Collection Development Librarian - World Languages & Outreach Collections

$66,795 - $87,900 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Jul 08, 2024
Full time Libraries

Job Description

Hillsboro Public Library is seeking a passionate Collection Development Librarian for World Languages and Outreach Collections. As part of the library’s Access team, you’ll collaborate with collection development librarians, acquisitions staff, catalogers, and our data analyst to serve one of the most diverse communities in Oregon. Working at our Brookwood and Shute Park locations, you will select materials for the Spanish collections and other languages spoken at home. Additionally, you’ll partner with our volunteer coordinator and outreach staff to maintain collections at remote service points like autonomous lending kiosks, deposit collections at partner facilities, and library-sponsored Little Free Libraries. Your selection will span all age ranges, from birth through adulthood.
In this role, you will also engage directly with the public by staffing service points at our main branch, providing account support, reference, reader’s advisory, and basic tech support for our public access computers, all while upholding our mission, “For Everyone/Para Todos.” Proficiency in English and Spanish is required.
About Hillsboro Public Library:
As a member of Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro Public Library is one of 16 locations providing services to all county residents. We are a progressive library that values professional growth and creativity. Our collections are seen as a community experience, and we’re committed to data-driven decision-making and equity of access. If you align with our Mission, Vision, and Values, we encourage you to apply.
The Team:
Our section of the Access team includes eight staff members and their supervisor, working closely together on managing the physical collection—from selection to processing. We value camaraderie, open communication, and fun in our shared workspace, surrounded by a variety of materials. We also collaborate with the Access Team’s Library Materials Assistants and the outreach team for programs like Summer Reading and Hillsboro Reads. At the reference desks, you’ll work side-by-side with public service colleagues.
Job Responsibilities: 

  • Select new and replacement library materials for assigned collections according to the library’s Collection Development policy.
  • Evaluate, select, and purchase materials in various formats for all ages.
  • Review and evaluate patron and staff purchase requests.
  • Analyze existing collections, community trends, and ILS data to identify needs and improve collection performance.
  • Foster positive relationships with third-party vendors.
  • Maintain proficiency with vendor websites, Polaris ILS, Tableau, Microsoft applications, and Slack.
  • Track and manage materials budget expenditures.
  • Answer collection development questions from staff, Board members, and the community.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues in the Access and Outreach Teams, Data Analyst, and Volunteer Coordinator.

The Ideal Candidate:
You bring passion to your work by embracing our mission, “For Everyone/Para Todos,” and serving the entire community. You are a respectful and inclusive advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, working effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and community. You cultivate trust and confidence by fostering healthy relationships, aligning actions with words, and rooting for others' success. Emotionally intelligent and self-aware, you understand your behavior's impact on others and invest in personal growth. Your curiosity and innovation drive you to learn continuously and challenge the status quo. As a team player, you thrive in collaborative environments, communicate effectively with diverse backgrounds, and understand the interconnectedness of tasks across the library. You keep things light with a fun work environment and prioritize a healthy work-life balance, respecting boundaries and promoting job satisfaction.
Current and Upcoming Projects: 

  • Data-informed analysis of collection spaces for size and placement of assigned collections.
  • Ongoing assessment of World Language collections to reflect the languages most spoken in Hillsboro, including researching and recommending vendors.
  • Refreshing offerings at locations beyond our main branches, such as Book-O-Mat & NovelBranch kiosks, and planning future outreach collection opportunities.
  • Collaborating with the Library's Public Information Officer on innovative ways to promote our collections.

For the classification description that describes the scope of the work this position performs and job requirements, click on this link:  Librarian

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Master’s degree in library science, Information Science, or a related field.
  • Six months of library experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish is required.


  • Valid Driver’s License and a safe driving record.

The City of Hillsboro recognizes that some applicants, particularly women, people with disabilities, and people of color do not always apply for positions unless they directly meet all the qualifications. We greatly encourage you to apply and welcome applicants from diverse and varied backgrounds. Transferable skills WILL be considered when reviewing applications for meeting minimum qualifications.

Additional Information

Bilingual incentive pay available
Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish/English and bilingualism is our ideal as opportunities for community engagement abound.
Employees who can demonstrate the ability to speak Spanish, or any language spoken by over ten percent (10%) of City residents as documented by the most recent U.S. Census, at a proficiency level determined by a fluency test administered by the City, will receive a monthly premium of three percent (3%) of their regular base pay.
Commitment to Equity
At the City of Hillsboro, we believe that hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

Tentative Recruitment Timeline*
Application Opens: July 8, 2024
Application Closes: July 28, 2024
Application Reviews: July 29 - August 2, 2024
Round 1 Interviews (Virtual): August 7 - August 8, 2024
Round 2 Interviews (Onsite):   Week of August 25, 2024

*This schedule is subject to change based on City of Hillsboro needs.