries' role in the teaching/learning process.
  • Strong reference skills and interest in serving as a reference librarian in addressing the complex needs of a diverse population.
  • Experience with information technologies and automated library systems, and knowledge of emerging standards and practices.
  • Demonstrates courtesy and interest in providing high quality service to customers and displays a positive image.
  • Basic library operational principles and practices.
  • Customer service principles.
  • Library reference principles and practices.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills including fluency with electronic information resources and basic web authoring.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work well under pressure, independently, and in a team-oriented environment.

Physical Requirements:  Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and push /pull a fully loaded book cart weighing up to 200 pounds.

Other Requirements:  Must be able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends.  Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.

Salary Range:  $46,675.20 - $65,353.60 annually

Equal Opportunity Employer.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Benefits:  PCCLD offers Health insurance including a tele-health service, Dental and Vision insurance, HSA and FSA plans, employer paid life insurance, and 401(k) and PERA retirement plans. Full-time employees also receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.

The Community

Pueblo is located in southeastern Colorado and is the most populous city of Pueblo County with roughly 150,000 people. One of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S., Pueblo is sometimes referred to as the “Steel City”. The climate is enjoyable year round with outdoor activities available for every season. Located between rivers and mountains, Pueblo also offers visitors and residents scenic beauty in which to indulge.

Lake Pueblo and Other Water Recreation Lake Pueblo State Park, the most visited state park in Colorado, is an aquatic hot spot, with more than 60 miles of shoreline and 4,500 acres of surface water for boating and fishing.

Pueblo is a multicultural community at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek. Downtown's 1.5-mile Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project serves as a centerpiece for the city's three-district Creative Corridor of galleries, cultural destinations and events. One such festival, the hugely popular Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival, celebrates Pueblo's famous green chiles. While there's definitely a sense of history here — Pueblo made Livability.com's Top 10 Cities for Historic Preservation list, the city enjoys contemporary recognition on both national and international levels as the home of Colorado State University-Pueblo (2014 NCAA Division II Football National Champions) and Professional Bull Riders, Inc.

HR Info

Apply on-line from our website:  www.pueblolibrary.org/employment

Posted Apr 14, 2022