DATE ENTERED: September 14, 2021
POSITION: Reference Librarian II (Librarian II)
LOCATION: Alexandria Library, VA
APPLY BY: Open until filled

Alexandria Library celebrates diversity within our community and staff by:

  • Offering programs and resources that reflect our uniquely multicultural community
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect
  • Providing opportunities for all staff members to grow and excel

Alexandria is an historic city located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Distinct neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End offer something for everyone. Headquarters to several prominent organizations, including the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation, our city of nearly 160,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small-town atmosphere.

Reference Librarian II (Librarian II)
Full-Time / 40 Hours Per Week

The Local History/Special Collections (LH/SC) Branch Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates with knowledge of genealogy, historiography, and local history for the Reference Services Librarian position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and dedication to serving a diverse community. Under the direction of the Branch Manager, this position is responsible for managing and staffing the LH/SC Branch’s reference desk. This position also works closely with the Branch Manager to develop technology initiatives, plan and implement innovative programs and projects, and assists with collection development. Responsibilities include orienting staff and researchers on the use of resources in the LH/SC collection and online related to genealogy and Virginia history. This position will also be expected to assist with scanning and metadata needed for the Branch’s ongoing digitization efforts as well as fulfilling image requests from customers. The Reference Services Librarian will serve on committees within the Library, the City, and in professional associations.

  • Performs administrative tasks including managing reference desk coverage, maintaining usage statistics, reviewing reference requests/responses, and fulfilling/assigning image and photocopy requests;
  • Serves as the LH/SC volunteer coordinator; liaising with the Library’s volunteer coordinator, managing volunteer projects and goals, and setting schedules for volunteers;
  • Utilizes and monitors the use of library resources, including rare books and archival materials, to respond to patron inquiries, especially complex genealogical and house history questions;
  • Creates programs, displays, subject guides, and bibliographies which highlight specific areas of the collection, such as genealogy, research methods, and orientations, and which work for general and professional audiences;
  • Presents or partners with other library branches, local and regional organizations, the LH/SC Friends Group, and City agencies to plan and present creative and diverse library programming, including genealogy speakers and workshops;
  • Reviews and recommends publications and journals which reflect the diversity and needs of the community, as well as being appropriate for a special collection;
  • Participates in scanning and metadata description of LH/SC materials;
  • Outreach tasks include working with community partners to engage with audiences from elementary school to senior citizens, and will include working with National History Day, as well as Senior Services of Alexandria;
  • Serves on a variety of committees each year;
  • Being co-located with the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, the position assists with reference duties on the Barrett Branch’s Information desk as needed;
  • Manages LH/SC staff in the absence of the Branch Manager;
  • Identify and assist with writing grants to support projects;
  • Works with communications to advertise/post programs on social media.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service, communication skills, and ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, partner organizations, and the public.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print, archival, and electronic resources.
  • Ability to provide genealogical and regional history assistance.
  • The ability to navigate databases, use an online library catalog, and navigate archival finding aids.
  • Practical knowledge of access, description, security, and handling needs for library and archival materials.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, digital asset management systems, subscription databases, imaging software, virtual meeting software, and MS Office software. Ability to learn and train others on new software.
  • An awareness of and ability to train others in the use of national, state, and regional-level websites and digital humanities sites relevant to genealogy, historic preservation, and history.
  • Ability to learn, develop, and present programs related to genealogy, history, and emerging technologies, including promoting the use of technology in staff trainings and meetings.
  • Experience conducting outreach and working with diverse communities.
  • Some management or supervisory experience is preferred.

Schedule: Hours are scheduled to meet the needs of the LH/SC Branch Library and will include evenings and rotating Saturdays.

Location: Local History/Special Collections Library, 717 Queen Street, Alexandria VA, 22314.

Salary: $51,552 - $69,056 annually


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school required.
  • Ability to obtain or have the Virginia professional library license.
  • At least one year of professional library experience at the level of Librarian I.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to the use of new technology.
  • This position is open until filled.

All newly hired employees must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Newly hired employees who do not show proof of vaccination or exemption will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

Application Instructions:
Click here to apply attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Ross Farley, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or [email protected]

Open until filled

Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals. Proficiency/fluency in Amharic, Arabic or Spanish is highly desired, but not required for this position. This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.