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Librarian II - Adult Services #2309-5537-01

New Haven Free Public Library

Date Opened
Thursday, September 14, 2023 12:01 AM
Close Date
Sunday, October 01, 2023 11:59 PM
Public Library
  • Within Local 3144 Range 7: $55,035 - $57,850 annualized
Employment Type
  • Full-Time


Are you ready to be a catalyst for transformation in one of New Haven's most cherished institutions? The New Haven Free Public Library is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking Librarian II for Adult Services. This is not just a job; it's an opportunity to shape a resilient, informed, and thriving community, today and for generations to come. If you're passionate about creating meaningful experiences for adults, fostering inclusivity, and building bridges through the power of knowledge, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey.

At the New Haven Free Public Library, we are dedicated to transforming lives and building a resilient, informed community. We believe in fostering lifelong learning, kindling curiosity, and creating a sense of belonging through shared access to resources, experiences, and opportunities for all.

More info about our Library HERE and HERE.


Primary Functions:
As an Adult Services Librarian II, you will play a vital role in planning, developing, and delivering a diverse range of programs tailored for the adult community in New Haven.

Key Qualities:
The ideal candidate will possess:
Programming and collection management experience.
Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
A strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
A collaborative approach to teamwork.

Diversity and Inclusion:
We serve a richly diverse community, including a significant Spanish-speaking population. We strongly encourage candidates fluent in both English and Spanish to apply.


  • Formulates and executes on-line data base searches via on-line information retrieval systems such as Dialog.
  • Conducts in-service training workshops and prepares instructional material on the use of general information services. Assists in the training of entry level librarians and support staff.
  • Reviews and revises the work of other catalogers.
  • Has responsibility of operation of a special collection and/or service such as Job Information, Health, or Audio-Visual; selects materials, develops procedures, plans informational materials, works with community groups, and participates in related statewide activities.
  • Includes all duties of a Librarian I, including:

    • Provides guidance to 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.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Masters degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited library school.
  • Minimum of two years experience as a professional librarian.
  • The following knowledge, abilities and skills:


  • Ability to organize and maintain a specialized library collection or service within a department;
  • Experience with a variety of on-line databases and the ability to apply this knowledge in planning and implementation of research or catalog work;
  • Ability to evaluate and advise on the disposition of reference questions, or on matters of cataloging practice;
  • Ability to instruct and train Librarian I and support staff.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of library science and its application to the community.
  • Knowledge of library procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of software programs designed for libraries; ability to effectively search online bibliographic databases.
  • 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 plan and implement library programs.


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

This position is included in a collective bargaining agreement with Local 3144, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; the salary is within Local 3144, Range 7.

Bargaining agreements available to review HERE.

General Funded hires into this class are not covered by Social Security and will not pay Social Security taxes. They instead participate in the City Pension; the employee contribution rate is 10% of pay.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of: (1) a pre-employment background check, (2) a pre-employment physical examination, including pre-employment drug screening in accordance with the City’s Drug Free Workplace Policy*, and (3) a 90-day probationary period. 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 hiring management of NHFPL.

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.


To apply for this opportunity:
  • Complete your User Registration. You are encouraged to save your Applicant Profile for future use.
  • You MUST click on the job posting you are interested in, and click Apply or Apply Online from within that posting.
  • MAKE SURE the job you are applying for is named at the top of the page as you review your application!
  • Review or modify your application for that position
  • Click "Ready to Send App" or the "Send" tab; read page and click the attestation
  • Click "Send to City of New Haven"
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  • If you do not receive this confirmation in the next 24 hours, your application has not been submitted - please contact us at

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