Employment Opportunities at the Library

Adult Services Librarian

Johnson City Public Library’s Adult Services Department has an opening for a Librarian. A staff member in this position plans and implements programs to engage the community in ways that reflect the library’s mission and values. They plan and oversee marketing for the department, working closely with the library’s Marketing Coordinator, to raise awareness of library programs, services, and collections. They provide information, research help, readers’ advisory, and technology assistance to the public and ensure compliance with library policies and procedures. This employee provides instruction on library and computer usage, reference and instruction for staff and the public, and may serve on committees. They provide guidance and support for library assistants and clerks, and they oversee the Adult Services area of the library when acting as the senior staff on duty. All work is evaluated through conferences and observations for soundness of judgment, innovation, and initiative in developing the assigned areas.

Adult Services is seeking an approachable and self-motivated person, someone who is outgoing with excellent interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and a working knowledge of library methods, instruction, and technology. A person in this position is expected to provide and model quality customer service. They must have the ability to work effectively and courteously with the public, work independently, and with a team under the direction of the Adult Services Manager. They must possess strong communication, networking, and think creatively. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of library science and the ability to instruct others in the applications of these principles and practices. Knowledge of and desire to explore trends and innovations in the field. Ability to plan and direct the work of staff engaged in providing reference services, collection development, adult programming, digital literacy instruction, and marketing. Ability to supervise the Adult Services area of the library. Ability to plan, organize, promote, and manage programs. Has excellent communication skills and presents ideas effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all library personnel and the public.

Desirable Experience and Education:  A master’s degree in library science is required. Some applicable experience is desired.

Other Requisites:  From time to time the incumbent may be assigned special duties or may be asked to assist other employees occupying a different position. This job description should not be construed as an all-inclusive statement of every task required of this position, but as a fair representation of the great majority of the work. Every effort will be made in advance to inform the incumbent of temporary or additional assignments, which do not constitute a change in classification. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Tasks may involve some physical effort, including standing and walking, frequent light lifting (5-10 pounds), or other restricted physical activities.  Manual dexterity is needed in the use of fingers, limbs, or body in the operation of office equipment. This position involves extended periods of sitting at a computer. This position may require driving the library vehicle.

ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions (e.g., dirt, cold, rain, fumes).

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:  Task requires sound perception and discrimination.  Task requires visual perception and discrimination. Task requires oral communications ability.

Hours: Full-time, evening and weekend work is required

Classification and compensation: This is a 40 hour per week exempt position; $38,394 annual salary; competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave; medical, dental, vision, life insurance as well as retirement benefits. 

Anyone interested in applying for this position should submit an online application, letter of interest, and resume by Monday, October 17 at 5:00 pm.


Applications are accepted throughout the year and remain on file for twelve months. Click here to submit your application.

Johnson City Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johnson City Public Library is committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming experience for everyone. We honor human dignity and embrace the ways in which people are both similar and different. We stand for equity of access to our services, spaces, and collections. Your library provides safe spaces for all people of our rich and diverse community. The library’s staff and Board of Directors ensure that our organization will reflect these ideals in all we do.

Title VI Disclosure

Johnson City Public Library does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of Library services or employment opportunities and benefits.

The Library does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its services, programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Inquiries and charges of violations concerning Title VI, Section 504, ADA, or Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any other of the above referenced policies should be directed to Johnson City Public Library’s Human Resources Department at 100 West Millard Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. Call (423) 434-4463 with questions.