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Youth Services Librarian, Worcester Public Library, Worcester, MA

The Worcester Public Library is seeking a Youth Services Librarian! This is a professional position under the immediate supervision of the Youth Services Branch Manager and under the general direction of the Youth Services Coordinator. This position is responsible for connecting children and teen library patrons with the information they seek, and developing and implementing engaging library programs, collections and services, throughout four branch libraries located in our public elementary schools. This innovative way of delivering public library services to youth will require someone who is self-motivated, adaptable, and creative. The ideal person in this position will possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills and have experience working with diverse populations in an urban community. 

Salary: $48,359.10 - $69,272.27 annually; $23.17 - $33.19 hourly

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides exemplary reference and reader's advisory service for children, young adults, parents, teachers, and other adults; looks for opportunities to help library customers feel welcome
  • Teaches use of basic and specialized reference tools, computer, equipment, etc.
  • In collaboration with other professional staff, builds, manages and promotes an extraordinary children's collection
  • Seeks new ways to utilize the best technological developments
  • Conducts bibliographic searches/inquiries using every possible resource
  • Makes connections, reaches out and represents the library in the community
  • Plans, develops and implements innovative and engaging programs for children, teens, students, parents, educators, and other adults who work with children and teens
  • Collaborates with a team of professional and paraprofessional staff and with other city agencies and organizations
  • Takes pride in our library, creating and maintaining beautiful displays, bibliographies, finding aids, and spaces
  • Stays informed of professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship
  • Trains, supervises and evaluates pages and volunteers for the children and teen areas of the library
  • Interprets library services and policies to patrons in a clear and courteous manner
  • Contributes to creating an environment oriented to trust, open communication, creative thinking, and cohesive team effort
  • Actively participates in staff development and training opportunities
  • Works at various locations within the library system, including mobile library services
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, consistent with the functions of the work unit and level of responsibilities

Minimum Job Qualification Standards for Performing Essential Job Functions:

  • Understand library patrons and excel when connecting youth, parents, students and adults who work with children with library resources by demonstrating knowledge of search skills using paper and electronic resources
  • Commitment to outstanding public service for children 11-14/Rev. 06-18/JE
  • Engage others who are passionate about providing an exemplary patron experience
  • Ability to organize and self-direct work responsibly
  • Collaborate and foster positive working relationships while working as part of a team
  • Ability to work cooperatively with all staff at every level
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of patron information
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with professional and paraprofessional staff about concepts, ideas, and requirements
  • Strong commitment to consistent excellent customer service to a diverse population in an urban environment
  • High level of professionalism and commitment to the organization
  • Embrace opportunities to learn in a fast-paced changing environment
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current and emerging technologies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to create positive working relationships with a diverse staff
  • Ability to learn and use library technologies
  • Ability to maintain patron confidentiality
  • Ability to push book carts and bins loaded with library materials
  • Ability to reach and retrieve books at high and low shelf heights
  • Ability to stand and or sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to perform bending, stopping, lifting, pushing, and twisting
  • Ability to perform repetitive hand and arm motions for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to move or lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge of the principles and correct usage of the English language including grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual

Minimum Requirements

Education: MLS/MLIS, including graduate credit in youth services, from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Experience: Relevant experience in libraries, bookstores, schools and/or with children is preferable

Schedule: Includes evening and weekend assignments and working at other locations

Travel: Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner. A valid driver's license is required

CORI/SORI: Must pass a Criminal/ Sex Offender Background Check

To apply, please visit: or send resume and cover letter on or before Friday, July 13, 2018, to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA 01608. EOE/AA employer. Preference given to Worcester residents.

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