History & Languages Librarian


St. Louis Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library
Out Of State

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Monday, Tuesday, 8:30-5; Wednesday 10-7; Thursday, 9-6; alternating Friday & Saturday, 8:30-5. Hours subject to change.

St. Louis Public Library seeks a creative and collaborative library professional to serve as the History and Languages Librarian at Central Library in downtown St. Louis. Our ideal candidate is someone who is enthusiastic, patient, and committed to providing excellent customer service.

In this role you will:

  • Provide in-depth reference assistance for customers via face-to-face, email, and telephone interactions, including locating items in the catalog or on shelf, assisting with database use, and looking up information
  • Develop and maintain collections highlighted by an extensive map collection, government documents in various formats, travel guides, and a rich American history collection; duties also include overseeing the continual weeding and evaluation of all collections
  • Collaborate with local cultural institutions via outreach opportunities
  • Create and present dynamic Library programs related to the developed collections, including hosting authors and educational groups
  • Have the opportunity to pursue and share personal research interests within the subject areas
  • Create displays and/or lists in BiblioCommons
  • Serve as Government Documents Coordinator for Library

You will need to be:

  • Friendly, patient, and able to build relationships at all levels
  • Able to see the big picture and promote consistency and excellence of service
  • Capable of effectively presenting information and responding to questions from customers and staff and conveying complex information through strong written as well as verbal skills
  • Flexible, positive, and willing to work with staff and colleagues to successfully overcome challenges
  • Knowledgeable of leadership techniques
  • Willing to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Familiar with SUDOC numbering schema
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to work with competing tasks and priorities

You will need to have:

  • Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited university or equivalent; or four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Intermediate Excel skills
  • Familiarity with
    • Google Workspace applications
    • Digital reference tools
    • Social media platforms
    • Video conferencing
    • Integrated library system (ILS) software
    • BiblioCommons catalog software

You will get:

  • Competitive salary range starting at $44,800 per year
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days
  • Pension plan through the Employees Retirement System of the City of St. Louis
  • Professional development support

Hours for this position are:

Monday, Tuesday, 8:30-5; Wednesday 10-7; Thursday, 9-6; alternating Friday & Saturday, 8:30-5. Hours subject to change.

About SLPL:

St. Louis Public Library is a true urban library, representing the historic center of the St. Louis region: the City of St. Louis. With its roots in the mid-1800s, St. Louis Public Library has a long history of innovation and service, a large and historic collection including rare books and extensive special collections, and a diverse and dedicated staff. Our technology is a major resource throughout the City and beyond, and the Library makes an enormous investment in technology annually to keep them state of the art. We operate 18 locations, 16 open to the public, in a relatively small city of 61 square miles. These range from our magnificent Central Library – one of the world's great public libraries – to regional and neighborhood libraries that vary in size and design but are centerpieces in their communities. St. Louis was an early, passionate supporter of library services to children, and that remains a core value and mission. Outreach into our varied communities, marketing the Library's remarkable strengths, and working with civic and cultural partners to benefit St. Louisans are all closely held values and goals at the Library.

To apply:

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please apply online and submit your cover letter and resume.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Eric Granger
Apply To: 
Central Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis , MO 63103 38° 37' 50.196" N, 90° 11' 58.146" W