This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Special Collections and Digital Archives (SCDA), at the Western History and Genealogy department in the Denver Public Library. The Department’s public area encompasses the entire fifth floor of Denver's Central Library. Our genealogy collection, begun in 1910, is the second largest found between the Missouri and the West Coast, and ranks among the best genealogy research centers in the nation. You’ll work with and shape our genealogy collection, where you will provide collection development expertise, education and provide excellent public service for our customers. You’ll also work closely with fellow Special Collections Librarians in Western History, Conservation, Manuscripts and the 10th Mountain Division.
What you’d do:
Share passion for the Denver Public Library and librarianship
Welcome all customers
Foster curiosity through resources, spaces, outreach and relationships
Strengthen connections internally and externally
Honor public trust
Public facing 70% of time
Participate in community outreach
Participate in programming for all ages
Provide genealogy collection development, maintenance and evaluation within established guidelines
Exercise professional judgment to anticipate demand, address customer and staff requests and analyze, identify, and respond to genealogy collection needs
Work with the department Manager and Librarians to develop, design and implement services targeted to specific communities
Create positive experiences for library customers by performing professional library work including western history and genealogy reference service, programming and outreach, and donor relations
Use data to assess usage and popularity of department materials
Perform community and educational outreach to genealogy societies and other community groups
Staff a busy reference desk, serving a diverse population of all ages
Supervise and train volunteers
Support other library functions as needed
What You Have:
Valid proof of full COVID vaccination
Knowledge of collection development practices and resources for genealogy publications
Knowledge of genealogy, genealogy research methods and databases.
Knowledge of genealogy publishing trends
Knowledge of purchasing practices, including online ordering tools, and the donation of materials including books, serials, manuscripts and other materials
Skill in interpreting data from many sources in order to analyze collection needs
Skill in project management, analysis, negotiation and problem solving
Ability to use workplace technology effectively including email, calendar, internet, databases, video conferencing, eMedia, social media and other software
Skill in using and assisting customers with technology
Ability to work well under pressure and meet inflexible deadlines
Ability to demonstrate initiative, innovation and flexibility
Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers and community members
A Master's in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
Two years of post-MLS professional-level work in a library.
You’re welcome here! The Denver Public Library’s mission is to create welcoming spaces where everyone is free to explore and connect - and that doesn’t just go for our customers. We are strongly committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our employees that is grounded in trust, respect and teamwork. We’re looking for candidates who are as passionate about our values as we are. If you share our vision of a strong community where everybody thrives, we invite you to apply to the Denver Public Library.