The City of Danbury is currently seeking a Librarian I. The Innovation and Sustainability Librarian translates community needs into library services through innovative projects, collection development and grant writing. This position is responsible for implementing a strategic approach to fundraising by researching, preparing, submitting, and tracking grant related items. This position also builds and maintains an adult collection that reflects the dynamic library community.
3 – 5 years relevant professional experience
One (1) year working in a public service environment
Must be available evenings and weekends
Must possess knowledge of grant writing/fundraising
Must possess knowledge of collection building
Commitment to innovation
Works collaboratively with members of all departments to gather information needed to respond to specific community needs and interests.
Responsible for adult collection development, including the purchasing, cataloging, and weeding of titles. Responsible for ongoing collection maintenance and evaluation following established guidelines. Keeps current on trends affecting collections and services. Monitors national and local trends, technologies, and best practices in collection assessment.
Works closely with the Library Director to ensure that all written grant material accurately reflects the Danbury Library mission, policies, and programs in a compelling nature.
Responsible for writing appropriate and persuasive narrative to be incorporated into proposals, grant applications, letters of inquiry, reports, and other revenue-raising materials.
Develops and observes grant calendar including analysis of giving trends.
Exercises professional judgement to anticipate patron demand; works to build a collection that reflects the needs and interests of the community. Uses statistical data and other tools to assess usage and popularity of library materials.
Possesses a strong understanding of librarianship and can anticipate changes of library collections and services.
Provides in-person library service at a public service desk, with duties in reference and youth services. Utilizes library technology, including online database and the internet as well as traditional library resources, in answering patron queries. Instructs and guides patrons in the use of library resources.
Offers both in-person and online readers advisory to offer meaningful recommendations of the latest library material and services.
Engages in professional development appropriate to innovation and sustainability, including reviewing current professional journals, attending professional workshops and meetings, and communicating with peers in other library settings.
Ensures creation and delivery of customer-focused services. Identifies and addresses user needs and resolves problems in a timely manner.
Identifies and articulates project goals, objectives and timelines in written and verbal forms for all stakeholders and partners.
Builds and fosters relationships with patrons and stakeholders to gather information about community needs through focus groups, surveys, and feedback.
Fosters innovation as it applies to creating engaging experiences and new services for the library community.
Leads and participates in cross departmental project teams including but not restricted to, service delivery, innovations and management of projects as required.
Experience with computers and online application processes
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school
City of Danbury
155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810