Adult Services Reference Librarian

Pikes Peak Library District (Colorado Springs)

Penrose Library - great downtown location!

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$17.49 to $22.24 per Hour   Calculate


Colorado Springs, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

1. Works approximately 20 hours per week at the Information, Reference and Telephone service desks providing patron assistance through material searches, information research, and community referrals. 2. Works 5 to 10 hours per week coordinating the public computer classes offered at Penrose Library. Works with staff on the public computer class team, attends meetings, teaches classes, compiles and prints schedules as handouts for the public, analyzes class offerings and public demand, and makes adjustments as needed. 3. Coordinates the Community Breast Cancer Resource Center materials and services. Maintains related website, compiles displays, orders materials, oversees a budget, conducts outreach including health provider visits, will staff the library table at area health fairs, etc. May participate on related Pikes Peak area-committees. 4. Coordinates and conducts general tours offered for middle school-aged children, teens, and adults. 5. Instructs library patrons in use of the public access catalog and explains a wide variety of library services. 6. May assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of adult programming. 7. Maintains confidentiality in all interactions with patrons. 8. Performs other job-related duties and projects as assigned. May staff AskColorado, participate in committees, prepare and perform teen booktalks, etc.

Additional Info & Requirements

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities: 1. Knowledge of library and division functions, procedures, and public service responsibilities, policies, and procedures. 2. Knowledge of on-line Public Access Catalog (PAC) searching techniques, library materials and their arrangement, and reference resources. Ability to encourage and instruct patrons in the use of the online catalog and other automated files. 3. Knowledge of professional library science theories, principles, and techniques. 4. Knowledge of basic reference tools, methodologies, and philosophy and collection development tools and theory. 5. Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing with patrons and staff, and to maintain effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization. 6. Interpersonal communication skills necessary to understand, interpret, and paraphrase patron questions. Broad knowledge of general subject areas necessary to conduct successful patron interviews. 7. Ability to plan, organize, and perform job assignments accurately with initiative and judgment, independently, or with minimal supervision. 8. Ability to represent the library with tact and courtesy and to exhibit sound professional judgment and demeanor in all public interactions. 9. Ability to think and act appropriately under pressure on the public desk. 10. Ability to work in a team setting demonstrating a willingness to assist and support coworkers, to contribute ideas, and to maintain flexibility. Prefer one year of professional reference experience working in a public library. SIRSI experience is a plus!

The Community

With its 12 branches and 2 bookmobiles, Pikes Peak Library District serves the 500,000+ residents of El Paso County, which is nestled at the base of beautiful Pikes Peak.

HR Info

PPLD job application required for all vacant positions. Obtain a printable application at Interested applicants must also write and submit two double-spaced paragraphs (up to 250 words each) in response to the following two questions: 1. How will public libraries continue to be relevant in the future? 2. What specific skills and talents would you bring to this position that distinguish you from other candidates?

Posted Jan 31, 2007