Librarian I, Adult Services

The Fayetteville Public Library, in scenic NW Arkansas, is seeking an innovative and collaborative librarian to develop and support customer-oriented library services.

Picture yourself in the 2005 “Library of the Year” located in a charming college town listed as a “best place to live” 3 years in a row by US News & World Report.  Join our dream team, where imagination, creativity, and knowledge are rewarded.  We seek a vibrant, innovative individual who will help us take our adult services to the next level as we undertake an 80,000 square foot expansion. Flexibility, excellent customer service, and the ability to have fun required. Spanish language fluency a plus.

The Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) was established in 1916 and has served this city for 100 years. Its mission is to “strengthen our community and empower our citizens through free and public access to knowledge”.  In October 2004, Fayetteville Public Library opened its downtown location, and FPL’s 88,000 square-foot Blair Library was voted Library Journal's 2005 Library of the Year. In 2006, it was awarded a LEED Silver-NC rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and was the first registered building of its kind in Arkansas.

The Library serves its diverse community without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity or income. It is open seven days (64 hours) a week and provides online access 24 hours a day.  On average, 185 people visit the library each hour and, in 2016, 72,149 people attended 1,546 programs, including the largest Summer Reading program in Arkansas.   The library has over 90,000 registered cardholders who borrowed nearly 1,200,000 items in 2016.  



Provide professional reference assistance and exceptional customer service to the general public. Coordinate one or more specialized adult services work activities. Develop and deliver library collections, programs and services that reflect a wide spectrum of ideas and viewpoints, mirroring diverse and growing community needs.

All Library positions require customer-focused service to both internal and external customers, flexibility, teamwork, reliable attendance and compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.

This position is full-time with evening and weekend hours required.



  1. Provide advanced research assistance, readers’ advisory, technical assistance and excellent frontline customer service.
  2. Create, develop, implement and evaluate multiple high-quality, adult programs, including a multi-week summer reading program for adults and a literary festival involving community partners.Participate in management of $50,000+ annual departmental programming budget, and with department offer approximately 200 diverse programs annually.
  3. Select and purchase materials for assigned library collections. Monitor and manage a print and electronic materials budget of approximately $50,000 annually, ensuring collection purchases are balanced, relevant and responsive to community needs.
  4. Evaluate existing collections for relevance and community interests, decommissioning materials on a regular schedule.
  5. Oversee and administer one or more specialized Adult Services work activities, including but not limited to Digital Archive, Student Proctoring, Homebound Services, Interlibrary Loan Services, Nonprofit Resource Center, Genealogy and Website Maintenance.
  6. Speak, instruct and/or perform in front of library and outreach audiences of all ages.In general, promote library use in the community.
  7. Manage web content proficiently with appropriate tools.
  8. Monitor the work for departmental volunteers. Provide assistance to colleagues.
  9. Pursue professional development, which may include travel, to keep informed of current and emerging library trends.



  1. Serve as manager-in-charge of the Adult Services Department and/or the facility as necessary.
  2. Staff other public service desks as assigned.
  3. Research and develop grant proposals to enhance and expand library services.
  4. Create print and web bibliographies, user guides and displays spotlighting library collections, services and programs.
  5. Serve on and/or chair library committees as requested.
  6. Assume personal responsibility for the building's condition and solve minor issues and problems as they arise.
  7. Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.



Graduate degree (MLS, MLIS, MBA, MA, etc.) plus 1 year related experience and/or training.  Applicants enrolled in ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree programs may be considered.  Or equivalent combination of education and experience.



MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program; or a master's degree in a related field; or a bachelor's degree plus concurrent enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree program and at least 1 year experience working in a library or educational setting; or commensurate education and experience.  Valid Driver's License



Intermediate: Database/Integrated Library System Software, Word Processing/Typing, Presentation / PowerPoint

Basic: Content Management, Spreadsheet/Excel



Other Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  2. Creativity and awareness of community needs to design and implement library services.
  3. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  4. Work both independently and as an effective and valued team member.
  5. Work under pressure on multiple projects with frequent interruptions and tight deadlines.


PAY RANGE:  $34,320-$51,480



Send application [PDF], cover letter, and resume to Sharon Daniel:

401 W. Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR  72701

Position is open until filled.