Jobs & Volunteering


Thank you for your interest in working for the Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library (JCPL).

The library does not have any open positions at this time. Please check back here for updates about open positions. Positions are also advertised for at least 2 weeks in the Monticello News and Jefferson Journal. Local papers are available fore free at the library.

Search for jobs in other Florida libraries:

Jobs requiring a Master’s in Information Science

Jobs that do not require a Master’s degree

Library jobs outside Florida


JCPL is a great place to volunteer your time and help your community. We book volunteers in two-hour shifts when work is available. Volunteers must be detail-oriented, patient and responsible. A background check is required to volunteer at the library. Here are some of the tasks volunteers might be interested in taking on:

  • Shelving books – if you love keeping things tidy and putting things in order, this is the job for you!
  • Inventory – requires basic IT and data entry skills
  • Groundskeeping – take some time to pull some weeds in our gardens and keep our library beautiful
  • Teaching a class – if you’d like to volunteer your time to teach a craft or computer class, let us know

You can find out more about volunteering by visiting the circulation desk at the library, or giving us a call at 850-342-0205.

Becoming a Librarian

Working in a library is a great way to contribute to your community. There are hundreds of different career paths and specialties for librarians. The job market can be challenging, but library careers are fulfilling and and dynamic.

A love for books is only the first step. Successful librarians are people-oriented and highly flexible, able to cope with many different types of tasks as well as a changing profession. They have strong management, persuasion, negotiation, public speaking and information technology skills. Selecting newly published books for lending, managing a budget, overseeing building issues and repairs, assisting people with computers and speaking with community leaders are all in a day’s work for public librarians.

Finally, librarians need an advanced degree in information science, education or management. The preferred degree for librarians is a Master’s Degree in Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school. Many libraries require this degree.

If this sounds like the job for you, check out these links:

Florida State University School of Information

Directory of ALA-Accredited Schools

Letters to a Young Librarian