Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Librarian I – Children Services – Town of West Hartford

The Town of West Hartford

Announces an Open Competitive Examination

For the Position of

Librarian I – Children’s Service


Application Deadline:                                                   

Friday, May 22, 2015

Salary Range:

$57,252 - $71,708


This is professional library work in one or more of the specialized fields of librarianship.  Work involves responsibility for the performance of duties requiring the application of professional techniques and procedures.  Normally, an employee in this class is assigned to assist the head of a division of the library operation.  Supervision is received from this superior through the review and coordination of goals and objectives and through discussions and/or meetings.  Employees in this class are assigned work progressively more difficult, within scope of their position, as their experience in the field broadens.


Work is performed in a public service setting subject to interruptions and background noise.  Work is performed with independence and initiative under the supervision of a division head or designee.  Performs varied and responsible functions requiring judgment to ensure compliance with applicable departmental and town policies, procedures and methods.  Manages and coordinates multiple priorities adhering to established time frames.  Must be mobile, able to push/pull light objects, occasionally lift objects up to 30 pounds.  Must be able to perform such tasks as writing, filing, typing, using a calculator, and skills which require hand-eye coordination such as using a computer.  Must be able to sit or stand for prolonged periods.  Has frequent contact with employees, other town departments, vendors, community representatives, and the general public.  Must be able to concentrate on fine details with occasional interruption, attend to tasks/functions for more than forty-five to sixty (45-60) minutes at a time, remember multiple assignments given over long periods of time, and understand the theories behind several related concepts.  Must be able to communicate in English and be understood clearly; hearing requirements include the ability to effectively interact with customers in person or by telephone.  May be exposed to dust, fluctuations in inside temperatures and electro-magnetic radiation as in computer screens.  Work may occasionally be required beyond normal working hours.


Participates in the selection of books and other materials.

Provides reference services for library users; assists patrons in selection of materials.

May plan and set up exhibits selecting books and other materials for special collections and displays.

May assist in writing publicity releases, in research, report writing, and other forms of communication.

May catalog both print and non-print materials and maintain bibliographic integrity of the computerized catalog.

Instructs in the selection and use of appropriate tools and techniques for finding information, conducts searches for materials.

Assists patrons with topical research utilizing the tools available (including online catalog, databases, reference materials).

Develops programming for library users (age appropriate)

Meets with civic groups, school classes, etc., in the library or out in the community.  May give book talks and instruction in the use of the library, conduct story hours, visit schools, and teach computer or other classes.

Supervises work of assistants.

Attends professional meetings.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge of professional principles, methods, materials, and practices.

Knowledge of reader-interest levels and books, authors and related materials.

Knowledge of the library materials and tools available for specialized library work to which assigned.

Experience with information technology including personal computers, the Internet, social media, and ebooks.

Ability to establish and maintain favorable public relations and effective working relationships with other employees.

Extensive knowledge of children’s literature with the ability to order and maintain the materials collection, arrange displays and provide a vibrant, comfortable and welcoming space.

An understanding of child development and the ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Ability to work with colleagues to provide programming in all three town libraries and participate in an annual Summer Reading Show and other large scale programs.


Possession of an ALA accredited master’s degree in Library Science.  Preference for candidate with library experience and/or fluency in a language other than English spoken in the community.


                                                                                    Weight                        Passing Score

Oral Board Examination                                            100%                                      70

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70 on the oral examination in order to have their name placed on the Eligible List for this position. An individual appointed to the position must satisfactorily complete a one (1) year probationary period.


The Town reserves the right to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to any portion of the selection process. 

Applications may be accessed on the Jobs page of the West Hartford website, www.WestHartford.org.  Applications must be completed no later than Friday, May 22, 2015, unless the Director of Employee Services extends such date.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F