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Employment at PPL

At this time, we have two (2) benefit eligible positions open.  Please see below for more information on:

  • Lending Desk Supervisor (Grade 64) Part-time 22.5 hours
  • Children’s Librarian (Grade 65) Full-time 37.5 hours

From time to time, we do have substitute positions open. If you are interested in applying for either, please complete the employment application below.
We will contact you in the event an opening arises for which your background seems a good fit.

If you are interested in applying please complete the Employment Application form and forward it to Human Resources or email it to hr@portlib.org

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Lending Desk Supervisor

Portland Public Library is seeking an upbeat, creative, and energetic Lending Desk Supervisor to co-lead the Lending Desk at our main library in Portland, Maine.  Portland Public Library is a four-branch system that serves as the civic and cultural center of Maine’s largest city and a dynamic region providing resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning.  The Lending Desk is a busy and welcoming space serving a diverse and lively community.  We are looking for a highly-engaged supervisor to join our team in providing great service to our patrons as we bring them over 350,000 items every year.

The Lending Supervisor:

  • Provides leadership in creating and maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all staff and library patrons.
  • Supervises and coordinates the Main Library Lending Services staff and workflow at the desk. This includes constructing staff work schedules, and scheduling substitutes when needed.
  • Trains newly hired and substitute staff in order to maintain a standard level of competency and ensure consistency at all service desks. This training includes lending procedures and policies, Sierra functions, and use of the web catalog (BiblioCommons).
  • Receives, interprets, and answers inquiries from patrons about library services, procedures and policies, and web catalog functionality.
  • Has regularly scheduled shifts at the Lending Desk during which all standard lending processes are performed along with staff.
  • Must be able to understand and interpret the information in the ILS concerning materials and patron records and relate this information to the staff/patron in a clear, efficient, and ethical way. Knowledge of bibliographic format, and the ability to interpret material status information on the computer is essential when answering staff or patron questions.
  • Provides intermediate level of internal and external technical support with regard to the Integrated Library System — Sierra, and the web catalog.
  • Performs routine ILS maintenance tasks requiring the ability to run queries on the ILS and export data to Excel files for review and follow-up.
  • Develops specialized training tools such as the Lending Desk Manual and Shelver’s Handbook.

Basic Qualifications:

At the entry level, this job requires a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Liberal Arts, or any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the following knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Strong service orientation and demeanor to provide a high level of service to a diverse public in a demanding multi-task environment.
  • Ability to encourage and supervise the work of others.
  • Familiarity with standard bibliographic and classification formats.
  • High-level skill with office productivity software and ILS software that manages library transactions with patrons.
  • Ability and high degree of comfort with exploring and learning new technologies.
  • Ability and high degree of comfort working with data in multiple software environments.
  • Ability to carry out assignments independently and follow through on multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge of reader interests, books, and authors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing.
  • General knowledge of computers and peripherals.
  • Prior library experience helpful.

Schedule and Salary:

Part-time: 22.5 hours/week. Thurs. 10-7, Fri. 9-6, Alternating Wed/Sat. 9-4:30/9:30-5.

Salary Classification 64: range begins at $22.77/hr

To apply, please send your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@portlib.org

Review of applications begins March 20, 2019.

Our Practice:

Portland Public Library is dedicated to creating a culture that fosters continuous staff development and engagement as a reflection of the learning role we play for our patrons.  We therefore value self-directed growth as well as sharing knowledge and experience, working collaboratively, and communicating in a regular, open, and constructive manner.  We are committed to hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce of highly qualified staff to broaden our perspectives and connect us to the breadth of our community.  Every employee of Portland Public Library will strive to provide the highest quality service both externally to library patrons and internally to colleagues.

(posted 3-6-2019)


Children’s Librarian (Grade 65) Full-time 37.5 hours 

Portland Public Library is seeking an upbeat, creative, and energetic Children’s Librarian to lead services for children and their families in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at our main library in Portland, Maine.  Portland Public Library is a four-branch system that serves as the civic and cultural center of Maine’s largest city and a dynamic region providing resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness and learning.  The Children’s library is a busy, diverse, and welcoming space, and we’re looking for a highly-engaged librarian to join our team.  We thrive in our work with partner organizations including the Portland Public Schools, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Children’s Museum & Theater, and myriad arts and education organizations.

The Children’s Librarian:

  • Creates and maintains a welcoming environment for children and their caregivers.
  • Supervises three Senior Library Assistants, as well as substitute staff, shelvers, and volunteers.
  • Facilitates the library’s Every Child Ready to Read
  • Plans programs for children (birth to age 12) in collaboration with the Youth Services Director.
  • Develops advisory services to assist patrons with locating materials in the library.
  • Coordinates the library’s Summer Reading program, working with a team of Youth Services, Branch, and Bookmobile staff, as well as community partners.
  • Provides system-wide expertise on children’s literature, children’s services, and child development.
  • Assists with maintaining the children’s library webpages.
  • Is responsible for collection management of specific areas, in conjunction with the Youth Services Director.
  • Collaborates with other library departments, branches, and child-focused community organizations to form partnerships and programming.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited school
  • At least two years relevant experience, one-year supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of children’s literature birth to 12
  • Knowledge of child development and public library early literacy activities
  • Adept at developing collaborative partnerships, both internally and externally
  • Knowledge of current trends in library services for children

Schedule and Salary:

Full-time: 37.5 hours/week. Alternating Mon-Fri (Month 1); Tues-Sat (Month 2), 9am-5pm (with one evening per week until 7pm closing).  Salary Classification 65: range begins at $46,628.

Our Practice:

Portland Public Library is dedicated to creating a culture that fosters continuous staff development and engagement as a reflection of the learning role we play for our patrons.  We therefore value self-directed growth as well as sharing knowledge and experience, working collaboratively, and communicating in a regular, open, and constructive manner.  We are committed to hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce of highly qualified staff to broaden our perspectives and connect us to the breadth of our community.  Every employee of the Portland Public Library will strive to provide the highest quality service both externally to library patrons and internally to colleagues.

To apply, please send your COVER LETTER and RESUME to hr@portlib.org

Review of applications begins March 1, 2019.

(posted 2/15/2019)


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