Adult Services Librarian

Company Name: 
Marion County Library System
Marion, SC
Job Description: 

The Adult Services Librarian plans and provides programming & services for adult patrons, selects circulating and non-circulating materials for adults, performs collection management and maintenance, conducts computer instruction for the public, and provides reference services to all ages.  This position is primarily stationed at the Marion Library, reporting to the Branch Operations Coordinator, but requires that the Adult Services Librarian fill in at the branches when necessary. This is a supervisory position, overseeing the Technical Services Department, and requires independent judgement and action within specific parameters. 

This position requires the ability and willingness to travel to any branch in the system. Evening and weekend shifts may be required. 

Essential duties and responsibilities

Develops, coordinates, and presents adult programming and outreach consistent with community needs.

Provides instruction for patrons in the use of library catalog and databases, internet, and basic office software such as word processors and spreadsheets.

Supervises the Technical Services Department, cataloging as needed

Helps patrons conduct genealogy research and maintains the South Carolina room

Staffs service desks, answers reference questions, and provides readers’ advisory services.

Performs collection development, management, and maintenance.

Assists in troubleshooting technology problems for public and staff, including issues with smartphones, tables, e-readers, computer applications, and library software.

Evaluates and prioritizes the needs of the library’s adult services on a regular basis; reporting and advocating these needs to the Branch Operations Coordinator. 

Serves as a member of the Interlibrary Loan Team.

Assists with creation and maintenance of displays for adults.

Represents the library to community groups. 

Participates in library planning and committees.

Keeps informed of current events and of developments in the library field. Attends professional workshops and conferences.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computers and hand-held scanners. 

 Must be able to maneuver/lift 25 pounds of library materials. 

Must be able to shelve materials on shelves from ankle level up to about head level. 

Must be able to operate telephones.

Must be able to stand and sit for long periods of time. 

Requires the ability to read, write and speak effectively in standard English. 

Requires participating in community events that take place outside. 


This position starts at $34,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Compensation package includes generous health care benefits, paid leave, and opportunities for professional development. Participation in the state retirement plan is required.


Required Qualifications

Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or a comparable combination of education and experience 

Valid SC driver’s license

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Advanced computer skills and ability to troubleshoot public computer problems

Ability to set priorities and complete projects independently and as a member of a team 

Ability to work evenings and weekends as assigned

Personal transportation that can be used for business travel is required.

Preferred Qualifications

One to three years of public library experience as a professional librarian.

Progressively responsible supervisory experience in a public library.

Cataloging experience

Skills or experience in one or more of the following areas: IT support, ILL, SC historical research, genealogy research, fluency in Spanish, peer training, website maintenance, graphic design, marketing, social media.

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit an application for employment, resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts to:

Holly Cockfield, Director
Marion County Library System
101 E Court Street
Marion, SC 29571

Application form can be found at:

Applicants may be required to complete pre-employment testing. Open until filled. 

About the Marion County Library System and Marion County, South Carolina

Enjoy low cost-of-living within easy driving distance of Myrtle Beach, SC.  Marion County (pop. 33,062) is a beautiful county in northeastern South Carolina, located about 50 miles from the SC coast. The library system serves an active community, and has three locations and a bookmobile: the main branch is located in Marion, SC with additional branches in Mullins, SC and Nichols, SC.  

The Marion County Library System is an equal opportunity employer.