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Librarian, Part Time #2309-1090-01

*Multiple vacancies*

Date Opened
Thursday, September 14, 2023 12:01 AM
Close Date
Sunday, October 01, 2023 11:59 PM
Public Library
  • $21 per hour *
Employment Type
  • Part-Time


The New Haven Free Public Library fosters lifelong learning, inspires curiosity, and builds community through shared access to resources, experiences, and opportunities for all.

The New Haven Free Public Library is seeking part-time librarians in multiple departments. This position is an amazing opportunity for current librarians looking for extra experience or Library Science students nearing graduation who are interested in getting hands-on experience in a vibrant urban library setting. The City of New Haven and the New Haven Free Public Library has launched many Librarian's careers from this position.

Assignment in Young Minds & Family Learning (1 vacancy):
This entails developing and delivering programs for children age 0-12 with an emphasis on early childhood programming, with a strong knowledge of children's literature, and providing a variety of information services for parents and children.

Assignment in Adult Services / Reference (1 vacancy):
Will plan, develop, and deliver a wide range of programs for adults in the New Haven community. The ideal candidate will have programming and collection management experience, creativity, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; maintain a professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and value teamwork.

Applicant will be asked to indicate area of interest within the application.

All Library positions serve a diverse population, including a substantial Spanish-speaking community. Spanish/English bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

19 hours per week, may include evening & weekend varied hours to support ongoing Library programming.


This is part time professional work at the entry level, involving the use of all library techniques and materials in positions such as information or adult services, branch, children and youth, technical services, etc. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level librarian, and is reviewed through frequent conferences and observation of performance.


  • Provides guidance to parents, teachers and patrons of all ages concerning appropriate and desirable reading material.
  • Catalogs books, periodicals, public documents, pamphlets, AV materials, etc. using automated system and bibliographic utilities; performs original and copy cataloging; assigns subject headings; reviews preprocessed items for accuracy; supervises the processing of materials.
  • Selects or aids in selecting print and non-print materials subject to review by a higher level librarian.
  • Performs research for and instructs patrons in the use of reference tools and databases, prepares bibliographies.
  • Instructs patrons in the use of the library and its facilities; assists patrons in the use of computers and their applications, including the Internet; conducts library tours for school and civic groups.
  • Conducts programs such as book talks, story hours, and specialized information presentations.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with schools and other organizations to promote library services.
  • Supervises the work of support personnel. May supervise branch or department in absence of regular supervisor.
  • Performs related work as required.


A Masters Degree in Library Science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association; and the following knowledge, abilities and skills:


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of library science and its application to the community.
  • Knowledge of library procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of sources and procedures used in reference and bibliographic research.
  • Knowledge of software programs designed for libraries; ability to effectively search online bibliographic databases.
  • Knowledge of computer applications, such as PowerPoint, spreadsheets and word processing and use of the Internet for information retrieval.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with computers and other equipment.
  • Ability to apply library science principles and techniques to specific operating problems.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work harmoniously with library users and staff.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using the English language.
  • Ability to plan and implement library programs.


  • A Masters Degree in Library Science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association
*Library Science students within 1 semester of completing their coursework at an ALA accredited institution will be considered for employment at the rate of $18/hour, to be updated to the full $21/hour upon completion of their MLIS degree program.


This is a General Fund, "Non Tested" position.

* Library Science students within 1 semester of completing their coursework at an ALA accredited institution will be considered for employment at the rate of $18/hour, to be updated to the full $21/hour upon completion of their MLIS degree program.

This part time position is not eligible to receive medical benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, holiday, union membership, or union contractual benefits. Any period of part time employment will not be construed in any way to mean probationary employment. Persons may not be employed in two concurrent part time positions with the City and/or the Board of Education at the same time.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check,and  (2) a pre-employment drug screening in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy*. Instructions and information on this pre-employment process are included in Conditional Offer of Employment.

Pursuant to the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The City of New Haven has a adopted a Drug Free Workplace Policy. The City of New Haven requires a pre-employment drug test, which includes screening for marijuana.

Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Human Resources and the hiring department after the closing date.

It is critical that you complete the application thoroughly, as the information you provide will be used to ascertain if you are eligible to move forward in the selection process, and in some cases, this information may be used to determine the eligibility list.

Information regarding the employment and selection process can be found HERE.

Please note that the only method of communication with applicants for this position will be by email. You must provide a valid, working email address and you will need to monitor your email, including spam/junk folders, for correspondence from the New Haven Human Resources Department.


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