About Our Job

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

  • Challenge inequity

  • 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

About You

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.

About Everything Else

Job Profile

LA1315 Librarian Special Collection

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Position Salary Range

$52,523.00 – $86,664.00

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