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Outreach Coordinator/Youth Services Assistant Librarian, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Cohasset, MA

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility

Reporting to the Library Director, the Outreach Coordinator/ Youth Services Assistant Librarian organizes, directs, controls and promotes all outreach projects and assists with Children's focused programming at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library. It is expected the Outreach Coordinator/ Youth Services Assistant Librarian keeps abreast to town wide activities, and works cooperatively with town departments to further promote all library functions.


Works under the general supervision of the Library Director; is familiar with work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently and without specific instructions. Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statements of desired objectives, deadline, or priorities. Technical and policy problems or changes in procedures are discussed with the Director. Ordinarily, the employee plans and performs work independently while observing and following library policies and procedures. Has access to patron confidential information. 


Job Environment

Work at this level consists of varied work assignments, some of which involve non-standardized tasks, procedures and techniques, requiring evaluation and analysis to decide upon an appropriate response. Problem solving with patrons may require considerable effort on occasion. Position has constant contact with the public to provide information services and guided instruction to people of all ages.  Other contacts are with state and regional library associations, other city employees, historical societies, vendors, other government agencies, universities, schools and teachers, and media outlets.  Contacts are made in person, by phone, e-mail, or in writing.  


Position Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Essential Functions

  • Runs library's robust outreach program, including but not limited to attending town wide programs, working closing with Recreation Department, Senior Center, and Veteran Department. Creatively looking for further collaboration with all town departments. 
  • Covers the reference, children's and circulation desks as needed, answering research and reference questions in person, on the phone and in writing.
  • Works in the Children's Room , assisting children with information requests and programming.
  • Troubleshoot public internet stations, photocopier, Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) self-checkout stations, and other equipment.
  • Attends network-wide meetings to keep abreast of news, policy changes, and trends.
  • Provide readers advisory service to the general population.
  • Other duties completed as assigned

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Employee works in a moderately quiet library and is required to sit, talk, listen, hear, and use hands more than 2/3rd of the time; stand, walk and reach with hands and arms up to 1/3rd of the time.
  • Employee lifts up to 10 lbs.
  • Normal vision is required for the position.
  • Equipment operated includes office machines, computers, and audio/visual equipment.

Education and Experience

  • A master's Degree in library science from an ALA accredited college or university preferred but not required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A candidate for this position should have knowledge of the following:
  • Library practices and procedures
  • Research methods, including online research
  • Library-specific and standard office computer applications
  • Automated resource sharing systems


Skill in:

  • Oral and written communication
  • Use of library specific and standard office applications
  • Research, including electronic research
  • Technical services and acquisitions workflows
  • Customer service
  • Use of mobile devices and library applications

Salary: $45,300 - $61,298 in 8 steps

Schedule: 35 hours/week

To Apply: 

Please send your cover letter and resume to with SUBJECT: Outreach Coordinator/YSAL SEARCH.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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