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Librarian I- Meadows

Boulder Public Library

Main Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Feb 21st, 2024


$28.85 to $32.09 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Summary: The Librarian I creates engaging and dynamic programs for patrons of all ages with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). They play a critical role in overseeing daily library operations and supporting their colleagues. The Librarian I builds and sustains collaborative community relationships through coordinated outreach activities to increase the appeal, attendance and overall patron satisfaction of library programs, services and events.   

Essential Functions:  

  • Provides reference, reader’s advisory, technology, research databases, and library account assistance to patrons at public service desks, or by phone which may be in the call center and throughout the library. (25%)
  • Provides leadership for planning, promoting, implementing, and evaluating programs including storytimes for patrons of all ages. (25%)
  • Develops and coordinates outreach events at elementary schools and other community organizations. Assists with securing program funds from funding sources. (20%)
  • Advances teen engagement with the library by guiding a Teen Advisory Board, eliciting teen input on library programs and services, and recruiting teen volunteers. Collaborates with peers and other colleagues with expertise in serving teens. (10%)
  • Provides input and recommendations on all aspects of the library’s performance including: collections, services, workflows, facility design and organization, and staff performance. (10%)
  • Serves as manager on duty with a focus on scheduling functions and resolving patron issues through de-escalation tactics. (10%)

 Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Maintains accurate records, keeps expenses within the budget, collects statistics, and prepares reports about programs and events.
  • Attends staff meetings and serves on committees with a focus on representing the needs and interests of the patrons living in the neighborhoods the library serves.
  • Attends conferences, networks with other educational program professionals and observes programs at other library and community locations to maintain knowledge of trends and interests regarding program offerings that sustain or increase audience engagement.
  • Performs opening and closing duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and experience: Master's degree in library and information science from an accredited program and three years of progressively responsible experience in a public library setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Technical skills: Intermediate skills with using personal computers, performing data entry and using information databases.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Spanish language skills and/or experience working with patrons from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience promoting programs for patrons of all ages using social media strategies, preferably in a public library setting.

Working Conditions: 

Partially sedentary and partially physical work that requires standing, walking, and occasional lifting of 40 pounds. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer monitor and operating a keyboard. Requires sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate a computer, office, and library equipment. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permit the employee to work in a multilevel facility. Seeing, hearing, and speaking required.

Please apply by February 21st at 4pm

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Health and Wellness Benefits

· Group medical, dental and vision benefits to employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· Lifestyle Spending Account for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employer paid basic life and long-term disability insurance

· Employer paid employee assistance program for employees and their household members

· Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts for all benefit-eligible employees

· Voluntary , employee paid, group accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity plans for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employees who work 20 hours or more per week are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care

· Infant at Work Program

Time-off Benefits

· New employees accrue 4 weeks paid vacation 

· 80 hours of paid sick leave per year for employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· 12 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays

· Time off for jury duty, bereavement and voting

· Pet adoption leave

· New grandparent leave

Helping Your Future

· Public Employee Retirement Association of Colorado (PERA) Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan

· PERA 401(k) Plan

· Tuition reimbursement program and student debt repayment assistance

· Paid training and professional development 


Library Perks

Easy access to unlimited resources—including books, movies, programs, digital technology and more 

The Community

The BPLD is committed to advancing equity in our diverse community by providing accessible programs, print and digital materials, tools and technology, and educational opportunities. Across our five current locations, we are proud to offer resources such as a makerspace, art galleries, outdoor learning areas, a multimedia local history archive, community literacy programs, and a theater. Boulder Public Library strives to be a safe and welcoming place to all staff and patrons, alike. Through outreach, community partnerships, and volunteer-driven programs, we seek to adapt our services to those who may experience barriers to visiting our physical locations.  

We circulate more than 1.5 million items annually, but we believe that a library is more than a place to borrow free materials. As a vital civic space, we provide opportunities for our more than 500,000 yearly visitors to study, host meetings, be introduced to new people or experiences, and connect to essential local services.

Our employees are part of a vibrant, uplifting workplace culture that honors the joy and commitment of meaningful public service, while still caring for the needs of the individual.  Our work is highly collaborative, adaptive, inquisitive, and is always on-going. We are passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences and we are dedicated to our mission of connecting people, ideas and information to transform lives and strengthen our community.  


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HR Info

Tim McClelland, Patron Services Manager mcclellandt@boulderlibrary.org

Posted Feb 8, 2024