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Position Opening: Youth Services Librarian

Job Title: Youth Services Librarian 

This position is full-time, 40 hours a week, exempt 

Overview

The Youth Services Librarian works as part of the professional team and concentrates on providing impactful library programs to young people and families in our community. Primary responsibilities include planning and executing programs and outreach for kids, teens and caregivers of children, developing excellent collections for children and preteens, and providing direct patron service. This position receives general direction from the Executive Director and Assistant Director.

Organization Profile

It is the mission of the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) to support the evolving needs of our community. Staff members work energetically and collaboratively to contribute to the success of our programs, spaces, collections, and services across all areas of the library, in addition to focusing on their area of primary responsibility. We have a team-based environment made up of flexible and responsive professionals committed to our community.  

Detailed Responsibilities:

Reference and Patron Services

  • Provides direct patron service, staffing service desks in various areas of the library as needed
    • Primarily responsible for staffing the children’s and teen reference desks
    • Provides consistent, excellent reference services, research assistance and resource recommendations using print and digital resources
    • Provides reader’s advisory services
    • Instructs and assists patrons in the use of public computers, devices, digital and print resources
    • Provides notary services and keeps current with notary best practices and certification

Programming

  • Identifies and researches community needs and interests related to programming, with a special focus on programming and outreach for children, tweens, and caregivers
  • Works with members of the Youth Services team to plan and execute a robust schedule of high-quality programming for youth and caregivers, including storytimes, special events, summer camps and more
  • Provides community outreach and cultivates relationships with local partners and community groups to offer various programming for youth and families
  • Develops and manages a programming budget line; tracks and records expenses

Collection Development

  • Develops the library’s collection of children’s readers, nonfiction materials, chapter books, and graphic novels.
    • Purchases titles and maintains collections by researching and reviewing publications, determining material collection categories, and preparing collection areas for new materials
    • Makes collection recommendations based evaluation of patron collection usage and requests
    • Ensures the library’s children’s collection includes print and digital resources relevant to the specific interests and needs of the children in the community
    • Participates in development, spending and tracking of annual budget for these collections

Administrative

  • Supports the mission and vision of the library by working collaboratively and effectively communicating with all library staff
  • Submits required summaries and reports in a timely manner to participate in library planning, assessment, and professional development
  • Collects, tracks, and records statistics for reference services and program attendance  
  • Serves on library committees and working groups as appropriate
  • Performs special projects as assigned 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent patron services skills and a commitment to serving our community
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both written and verbal
  • Ability to positively relate to and collaborate with community groups, library patrons, and other library staff members  
  • Ability to understand and interpret library policies and procedures
  • Ability to manage and track budgets and analyze data
  • Knowledge of service and programming trends for children & tweens in public libraries
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning 
  • Strong technology skills required
  • May be required to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • May be required to lift, pull, and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekdays, evenings, and weekends

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from an ALA accredited school 
  • New York State Public Librarian Certification

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Heather Matzel at hmatzel@fflib.org by May 31, 2022.



For-Credit Internships

We know that you have unique ideas, skills, and perspectives, and we want your internship experience to utilize all of them. Have an idea? Great! Have lots of interest or enthusiasm, but nothing concrete? That’s great, too! At the FFL you will work one on one with a member of the FFL professional team to create a customized internship plan. If you can dream it, we can do it! We have hosted interns for the following areas:

  • STEAM and Making
  • Participatory Programming
  • Marketing & Publicity
  • Partnerships & Outreach
  • Grant Writing
  • Local history and Digitization
  • Archives and Preservation
  • Services to Special Populations
  • Reference and Instruction
  • Collection Development and Access
  • Reader’s Advisory and Displays
  • Children’s Programs and Services
  • Teen Programs and Services
  • And more!

To apply, email your cover letter & resume to Leah Kraus at lkraus@fflib.org

This opportunity is for students interested in unpaid, for credit, experiential learning.