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.(AgentsofChange) 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.

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.

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

  1. Kathleen Erickson

    Dream job, indeed! This would be fun to do an environmental scan and evaluation of the entire program. Coming up with change suggestions would depend on what was gleaned in interviews with staff and patrons, as to needs and desires. And what resources are available, if any beyond the position itself, to implement approved suggestions and planning. This semester I am also taking Project Management and Action Research, so I see an opportunity to use what I have learned in all 3 classes in this Innovation Catalyst Librarian role. I expect to see more like this, because already I see job descriptions that include “manage change,” “lead teams,” “manage projects,” “evolve the library.” This trend is good for libraries and good for patrons and good for society. One of my career pathways is Leadership and Management so I will be looking at job offerings like this one closely. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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