Public Services Librarian

$74,681 yearly
  • Ilisagvik College
  • 100 Stevenson Street, Utqiagvik, AK, USA
  • May 17, 2024
Full time Admin-Clerical Customer Service Education

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Director of Library Services

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday 8:30pm - 5:00pm

COMPENSATION: $74,680.58/year + DOE + Benefits, Exempt Position

Iḷisaġvik College is rooted in the ancestral homeland of the Iñupiat. As an institution, we are “Unapologetically Iñupiaq.” This means exercising the sovereign inherent freedom to educate our community through and supported by our Iñupiaq worldview, values, knowledge, and protocols. The Iñupiaq way of life is woven into our curriculum, programs, activities, and daily interactions within Iḷisaġvik College and our community partners.


The Public Services Librarian is responsible for providing assistance to students and patrons through professional reference and readers’ advisory work and designing, planning and implementing programs and outreach services that best reflect the community, cultural diversity, and needs of youth.



  • Oversee current programs and services, which include Storytime, Crafternoon and Summer Reading Program.
  • Oversee the children and teen room and maintain attractive appearance.
  • Creates displays to promote library use.
  • Supervises Library Technician and temporary staff.
  • Provides assistance, training and advice on productive workflow, proactive collaboration, and consistent communication.
  • Hosts monthly meetings with village staff to discuss library issues, activities, statistics and more.
  • Oversees the front desk operations, including hiring, training and scheduling of temporary staff.
  • Oversee public library collection and circulation projects such as collection inventory, patron accounts, periodicals, and statistics.
  • Assists with collection development and maintenance including selection, acquisition, and de-selection of library materials.
  • Build relationships and collaborate with schools, community organizations, government agencies, and other groups to provide library outreach programs and services that meet community needs.
  • Evaluates library programs and outreach events for relevancy and impact to encourage lifelong learning, community connection, and greater use of the library.
  • Collaborates with staff and community partners to plan, publicize, and present library programs and outreach.
  • Manages program budgets, compiles statistics, prepares reports, and keeps records of activities.
  • May be responsible for library oversight in absence of Director of Library Services.
  • May travel to village libraries, and attend professional development training and library conferences.
  • Complies with College policies, procedures and administrative directives, as well as state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.                                                      
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of library services, systems, procedures and ethics.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrated proficient oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of current issues affecting library services, including youth and children.
  • Knowledge of information resources, professional library tools, reference and searching skills.
  • Ability to manage emotions in the workplace and maintain professional composure and judgement.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with community organizations, and other libraries.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, volunteers and library patrons.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement and discretion in performance of duties.
  • Demonstrated experience with automated library systems, OCLC, and Internet resources.
  • Ability to work well with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated stable employment history.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: post-secondary educational systems, North Slope Borough [NSB] institutions and organizations; Iñupiat culture, language, values, and traditions.
  • Ability to interpret and represent North Slope community values, customs, and beliefs for the College.
  • Ability to interpret and represent College actions and western institutions to the North Slope community.
  • Ability to support Iḷisaġvik College’s mission.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • 3-5 years’ experience as a professional librarian
  • 1-2 years of supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Demonstrated knowledge in Alaska Native or Native American library services.
  • Bilingual speaking skill in English and Iñupiaq.
  • Valid driver’s license.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk and hear; The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, and may occasionally drive a vehicle. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: The environmental conditions 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 and the employee is regularly required to work indoors with a usually moderate noise level in the work environment.



Leave - 16 paid holidays and up to 36 days of paid leave

Retirement - Iḷisaġvik College is a public employer whose employees contribute to the State of Alaska, Public Employees Retirement System.

Health Insurance - Iḷisaġvik College is self-insured and Meritain Health is the health insurance third party administrator. Iḷisaġvik College offers health insurance to our employees with a no cost premium, and $50/pay period for each additional dependent and a low cost annual deductible of $200 for employee only and $600 for family.

Life Insurance - Iḷisaġvik College offers Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage through Guardian Life to employees at no cost to the employee in the amount of $100,000/per benefit.

Additional supplemental or voluntary retirement, life insurance, disability benefits offered. 

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IỊisaġvik College is a Drug Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer