Youth Services Librarian Job Description
Responsibilities: Plans and conducts the children’s programs and services of the library under the supervision of the library director.
1. Plans and conducts preschool story hour on a weekly basis-September-May.
2. Plans and conducts a summer reading program for children ages preschool through teens.
3. Organizes and gives tours of the library and its services to school groups. Also communicates with teachers about school visits and conducts a storytime if requested.
4. Communicates with home schoolers, teachers, students, parents and community members to help improve library services.
5. Provides attractive displays and settings to encourage reading.
6. Plans and conducts occasional special programs after school or around holidays.
7. Attends Storywagon and manages performers at the park.
8. Assists library patrons, primarily children and their parents, in finding material they want, answering reference questions and providing reader’s advisory.
9. Plans for and composes list of craft supplies and any other items needed for children’s programming and submits them to the director for ordering.
10. Composes and prepares public relations materials such as flyers, brochures, etc. clearing them with the library director before they are printed or put out for the public.
11. Assists in book selection of children’s materials (books and av), and inventory and weeding of children’s collection.
12. Compiles statistics on attendance of all children’s programs throughout the year for the annual report and statistics on the summer reading program.
13. The position would also consist of learning all aspects of working in a small library and assisting the director in an administrative type position. This would include working the circulation desk, shelving and all other related duties as required.
14. Deals tactfully and courteously with the public. Upholds all confidentiality rights of patrons and patron records as stated in Wisconsin statutes.
15. Upholds established library policies and procedures.
16. Works closely with library director in planning programs and maintains an effective working relationship with fellow staff members. Has a cooperative team spirit.
17. Uses library provided means for continuing education and training. Attends training, workshops, conferences and other continuing education related to youth services as approved by the director.
Knowledge and abilities:
1. Working knowledge of library methods and procedures.
2. Knowledge on how to conduct story hour appropriate to preschool children, using stories, songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, etc.
3. Ability to organize, plan and conduct programs for the entire year, well in advance of carrying them out.
4. Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, staff and all library patrons in person and over the telephone.
5. Knowledge in using Enterprise (the library catalog), the internet, and other computer software as related to youth services.
1. Sitting, kneeling, standing, walking, crawling, reaching and stooping.
2. Talking and hearing; using the telephone.
3. Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.
4. Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.
5. Handling, processing, reading, and shelving books.
6. Typing, writing, and filing.
7. Pushing and pulling objects weighing 60-80 pounds on a book cart.
8. Mobility: travel to meetings and programs outside the library.
1. Communication skills; both written and oral
2. Reading ability; effectively read and understand information in written form, as well as ability to read to children aloud.
3. Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.
4. Mathematical ability; calculate fines and copier money and make change.
5. Time management skills; set priorities and meet assigned deadlines.
6. Last but most important: multitasking and attention to detail
Personal computer, printer, scanner, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, audiovisual equipment.
Education and experience:
1. High school diploma or GED required. College degree preferred.
2. Keyboarding and computer experience.
3. Previous library work experience preferred.
4. Previous job experience working with children in some capacity, at school or preschool is highly desired.
Salary: This is a part-time job with approximately 16 hours a week but could be more with the right applicant, starting pay rate of $12.50 an hour and would include one evening a week and an occasional Saturday