DATE ENTERED: December 20, 2022
POSITION: Collection Selector, Adult (Librarian II)
LOCATION: Fairfax County Public Library, VA
APPLY BY: 1/6/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

Collection Selector, Adult (Librarian II)

Salary - $56,957.47 - $94,929.54 Annually
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1/6/2023 11:59 PM Eastern
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Job Announcement

Manages selection and acts as subject matter expert for specific collection areas. Participates in the development and promotes knowledge of collection policies and practices. Performs other duties as may be assigned to further the goals and objectives of Fairfax County Public Library. 

 This job announcement may be used to fill future full-time Collection Selector, Adult (Librarian II) vacancies.

Salary: The salary offer will be in the minimum to midpoint range (or $56,957.47 to $75,943.71) of the advertised compensation range. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

Schedule: Scheduling flexibility is imperative. Occasional overtime may be required.

To learn more about a career with Fairfax County Public Library, watch our video "Library Staff Share Why They Love Working at the Library"  

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

Resolves non-routine patron interactions by communicating and interpreting library policy for staff and the general public;
Promotes and represents Library System before outside groups;
May develop informational finding tools;
May select, train, supervise, and evaluate subordinate personnel;
Answers informational and reference questions from customers using print and electronic resources;
Maintains collection by weeding, marketing, and merchandising library materials;
Identifies materials to be considered for addition to the library collection;
Remains current in resources, services and technologies in the information field;
May supervise volunteers;
Manages selection and is subject matter expert for specific collection areas;
Performs advanced technical work in a specialized program area within Technical Operations;
Resolves non-routine patron and staff interactions by communicating and interpreting library policy for staff and the general public;
Interacts with library vendors;
Assists Coordinator with collection-related matters;
Promotes knowledge of collection policy and practices through training;
Coordinates system-wide collection initiatives;
Utilizes existing reports and recommends new reports to inform selection, evaluation, and cataloging decisions;
May partner with external agencies to support library and county-wide initiatives;
May select, train, supervise, and evaluate subordinate personnel;
May develop informational finding tools.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

General knowledge of statistics and budget preparation;
Ability to prioritize and schedule workload of the department;
Ability to effectively select, train, supervise, and evaluate subordinates;
Knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of library science;
Knowledge of library reference sources and methods;
Ability to create or curate professional resources;
Ability to use professional knowledge to manage the library's collection;
Ability to prioritize and manage a self-directed workload;
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others;
Ability to exercise tact, good judgment, and initiative;
Knowledge of word processing and computer applications;
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to answer reference questions and provide reading guidance;
Knowledge of the Library's operating procedures;
Ability to interpret Library policy for staff and the general public;
Ability to promote interest in library services;
Ability to adapt to workplace change;
Ability to classify and catalog material;
General knowledge of statistics and budget preparation;
Ability to effectively select, train, and supervise others;
General knowledge of floating methodology of collection management;
Knowledge of material formats and their impact on the selection, evaluation, acquisition, or bibliographic representation;
Ability to provide subject matter expertise in a specific area within Technical Operations, e.g. a specific collection area, cataloging rules, acquisition methodology, or report querying and metrics;
Knowledge of and experience working with specialized software used to support collection, acquisition, cataloging, inter-library loan and reporting.

Employment Standards

Master's degree from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited library school and one year of professional library experience.
Possession of a certificate issued by the Virginia State Board for Certification of Librarians within three (3) months of date of appointment to the position.

  • Three years or more of professional library experience to include experience working with fiction collections. 
  • Strong attention to detail, and ability to multitask and manage priorities.
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience selecting, deselecting, or evaluating a library collection of significant size and breadth.


  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  •  The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check and Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to attend meetings and trainings.  

Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to perform repetitive hand, arm, wrist and shoulder movements. Ability to stoop, bend, reach, squat, and kneel. Ability to open and handle library materials. Ability to push and pull 4-wheeled book carts. Requires 15 pounds to 20 pounds of initial (starting) force, and a sustained force of 10 pounds, after initial acceleration. Physical requirements are applicable to all duties. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written and/or practical exercise.
The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.