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Teen's Librarian, Westwood Public Library, Westwood, MA

The Westwood Public Library is seeking a creative, entrepreneurial-thinking, and enthusiastic professional to provide high-quality library services for teen and young adult residents of Westwood, as well as the general public. The Teens' Librarian will provide research instruction, programming, collection development and Reader's Advisory services to teen and young adult patrons. This position is 19 hours per week and reports directly to the Head of Adult Services. 

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides Reader's Advisory for teens and young adults (generally age 11 through age 18), promoting reading and literature resources. Prepares booklists and book displays; designs and implements Summer Reading program.
  • Engages in advocacy, outreach and collection development consistent with provision of college preparatory skills and identification of 21st century skills for Westwood youth.
  • Delivers instruction in computer, e-reader, tablet and smart phone use, individually or in group classes. Serves as instructional resource for library research tools and the Public Access Catalog. Provides basic troubleshooting for public computers.
  • Develops assigned collections; purchases, plans shelving, advertises via displays and lists both in print and electronically; initiates purchases, weeds collections, and may assist in cataloging of library materials.
  • Assists teen and adult patrons in locating information and materials in the library, Minuteman Library Network, other libraries or online.
  • Manages the Young Adult budget and incorporates new genres as budget allows. Seeks and applies for grant funding.
  • Organizes, advertises and promotes a variety of weekly and monthly teen programs and events.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with schools, community groups, agencies and non-profits that focus on youth so as to plan and deliver programs and services that meet local teen needs and interests.
  • Works closely with school librarians and teachers to provide reserve and reference collections for school assignments.
  • Coordinates Teen Advisory Board, including recruitment of members, outreach, publicity and programming activities.
  • Assists in managing parts of the library's website; maintains Westwood Public Library teen online presence and social media.
  • Evening and weekend work required. 

Qualifications and Experience: Master in Library Science from an A.L.A.-accredited institution with a minimum of one year of progressively responsible experience in library operations, or any equivalent combination of qualifications and experience. Experience working with teenagers, particularly in a library and/or school setting. Knowledge of library principles and procedures. Excellent public relations and research skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 

Salary and Benefits: This is a 19-hour-per-week, non-benefit-eligible position with a salary range of $27.02 - $33.75 per hour in ten steps. 

Apply To: by September 4, 2018.

Include resume and cover letter. 

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