Librarian Generalist - Public Services and Outreach, Research & Innovation

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

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Maine State Library

Librarian Generalist

Public Services and Outreach, Research & Innovation


JOB CLASS CODE:  3104    PAY GRADE: 17   SALARY:  $15.23 – $20.17 hourly

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT:  August 22, 2019

CLOSES:  September 20, 2019




The Maine State Library is an organization dedicated to helping people by providing world-class service, transforming information into knowledge and strengthening libraries.  The Maine State Library is seeking a candidate with proven technological skills and a passion for public service. 


This is professional work primarily in the Public and Outreach Services Division of The Maine State Library. These services include, but are not limited to: direct library lending and reference services, Books by Mail, and Talking Books. This position resides within the Federal Talking Books program which provides free books on special media and machines to people who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped or reading disabled.

Responsibilities include providing service to a wide variety of patrons:  families, school groups, the general public, state employees, researchers, and special needs population. As Libraries and library service is always evolving, the ideal candidate will demonstrate critical and independent thinking ability to adapt to such change.


Must be able to assist patrons with inquiries ranging from readers advisory, public computer use (i.e. Microsoft office) and troubleshooting (i.e. unable to print or connect to internet), to assistance with microfilm readers and locating materials. In addition, position includes general circulation duties such as checking books in and out, shelving and answering the telephone.


The candidate must have familiarity with technologies relevant to today’s library user (i.e. e-readers, computers, mobile devices, printers, scanners, and microfilm readers). Ability to work with the public, demonstrated flexibility, multitasking, and excellent oral and written communication skills are critical. In addition to working scheduled hours on the circulation desk, may be required to fill in on nights and/or Saturdays. Work is performed under general supervision.



  • Provides reader advisory services via phone, in-person and online.
  • Troubleshoots and assists patrons in the use of computers, mobile devices, email, apps, software, printing, etc.
  • Assists patrons with microfilm and microfilm reader use.
  • Assists patrons with scanning.
  • Operates circulation computer printer/terminal in order to enter and retrieve information.
  • Checks library materials in and out and assists patrons with general library inquiries.
  • Assists with collection maintenance: shelf reading, shelving, and shifting.
  • Applies copy-cataloging techniques in order to assist with cataloging of new materials.
  • Recommends procedural changes in order to improve library operations and efficiency.



  • Demonstrates proven ability to work with the public, including diverse populations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to use and explain the use of catalogs, guides, and other library facilities.
  • Knowledge of general cataloging guidelines and systems
  • Knowledge of reader interest, books, and authors
  • Ability to use library equipment.
  • Knowledge of professional library techniques, systems, and tools.
  • Knowledge of major library classification systems.
  • Knowledge of on-line computerized library systems.



A Bachelors Degree in Library Science or four (4) years of progressively responsible library experience.

Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated technological skills and prior work experience in a public library or K-12 educational setting.




The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  14.47% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:


Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly

Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly

Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly

Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly


*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.