The Youth Services department is responsible for selecting and recommending materials for children from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers, as well as shaping services, experiences, and spaces that inspire curiosity and create young readers. The Youth Services Librarian provides reference and reader’s advisory to customers, initiates, plans, and presents a wide range of diverse and innovative programs in support of department goals, selects and maintains collection materials, and coordinates special services, as assigned. This position functions with a high level of autonomy, professionalism, and independent judgment.

Essential Job Duties:
1. Deliver exceptional customer service at in-person and virtual service points through expert-level reference, reader’s advisory, and basic technology assistance to children from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers.
2. As directed by the Department Head, coordinate and lead the facilitation of and communication around assigned services, projects, or programs, including preparing other department staff to assist.
3. Select and maintain the circulating children’s and teen’s collections in accordance with the Library’s Resource Selection Policy.
4. Initiate, plan, and present diverse and creative programs for children from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers in support of department goals and community needs.
5. Plan, promote, and provide outreach services for area schools, preschools, daycares, and community organizations.
6. Demonstrate good stewardship of physical and virtual spaces by preparing and merchandising department displays, continually maintaining interactive areas, and producing and updating content for the Library’s web presence, as assigned.
7. Actively promote Library services, materials, and programs to customers.
8. Ensure all policies and procedures of the Barrington Area Library are followed; interpret procedures and policies appropriately to resolve problems that are complex in nature, within the scope of the position.
9. Serve on committees, including hiring committees, and attend Library meetings as requested.
10. Serve as Person-In-Charge (PIC) as assigned.
11. Perform other duties as assigned.

To be considered for this position, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

  • Completion of an ALA-accredited MLS degree.
  • Experience delivering library programs to children.
  • Basic knowledge of children’s books.
  • Ability to use computers and relevant software and other technology.
  • Flexibility to be able to work rotating and various work shifts including days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to travel locally, as needed.

After a training period, an employee in this position will be expected to:

  • Provide exceptional service to Library customers.
  • Understand the Library’s policies and procedures and use them effectively.
  • Understand theories of infant, child, and adolescent learning, literacy development and brain development, and their implications for library service.
  • Successfully design, lead, and evaluate programs and services that meet BALibrary standards and goals.
  • Collaborate productively with internal and external customers.
  • Successfully utilize the Library’s tools and technology and perform basic troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate the flexibility to work various shifts in accordance with the needs of the department.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to see, walk, sit, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, and hear frequently.
  • Ability to perform some programming duties outdoors in suitable weather conditions.
  • Physical dexterity to reach shelves of various heights, and occasionally lift, pull, push or transport equipment and furnishings not to exceed 20 lbs.
  • Visual acuity to read standard office documents and 10 point font.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate fluently in English.

Note: This job description describes a general category of jobs. In order to meet the needs of the Barrington Area Library or its departments, employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to or in lieu of those described above, and any duties are subject to change at any time.

The Barrington Area Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Library will review any reasonable request for accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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