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Current Durham County Library open positions are listed below. To apply for a position, click the “Apply Now” link within the position description. You will be taken to the description on the Durham County website where you can apply online.

For a complete list of all Durham County job openings, see the county’s employment page.

Current Openings


Experienced writer/editor/production professional primarily responsible for successfully coordinating the production of four quarterly publications and two major annual publications. Responsibilities include writing and/or soliciting articles from staff, and editing all elements for accuracy, style, grammar, substance and organization. Layout and design experience is a plus, as the successful candidate will offer guidance to the graphic designer and other staff. The selected candidate will have experience in coordinating multiple production schedules and print deadlines, as well as in troubleshooting and remedying related issues to ensure deadlines are met. Experience in post production activities, such as bulk mailing and mail house arrangements is a plus.

The successful candidate will also be responsible for writing marketing and public relations pieces, including media releases, articles and copy for non-library publications; tracking and processing media clips; and preparing bi-monthly clips reports.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who works well as part of a small, close-knit team. The candidate should have a high degree of computer literacy and exceptional skill with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Publisher. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. Excellent written communication, interpersonal and customer service skills are required.


Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited community college with study in library science, journalism or a related field and two years of experience in general library services, journalism or a related field.

Candidates must submit a writing sample with their application. Add writing samples (Resume attachment section) to the application page of the online application.

Job Type: Part-Time, 50%

Posting Date: 06/22/2017

Closing Date: 07/05/2017

Salary Min: $15.00/hour

Salary Max: $27.02/hour

Position Number: 40002205



  • Performs tasks associated with the development, organization and maintenance of the North Carolina Collection.
  • Works the North Carolina Collection reference desk, assisting users in obtaining information from a variety of sources.
  • Develops the holdings of the collection, including the selection of books. Aquires community-held, unpublished materials such as photographs, documents, oral histories, and papers of local individuals, organizations, and Durham-related local and state government.
  • Reviews and edits all materials to be made publicly available including finding aids, Content Management Systems (CMS) entries using a product such as SirsiDynix Portfolio, and oral history transcriptions.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with community contacts as it relates to the needs of the North Carolina Collection.
  • Determines the content for the North Carolina Collection website and ensures that it is properly maintained and up to date.
  • Collaborates with the Humanities & Adult Programming Coordinator for programs regarding local history related topics.
  • Assists users, students, genealogists, architectural historians and others in locating North Carolina materials and devising research methods, instructing in the use of library tools as needed.
  • Plans, organizes and implements projects and workshops related to gathering and presenting Durham history.
  • Supervises, recruits and trains assigned staff, interns and volunteers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of arrangement, digitization and description of manuscript and archival materials.
  • Ability to use library-related computer systems including an Integrated Library Systems (ILS) such as SirsiDynix Horizon or an archival CMS such as Portfolio.
  • Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to represent the library locally and nationally.
  • Ability to speak publicly on Durham history and the North Carolina Collection.


Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library science program or a master’s degree in public history with six months of experience in professional library work in a special collection or the preservation of historic documents, landmarks or a related field.

Special Requirement:

Individuals with a library science degree must obtain certification of the NC Public Librarian Certification Commission.


Knowledge of Durham and North Carolina history desired.

Knowledge of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and/or other related metadata schema preferred.

Supervisory Experience preferred.

Job Type: Full Time

Posting Date: 06/22/2017

Closing Date: 07/05/2017

Salary Min: $43,560

Salary Max: $78,408

Position Number: 40001763


Updated: June 22, 2017