Children’s Librarian

CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN

Position Overview:
Under the supervision of the Library Director, this position involves responsible and varied administrative and professional library work related to planning, organizing, and directing youth activities for patrons. The Children’s Librarian will manage the operations and programs aimed at engaging young readers and library users.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Train and supervise aides and volunteers who assist with children’s services; ensure that their assignments are executed effectively.
  • Evaluate the performance of the aide and volunteers assisting with youth programs and services.
  • Collaborate with the Library Director to manage the budget for children’s collections, services, and programs.
  • Prepare purchase order requisitions for materials and equipment relevant to youth services; manage the verification and processing of invoices.
  • Curate the children’s book and multimedia collections, overseeing the selection, organization, maintenance, and circulation of materials.
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory services to children, parents, and teachers.
  • Guide patrons in utilizing online catalogs, electronic resources, and library services, and instruct them in the use of library equipment and facilities.
  • Develop and conduct story hours, reading programs, and other events that promote literacy and lifelong library use; engage with local schools and the community to support these initiatives.
  • Design and set up displays to enhance the library experience and to encourage the discovery and use of library resources.
  • Compile regular reports detailing program progress and service usage for the Library Director.
  • Communicate library policies and procedures to the public in a clear and customer-friendly manner.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and respond to reading trends among young library users.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay current with trends in children’s library services.
  • Represent the library on professional and community committees when needed to promote library services and the profession.
  • Manage supplies at Chieftain Café – the library’s afterschool snack program.
  • Create flyers or other promotional materials for various youth programs and events.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:
General supervision is provided by the Library Director.

Supervision Exercised:
Direct supervision over an aide and volunteers working within youth services.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of public library services, with a focus on youth programming.
  • Well-versed in children’s literature and educational resources.
  • Dedication to providing excellent customer service.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Competency in interpreting and applying library policies and procedures.
  • Comfortable and skilled in working with children, families, and educators.
  • Independent and proactive in organizing work and managing time.
  • Ability to courteously and effectively interact with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Familiarity with current trends in library services, particularly for children.
  • Experience in children’s programming and collection development.
  • Professional representation of the library at various meetings and events.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    Bachelor’s Degree in librarianship, education or children’s literature or equivalent degree required
  • Additional knowledge in child development and/or aging process preferred
  • Library work experience preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and carry bags of books or boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends
  • Must possess physical mobility involving bending, reading and hearing
  • Must possess visual abilities which include but not limited to close/distance vision and ability to adjust focus
  • Accommodations may be made to support individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Hours/Benefits:

  • Annual salary is $34,000
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance coverage provided to the employee at no cost
  • (Optional) 457b with a 7% company match
  • Typical hours are Monday through Friday. Position may include evening and weekend hours depending on planning and programming.

Job Type: Full-time

 

 

 

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