Adult Reference / Local History Librarian (F/T), Niagara Falls Public Library

Job Location:

Niagara Falls, NY

Salary Range or Hourly Rate:

$22.3815 - $31.3454 / hr.; $40,734 - $57,048 Annual, Grade 17A

Job Description:

Adult Reference / Local History Librarian (F/T)

Librarian I

Niagara Falls Public Library is looking to hire a new member in its Reference Services Department. Prospective candidates should enjoy working with a diverse population and delivering high-quality customer service with tact, courtesy, and professionalism to all users of the library – both on-site and in the community.  The  Reference Services  Librarian will provide engaging and inclusive programming, as well as outreach to adults and researchers.

This position reports to the  Executive Library Director.

POSITION: Librarian 1 (Full Time) – Reference Services Department

SPECIFIC DUTIES (illustrative):

  • Plan and implement engaging  learning programs 
  • Collection development, maintenance, and displays to promote materials.
  • Collaborate with local organizations, and other area libraries to offer programs and services.
  • Outreach opportunities such as tabling at events.
  • Provide reference services and reader advisory to patrons in the adult section of the Main and Lasalle Library Branches, assist patrons with the use of technology, and post on social media about library services.
  • Provide reference services and readers advisory to researchers in the local history room, assist patrons with research guides and inventory catalog. technology, and post on social media about local history services.
  • Participation in workshops, seminars, and continuing education to enhance job skills, as appropriate; Serve on committees and working groups as necessary
  • Identifying alternative funding sources and grant writing ( either  independently or in conjunction with the City's grant writer)
  • Formation of new community partnerships 
  • Other duties as assigned


37 hours per week, spread over 5 days; a combination of daytime, evening and Saturday hours

SALARY RANGE: $22.3815 - $31.3454 / hr.;  $40,734 - $57,048 Annual, Grade 17A

BENEFITS: Health/Dental/Vision, Paid Time Off, New York State Retirement, EAP, NYS Deferred Savings Plan 457



MLS or equivalent from an ALA Accredited Library School (required)

NYS Public Librarian’s Certificate (required)

Commitment to customer-centered, quality public library service

Excellent communication skills

Attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and with others


Candidate with  multilingual skills 

Knowledge and passion for Western New York history

Coursework in  archival practices

RESIDENCY:   Candidates are strongly encouraged to live in the City of Niagara Falls within 6 months of hire, Librarian 1 candidates may live in Niagara or Erie County.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references 

via e-mail with: Adult Reference / Local History Librarian (Full Time) – Reference Services in the subject heading to:[email protected]


via US Post  to Mrs. Sarah Potwin, Executive Library Director, Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

APPLICATION DEADLINE: review of applications to begin Friday, May 10, 2024. Position open until filled.

The Niagara Falls Public Library is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as an integral component of our services.  We welcome all people and provide equitable access to Library services, programs, and resources. We offer programs, services, materials, and resources that respect, support, and represent the diversity of Niagara Falls and are informed by engagement with our community. We provide a diverse and inclusive workspace and seek to attract and retain staff that reflect the diversity of our Niagara Falls community.


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