Youth Services Librarian (Full-Time)
Job Description: The Youth Services Librarian is a dynamic, innovative & dedicated professional Librarian with a genuine passion for and commitment to working with, engaging & inspiring children of all ages and their caregivers. They supervise nonprofessional staff as needed; plan and coordinate all aspects of youth services, including collection development, community outreach, reference & programming; and have a thorough working knowledge of modern library policies and practices as well as current technologies and trends as they pertain to youth services. Must be energetic, organized, self-motivated, and able to work under pressure and with only general supervision. Acts on the Director's behalf during his/her absence as requested. MLS from an accredited Library School and three to five years of recent or current experience as a Youth Services Librarian is preferred.
Reports to the Library Director
Normal hours of duty: As scheduled, including evening hours and weekends in rotation.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered fundamental to this position:
Primarily responsible for all aspects of Youth Services, including reference, reader’s advisory, collection maintenance & development, program planning & implementation, and outreach services. Delegates and supervises duties as needed.
Maintains a fun, safe, and positive environment which encourages intellectual curiosity and a love of reading.
Supervises a staff of 1-2 Assistant Children’s Librarians.
Provides outreach services to area schools, after-school programs, and other community groups.
Assists library users in locating and obtaining information and materials.
Assists in maintaining the library’s online presence – including website and social media accounts.
Keeps abreast of and utilizes current technologies in support of information services, including but not limited to database & internet searching and use of social media and software applications.
Collaborates with other members of the library’s management team in supervising a small corps of volunteers.
As part of the management team, helps to develop and implement policies and procedures for improved library services.
Works to maintain good internal communications among the staff and with the Director about building, staff, and service issues.
Participates in and represents the library in local and regional professional activities.
Participates in and represents the library in community relations activities.
Serves as a supervisor in the absence of other designated personnel.
Enforces library rules and regulations.
Familiarity with and support of the Library Bill of Rights and NH Privacy laws (patron confidentiality).
Performs any and all other related duties as needed.
Training, Skills, and Experience Requirements:
Experience with Library’s current ILS system or similar. Ability to work well with staff and the public. Excellent computer literacy, communications, and customer service skills. Demonstrated knowledge of Youth literature, programming, and trends in Youth Services. Proven skills in storytelling and relating to children, especially preschool children, and their parents. Appropriate reference and reader’s advisory skills. Ability to handle complaints from the public with composure and diplomacy.
Other Considerations and Requirements:
The job requires frequent walking, standing, stooping, and stair climbing. Good alpha-numeric skills are necessary. Ability to listen, understand and interpret patron requests and questions critical. Employees should be able to work under pressure caused by a high level of patron activity. Creativity and a sense of humor are preferred.
Closing date: Until filled.
Salary: Annual salary for this full-time position is $40,000- $43,500; it includes a benefits package with NHRS, Health, and Dental Insurance.
To apply: Submit resume, cover letter, and three professional references to the library director, Arefe Koushki, at email@example.com
Library Assistant, Youth Services Job Description (part-time)
Position Objectives: Provides excellent library services to children and teens. Under the supervision of the Youth Services Librarian, the Library Assistant will aid with reference, readers' advisory, collection promotion, programming, and other relevant services.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
⮚ Provide readers' advisory and reference services to children, teens, and their parents
⮚ In coordination with the Youth Services Librarian, creates displays that promote the Children's & Young Adult collections
⮚ Develops, organizes, and supervises arts, crafts, and/or other related activities.
⮚ Assists in the planning and oversight of Youth Services programming, including storytime, Summer Reading Program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, school field trips, and school break week programs
⮚ Assists patrons with the use of library services and equipment: copier, computers, etc.
⮚ Shelves books and other materials.
⮚ Performs other duties as assigned.
Assigned tasks may include:
o Coordinate plans, activities, and events with Youth Services Librarian
o Assist patrons in finding suitable materials
o Shelving and shelf-reading; tidy as needed
o Inventory arts/crafts supplies
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
⮚ Knowledge of library practices and services.
⮚ Knowledge of children's and young adult literature.
⮚ Familiarity with children's activities, developmental levels, and needs.
⮚ Ability to work independently and collaboratively
⮚ Ability to cultivate and maintain good public relations.
⮚ Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
⮚ Ability to create and implement age-appropriate crafts.
⮚ Good general office, computer, and technology skills.
Education, Experience, and Training:
⮚ Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is preferred. A suitable combination of education and experience will also be considered.
⮚ Experience in working with children and teens.
Schedule: Three days per week with some evenings and Saturdays.
Salary: $15 per hour, 12-18 hours per week.
Deadline: Open until filled.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Arefe Koushki, Library Director, via email. firstname.lastname@example.org Use the subject line "Library Assistant - Youth Services" when submitting the email.