Adult Services Librarian - Federal Way

Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, Washington, United States of America Req #57
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Adult Services Librarian – Federal Way

CLOSING DATE:               July 29, 2021

SALARY:                            $76,030.46 - $91,229.63

PAY GRADE:                     17

JOB TYPE:                         Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION:                         One


LOCATION:                       Federal Way Library

DEPARTMENT:                 Soundview – DM/F3/FW/VV/WM

The announcement of this position has been provided internally to active KCLS employees and externally to the public.

All applicants should be fully prepared to submit a complete application in one sitting as information could be lost if applicant exits the Dayforce system prior to submitting their completed application.

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Job Number: DF21-57

King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State is seeking a community-oriented and enthusiastic Adult Services Librarian to provide service to the Soundsview region of King County libraries, which includes five unique community libraries serving the cities and surrounding neighborhoods of Des Moines, Federal Way and Seatac. This position will have a primary focus in providing service at the Federal Way Library.

About the Opportunity:

The Adult Services Librarian position performs a variety of professional in-library, out-of-library, and online programs and services in support of the adult population in their assigned region. This position provides patrons with basic technological and in-depth informational assistance by phone, in-person or over the internet. As an Adult Services Librarian, you will also participate in selection and maintenance of KCLS materials in your region to meet the unique educational, recreational, and information needs of the community.

The successful candidate will:

  1. Be an advocate for librarian services and cultivate strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across KCLS and in the larger community, developing and delivering programs and services which reflect the unique needs of the diverse population served.
  2. Demonstrate respect and support of diversity and inclusion of cultural values, and continually develop cultural awareness and understanding of self and others.


REQUIRED: Applicants must attach a current resume and cover letter which addresses relevant work experience, education and training as it relates to this position.


The work schedule for this FT40hr/wk position will be as follows:

Weeks 1 – 4:

Tuesday 12:15pm - 8:15pm

Wednesday 12:15 pm - 8:15pm

Thursday 9:15am - 5:15pm

Friday 9:15am - 5:15pm

Saturday 9:15am - 5:15pm

*all shifts worked at the Federal Way Library


Note: This is the current work schedule, but may need to be altered in the future.

About King County Library System (KCLS):

KCLS has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow. In order to support this vision, we create opportunities through meaningful connections by acting as the knowledge sharing center for over 1.4 million diverse patrons, providing an unparalleled collection of library materials, resources, technology, services, and programs.  Approximately 1,200 engaged and passionate staff provide service in 50 community library locations and patron engagement using direct outreach, programs, and virtual assistance. Our service area includes cities, towns, tribal lands, and unincorporated districts of King County, with the exception of the city of Seattle. The King County Library System values diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures. KCLS encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities and veterans. KCLS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, KCLS will ensure that persons with disabilities and impairments are provided reasonable accommodations when needed to participate in the job application or interview process and/or to perform the essential functions of this position.

To request accommodation, please call 425-369-3224.


Essential Duties/Major Responsibilities:

Any of the following duties may be performed. These examples are not necessarily performed by all incumbents, however, and do not include all specific tasks an incumbent may be expected to perform.


  • Creates, develops, directs and delivers relevant services and programs.
  • Engages with the community and special population groups through multiple delivery methods. Promotes the use of materials, services and programs to the community.
  • Participates in community activities by providing information, answering questions and discussing community needs for services. Represents the Library and makes public presentations.
  • Identifies and stays current with KCLS service areas and understands their informational needs and interests. Plans and organizes information for use by unique population groups. Identifies future needs and trends for information services.
  • Provides and responds to in-depth readers' advisory, informational and specialty service questions. Provides depth of knowledge in specialty area or skill set such as children's, teen and adult services. Assists and educates patrons in the use of library technology resource.
  • Promotes, educates and supports Intellectual Freedom principles with staff and patrons. Resolves related concerns or redirects to appropriate source.
  • Mentors, trains, and models for other staff. Under direction of the Librarian Services Manager, works closely with the Public Service Assistant (PSA) position to ensure excellence in informational and readers' advisory services.
  • Creates and provides relevant and timely communications.
  • Participates in collection development and maintenance activities.

Secondary Duties:

  • Initiates, participates and collaborates in the library profession beyond KCLS. Maintains professional expertise in order to provide relevant public service.
  • Initiates, participates and collaborates with KCLS staff on projects and committees.
  • Participates in activities such as staff meetings, committee work and trainings.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Master's of Library Science Degree from an American Library Association accredited school of Librarianship and Washington State certification as a Librarian is required.
  • Evidence of training, experience, or study in a relevant functional area.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Knowledge of a wide variety of reference sources, authors, literature, publishers and publications.
  • Knowledge of search strategies and classification systems.
  • Knowledge of services, programs and materials available in public libraries.
  • Knowledge of patron needs and interests.
  • Knowledge of assigned specialty service.
  • Knowledge and support of the principles of Intellectual Freedom.

Ability to:

  • Clearly, succinctly, and effectively communicate ideas and thoughts, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse population in library, online and in community settings.
  • Adapt to changing needs, recognize and set priorities, and plan, coordinate and organize own work.
  • Use diplomacy and tact to establish and maintain relationships with patrons and staff.
  • Operate with a minimum of supervision and work collaboratively in a team environment to find solutions to problems.
  • Use resources and current library and office technologies relevant to the job duties.

Skill in:

  • Working effectively, with a teamwork orientation, in daily activities as well as addressing problems and unique situations.
  • Using independent judgment and making good decisions when resolving problems relating to patrons/public.
  • Listening to, understanding and interpreting the concerns of patrons.

Special Requirements

  • Washington State Librarian's Certificate
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License




Customer Focus – Primarily focused on customer needs, able to deliver high quality, value added services. Constantly strives to find new ways to increase customer satisfaction and understanding, foster equitable services, and forge meaningful connections.


Valuing Diversity – Manages relationships with all kinds and classes of people inclusively and equitably; respects, values, and encourages the unique dimension each employee adds to the organization and each member of the community brings to the whole. Seeks opportunities to learn from differences.


Ethics, Values, and Judgement – Exercises best judgement, trustworthiness, and professional standards of conducts; consistently demonstrates organizational values, moral principles, and accountability in behavior, character and action. Defends intellectual freedom and patron confidentiality.


Professional and Technical Knowledge – Demonstrates proficiency in professional and technical skills and/or knowledge in position-related areas; purposely keeps up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise, in order to foster personal success and connections for others.


Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to all kinds of people at all levels, both internally and externally; builds appropriate relationships; interactions are often purposeful and constructive.


Dealing with Ambiguity – Can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without the total picture; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty, does not exhibit excessive need to control or track, can 'let go' and move forward in uncertainty.


Organizing and Planning – Establishes courses of action for self, can influence others to ensure that work is efficient, appropriately sensitive to real restraints on time and resources. Willing to take a risk.


Teamwork – Works cooperatively and productively with others to achieve goals and deliverables. Is aware of, utilizes and celebrates their own and team members' strengths and differences.



Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly using hands to grasp objects, frequently finger/keyboarding. The employee will frequently stand and walk and reach up to chest level with hands and arms and up to frequently will bend. Occasionally squats, kneels and sits on floor and will seldom crawl. The employee will frequently lift/carry 10 pounds, occasionally up to 20 pounds and seldom up to 50 pounds and up to frequently push/pull carts using light force.

Work Environment

Performs job in a library or community setting with some hectic or demanding situations. It includes work at a PC monitor. Extended periods of standing are required in some instances. Job involves working a varied schedule, including evenings and weekends, which may change periodically. Encounters situations that involve behavioral issues. Position involves frequent interruptions with maximum flexibility required.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Federal Way Library, 34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, Washington, United States of America