Librarian – Collection Development (Carnegie LIbrary)

Job Description

Seeking an enthusiastic and customer-focused individual to serve as part of the Collection Services team building and analyzing relevant, high-interest collections with an emphasis on inclusion and equity across the CLP system and supporting collection-related Shared Services across the county. Qualified candidates will demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a changing environment as we continue to refine collection development roles and responsibilities within the system. Cross-departmental communication and interaction is required to efficiently and effectively deliver a premium experience to internal and external customers.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Utilize vendor services, professional tools, nontraditional resources and professional judgment to evaluate and select materials and resources in various formats to develop and maintain inclusive adult and teen collections;
  • Respond to collection requests from patrons and staff;
  • Assure that items are selected in a timely manner and in quantities that match demand;
  • Provide input for annual budgeting process, track expenditures and manage assigned budget, including endowment and special funds;
  • Participate in departmental orientations and trainings for CLP staff members;
  • Participate in the development and provision of collection development and management trainings and conversations with colleagues throughout the county and CLP system, including but not limited to training on existing collection analysis tools;
  • As part of Collection Services team, work with location staff to analyze existing collections, community trends and library data to improve collection performance and responsiveness. Support ongoing data gathering and evaluation efforts at CLP;
  • Direct collection management projects across CLP system, including guiding the work of superiors;
  • Participate in the management of ongoing collection input opportunities for locations, such as genre refresh and replacement lists;
  • Monitor library and publishing trends, best practices in collection management, and developments in the profession. Share knowledge and make recommendations for improvements;
  • Evaluate new collection development tools and vendor services that may improve or streamline processes;
  • Contribute to collection-related special projects such as collection audits, building renovations, and collection reorganization;
  • Assist with the creation, maintenance, and updating of departmental policies, procedures and guidelines, goals and objectives;
  • Demonstrate a professional, positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with colleagues within the department, across CLP, and throughout the county;
  • Stay current on CLP policies, processes, procedures and technologies required to perform work duties;
  • Complete at least one public service shift per month at a CLP location on a rotating basis;
  • Contribute to ongoing professional and library development through service team or related work, professional workshops, etc;
  • Participate in the creation of content promoting and recommending CLP collections through our website, social media channels, and other reader’s services.
  • Support other departments at the Library Support Center as needed;
  • Perform other work duties as assigned.



Master’s in Library Science


Job Experience

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited school required;
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a public library or similar setting required;
  • Working knowledge of the elements that make up a relevant, popular, high-interest public library collection, including broad-based collection development practices and current trends in selection, ordering, patron-driven programs, and vendor services;
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization to improve library service delivery to the public;
  • Ability to work in a pleasant, professional and effective manner with customers, coworkers, other departments and locations;
  • Proficiency with the library catalog and familiarity with online selection tools is preferred;
  • Knowledge of and experience with CollectionHQ is preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to meet inflexible deadlines;
  • Skill in interpreting data from many sources in analyzing collection needs;
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel and competency with data analytics;
  • Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in functions required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or as part of a team to complete tasks as assigned;
  • Must exhibit effective communication skills, interpersonal skills and flexibility when collaborating with library locations, and when working with the public;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility;
  • Ability to travel to and between all CLP locations on a regular basis and to county library locations on occasion;
  • The physical ability to bend, stoop, stand for long periods of time, push heavy book trucks, and lift heavy loads of 25 lbs. or more


  • PA State Criminal Background Check
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Records Check
  • Mandated Reporter training offer of employment.


Other Qualifications

Location: CLP – Library Support Center

Work Hours: 37.5 hours per week; Monday-Friday

Salary: $22.95 per hour

Hiring Supervisor: Sarah Beasley-Library Services Administrator-Collection Services

Unit: This position is represented by the United Steelworkers union.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should apply at by July 8, 2022