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Librarian – Youth Services

Location: Forest - Travel required between buildings
Position Type: Half-time
Salary: $26,667.00

Job Description


This is a 20 hours per week position requires regular day, night and weekend hours. Under the direction of library management, plans, coordinates, and performs programs and activities with an emphasis on services to youth and adults and agencies serving youth within the library setting and in the local community. Participates in collection development by selecting materials in accordance with professional library practice and DMPL Selection Policy. Demonstrates proficiency in current and emerging library technology. Provides excellent reference and readers’ advisory service for all customers. Does related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Answers reference, research, and readers' advisory questions.
  • Develops and provides interactive library programs for youth, including storytelling, literacy activities, school visits, book discussions, information literacy instruction, and other programs as community needs dictate.
  • Models and mentors literacy standards for parents and caregivers.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog, online resources, and library technology.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Directs collection development for youth and prepares bibliographies.
  • Acts as liaison with other agencies serving youth and their caregivers.
  • Directs planning and organizing work within the youth department.
  • Provides direction, training, and supervision to support staff and volunteers.
  • Plans and maintains displays, exhibits, and bulletin boards.
  • Reads professional literature and participates in continuing education to keep informed of developing library practices and issues.
  • Actively participates as a member/leader of the Youth Services Team and other assigned committees.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively and present programs.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and print formats.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment and lead a wide range of large and small motor skill activities during youth.
  • Must be able to travel between buildings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials and resources.
  • Knowledge of youth literature and materials, social media and technological trends.
  • Skill in using current and emerging library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in training customers to use library resources.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to instruct, train, and supervise support staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to establish rapport and to interact successfully with youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to keep records, files, compile reports, and analyze statistics.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment.
  • Ability to develop and execute creative, successful, and relevant youth programs that serve the needs of the community.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school of library and information science is a requirement.
  • Successful experience in public library youth services work is required, including demonstrated skill in youth programming and collection development.
  • Excellent customer service skills with all ages is required.

Application Information

Send resume, transcripts (if not already on file) and letter of application to Deputy Director Linda L. Roe ( 1000 Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, June 1, 2016.

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Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102