Children & Youth Services Librarian – Manchester Community Library (Manchester Center, VT)

Reports to:  Executive Director
Status: Full-time onsite, flexible schedule, including some evenings and Saturdays.

The Role
The Manchester Community Library seeks an energetic Children & Youth Services Librarian who loves young people. You will collaborate with MCL’s Program Director to creatively plan, develop, and implement services and programs for toddlers, kids, tweens, teens, and their families. You are a highly motivated individual with proven success in working with children and teens. Strong interpersonal, technology, and communication skills will complement your ability to plan, coordinate, collaborate, and serve our community stakeholders.

Education / Experience
A Master of Library and Information Science degree and 3 or more years of working with children and youth in a library setting is strongly preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications
Enthusiasm for MCL’s mission, vision, and values  • Thorough knowledge of best library practices for children and youth • Exceptional relationship management and communication skills • Ability to work effectively with varied stakeholders • Familiarity with Koha Integrated Library Systems • Excellent technology skills, including Google Workspace • Self-directed, with excellent time management, judgment, and creative problem-solving skills • Personal attributes include passion, integrity, honesty, and positive attitude • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Responsibilities
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The following list comprises the primary job responsibilities; it is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all activities that may be required.

Select, order, catalog, inventory, and weed materials, primarily for children’s and youth collections • Partner with the Program Director and library team to plan, develop, and implement services and programs • Coordinate and train library staff and volunteers • Support programs with events, acquisitions, exhibits, grant development, and reports • Collaboratively help organize and run summer programs • Identify and track key budget and expense performance indicators • Assist in the development of communications and promotion of library services and programs • Co-manage interlibrary loans • Engage in ongoing professional development • Embrace a welcoming, patron-first culture with regular help desk coverage • Support local schools and community groups to develop and expand children and teen services

Compensation
Salary range: $42,000 – $48,000

The excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, and generous leave policies. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Edward Surjan, Executive Director, careers@mclvt.org.

Please note the above job description describes the general nature, tasks, responsibilities, and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility, duty, and skill required for the position. Other duties may be assigned.

The Manchester Community Library is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

– Posted 12/4/22

Children’s Librarian – Bethlehem Public Library (Bethlehem, NH)

Bethlehem Public Library is seeking an energetic, creative individual to be our next Children’s Librarian.

Bethlehem is a small town in northern New Hampshire, with a new library built in 2013 and strong community support.  The library is truly the hub of the town.  We have an influx of people in the summer, and many school classes that visit during the school year.  Nestled in the White Mountains, residents enjoy many outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, as well as art galleries, music events, and other cultural events throughout the year.  Bethlehem is easy to visit, right off I-93.

The ideal candidate is dedicated to helping patrons at the circulation desk, delivering quality customer service with a welcoming demeanor.  They will easily move from computer work to craft making to readers advisory.  They will possess strong computer skills, as helping patrons navigate our laptops and patron devices is part of the job.  The candidate will also be comfortable engaging and educating children through programs which they will develop and execute.  Ability to work independently and collaboratively a must.

A suitable combination of education and experience will be considered.  A background in libraries and/or education would be ideal.  This position is part-time, 16-18 hours per week, with one evening and rotating Saturdays.  Competitive salary based on qualifications.

For full details, see our website www.bethlehemlibrary.org

– Posted 7/21/22

Children’s Circulation Assistant – Aldrich Public Library (Barre, VT)

Aldrich Public Library is hiring!

Located in Central Vermont, Aldrich Library serves the communities of Barre City and Barre Town at two locations. Our historic Barre City building houses a collection of over 60,000 titles and accommodates over 70,000 visitors annually.

We are currently seeking a friendly and engaging Circulation Assistant in the Katherine Paterson Children’s Library. The Circulation Assistant will work with the Children’s Librarian and staff to maintain a collection of children’s materials, and connect patrons to materials throughout the library. See the attached job description for more information.

This position will work 15 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. Rate of pay will start at $15.45 per hour.

Visit www.aldrichpubliclibrary.org/get-involved for more information, and to access our application.

– Posted 4/27/22

Children & Youth Librarian – Bixby Memorial Free Library (Vergennes, VT)

Vergennes, Vermont
Children & Youth Librarian

(20+ hours per week)

Summary: The Bixby Memorial Free Library is seeking a new team member to join us as our Children & Youth Librarian. The successful candidate will be passionate about encouraging, inspiring and expanding a community of young people in our five towns (Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham).  This individual will be enthusiastic about growing an active community of kiddos and their caregivers, as well as tweens and teens, through engaging, valued programming, traditions, and personal connections.

Background: Since The Bixby’s long-serving and beloved Children’s Librarian retired in May of 2020, we have been fortunate to have several gifted individuals serve on an interim basis.  With the library back to full hours and programming, we hope to welcome a person who envisions a longer-term role in growing and enhancing the critical role the library can and should play in these community members’ lives.

The Library has recently received federal funding to invest in a makerspace and the creation of a Library of Things, which we’ll be launching in 2022 to create new opportunities for age-based and cross-generational programming to share and generate expertise, curiosity, and creativity.

Position: The Children’s Services Librarian provides quality services to youth and families and increases the responsiveness of the library to the needs of youth and families in our community. The Youth Services Librarian partners with schools, childcare providers and other youth services organizations and communicates with individuals to identify community needs and enrichment opportunities and implement new initiatives in response. He/she is also responsible for delivering high quality traditional youth library services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops, budgets, and maintains all aspects of the Library’s youth collection, including audiovisual and electronic resources, using standard review sources and considering patron requests
  • Collaborates with the Adult Services Librarian in collection development of the Library’s young adult materials
  • Develops, plans, implements and evaluates children and youth programs and services
  • Provides on floor interaction with youth
  • Works with local schools, childcare providers, community youth organizations, and others to provide valued outreach to the community
  • Trains and supervises teen and pre-teen volunteers
  • Performs similar or related work as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to interact meaningfully with children of all ages and personalities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including public speaking
  • Highly effective collaboration skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of current trends in children’s literature
  • Skillful in learning and leveraging a range of technology,  tools, and platforms for effective communications and productivity
  • Has a good sense of humor and a positive, resilient spirit

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience/certification desired
  • Professional experience in a public library setting preferred

Physical Requirements: Work is performed under typical library and office conditions. Duties require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving light-weight materials or equipment.

– Posted 12/13/21

Part-time Children’s Assistant Librarian – Norman Williams Public Library (Woodstock, VT)

The Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock, VT is seeking someone to join the Youth Services team.  As a librarian in our Children’s Room, the ideal candidate will exhibit a collaborative and energetic spirit while maintaining a safe and inviting environment for youth from toddlers through late teens.  Excellent customer service skills and an eagerness to connect with community members through engaging programming and other library services are crucial to this position.  If you have genuine care for youth and have a passion for encouraging and inspiring readers, then we want to hear from you.

 This is a 20 hours per week position with some Saturday daytime hours.

To Apply:

Please send an email including cover letter, resume, and three references to AdrianTans, Youth Services Director –    adrian@normanwilliams.org

– Posted 8/17/21

Youth Services Librarian (Children and YA Specialist) – Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library (Ashburnham, MA)

Position Title: Youth Services Librarian (Children and YA Specialist)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Library Director

Essential Functions:

  • Delivers prompt and courteous assistance to all patrons regarding the use of library resources, equipment, and services. Responsible for maintaining and promoting a welcoming and inclusive physical and virtual library environment.
  • Provides circulation services including card registrations, answering account questions, checking materials in and out. Assists with Interlibrary loan delivery processing, shelving materials, and responding to reference and information requests.
  • Provides leadership in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating youth services services programs including story times. Directs and coordinates the operations of the youth services library spaces. Coordinates part-time staff, work study staff, volunteers, and interns assigned to youth services.
  • Conducts regular community needs assessment to identify community teen and youth needs and to develop strategic directions for youth services and programming.
  • Fosters community engagement. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with schools, community groups, and other community partners in order to develop and deliver programs and services that meet local teen and youth needs and interests. Conducts outreach at community events and schools. Meets with a Teen Advisory Board in order to coordinate programs and activities and to inform collection development.
  • Curates and develops library collections to include relevant print and digital resources that support the interests and needs of the teens and youths. Purchases teen, youth, and parenting materials for library acquisition. Manages a budget for materials and programming in collaboration with the Library Director. Evaluates and weeds the library collection. Creates and maintains book displays related to library services and  library programming.
  • Identifies and applies for grant opportunities that support and develop library youth services. Attends and participates in professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees.
  • Provides reference service to teens, youths, and families. Provides reader’s advisory service. Fulfills book bundle requests for children, teens, and adults. Instructs teens and caregivers in information gathering and research skills in order to promote digital and information literacy skills.
  • Coordinates youth services content on the library website. Maintains an active online presence through the library website and social media. Contributes to the library’s social media accounts. Creates a virtual monthly newsletter to be distributed to local schools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Two years experience working with children, teenagers, and families in a library setting.

Preferred Job Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school with a concentration in Children’s Services or equivalent degree.
  • Experience working in a public library or other learning environment with children, teenagers, and families.
  • Experience with collection development.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience with Evergreen ILS or similar ILS.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to identify and establish priorities, and exercise initiative and independent judgment in a variety of situations.
  • Knowledge of child development and its relationship to library services.
  • Knowledge of best practices in youth services, including guidelines and standards published by ALA, YALSA and other recognized organizations.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Compensation:

Hourly rate: $20.11-$27.41 Yearly rate: $36,600-$49,886
Paid work week 35 hours including one evening a week and one Saturday a month.
Starting vacation commensurate with experience.

Closing date:

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening will begin August 30, 2021.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: jmynes@ashburnham-ma.gov. Please direct questions to the same email.

– Posted 8/11/21

Library Children’s Engagement Specialist – Winooski Memorial Library (Winooski VT)

The Library Children’s Engagement Specialist is responsible for providing literacy experiences to pre-k and school-age youth, connecting with parents and caregivers, delivering outreach to child care, summer camp, and OST providers, and developing partnerships with community agencies in support of pre-k, school-age, and family readers. Working with the Library Director, the Library Children’s Engagement Specialist will proactively and continually assess the literacy landscape among children and families living in Winooski and develop service models and resource supports that meet the needs of residents, with particular emphasis on new American, immigrant, and BIPOC communities.

Posting Period – Internal: 5/24/21-5/28/21; External: 5/24/21-6/4/21

Salary Range – $19.73-$20.53 dependent on experience

Schedule – Part Time, 20 hours per week

To apply,
1. Download the full job description
2. Apply online or download our employment application

Employment applications and resumes can be emailed or sent to our address:

hr@winooskivt.gov

The City of Winooski
Dept. of Human Resources
27 West Allen Street, Winooski VT 05404

– Posted 6/4/21

Youth Services Librarian – Norman Williams Public Library (Woodstock, VT)

The Norman Williams Public LIbrary in Woodstock, VT is seeking a Youth Services Librarian.  Our ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic team player with an energetic spirit. This person will have excellent communication skills and an eagerness to connect with the community. If you have a passion for encouraging and inspiring young readers and a genuine care for youth we would love to hear from you.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree and willingness to work towards a Vermont library certification.
  • Two years previous library experience preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Capacity to multitask and prioritize competing demands while remaining calm, kind and positive
  • Provide reader’s advisory and reference services to children and teens, and their caregivers
  • Planning and conducting youth programming and summer reading programs
  • Develop positive relationships with a lively after school crowd
  • Assist with book ordering for youth collections
  • Maintenance of youth collection
  • Attend library workshops and keep abreast of changes and improvements in library science
  • Assume additional duties as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Flexibility and patience
  • Knowledge of youth literature
  • A working knowledge of library practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of current practices and trends in library services for children and young adults Skillful in learning and leveraging a range of technology, tools, and platforms for effective communications and productivity
  • Good written and verbal communications skills
  • A genuine care and respect for youth

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to lift and carry equipment or boxes weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Must possess physical ability to reach, bend, and lift frequently

Hours & Compensation:

 This is a 30-hour per week benefited position. Saturday hours are required

To Apply: 

Please send an email including a cover letter, resume, and three references to Clare McFarland, Director (clare@normanwilliams.org).

Please note, the above job description describes the general nature, tasks, responsibilities, and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility, duty, and skill required for the position. Depending on organizational needs, other duties may be assigned. 

The Norman Williams Public Library is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

– Posted April 1, 2021

Youth Services Librarian – Pease Public Library (Plymouth, NH)

The Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH is seeking a Youth Services Librarian with excellent communication skills. Applicants must be able to demonstrate flexibility, good judgment and good humor under varying circumstances. The ability to multi-task and provide quality customer service is essential. Must be a community-oriented, hands-on team player. Must be prepared to attend staff meetings, remain current on professional trends and assist in planning team projects. Some Saturday and evening hours are required. Must enjoy working with children, teens and their families.
Position Purpose:
Performs administrative and professional work in planning, organizing, and coordinating activities of the Library Children’s Department.  Performs all other related duties as required.
Essential 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.)
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements programming for children and young adults such as weekly story time for those under 6, science programs, summer reading program, and having outside presenters.  These programs consist of music and movement, crafts, educational activities, and resources for children and their adult caregivers.
  • Enhances the programs of local schools by providing complementary services.
  • Manages the materials collection for children and young adults which includes weeding, using book review resources and purchasing materials. Catalogs and processes materials for children and young adults, gifts, and purchases.
  • Provides customer services in the form of answering patron emails, providing reader’s advisory, helping patrons find materials, computer and other technology instruction and helping with OverDrive.
  • Maintains the circulation desks tasks (checking books in and out, pulling holds, curbside hold service, registering patrons, answering phones, checking out museum passes and shelving.)
  • Supervises the daily operation of the children’s room and the young adult room.  Upholds the library’s behavior and child safety policies.
  • Creates promotional materials for children’s and young adult programming.  Maintains the children and young adult sections of the library website and posts on social media regarding children and young adult programming.
  • Compiles programming statistics and submits statistics to Director.
  • Performs outreach to schools and other local agencies for programming, especially summer reading program.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:
Master’s Degree in library science from an ALA-accredited school; three to five years of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of library practices, procedures, and techniques.  Knowledge of youth literature and reading programs and activities.  Working knowledge of the policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to library services.  Working knowledge of library technology.
Ability: Ability to work with a wide variety of library patrons and library staff in a friendly, efficient manner.  Ability to listen and communicate effectively. Ability to use computerized library systems and related equipment. Ability to think strategically.  Ability to interpret and follow policies and procedures and to operate standard office equipment.  Ability to manage a modest materials and programming budget.
Skill: Excellent customer service skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Proficient computer skills; interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Good time management and planning skills.
Supervision:
Supervision Scope: This position performs various duties requiring a thorough knowledge of departmental operations and the ability to complete assigned tasks according to established procedures and protocol.
Supervision Received:  Work is performed under the general direction of the Library Director.
Supervision Given: Work-study students and/or volunteers, as available.
Job Environment:
  • Work is performed under typical office and library conditions; the noise level is moderately noisy.
  • Operates computer, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, and other standard office equipment.
  • Employee has frequent contact with the general public, patrons, libraries, and community groups. Contacts are in person, via email or by telephone and involve an information exchange dialogue.
  • Errors could result in delays or loss of library services, and/or poor public relations.
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to walk, bend, reach, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate objects, tools, or controls; pick up books, paper, files, and other common office objects.  Ability to view computer screens and work with details for extended periods of time.   May move objects weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able to communicate effectively with others.  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.
Salary: Salary range to begin this position shall be $18.10-18.64/hr. with extensive medical and dental package.
 (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)
Please send resume and contact information for three references by April 19, 2021 to Diane Lynch, Director, at dlynch@peasepubliclibrary.org No phone calls, please.
Plymouth, N.H. is a vibrant community committed to diversity, arts and education. The Pease Public Library Staff is honored to play a role in serving its citizens with current information, technology, and quality entertainment. Pay Equity/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.
 – Posted March 26, 2021