SALARY: $32.70 – $34.42/hour
The City of Danbury is currently seeking a Librarian I. The Innovation and Sustainability Librarian translates community needs into library services through innovative projects, collection development and grant writing. This position is responsible for implementing a strategic approach to fundraising by researching, preparing, submitting, and tracking grant related items. This position also builds and maintains an adult collection that reflects the dynamic library community.
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The City of Danbury will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability, except where it is a bona fide occupational qualification. We encourage African Americans, women, Hispanics, and other minorities who meet the minimum qualifications to apply.
The following information is only a general description of the recruitment and hiring process and is not all-inclusive. Please note that any and/or all of the components of this process may be changed by the City of Danbury with or without notice. Additionally, the City of Danbury reserves the right to modify the order sequence of testing as may be appropriate.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works collaboratively with members of all departments to gather information needed to respond to specific community needs and interests.
- Responsible for adult collection development, including the purchasing, cataloging, and weeding of titles. Responsible for ongoing collection maintenance and evaluation following established guidelines. Keeps current on trends affecting collections and services. Monitors national and local trends, technologies, and best practices in collection assessment.
- Works closely with the Library Director to ensure that all written grant material accurately reflects the Danbury Library mission, policies, and programs in a compelling nature.
- Responsible for writing appropriate and persuasive narrative to be incorporated into proposals, grant applications, letters of inquiry, reports, and other revenue-raising materials.
- Develops and observes grant calendar including analysis of giving trends.
- Exercises professional judgement to anticipate patron demand; works to build a collection that reflects the needs and interests of the community. Uses statistical data and other tools to assess usage and popularity of library materials.
- Possesses a strong understanding of librarianship and can anticipate changes of library collections and services.
- Provides in-person library service at a public service desk, with duties in reference and youth services. Utilizes library technology, including online database and the internet as well as traditional library resources, in answering patron queries. Instructs and guides patrons in the use of library resources.
- Offers both in-person and online readers advisory to offer meaningful recommendations of the latest library material and services.
- Engages in professional development appropriate to innovation and sustainability, including reviewing current professional journals, attending professional workshops and meetings, and communicating with peers in other library settings.
- Ensures creation and delivery of customer-focused services. Identifies and addresses user needs and resolves problems in a timely manner.
- Identifies and articulates project goals, objectives and timelines in written and verbal forms for all stakeholders and partners.
- Builds and fosters relationships with patrons and stakeholders to gather information about community needs through focus groups, surveys, and feedback.
- Fosters innovation as it applies to creating engaging experiences and new services for the library community.
- Leads and participates in cross departmental project teams including but not restricted to, service delivery, innovations and management of projects as required.Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
- Familiarity with grant writing process and fundraising
- Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation
- Knowledge of the current trends in the delivery of library services
- Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy
- Ability to exercise professional judgment and takes initiative to anticipate community needs and wants
- Ability to provide project management including communication, organization, facilitation and independent decision making
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects concurrently and work with minimum guidance and direction
- Experience working in a team environment
- Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience in project management including communication, organization, facilitation and independent decision making
- Experience in coordinating multiple projects concurrently and work with minimum guidance and direction
- Experience with computers and online application processes
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school
3 – 5 years relevant professional experience
One (1) year working in a public service environment
Must be available evenings and weekends
Must possess knowledge of grant writing/fundraising
Must possess knowledge of collection building
Commitment to innovation
Special Requirements: None required.
If you do not meet the above minimum requirements your application will not be accepted by the Civil Service Commission nor will you receive a refund of your application fee.
PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to complete the application in its entirety by including your specific skills and responsibilities under each position that you have held. Should you not specifically indicate that you have the skills required as defined above, the Civil Service Commission will not accept your LIBRARIAN I application.
2. Application Submission:
Applications are available at the Human Resources Dept., 155 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT 06810 or at www.humanresources@danbury-ct.
*Application Fee waiver: A filing fee is not charged if you are receiving public assistance from the State of Connecticut, or if a applicant’s income falls below the federal poverty levels. A written request for a waiver must be made to the Civil Service Commission prior to the application closing date, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT, 06810. To have the fee waived, you must submit either a copy of your current benefit card (State of Connecticut Department of Social Services identification card) or your W-2 Statement of Earnings for the year. You must indicate your Social Security Number and/or Examination Number (if applicable) on the front of the benefit card copy or on the copy of your W-2 Statement of Earnings.
The application must be completed in its entirety. Omissions, false, misleading or inaccurate information will result in rejection of the application.
It is recommended that applicants do not wait until the last day to submit the application. Applications should be completed as soon as possible after publication of the announcement for examination.
3. Application Review
The Civil Service Commission is responsible for reviewing the applications to determine if they are complete and meet the minimum requirements for the position. The Commission will review all the applications for the position during their monthly meeting following the closing date of the position.
If an application is accepted by the Civil Service Commission, then the applicant will be notified in writing and will be informed of the next step in the process. If the Commission does not accept an application, the applicant will also be notified in writing.
Once an application is accepted by the Civil Service Commission, the applicant will be notified in writing of the next steps in the testing process. Each test phase named below is listed in the order in which they occur. Each test phase must be passed in order to continue to the next level of the selection process.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to adhere to the City’s testing schedule. Unless otherwise stated, there will be no make-up examinations or alternative examination dates.
If an applicant fails the test phase listed below, the applicant will be immediately eliminated from consideration for this hiring process.
The Oral Examination (100% of the final score)
(Unless otherwise notified, applicants are not permitted to bring and/or use calculators, electronic devices, books or other reference materials during the examinations).
Reasonable Accommodations in the testing process:
All requests for reasonable accommodations in the testing process along with medical documentation establishing the need for the accommodation must be submitted to the City of Danbury Human Resources Department no later than the closing date of applications.
5. The Eligibility List
A passing average score of “70” on the above test will place an applicant on the Librarian 1 Eligibility List in rank order. The rank on this list is established according to the averaged score on the written and oral exams according to the percentages as indicated above plus any additional applicable veterans points awarded. The resulting list is then certified by the Civil Service Commission and will be used to fill vacancies as they occur, as per Civil Service Rules. If the list is not exhausted, it remains in effect for one year. However, the Commission can decide to extend an eligibility list for one additional year.
Participation in the testing and recruitment process and/or placement on an eligibility list does not guarantee a continuance in the remainder of the hiring process nor does it imply or constitute an offer of employment.
6. Additional Testing Requirements
Once the eligibility list is certified, depending on the number of vacancies, candidates with the highest ranking on the list will be interviewed by a panel of City Officials. As future positions become available, applicants are interviewed from this list based on their ranking for as long as the list is active.
Those candidates selected through the panel interview will continue in the selection process by participating in an additional series of testing which may include but is not limited to background checks, drug screens, medical physical, etc. Once again, each test phase must be passed in order to continue to the next level of the testing process. If any one of the test phases is not passed, the candidate will be immediately eliminated from consideration for this hiring process and subsequently removed from the eligibility list.