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Children's Librarian, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA

Brockton Public Library System

Applications for the position of Children's Librarian are being accepted for appointment by the Board of Library Trustees. This is a full time (35 hours per week) year round position required to work one or two evenings a week, two Saturdays out of four, and morning, afternoon, and evening hours.  The position will be subject to a six (6) month probationary work period.  The position will be compensated in eight step raises (on or after the anniversary of employment). 

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  • Trains and supervises subordinate departmental personnel (Staff and volunteers)
  • Assists in developing print and non-print collection for Main Library's children's room including: selecting titles, weeding, evaluating donations, and assessing mending needs
  • Provides reference and readers' advisory service to patrons 
  • Prepares readers advisory materials and aids
  • Plans, promotes, and conducts storytelling sessions and other special events for children
  • Assists patrons and staff in using computer resources
  • Works with public and private schools
  • Performs community outreach activities involving children
  • Inputs or over sees the inputting of data into the OCLN database
  • Provides a wide range of circulation services: charges, renews, reserves, and shelves library materials; issues library cards; processes overdue notices and reports
  • Maintains displays and exhibits
  • Assists in the development of library policies and procedures
  • Serves on professional and network committees
  • Substitutes in any department or at any Branch Library when circumstances call for such a temporary transfer
  • May be required to serve as "Librarian in Charge" in the absence of the Assistant Library Director and Library Director
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of Children's Services, Assistant Library Director or Library Director



  • MLS or Master of Education in Library Media Studies candidate required, MLS or Master of Education in Library Media Studies preferred (if candidate, must receive degree within 5 years of appointment)
  • Knowledge of children's literature and reference sources required
  • Experience in children's programming preferred
  • Technical skills searching the Internet, on-line services and CD ROM products required
  • Ability to train and supervise assigned employees and /or volunteers
  • Ability to relate to children, parents, teachers and staff with professional friendliness, patience, tact and resourcefulness
  • Ability to converse in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Creole or another language spoken by one of Brockton's linguistic minority communities desirable



The position is covered under the terms of the contract with the Brockton Public Library Employees' Association, SEIU, Local 888. Interested applicants should forward a letter of application and resume by to: Paul Engle, Library Director, Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or by email: The City of Brockton requires residency within one year of appointment and must remain a resident for 7 years. 

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