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Youth Services Librarian, Norton Public Library, Norton, MA

The Norton Public Library has an immediate opening for a community-focused, innovative, adaptable and enthusiastic professional for our small but fast-paced library. This is an amazing opportunity to manage a fun, lively Youth Services department in a vibrant community.

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for providing excellent library service to children of all ages and their caregivers.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for developing, implementing and publicizing the library's programs and services to children from birth to young adult and their caregivers.
  • Selects material for the children's and teen collections using appropriate review sources. Classifies and maintains material for the collection.
  • Responsible for maintaining an attractive, inviting physical and virtual environment.
  • Provides reference and readers' advisory services to youth, caregivers, and teachers.
  • Provides assistance with the library's online catalog and digital services.
  • Assists in maintaining an active online presence through our website and social media accounts.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with schools, homeschoolers and other community partners.
  • Assists at public service desks performing circulation duties and basic troubleshooting for public library computers.
  • Serves as library supervisor when scheduled; responsible for supervising staff and volunteers, including Jr. Friends of the Library, Summer Reading volunteers, and Wheaton College work-study students.

Position is 35 hours per week and includes evening hours and a Saturday rotation.

This position includes a full benefits package: health insurances, life insurance, retirement plan, vacation, sick and holiday leave.

Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of skills and experience required
  • Experience in a public library strongly preferred
  • Strong public service orientation and skills
  • Ability to prioritize and focus in a busy environment
  • Knowledge of children's and young adult literature
  • Knowledge of library skills and operation
  • Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated ability with technology, including library automation, social media, digital resources
  • Comfortable with Excel, Word, Google Office Suite, and publishing programs at efficient speed
  • Comfortable with, or able to learn, website management
  • Creativity and ability to plan, develop, execute and supervise programming
  • Ability to work effectively with the public, volunteers and other staff; strong interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Excellent oral and written communication and customer service skills
  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional standards
  • Physically able to bend, stretch and lift materials from floor to overhead shelves
  • May be required to move and arrange office furniture in the library, such as chairs and tables
  • Vision and hearing at, or correctable to, normal ranges; work functions involve close work with books, library materials and patrons

 

Beginning Salary: $41,000-$44,000

Closing Date: Applications submitted by September 21st will receive priority; position open until filled

Please send cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references to:

Lee Parker, Director, Norton Public Library  - lparker@sailsinc.org

Or

Lee Parker, Director, Norton Public Library, 68 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766

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