JOB: Public Services and Communications Librarian (.5 FTE), Mechanics Institute, San Francisco

The Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room seeks a creative, energetic, team player who demonstrates a superior ability to multitask in the public services department of the Library. The description below enumerates the range of duties expected, but above all we are looking for a flexible, service-oriented, friendly, and smart librarian, proud of our profession and wanting to make a difference in our community.

The Mechanics’ Institute is a general interest membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in our 9-story landmark building in the Financial District of San Francisco at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics — artisans, craftsmen, and inventors — and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research, and study.

Public Services:
● Provide regularly scheduled professional contact with members at public service desks, including reference and research guidance, instruction in use of the Library online catalog, print and eresources and other technology tools, explanation of policies and procedures, and circulation functions.
● Instruction to individuals and groups in the use of the Library’s print and online collections, computer software, and other resources by direct interaction with members, via the creation of library guides in a variety of formats, and/or teaching classes.
● Create and manage Library displays and exhibits to enhance circulation of library collections.
● Collection development in assigned areas of the Library collection: perform professional duties required to maintain and enhance the collection and promote its use; maintain awareness of current reading trends and local cultural activities.
● Using InDesign and other digital tools, contribute to the Library’s public relations and marketing goals by creating online and print content such as the Quarterly Newsletter, book/film reviews, blogs, news features, bibliographies, etc. for Institute publications.
● Manage book discussion groups including leading some book discussions
● Perform other library duties as needed.

• 1-2 years of public service desk reference and research expertise.
• Experience working with an ILS, preferably Millennium.
• Intermediate or higher level skills in standard software packages such as MS Office and InDesign.
• Ability to quickly learn and apply policies and procedures related to assigned work areas.
• Must be able to work Saturdays on a rotating basis and occasional evenings
• Excellent customer service aptitude and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
• MLIS/MLS required.

Please send a cover letter, including days of week and times of day of availability to work, resume, and 3 references to Deborah Hunt, Library Director, at by August 11, 5 p.m.

Additional information available online.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. August 11, 2017.