Librarian- Youth Services
Youth Services Librarian
Corporate Parkway Branch
Do you recognize the importance of providing library services to youth? Do you thrive working in a fast paced and collaborative environment? We are seeking a Youth Services Librarian to work at the Corporate Parkway Branch, located in the fastest growing part of our county. This position will focus on delivering library services to youth of all ages through reference help, readers’ advisory and creating dynamic classes and events. Duties will also include assisting customers of all ages with the use of technology, providing outreach services, and supporting the branch and branch management in a supervisory role.
· Experience working with youth
· Proven ability to make positive connections and help youth from diverse backgrounds with library services
· Extensive knowledge of general library operations and library technology
· Must possess initiative and have excellent customer service and critical thinking skills
· Must have leadership skills along with an ability to collaborate and work well as part of a team
· Should have the ability to multitask and stay well organized in a rapidly changing environment
· Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited program required
Monday –Friday with one evening per week and one scheduled weekend per month
The St. Charles City-County Library is a Kaleidoscope of Discovery! With an operating budget of over $19 million, our twelve library branches are located in some of the fastest growing communities in Missouri, and poised to grow right along with them. The future looks bright. Join us!
We offer a full benefit package, which includes medical, vision and dental insurance, retirement plan, generous time off. Starting salary is $47,358.25.
For priority consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with completed SCCCL Application by Monday, April 26, 2021. Please send application materials electronically to HR@stchlibrary.org, or mail to SCCCL HR Dept. P.O. Box 529, St. Peters, MO 63376. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide status updates.
The St. Charles City-County Library is committed to diversity and inclusion. The Library provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status.
4/16/21 – 4/26/21
Please see the following job description for more information.
Youth Services Librarian
General Purpose Branch Manager or Regional Branch Youth Services Supervisor
The primary focus of the position is delivering library services, specifically reference, readers’ advisory and programming services to youth. Additional duties may include technology training, provision of off-site services, and supervisory duties. Youth services librarians are expected to serve all ages, however there may be a specialty designation of children’s, teen, or a combination of the two depending on branch assignment.
1. Understand theories of infant, child, and adolescent learning and development and their implications for library service.
2. Communicate early literacy practices to parents and have a familiarity with the ALA Every Child Ready to Read Initiative.
3. Present programs to large or small groups of children, teens, and/or adults.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of youth literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, websites, and other electronic media that contribute to a diverse and relevant collection.
5. Use technology in programming when appropriate.
6. Mentor other staff in the branch in services to youth, including paraprofessionals and new librarians.
1. Carry out duties in accordance with the District’s Code of Ethics.
2. Work cooperatively with all District staff in planning, developing and deploying new services.
3. Participate in professional development and continuing education activities, including ongoing review of professional literature.
4. Attend meetings of District staff as required.
5. Participate on special project teams focused on system-wide goals and programs.
Public Service Duties
1. Plan, design, present, and evaluate services and programs for youth.
2. Identify and engage skilled community partners to present programs.
3. Instruct customers in the use of library tools and resources, empowering them to choose materials and services on their own.
4. Provide reference assistance to all customers, including readers’ advisory, educational support, and technology assistance.
5. Promote library collections and services through programming, merchandising, outreach visits, and community events and maintain relationships with community agencies.
Public Service Duties (continued)
6. Explain library policies and procedures to customers.
7. Resolve customer service issues as needed.
1. Assist with the weeding of materials according to District policies to ensure that the collection is current and relevant materials are available.
2. Collaborate with collection services staff on providing a diverse variety of electronic resources, audiovisual materials, and print materials, to best serve the needs of youth and caregivers.
3. Stay current on new materials by consulting a wide variety of reviewing sources and publishers’ catalogs, and attending professional meetings.
Supervisory Duties in a General Purpose Branch
1. Assist the Branch Manager with supervising the daily operations of the branch by handling staff and customer issues as needed.
2. Assist Branch Manager with staff scheduling, as needed.
3. Participate in the interview and selection process for new employees in the department or branch.
4. Oversee training in the department and conduct performance evaluation of direct reports.
5. Communicate or interpret policies and procedures to staff.
1. Expertise in the area of infant, child, and adolescent learning and development.
2. Expertise in youth literature coupled with ability to recommend age-appropriate reading suggestions that match the customers’ interests.
3. Extensive knowledge of general library operations and library technology.
4. Ability to interact pleasantly and positively with customers and staff.
5. Supervisory skills and understanding of workflow processes.
6. Strong computer skills and ability to troubleshoot problems or answer customer questions.
7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Essential Physical Abilities
Accomplished with or without reasonable accommodation.
1. Ability to stand for long periods of time in public service area.
2. Ability to lift and move materials and furnishings for program set up.
3. Ability to reach high or low to review materials on shelves and move through aisles.
4. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to communicate well with staff and customers.
5. Sufficient vision to produce and review a wide variety of library materials, written correspondence, reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
6. Sufficient personal mobility to attend meetings at various locations within the District.
Education and experience
1. Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program required.
2. Experience working with youth in a professional capacity preferred.
The job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Library.