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Public Services Librarian – Detroit Lakes Public Library


This position provides and supervises staff in the provision of professional work in the areas of community outreach, customer service, reference and reader’s advisory services, library instruction and programming for all ages.  Duties are performed under the direction of a Hub Supervisor; however, considerable independent judgement and initiative are expected.

Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for the provision of library services and programs for all ages in accordance with LARL policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Train and mentor staff, and assist as needed in the areas of reference, reader’s advisory, and information services.
  • Create and maintain a supportive and encouraging atmosphere for employees and library customers.
  • Work with other LARL employees to create and ensure a cohesive training experience.  
  • Plan and coordinate various programs for audiences of all ages.
  • Plan, initiate, coordinate (in conjunction with LARL) and maintain cooperative and collaborative partnerships with other community agencies and organizations.
  • Keep abreast of local, statewide, and national issues that may affect library services and the library community.
  • Actively participate in local, statewide, and national library advocacy initiatives.
  • Participate in regional library committees, teams and planning, including the development and evaluation of the strategic plan, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Participate in collection selection and deselection in conjunction with the Collection Development Librarian.
  • Work with the Marketing Coordinator to plan, develop, and implement public relations and marketing initiatives to promote LARL, its programs and services.
  • Interpret library policies, objectives, and services to employees and the public.
  • Attend meetings and participate in staff training.
  • Hire, train, discharge, assign, direct, review and discipline personnel and adjust grievances in conjunction with the Hub Supervisor, Regional Library Director and the Director of Finance and Human Resources.
  • Other duties consisting of similar and related tasks or of a logical work assignment to the position as directed by the Hub Supervisors and Regional Library Director.


  • Independent judgment and initiative are required in applying library policies and in training and supervising staff.
  • Strong Technology skills and familiarity emerging technologies.
  • Strong commitment to excellent internal and external customer service and community relations skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be forward-thinking, flexible and able to deal with frequent interruptions.
  • Strong commitment to the theories of library science, while keeping abreast of emerging library trends.
  • Extensive knowledge of standard library policies and procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of literature and materials in a wide subject area.
  • Experience with reference sources and research techniques using online and other electronic reference resources.
  • Ability to interpret library policies, objectives and services to community groups and the general public and to establish and maintain effective working and public relations.
  • Ability to plan, organize and complete daily work and special projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to use a computer for the purposes of word processing, spreadsheets and database management; ability to use an automated catalog, circulation systems, online databases and Internet search techniques along with general office machines.



To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Those who do not meet the full range of qualifications may be considered on the basis of education, experience, ability and willingness to learn the required skills/tasks.

Education and Experience:

  • 4-year college degree required (BA/BS).  Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years professional library experience.
  • Supervisory and administrative experience preferred, but will consider a candidate exhibiting potential for training and mentoring in this area.
  • Experience planning, implementing and evaluating library programming for children, teens, adults, older adults and families.
  • Familiarity with new technologies, social media and library trends.  
  • Ability to train and work effectively with staff and customers in these areas.

Language Ability:

Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing using English.

Certificates and Licenses:

A valid drivers’ license.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Plan, direct and supervise the work of Library Associates, Library Assistants and volunteers in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.  

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time, occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job are close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the hands are used to finger, handle or feel.

General Notes:

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Additional details will be specified by the Regional Library Director.  The employee will also perform other reasonable business duties as assigned by the supervisor or other management staff. Management reserves the right to change job responsibilities, duties and hours as needs prevail.  LARL is an at-will employer. This job description is a guideline and does not constitute a written or implied employment contract.

Working Conditions:  

Work location is in the Detroit Lakes branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.    Full-time, salaried, exempt position with an excellent benefits package including:  Single health insurance policy (paid in full), $20,000 life insurance policy, flexible spending plan, membership in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), EAP benefit, optional Deferred Compensation plan, optional dental and vision plan, paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

To Apply:   

Application forms are required and should be submitted to:
Human Resources, Lake Agassiz Regional Library
118 5th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560
Fax: 218-233-3757.

Applications accepted until the position is filled.


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