Readers Advisory Librarian (Full-time Position)


Readers Advisory Librarian


New Canaan Library is the town’s source for discovery and inspiration. Our mission is to empower and inspire learning through innovation, education and discovery.


  • Commitment
  • Service
  • Excellence


Position responsibilities; Engage community through collections

  • Offer fluent readers’ advisory service to our members in person, via telephone, or online.
  • Implement proven and new methodologies particular to readers’ advisory service and create innovative tools and platforms for our members to engage with the Library.
  • Work closely with the Adult Services and Collections departments to promote and increase usage of our collections.
    Support the Manager and Assistant Manager of Adult & Public Services in the strategic initiatives of the department and the Library.

Key Functional relationships

  • Manager of Adult & Public Services
  • Assistant Manager of Adult & Public Services
  • Members of Adult Services Team
  • Collections Manager
  • Collections Team


  • Consistently provide exceptional readers’ advisory, information and reference services at the Information Desk.
  • Design, maintenance, and rotation of material displays in and around the Library.
  • Participate in and contribute to Library outreach events and initiatives with a special focus on readers’ advisory.Encourage collaborative partnerships within the Library to support ongoing initiatives.
  • Create reader’s advisory content for the Library’s website and social media platforms.


  • Delivery of excellent Information Desk service especially Reader’s Advisory
  • Keep an up-to-date knowledge of all Information Desk procedures and tools.
  • Keep up-to-date with new tools and trends in readers’ advisory services and sharing this information with the team at-large.
  • Participation with Collections for new materials acquisitions in all formats and the weeding of the collection, where appropriate.
  • Effective collaboration and engagement with other departments to enable delivery of seamless services to whole community (on site, online and by telephone).
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date with new tools and trends in reference services and readers’ advisory.
  • Lead and participate in professional in-house learning.
  • Serve on library committees or projects as needed .

Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent service ethos and dynamic, interpersonal abilities
  • Enjoys working with the public and has a good sense of humor
  • Love of books and reading and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Well organized and reliable
  • Team player with strong communication skills both written and in person
  • Self-starter who takes initiative
  • Strong personal/professional learning focus


  • Strong customer focus
  • Excellent judgment
  • Confidentiality
  • Develops and empowers Information Desk colleagues’ skills as readers’ advisors.
  • Ongoing self-directed professional development


$51,300 – $55,000


  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited school preferred – OR – Bachelor’s degree (at a minimum) plus 5 years of equivalent book or library related experience
  • 35 hr/week including some nights and weekends
  • Up to 4-6 hours at the Information Desk per work day.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a copy of resume to Christle Chumney, Manager of Adult & Public Services,

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