Recruitment #2208-2608DC-001


Librarian Is help open a world of materials, services, and programs to patrons! 


The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) offers a dynamic, innovative work environment where each employee contributes to making the Library the best Third Place possible – Inspiration starts here, we help people read, learn and connect!  

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Librarian Is participate in a full range of librarian activities, including reference service, community service, outreach, programming, basic collection development, and readers’ advisory service.


Emphasis is placed upon Librarians developing a comprehensive background of librarianship, including children's, young adult, and/or adult services.

Essential Functions


  • Assist patrons in the selection and location of print and non-print materials and information, and in the use of the online catalog, electronic databases, internet, microform, and other indexes, bibliographies, and reference tools.
  • Refer patrons to community resources.
  • Assist with self-service resources including checkout, photocopiers, printers, computers, software applications, e-commerce, online registration, and holds and pickups. 
  • Conduct appropriate reference interviews and perform ready reference and general reference services.
  • Provide readers’ advisory services to adults and youth using reference tools and knowledge of readers, collections, genres, popular and newsworthy titles; locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
  • Facilitate appropriate recommendations based on the reader’s interest.
  • Explain the use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services, and provide information about library policies.
  • Set up displays or regular exhibits and write reviews.


  • Recommend library materials such as books, pamphlets, periodicals, multimedia, electronic reference resources, technology etc.
  • Conduct preliminary review and organization of available materials for inclusion, keeping in mind the community’s needs and collection goals.
  • Organize and/or classify library materials and assist in the creation and maintenance of library data files, such as online indices and digital collections.


  • Assist in the creation and organization of information from the community and/or library resources, literacy collections and others to meet the users’ needs.
  • Develop ways to extend the services of the Library to the community through programs, information gathering, and knowledge of community needs.
  • Participate in maintaining the library’s presence on social media platforms.
  • Maintain familiarity with the library's vision, mission, and goals and play an active role involved in implementation.
  • Serve in an active capacity on designated library committees to assist the library in achieving both short-term and long range goals.


  • Maintain familiarity with community resources and demographics to meet the needs of the area served.
  • Assist in planning, publicizing and presenting programs which promote library materials and services available to individuals and groups in the community.
  • Prepares media lists, bibliographies, materials for articles.
  • Collaboratively develop special programs appealing to people of various age groups, cultures, and interests to inform, educate, and entertain them.


  • As assigned, act as librarian-in-charge of a branch library, with overall responsibility of the branch’s operations, including staff, performance, customer service, and security.
  • Provide emergency assistance at locations throughout the system.
  • As Assigned to branch libraries, become familiar with and, as required, supervise circulation staff.
  • Attend and participate in library related conferences and keep current with professional literature.


We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy here
  • Ability to work rotating Library work hours, Sunday – Saturday, 8 am – 8 pm.
  • Ability to work a flexible work hours, some evening and weekend hours. 

Minimum Requirements

1.    Master's degree in library science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of library science, including a thorough understanding of the reference interview, public relations and marketing techniques.
  • Knowledge of library media learning principles and instructional methods.
  • Skill in library programming and collection development.
  • Knowledge of modern library organization, procedures, policies, mission, goals, and services.
  • Ability to learn the fundamentals of library materials acquisition, budget management, and grant processes. · Skill in using online library catalogs, electronic databases, the Internet, microform, indexes, bibliographies, and reference tools.
  • Knowledge of computers, online catalogs, databases, networks, and their applications for library use; proficiency using word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  • Ability to learn to use and troubleshoot library equipment such as self-checkout stations, automated book sorters, cash registers, audiovisual equipment, and security systems.
  • Ability to read and interpret a wide variety of job-related documents; broad knowledge of subject disciplines and wide-ranging reading interests.
  • Understanding of the social responsibilities of an urban public library in an era of information access and technological change.
  • Familiarity with grant process for initiating special adult, young adult, or children’s programming and can develop such grant proposals either on an individual basis or as a member of a team.
  • Ability to learn new information quickly and conduct research.


  • Customer service skills, including a strong desire to serve the public.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff and patrons of various cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds, ages, and literacy levels to interpret their reading and information needs.
  • Ability to foster an environment of inclusion wherein all employees are treated respectfully, are valued for their strengths, and feel that they can safely express themselves.
  • Written communication skills to be able to prepare correspondence, reports, book reviews, and marketing materials.
  • Verbal communication skills in order to share information with a wide range of patrons in a clear and concise manner.
  • Presentation skills to be to represent MPL, its policies and programs before a variety of community groups and agencies, participate in media programs, and conduct formal programs to carry out the mission of the library.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with coworkers and patrons whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.


  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple tasks as well as to adjust to changing priorities to meet deadlines. Problem-solving skills to be able to effectively evaluate and make decisions to resolve problems.
  • Initiative, ability to work both independently and as a team worker, contributing to an inclusive and respectful workplace.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, effective decision-making ability and sound judgment.
  • Ability to deescalate and resolve basic to intermediate patron challenges tactfully and satisfactorily.
  • Ability to exemplify professionalism, honesty, integrity, and proper stewardship of library resources.

Current Salary

The current salary range for Librarian I is (Pay Range 2EN) with a starting annual rate of $58,329-$64,695 and a starting resident incentive annual rate for City of Milwaukee residents of $60,078-$66,636. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.



The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following: 

· Defined Benefit Pension Plan

· 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

· Health and Dental Insurance

· Paid Parental Leave

· Comprehensive Wellness Program

· Onsite Clinic Services

· Onsite Employee Assistance Program

· Alternative Work Schedules

· Long Term Disability Insurance 

· Group Life Insurance

· Tuition Benefits

· Paid Vacation

· 11 Paid Holidays

· Paid Sick Leave and other paid leave 

· Flexible Spending Arrangement

· Commuter Value Pass  

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit


Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


INITIAL FILING DATE- The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATION and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202


EEO Code 209

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.