Community Engagement Librarian


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

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Mon 8:45-5:15; Tues 8:45-5:15; Wed 11:45 - 8:15, Thur 11:45 - 8:15, Alternating Fri & Sat 8:45-5:15.   Candidates will also be expected to work one Sunday/month.  Hours are subject to change. 
$47,040 per year

Buder Community Engagement Librarian

St. Louis Public Library

If you're passionate about the importance of public libraries, the St. Louis Public Library may be the right place for you! SLPL invests in our employees and makes a committed effort to mentor and grow staff to move forward within the system and build meaningful careers in public service.

Buder Library is seeking a Community Engagement Librarian. We welcome professionals who are talented, creative, and enthusiastic about libraries and the value libraries bring to their community. If you already have working experience in a public library but want to make it a career, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for! At Buder, a busy branch with dedicated customers, you will gain experience and be able to share your ideas and create change. We are looking for MLIS degree holders or those who have just begun the rewarding process of pursuing a career in libraries.

This position will play a critical role in shaping the future of the Buder Library. A Community Engagement Librarian who is innovative and has the ability to see the larger picture will help us continue our primary mission of being a forward-thinking and customer-centered institution providing vital services to the people of St. Louis. You'll be joining and helping to supervise a team of talented and curious staff who are dedicated to making customer's visits to the library enjoyable, informative and sometimes life-changing. The role will require high-level decision-making in regards to customer service, staffing, quality programming, and effective outreach, as well as an ability to listen to and understand the needs of community organizations and figure out how the library can best serve them.

In this role you will:

  • Be part of the branch management team, overseeing workflows at the reference desk and computer labs and mentoring and evaluating six team members.

  • Conduct outreach in the community to establish and maintain relevant partnerships through attendance at monthly neighborhood meetings and community events.

  • Establish and maintain working relations with organizations to promote library services, meaningful resources and learning opportunities that can help them in serving their respective constituents.

  • Represent the Library at outreach events in the community, promoting the wonderful work and services available.

  • Work with the Adult Specialist to support the needs of the community through creative and innovative Library programs.

  • Assist in the daily operations of the branch to include circulation, reader's advisory, and reference and technology assistance.

You will need to be:

  • Friendly, outgoing, and able to build relationships at all levels.

  • Able to balance the big picture with the day-to-day needs of the branch.

  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to work with competing tasks and priorities.

  • Able to become familiar with Zoom and Google Meet platforms and capable of running online programs.

  • Able to learn the Library's ILS and catalog to assist customers with their needs.

  • Able to speak publicly in order to execute unique and exciting programs and represent the Library to community groups.

  • Enthusiastic about the mission of public libraries and making a difference in our community.

  • Committed to serving St. Louis Public Library's diverse customer base and developing your own cultural awareness

  • Enthusiastic about helping customers learn and find information.

  • Comfortable talking to and helping a wide variety of people.

You will need to have:

  • An MLS from an ALA-accredited program; candidates with an MLS in progress will be considered.

  • Strong communication, writing, and speaking skills.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Strong technical skills and an understanding of how technology can be incorporated into learning opportunities.

  • Strong people skills with an interest in helping staff achieve professional success and well being.

You will earn:

  • Competitive salary range starting at $47,040

  • Comprehensive rewards package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance

  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days

  • Pension plan through the Employees Retirement System of the City of St. Louis

  • Professional Development Opportunities

Hours for this position are:


Mon 8:45-5:15; Tues 8:45-5:15; Wed 11:45 - 8:15, Thur 11:45 - 8:15, Alternating Fri & Sat 8:45-5:15. Candidates will also be expected to work one Sunday/month. Hours are 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 16 locations in a relatively small city of 61 square miles. These range from the 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. The institution values its employees and makes a point to encourage and mentor staff to grow and

About Buder Library:

  • Originally built in 1922 at the Susan Buder School on Lansdowne, Buder Library has moved twice since its original location.

  • 40,000 square feet

  • Offers public services on four levels

  • Collection size is 80,000 (includes children's and adult materials)

  • 3 meeting rooms (one auditorium, one smaller conference room, and a multipurpose room)

About the neighborhood:

Buder is part of St. Louis Hills, a dynamic and busy neighborhood situated in the southwest area of St. Louis. In 2018, Buder celebrated its 20-year anniversary at Hampton Ave and Sutherland Ave, surrounded by a thriving retail and restaurant scene. The neighborhood has a large number of families with young children, a strong Bosnian community and an increasingly multicultural population.

To apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit, click on the Careers link, and submit your application with cover letter and resume.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled