Another #hyperlib Job Description: Innovation Catalyst Librarian (Librarian 1)

This job was shared with our class last year . I wrote a column about it as well. Please comment as you’d like.. what resonates? Will we see more jobs like this?

Innovation Catalyst Librarian (Librarian 1)

Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton NJ

Salary: $50,765 starting
Status: Full-time and benefitted, 35 hours per week including evenings and weekends.
Application Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Description
The Trenton Free Public Library is in search of a passionate, creative, type-A professional who will be instrumental in helping lead our organization into significant and meaningful Change!!  Our Library is poised to leap into the future and we are looking for someone to assist.  We are not interested in snail paced incremental change- but rather overhauling everything from policy to staff training, from technology to programming and more immediately.

This position is a rare opportunity to shape a dream job!   We are NOT looking for someone to simply run our Facebook page and Tweet; but rather an individual who is focused on the future.  We want to create an environment where you won’t just advise us on the next ‘big thing’— with only your own vision as the limit- you can CREATE the next big thing!

The successful candidate will, with a great deal of autonomy, work directly for the Library Director. They will engage in all aspect of professional Librarianship.  They will work in all areas of the Library so as to be versed in where and what improvements and change are needed.  They will assist other Librarians in pulling together various divergent areas of the Library’s services to create cohesion and thus improve our performance.  They will take the lead on grant applications to assist in the funding of  innovative services and opportunities.

The Librarian must have strong leadership skills, passion, and a clear vision and ability to implement 21st Century Librarianship and Library Services in all aspects of Library Service. In addition, a thorough knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation;
  • current trends in the delivery of library services;
  • library and social media technology;
  • grant application;
  • integration of technological solutions for everyday challenges;
  • reference and research techniques;

the ability:

  • to maintain accurate records and statistics and complete reports;
  • exercise initiative and independent judgment;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and all library staff;
  • communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience
The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school and public library experience. Demonstrated knowledge of technology and social media is expected.

12 thoughts on “Another #hyperlib Job Description: Innovation Catalyst Librarian (Librarian 1)

  1. Profile photo of MollyMolly

    I think this is just awesome. A unique job description like this can really help the organization weed out the people who wouldn’t be suitable, because it would take a creative cover letter/resume/interview to be able to prove creatively that you fulfill these core competencies. I hope that librarianship sees more creative job titles in the future to bring some real change catalysts to libraries everywhere. I think we’ll see more of this, but very gradually.

    1. Profile photo of Michael StephensMichael Stephens Post author

      @mjostock Hopefully more libraries will be inspired by positions like this. I agree about the gradually part. I just heard about a library that totally restructured public services and folks had to apply for there jobs they wanted. That would be a bit chaotic but probably effective at moving folks into positions that utilize their skills.

  2. Profile photo of Sara LathamSara Latham

    “We want to create an environment where you won’t just advise us on the next ‘big thing’— with only your own vision as the limit- you can CREATE the next big thing!” This aforementioned quote from the job description really resonates. I would love to shadow the person who filled or fills this position. So cool!!

  3. Profile photo of Sara LathamSara Latham

    My favorite manager of all times used to have her own version of Lead, allow, and get the obstacles out of the way. She said, “Lead, allow, and get the hell out of the way.” She was very empowered and empowering.

    The one thing I saw as an obstacle to this position is ego. I think this position would succeed in an environment were empowerment, trust, and creativity were cultivated and nurtured. I have seen and worked in environments like this, but I have worked in environments completely opposite of this too.

  4. Profile photo of CarlaCarla

    This is the part that resonates with me: “in search of a passionate, creative, type-A professional who will be instrumental in helping lead our organization into significant and meaningful Change!!”
    It appears they are unafraid of change and welcoming of chaos, and it looks like a dream position for someone with ideas and bravado! Please let us know when/by whom the position gets filled 🙂

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