Employment at The Ferguson Library
The Ferguson Library offers a challenging and rewarding work environment for both professional and support staff members. Many high school students enjoy meaningful, paid employment as pages, helping re-shelve materials and provide tech assistance. Our professional librarians include many staff members who began their careers as library assistants, clerks and even pages. Library service has changed in recent years, so now in addition to providing traditional reference information and maintaining collections, librarians are required to stay on top of evolving information technology. They also work with our diverse community in promoting literacy, teaching computer skills and designing other programs for children, teens and adults.
Professional Growth and Development
The Ferguson Library offers programs to encourage staff members achieve personal and professional growth.
- Scholarship Fund – Provides scholarships to staff members who are enrolled in degree programs in library or information sciences or other degree programs that directly contribute to their duties as a Library employee. Funded by the Friends of The Ferguson Library. Full and part-time staff members are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
- Staff Development Fund – This program, also funded by the Friends and available to both full and part-time staff, provides financial assistance for non-degree activities, such as professional workshops and conferences.
- Professional Conferences and Workshops – The Library grants time-off with pay and expense reimbursement to staff members who attend approved professional conferences, workshops and meetings. Staff members are encouraged to participate in state and national organizations related to the library profession.
- In-house Activities – The Library also provides a continuous program of in-house activities, such as workshops, lectures and self-directed training, during work time.
Other Employee Benefits
The Ferguson Library provides full time staff members with a comprehensive and generous package of employee benefits, including pension and health insurance.