DATE ENTERED: October 23, 2018
POSITION:    Community Services Librarian
LOCATION:   Suffolk Public Library (Suffolk VA)
SALARY:       $44,462
APPLY BY: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Suffolk Public Library is looking for a Community Services Librarian who will knock down barriers to access and bring services to where people are. We believe in connecting individuals and groups to information, ideas and experiences in any way possible, and we are looking for an innovative librarian to help strengthen our ability to take our services and programming beyond our walls and to new audiences. Being a member of the Outreach and Program Services team requires creative, collaborative work with a community focus. We are looking for a librarian who is committed to building relationships and constant community engagement.

Under general supervision, performs professional library work in independently implementing programming and providing outreach services for the library. Work involves developing and implementing programming both in library locations and offsite for a variety of demographics, providing library services throughout the community, locating and identifying community partners, and providing assistance in the daily operation of the library; including assisting patrons regarding reference demands, assisting with questions and/or problems regarding resources and reference materials, and selecting and recommending materials for acquisition. Employee must exercise independent judgment in developing programs and completing assigned tasks. Employee must also exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with patrons and the general public. Reports to the Outreach and Program Services Manager.


  • Implements system-wide outreach services and offsite classes and events to address community needs in accordance with the Library Outreach Services Plan.
  • Monitors and evaluates local outreach activities to ensure meeting of community needs and library standards.
  • Identifies additional outreach opportunities and develops appropriate response.
  • Provides ongoing leadership and support for existing outreach services and partnerships, including but not limited to Pop-Up Libraries, retirement community services, and Book/TechMobile services.
  • Maintains community partnerships in support of outreach activities and represents SPL at meetings to further outreach services.
  • May assume the responsibilities of the Outreach Services Manager during absences, including supervising outreach staff at community events.


  • Master's Degree in an ALA accredited program in Library Science or possession of Librarian's Professional Certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia State Library Board and experience in a library setting or closely related field; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.  
  • Requires a valid driver's license.

CLOSING DATE:  Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM