We are hiring!

Position Title: Youth Service/Children’s Librarian

Date Revised: 4/16/21

Subcategory: Preschool and Summer Reading Program Specialist

Classification: Non-Exempt, Full-Time

Department: Library

Reports to: Library Director



The children’s preschool and summer reading program specialist librarian manages programming for birth through kindergarten and their families in the community in the context of customer service, community-building, library advocacy and community trends. This librarian also coordinates the library summer reading program for preschool through 5 th grade. This librarian is a liaison to the local preschools, childcare facilities, and organizations serving this age group. Children’s librarians seek partnerships with other town departments and organizations that benefit young children and their families.


Fundraising & Budgeting :

Participates in budget preparation and administration; manages assigned budget, maximizes benefit to cost ratios and reports. Secures and allocates alternative funding sources to support programs and services.

Customer Service:

Provides excellent customer service and is committed to public service values. Provides effective reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons; offers in-person assistance for the use of technology (including electronic devices and library e-resources) to children and their families. Analyzes and responds to community interests and concerns regarding children’s services. Fairly and tactfully enforces library and children’s room policies with patrons while balancing the importance of patron satisfaction. Provides timely and clear information to other library staff about youth services.

Collection Development and Cataloging :

Works with staff to manage print and nonprint collections in areas of expertise and interest. All collections are managed in the context of customer demand, curriculum-support needs, and community trends. Evaluates donated materials to determine if they warrant addition to assigned collection areas. Performs cataloging and processing/repair activities related to children’s room materials in cooperation with staff. Creates tools to facilitate access to and raise awareness of the collections including display

Programming: Plans, produces, and coordinates programs for children, primarily birth through kindergarten aged, including family activities, in the context of school and community activities and scheduled to allow greatest access (including afternoons, evenings, weekends). Collaborates with adult and other children’s services staff to provide programs/services to adults visiting the library with

children. Acts as Summer Reading Program coordinator to manage all aspects of the Summer Reading Program for kids from birth through grade 5, including planning, organizing, and presenting summer activities and services and coordinating with other youth services staff. Staffs youth circulation desk during programs being provided by other library staff; coordinates with other youth services staff to ensure that youth circulation desk has staffing during open hours whenever possible

School/Community Collaboration and Outreach :

Visits preschools, daycare centers, and other locations serving children and families providing early literacy support and other services. Gives promotional presentations and tours of the library in order to promote reading and raise awareness of library services.

Publicity and Marketing :

Uses print, social media, electronic communications, web pages, and other forms of communication effectively to promote the library, services, programs, and collections. Maintains high visibility in community and represents the library in a positive way.

Professional Development, Library, and Community Trends:

Identifies and analyzes emerging community issues/needs to determine direction for related library services and collections. Participates in workshops and training for staff development. Maintains active membership in local and regional professional groups and associations.

Support Library Mission & Goals:

Understands and can advocate for the library’s mission and goals in the community. Maintains records and statistics related to the collection, programs & services; uses as tool for evaluation, to direct future decisions, and to communicate about the library. Actively participates in library management team, including long-range planning, problem solving and policy development; represents the library at community meetings as required. Flexibility and willingness to work in different service areas of the library. Maintains a safe and secure library environment through enforcing patron adherence to library policies, procedures



Shelves materials and reads shelves to maintain order and collection accessibility. Checks for overdue materials and contacts patrons. Participates on town committees or initiatives as requested. Provides direct circulation service to patrons, including new card registrations, information requests, reader advisory services, using Evergreen, and all functions available in SEO. Provides service by phone (making and receiving calls) to patrons following business phone etiquette. Performs opening and closing tasks.


Works independently on many tasks at one time despite frequent distractions. Ability to establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationships with colleagues, town personnel, and the general public; maintains professional demeanor, tone, and conversations in all public areas of the library (including while working behind circulation desks). Prioritizes work and exercises independent, sound judgment particularly in stressful situations. Ability to understand and follow oral and or written

policies, procedures, and instructions. Demonstrates patience, tact, optimism, a friendly disposition, and the willingness to handle difficult staff, patrons, and situations. Is self-motivated and proactive; demonstrates creativity, initiative, and enthusiasm. Works positively and effectively within a team model. Is open to criticism and ideas. Is sensitive to patron privacy and intellectual freedom issues. Adaptability to frequent change; ability and willingness to quickly learn and apply new skills and knowledge. Uses library and town resources responsibly. Attends work on a regular, punctual, and dependable basis. Maintains flexibility in scheduling and availability. Knows and follows library and town safety procedures, reporting problems and keeping equipment and work areas in satisfactory condition. Is flexible, has a good sense of humor about the irritations of daily work life, and respects the feelings and needs of coworkers.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. Typical ways to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: MLS/MLIS from an accredited college or university.

Accredited masters degree in a field related to child development and/or youth services. Accredited bachelor’s degree in a related field. Successful professional experience as a children’s librarian, teacher or with children and families. Successful management experience in customer-focused environment.


Work is performed primarily in an office/retail environment and will include sitting at a desk or computer, standing at a counter, or moving around within the library building. Activities may need to be sustained for an extended period of time or may be brief and change quickly. Some travel to other locations to perform work and/or attend meetings is required. Physical exertion is required to lift supplies and library materials from overhead, varying heights of shelving, and the floor. Boxes needing to be moved may weigh up to 30 lbs. Work is subject to regular interruptions, noise, and other disruptions natural to working in a public space and with children. Work atmosphere is frequently dusty with potential exposure to airborne pathogens and may be subject to drafts and temperature variations. Sufficient vision, hearing, and other powers of observation are essential to permit the employee to read and sort library materials, interact positively with the public and colleagues, and supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate staff or volunteers. Needs high energy to work with the public for sustained periods while maintaining positive and enthusiastic interaction and communication. Work involves bending, twisting, reaching, stooping, kneeling, and crouching.


Full-time, 35 hours per week distributed over library open hours which include evenings and weekends. Occasional work will be scheduled outside of library open hours to accommodate programming or community outreach. Schedule will be determined by library director.


Must have excellent written, verbal, and non-verbal communication. Must be comfortable working with children both individually and in groups; must have empathy with children and young adults, care about their interests, activities, and problems. Solid analytical skills including the ability to gather and analyze data, identify problems and opportunities, compare results and consider options for solutions. Uses computers and the internet effectively for providing customer service/ ability to provide basic user maintenance on computer and printer hardware. Experience with and interest in mobile devices for information and recreational use. Experience or demonstrated ability in storytelling, book talking, and other public performance techniques. Working knowledge of childhood development and learning stages, children’s and young adult literature and materials. Ability to apply library procedures and policies and other professional knowledge to the practical problems of the job. Ability and interest to make effective presentations to groups of any size. Proven leadership qualities. Capable of physically performing the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation. Must be able to drive an automobile in the course of library business and possess a valid OH State driver’s license.


Criminal background check  I-9 Form 


The Mount Gilead Public Library provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, or national origin. In addition to federal law requirements, Mount Gilead Public Library complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which it has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.


Employees in this class analyze and evaluate the needs of the community to provide library services that meet educational, informational, and recreational needs. The primary function of the Children’s Librarian includes planning and implementing services and programs, managing collections, and allocating resources. Work is performed independently under the broad direction and guidance of the Library Director who reviews work for the quality of program implementation, services provided to patrons, and professional library standards. Errors in judgment could have substantial impact on library’s fiscal condition and the public’s acceptance of programs, personnel, and facilities.