Librarian (Digital Services, Makerspace)

City of Boynton Beach, FL
August 30, 2023
Boynton Beach, FL
Job Type


Purpose of Classification

The purpose of this classification is to perform mid-level professional library work, including supervision of daily subdivision operations; participation in the planning and implementation process; monitoring of library service programs; assisting patrons; selecting and recommending materials for collection; determining patron informational needs; searching electronic databases; and creating reports.

Essential Functions
The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Advises individuals seeking information.

Compiles bibliographies and assembles materials on special/timely topics.

Compiles statistical reports for variety of library services.

Develops, evaluates and monitors library materials for collection; reviews and recommends books and non-book selections for collection based upon national and local collection development standards.

Dispenses appropriate information to management.

Handles monies from sale of items and/or the printing jobs for patrons.

Participates in the goal setting, planning and budgeting process; participates in the planning, development and design for displays and exhibits.

Performs research and evaluates the relevance of information as related to patron informational needs; provides reference/research assistance to patrons by answering specific questions either in person or by telephone.

Plans, coordinates and implements library programs.

Provides bibliographic instruction to the public.

Provides telephone service by answering questions dealing with programs, services and the collection.

Searches databases for interlibrary loan information and evaluates the appropriateness of material to meet public needs.

Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processes employee concerns and problems, directs work, counsels, disciplines and completes employee performance appraisals; monitors and evaluates volunteer program; trains volunteers; and monitors and coordinates staff for seasonal programming.

Uses the Internet and other electronic resource databases to access/retrieve information; advises and instructs patrons in the use of the Internet and other electronic databases.

Collaborates with library colleagues on grant project development and proposal writing

Serves on appropriate committees and represents the Library in the community, as appropriate

Keeps abreast of national developments.

Librarians assigned to the cataloging/technical services program perform the following additional duties:

Responsible for the cataloging and technical processing of book and non-book materials that are to be added to the library's collections.

Monitors the accuracy of computer system's bibliographic records; prepares and presents computer reports; edits computerized records; evaluates bibliographic cataloging using local and consortia standards.

Supervises professional and paraprofessional staff in bibliographic processing of all new materials.

Evaluates the accuracy of electronic bibliographic records; prepares computer reports; edits computerized records

Evaluates the accuracy of electronic bibliographic records: prepares computer reports; edits computerized records.

Uses specialized bibliographic software and databases; communicates with bibliographic utilities.

Librarians assigned to children's services (aged 12 and under) program perform the following additional duties:

Creates and implements age-appropriate programming for Youth Services patrons, those 12 and under.

Coordinates the Summer Reading program for children.

Develops and maintains fiction and non-fiction collections for children, twelve and under. .

Plans, designs and implements marketing strategies for children, including programming and informational tools.

Librarians assigned to teen services (aged 13 and over) program perform the following additional duties:

Creates and implements age-appropriate programming for teen aged patrons, those 13 and over.

Coordinates the Summer Reading program for teens.

Develops and maintains fiction and non-fiction collections for teens, 13 and over.

Plans, designs and implements marketing strategies for children, including programming and informational tools.

Coordinates Teen Volunteer program.

Librarians assigned to the Local History and Archives Department perform the following additional duties:

Develops, implements, and monitors standard operational procedures concerning the care of special collections in accordance with national library, archival, and preservation standards.

Manages Local History and Archives Department collection, including processing, cataloging, preserving, and otherwise caring for collections.

Describes, classifies, arranges and preserves books, other printed materials, artifacts, recorded audio, motion pictures, art, antiques, maps and other archival content

Catalogs collections and tracks archival collection donations and loans by using specialized computer software

Publicizes and expands awareness regarding the use of the Library Archives

Sets up digital preservation of historic photographs, documents and newspapers onto stable media in order to preserve the informational content

Participates in oral history documentation and historic reproduction programs

Retrieves items from the collection for use by patrons, ensuring due care is taken in handling materials

Librarians assigned to the Reference/Integrated Library System (ILS) Services perform the following additional duties:

Specializes in providing research services for the public, using both print resources and databases.

Researches and reviews newly available reference sources and services.

Works with the collection development coordinator, assumes responsibility for collection maintenance of assigned collections.

Supports ILS Administrator in the application administration, configuration, and maintenance of the ILS.

Supports the functionality of the ILS operations; provides troubleshooting, technical support and problem resolution.

Supports and maintains library account authentication platforms.

Serves as secondary contact with ILS and other third-party vendors for ongoing maintenance.

Communicates changes, planned upgrades, anticipated needs and system errors to administration and staff under the guidance of or in the absence of the ILS Administrator.

Trains new staff on the use of the Koha ILS.

Librarians assigned to Digital Services perform the following additional duties:

Plans, develops curriculum and conducts maker/technology classes and programs for Library patrons of all ages. Assist other staff in planning and maker/technology classes in specialized situations, such as the Creative Edge Studio.

Assists with interviewing and hiring temporary and contractual employees to teach maker/technology classes to the public. Manages temporary and contractual employees.

Provide one-on-one assistance to Library customers who need assistance with their own devices.

Provide one-on-one assistance to library customers seeking employment and job preparation assistance on the computer or any other information needs through the Library's "Book-A-Librarian" service.

Provides reference/research assistance to patrons by answering questions in person or by telephone or email; continuously evaluates patron information needs and makes recommendations toward tools, resources, or policies, which would better meet those needs and improve user experience.

Assists patrons in the Makerspace with a variety of machinery, including 3D printers, paper cutting machines, analog-to-digital transfer equipment, sewing and embroidery machines, etc.

Contributes program information to social media and website, as appropriate.

Oversees the Makerspace. Provides and schedules instruction and programming, coordinates efforts with other staff and departments. Maintains equipment and software for the Makerspace

Demonstrates an interest in and ability to use and troubleshoot technology of all kinds while helping patrons in the makerspace and while on the public or circulation desk

Ongoing awareness of developments/technological advances in the field of digital/makerspace.

Supports Customer Relations staff by assisting the public, filling in at various public service points as needed.


Troubleshoots copier and other equipment problems.

Performs other related duties as required.


The ability to clearly communicate Department and City Goals, Policies, Strategic Plans and other key information to employees and peers using multiple communication platforms including, but not limited to, e-mail and social media.

Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science, from an ALA accredited university or college; and
  • Supplemented by one (1) year of previous experience involving professional library work, which includes experience in the relevant area of assignment ; and
  • Possess [or able to obtain within fourteen (14) days of hire] and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications for education and experience must be met before consideration of the following Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous employment in a public library.


  • Three (3) years of relevant library/archives experience
  • Experience providing patrons services in a special collections environment
  • Familiar with technical platforms (Adobe Photoshop, ArchivesSpace)
  • Grant writing and/or grant administration experience


  • Experience developing queries for extracting reports in Structure Query Language (SQL)
  • Experience with KOHA ILS.

Supplemental Information


Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and techniques, current literature, trends and developments in the field of library science which is in the relevant area of assignment.

Knowledge of the field of library science in general and of area of responsibility in particular.

Ability to work with the public and library colleagues in a professional manner.

Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, statistical and informational resources.

Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in frequently changing situations.

Ability to apply principles of influence, such as motivation, incentives, and leadership and to exercise independent judgment in solving problems.

Ability to write in a professional manner, to document events, as required, and to speak to public groups, when required.

Ability to operate a computer and basic Office and library programs. Ability to perform database searches in appropriate subject areas.

Ability to use Microsoft Office software.

Librarians who work in the archival area must meet the following additional KSA's:

Knowledge of current archival standards, practices, and technologies.

Knowledge of best practices for intellectual and physical control of archival collections.

Knowledge of DACS standards; experience with EAD and MARC standards a plus.

Full-time employees (those regularly scheduled to work at least 30hours per week) are eligible for the City's benefit package.

The City of Boynton Beach's comprehensive benefits packageincludes:

• Student Loan Forgiveness
• Health Insurance
• Dental Insurance
• Vision Care Plan
• Basic Term Life Insurance
• Supplemental Life Insurance
• Dependent Life Insurance
• Accidental Death and
Dismemberment Insurance
• CityPension Plan
• Short Term Disability and other Supplemental Plans
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program
• 457 Savings Plan (three options)
• Paid Annual Leave / Vacation
• Bonus Vacation Hours

• 12Paid Holidays
• Paid Sick Leave / Family Sick Leave
• Educational Assistance Program *( Depending on budget funding )
•On-site Training Program
• Wellness Program
• Pre-Paid Legal and Identity Theft Protection Plans
• Credit Union
• Tax Deferred 125 Premium Plan
• Flexible Spending Account
• Direct Deposit
• Social Security

Student Loan Forgiveness
Let your City of Boynton Beach employment work for you! Under the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, your student loan balance may be forgiven after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full-time with a governmental agency. Visit for more information or to see if you qualify.

Health Insurance
The City pays the entire premium for an eligible employee. The employee may elect to cover a spouse and/or dependent children by paying the applicable premium for the dependent(s).

Dental Insurance
Premiums for eligible employeesare paid by the City. Premiums for any covered dependent are paid by the employee with a contribution by the City.

Vision Care Plan
Premiums for eligible employees are paid by the City. Premiums for any covered dependent(s) are paid by the employee.

Life Insurance / Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
The City provides each eligible employee with term lifeandaccidental death insurance.

Supplemental Life Insurance / Supplemental AD&D Insurance
Employees may purchase supplemental term life insurance on an individual-choice basis with premiums based on age. A matching amount of Accidental Death insurance may also be purchased.

Dependent Life Insurance
Employees who select supplemental coverage for themselves may also purchase coverage for their spouse and dependent children.

City Retirement / Pension Plans
The City has pension plans for general employees, police, and firefighters. Each plan is contributory with both the employee and the City contributing to the program.

Supplemental Plans
Supplemental plans provide direct cash payments regardless of any other coverage you may have, and are designed to help fill in any gaps in a medical plan. The employee pays the premiums for these supplemental plans.

Short and Long Term Disability
The City provides Short and Long Term Disability insurance to eligible employees. The plan is designed to cover a disability sustained on or off the job.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The City contracts with an employee assistance program (EAP) toprovide employees and their dependentswith free, confidential and professional counseling to help resolve personal or family problems.

Deferred Compensation Plans (457 Plans)
The City makes available three deferred compensation plans that the employee may voluntarily contribute to on a tax-deferred basis.

All full-time employees accrue time toward paid vacation leave. Accrual begins immediately and vacation may be taken after six months of employment.


The City observes 12paid holidays throughout the year.

Sick Leave / Family Sick Leave
Full-time employees accrue one day ofsick leaveper month. An employee may elect to use up to 5 days per year of accrued sick time for illness in his/her immediate family.

Tuition Assistance *( Depending on availablebudget funding )
The Tuition Assistance Program reimburses eligible employees for successful completion of approved courses leading to Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees.

Wellness Program
The City offers many wellness activities and programs throughout the year.

Prepaid Legal Services and Identity Theft Protection Plan
Employees may chooseto enroll ina prepaid legal service plan and an identity theft protection plan. The employee pays the premiums for these plans.

Credit Union
All City employees mayjoin the Credit Union of Palm Beach County. In addition to savings and checking accounts, the Credit Union offers different types of loans, investment choices and recreational opportunities.

Section 125 Plan for Health and Dental Premium
Section 125 of the Internal Revenue code allows you to have your dependent coverage premiums deducted before payroll taxes are withheld resulting in tax savings to you.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees mayparticipate in flexible spending accounts for reimbursement of medical and/or dependent care expenses.

Direct Deposit
Employees may have their bi-weekly paycheck deposited to the financial institution of their choice.

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 11:59 PM Eastern

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