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Youth Services Librarian, Whitman Public Library, Whitman, MA

Whitman Public Library is a small public library in a welcoming community on the Commuter Rail approximately 30 miles from Boston.

Duties and Description:

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for:

  • Planning, organizing and implementing library programs and services for children ages 0-18, including storytimes, family activities and the Summer Reading Program.
  • Acting as the primary source for reference services, reader's advisory and bibliographic instruction for patrons ages 0-18.
  • Collection development of the Juvenile and Young Adult collections, under the supervision of the Director.
  • Performing daily activities and operations of the library, including but not limited to shelving, organization of book displays and circulation duties as needed.
  • Implementing outreach activities to local schools, homeschoolers, other town departments and local civic organizations.
  • Attending workshops to update skills relating to emerging technologies, network upgrades, and new or improved library services.
  • Maintaining an attractive and functional youth area.
  • Executing other related duties as assigned by the Director.


  • MLA from ALA accredited program, applications from candidates still in school will be accepted.
  • At least three years of public library experience, and/or experience with children, including one year of supervisory experience preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of children's and young adult literature 
  • Knowledge of trends and programs for youth services 
  • Ability to identify community needs and develop services accordingly 
  • Ability to develop strong interactive community relationships with a focus on youth 
  • Experience using online catalogs, Internet, online databases, e-mail, office software and the ability to integrate technology into operations
  • High degree of motivation, flexibility, initiative and resourcefulness
  • Good organizational skills 
  • Ability to write and speak effectively
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to interact with patrons and staff in a courteous and professional manner
  • Supervisory and professional skills requiring adherence to standards of accuracy, timeliness, tact and confidentiality

Physical requirements include ability to:

  • Position self to transport, shelve and retrieve materials from around the facility
  • Move up to 25lbs., or greater with assistance
  • Perform other efforts as identified with normal library work 


Position is unionized, and pay begins at 24.30 per hour. This position is a 35 hour work week which includes one - two evenings a week and roughly one - two Saturdays a month is required (or as programming needs dictate).  

Closing Date:

Position is open until filled. 

To Apply:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume as attachments to:

Marcie Walsh-O'Connor, Library Director


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