Menasha, WI; Librarian, Elisha D. Smith Public Library

Summary of Job
The library’s mission is to be a dynamic and responsive community center for our diverse population, offering equal access to materials, programming, services, and entertainment to inspire and enrich while supporting learning for all ages. Librarians are responsible for the development and administration of services and programs that carry out that mission, as approved by their Supervisor.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide Customer Service

  • Answer reference and directional questions over the phone, in person, or by text.
  • Assist patrons with using library technology.
  • Help patrons find what they need with as much help as required.
  • Provide readers advisory service.
  • Develop, coordinate, and manage library programs.
  • Schedule and manage library displays.
  • Manage the various collections of materials.
  • Contribute to library website, social media.
  • Work on library committees to collaborate and drive change to library procedures, plans, services, and programs.
  • Assist with offsite outreach.
  • Place holds for patrons, assist patrons with library card concerns.
  • Some check out of special materials; sales of Friends of the Library merchandise.

Public Relations

  • Promote library programs and services with flyers, newsletter entries, etc.
  • Advocate for and promote the library.
  • Maintain effective work relationships with others at the library, city, and community organizations.
  • Participate as a member in appropriate civic or service organizations.
  • Provide outreach to community organizations to promote literacy and the library.

Library Policies

  • Uphold and enforce all policies established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Strictly adhere to laws and policies regarding patron confidentiality.
  • Articulate policy to the public and staff.

Report to Supervisor

  • Consult with Supervisor regarding rules and policies.
  • Report on relevant projects, programs, updates.
  • Keep Supervisor apprised of schedule, procedural modifications.


  • Supervise the building when Supervisors and the Director are out of the building.
  • Manage all services provided by library department when the Supervisor is out.
  • Focus on patron/staff safety, accessibility, aesthetics, and cleanliness.
  • Supervise and train library volunteers.

Library Collections

  • Participate in selection, acquisition, processing, display, and circulation of library materials.
  • Adhere to the library’s Collection Development Plan.
  • Maintain awareness of cataloging practices, shelving availability, community focus.



  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from or the equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Familiarity with technology used in the library and the ability to learn new technologies.
  • Familiarity with trends in state, national, and international public libraries.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Ability to manage complex projects.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment; high proficiency in the use of photocopy machines and computers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with coworkers and the public.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English well.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to change work schedule to meet library needs on occasion.
  • Ability to accept, understand, and execute oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to learn library automation software.
  • Ability to make decisions in accordance with library policies and regulations.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Physical demands of the position

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, and use both hands to handle, touch, and grasp; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities include close and distant vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and a ability to focus.
  • Occasional physical effort, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling.
  • Handling, processing and lifting books.
  • Repetitive computer keyboard use under generally safe and comfortable conditions.
  • Overtime may be required.
  • Ability to travel to locations within the city and within the state.

Function of Position Description
This position description defines the general duties of the position and details the required knowledge for the position.  It is not intended to limit or modify the right of the Library Director to assign, direct, and control the duties of this position.  The Elisha D. Smith Public Library Board of Trustees retains and reserves any and all rights to change, modify, amend, add to, or delete from any portion of this description in its sole judgment.  This document is not a contract for employment.
The Elisha D. Smith Public Library is an equal opportunity employer, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Library will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

City of Menasha
100 Main Street Ste 200

Menasha, Wisconsin, 54952.


About UWiSchool

Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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