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Youth Services Librarian, Sargent Memorial Library, Boxborough, MA

Job Purpose

The Youth Services Librarian works under the direction of the library director to plan, implement, and manage a comprehensive program of library services to children and young adults.

 

Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, select, and develop the Children and Young Adult collections and manage the appropriate materials budget.

  • Plan, design and implement regular and special programs for children and young adults based on needs and interests of the community, including twice a week story and craft times, monthly book clubs, and annual Summer Reading Program.

  • Conduct community outreach; make frequent contacts with schools, other libraries, social service agencies, and civic organizations to establish collaborative relationships.

  • Manage the Children and Young Adult sections of the Library's website.

  • Promote the use of and access to library services through technology and social media sources. 

  • Provide in person and over the phone reference services and readers' advisories.

  • Manage and supervise high school and senior volunteers.

  • Participate in the public service desk rotation as required.

  • Keep abreast of current trends in the field through participation in user groups and attendance at conferences, workshops and meetings.

  • Assumes administrative responsibilities in the absence of the director as directed by the Board of Trustees.

 

Abilities

  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing with both children and adults.

  • Create and maintain positive staff and patron relationships.

  • Successfully work independently and in a team setting.

  • Explain network circulation policies and procedures.

  • Analyze and identify community needs and tailor programs and services to meet those needs.

  • Creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner.

  • Demonstrate positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers, and community.

 

Education and Skills

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of library principles, trends, and services to children and young adults.
  • Understanding of infant, child, and youth development.
  • Knowledge of children and young adult literature.
  • Proficient in the use of social media and digital devices.
  • Knowledge of and experienced in basic, user-centered web design.

  • Public library experience preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, and Evergreen or other ILS, is preferred.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is continuously required to communicate by talking and listening, use of fingers and hands, repetitive motion and sitting.

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, reach, and feel. Occasionally bend, stoop, grasp and rarely to feel, kneel or crawl.

  • The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to 15 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 35 pounds.

  • Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 75% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.

  • High volume environment with high accuracy requirements for numeric and alpha processing.

 

Hours

35 hours a week including 2 evenings and 1 or 2 Saturdays a month.

Compensation

This is a benefited position with hourly pay of $27.64-$33.92 in ten steps.

 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Peishan Bartley (pbartley@cwmars.org).

 

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