Special Collections Librarian

Colorado Springs
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Created: July 7, 2016


It is the mission of the Pikes Peak Library District: to seek, engage and
transform lives through library services and resources that enrich individual lives and build community.
This position operates in a diverse environment, under the Supervision of the Special Collections
Division Head, to help fulfill the mission of the Library by providing professional reference services for
the District’s Special Collections. Responsibilities include reference and collection development for
regional history and genealogy materials, microfilming, and preservation. This position provides daily
supervision to Special Collections staff and volunteers.


* Manages operating procedures and staff schedules for Special Collections staff; schedules staff assignments for the public service desks
* Provides leadership, guidance, training, direction, and assistance to Special Collections staff
* Assists in development and execution of long- and short-range plans for Special Collections to meet strategic plan objectives
* Actively promotes and represents the District’s Special Collections through programming and outreach within the community
* Provides input to employee evaluations, including development of goals and strategies for
* Special Collections staff; conducts evaluations for all part-time staff
* Interviews, selects, and develops new staff; participates in terminations as required
* Works on the public service desks providing reference service to walk-ins, over the phone, and via electronic delivery
* Provides input to Special Collections’ budgets; prepares and monitors budgetary expenditures
* Coordinates Special Collections’ acquisitions of materials: evaluates, weeds, and updates the collection
* Assists with preservation planning for the collections; coordinates microfilming of regional newspapers and other Special Collections’ materials
* Assists with the Special Collections’ website and the development of resources into electronic formats
* Serves as a liaison to the local genealogical society
* Provides excellent customer service, maintains a courteous, positive image of the library, and maintains confidentiality when interacting with patrons and staff
* Performs other related duties as assigned


* In-depth and advanced knowledge of library services, practices, and procedures – including regional history and genealogy reference services
* Knowledge of local history, genealogy, and area resources
* Working knowledge of preservation strategies and archival principles and practices
* Ability to supervise staff and provide leadership, guidance, and direction
* Ability to provide excellent customer service to staff and patrons; ability to communicate in an age-appropriate manner
* Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
* Ability to be flexible when responding to staff and patrons or changing service needs
* Knowledge of standard budgeting processes
* Knowledge of current trends and programming related to Special Collections
* Must possess skills to represent the library district with tact and courtesy and provide a positive image in attitude, appearance and performance of duties
* Ability to exhibit leadership, sound judgment, and a professional demeanor in all interactions
* Ability to think and act appropriately under pressure
* Ability to work as part of a team, have a "whatever-it-takes" work ethic, and have an excellent
* customer service attitude

* Requires Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) and preferred to have a Bachelor’s
of Arts degree in history or a related field
* Requires a minimum of three years of library experience with an emphasis on history/genealogy
and a minimum of one year of supervisory experience


Published: Thursday, July 7, 2016 16:19 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC