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Russian Language Librarian

Arapahoe Library District

Denver, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Nov 27th, 2023


$55,000.00 to $68,300.00 per Year   Calculate


Denver, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

Do you love libraries? Do you have a passion for helping families create community connections?

The innovative Arapahoe Libraries has an exciting opening for a Russian Language Librarian. If you have strong commitment to serving patrons from ethnically diverse backgrounds, promoting early childhood literacy, excellent communication skills in Russian and English, and excitement for collection development, this may be the job for you!

Title: Librarian, Russian Language

Location: Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231

Reports to: Supervisor, Adult Specialty Services

FLSA Status: Exempt

Pay Grade: $55,000 - $68,300

Purpose: Serves as a District resource to provide library services and access to information. Serves as an internal training resource and provides mentorship. Plans and develops District-wide services for Russian speaking patrons and patrons with ethnically diverse backgrounds; develops Russian language collection and makes suggestions for the development of the New Americans Collection; develops programs and assists patrons with advanced search and advisory needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


Identifies community resources, attends community meetings and events in order to build and maintain relationships. Outreaches to English Conversation Circles volunteers and English Language Acquisition teachers, provides library tours and class visits. Outreaches to Russian and multicultural community groups and works collaboratively with community agencies as a subject matter expert. Promotes the use of library services to Russian speaking and patrons with ethnically diverse backgrounds.


Provides a wide spectrum of advisory services. Develops and facilitates library programs in Russian and English languages with an emphasis on those that promote English literacy, multiculturalism and the use of library resources and services. Collaborates across departments in program development and promotion. Provides web content for Arapahoe Libraries website.


Researches and keeps up with the new trends in language services. Compiles data on the needs of Russian speaking and multicultural patrons and evaluates the results; and researches to assist with decision-making; makes recommendations for new initiatives or solutions to challenges. Anticipates challenges due to seasonal workflow, emerging technology and evolving community dynamics; helps set priorities for adapting to systemic change. Advances professional knowledge and networking through attending and presenting at professional conferences and publishing in professional journals.


Researches and keeps up with the new Russian literary and publishing trends, develops and oversees a quality Russian collection. Places orders and creates initial MARC records for the purchased materials. Makes suggestions for the development of the New Americans Collection.


Develops the knowledge, skill and ability of staff by providing training and informal mentoring in order to expand their ability to serve patrons.

Performs other related duties as assigned and requested.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • May participate in projects and operations not directly related to specialty, e.g. Summer Reading program, District-wide projects, committees and guilds work, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience related to the specialty of this position such as training, practice or internships in Russian language services or services for patrons with ethnically diverse backgrounds; library, publishing house or bookstore experience; experience in community work with the target population.
  • Master's degree in the library and information studies field. Or ability to obtain a master's degree in the library and information studies field within three years from the start of the program. An application to the library school must be made within six months of the date of hire.
  • Advanced Russian and English language skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate and apply to work the knowledge and understanding of historical cultural context and current cultural and political life of Russian speaking patrons.
  • Ability to demonstrate and apply to work the knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of Russian speaking patrons and new immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of library and information science theory, information creation, organization, and delivery as it applies to the Arapahoe Library District.
  • Ability to exhibit strong customer service skills
  • Ability to work with a remote team and a remote supervisor
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and to work independently under tight deadlines and prioritize various projects and requests
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with a variety of individuals with competing priorities.
  • Ability to successfully work with varying demographics.
  • Advanced technology skills with cloud computing, various operating systems (such as Windows, IOS, Android, etc.) and various performance suites (such as MS Office, iWork, Google Suite, etc.) and ability to learn and apply new technologies quickly.
  • Ability to comfortably present information in a clear and engaging manner in dealing with customers and colleagues one-on-one or in groups, in both formal and informal settings

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with developing and conducting instructional programs and services.
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Experience with project management and planning.
  • Experience with meeting facilitating
  • Experience with collection development.

Work Environment: 

  • The essential duties for this position are performed in an indoor office environment.
  • Moderate noise (computers, phones, printers and patron interactions).
  • Ability to work in confined areas.
  • Ability to travel to various facilities as needed.
  • Ability to work varying shifts, including evenings and weekends.

Physical Activities:

Physical activities required to perform essential duties include:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position ​75-100%​ of the time.
  • Must be able to move around ​50-75%​ of the time.
  • Ability to lift up to ​40 lbs​.
  • Ability to carry up to ​20 lbs​.
  • Ability to push and pull a cart weighing up to ​75 lbs​.
  • Ability to kneel, crouch, reach and stoop ​25%​ of the time.

This job description describes the general level of work being performed and is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties or aspects associated with the job, and may be amended anytime based on business need. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Inclusion and diversity are part of our values at Arapahoe Libraries.

Qualified applicants who represent the diversities of the communities we serve are encouraged to apply.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Health Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, Long term and Short term disability Insurance, Retirement Plan, Paid Parental Leave, Time off programs (Vacation, Sick, Holiday). 

The Community

Established in 1966, the Arapahoe Library District serves more than 200,000 residents living in Arapahoe County. Arapahoe County and other major suburban counties make up the greater metropolitan area surrounding Denver, Colorado. The Arapahoe Library District operates eight branch libraries, including mobile library services, and a library at the County Detention Center, funded by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department. A seven-member Board of Trustees sets the library budget and determines policy.

HR Info

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


Posted Nov 15, 2023