DATE ENTERED: March 11, 2021
POSITION: Librarian (Community Engagement)
LOCATION: Suffolk Public Library (Suffolk VA)
SALARY: $45,574
APPLY BY: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

We are looking for someone to join our team as a Community Engagement Librarian who will facilitate outreach services and develop partnerships with a focus on vulnerable populations and conduct community scans to gain a better understanding of user's needs and interests.

Under general supervision, performs professional library work by researching community need and developing responsive outreach services for the library. Work involves providing equitable access to library resources and addressing barriers faced by vulnerable populations. In this role they will create educational and neighborhood connections and act as liaisons between the community and library. 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 Library Manager overseeing Community Engagement.


  • Essential Functions may vary based on area of assignment:
  • Develops and maintains community relationships to enhance library services to users of all ages and abilities.
  • Gathers community knowledge that informs services developed by the Community Learning Department.
  • Identifies barriers and identifies adaptations to library services in order to enhance user.
  • Provides ongoing leadership and support for existing library services by keeping abreast of professional trends and incorporating knowledge in departmental training and development.
  • Assists patrons regarding reference demands and performs readers' advisory services; responds to citizen requests for assistance in using the department's computer system.
  • Maintains knowledge of the reference and circulating collections, electronic resources; maintains reference and circulating collections.
  • Interpret and apply library policies and procedures for customers and staff; Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
  • Maintains an awareness of new literature, technologies, trends, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate and incorporates knowledge into daily work.
  • Performs work at the Public Services desk which includes checking materials in and out, placing reserves, and responding to the informational needs of the library patrons.
  • Performs reference tasks such as instructing readers in the use of reference tools including computer, copier and microfilm machine; and answering reference questions and requests by phone or in person.
  • Conducts introductory tours of the library.
  • Provide training for employees to improve library and technology skills based on community and professional trends.
  • Collects fines for overdue and lost materials and fees for the use of the copier.
  • Performs other related work as required.

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:  Tuesday, March 23, 2021