Youth Services Librarian, Whitman Public Library, Whitman MA

The Whitman Public Library seeks enthusiastic and friendly candidates to apply for the Youth Services Librarian Position. Located on the south shore of Massachusetts, the town of Whitman is approximately 30 miles from Boston. Our small but busy library serves a population of just under 15,000. We are a member of the Old Colony Library Network.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning, organizing and implementing library programs and services for children ages 0-18, including storytimes, family activities and the Summer Reading Program.
  • Acting as the primary source for reference services, reader's advisory and bibliographic instruction for patrons ages 0-18.
  • Collection development of the Juvenile and Young Adult collections, under the supervision of the Director.
  • Performing daily activities and operations of the library, including but not limited to shelving, organization of book displays and circulation duties as needed.
  • Implementing outreach activities to local schools, homeschoolers, other town departments and local civic organizations.
  • Attending workshops to update skills relating to emerging technologies, network upgrades, and new or improved library services.
  • Maintaining an attractive and functional youth area.
  • Executing other related duties as assigned by the Director.

Required Qualifications: 

  • MLA from ALA accredited program
  • At least three years of public library experience, and/or experience with children, including one year of supervisory experience preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of children's and young adult literature
  • Knowledge of trends and programs for youth services
  • Ability to identify community needs and develop services accordingly
  • Ability to develop strong interactive community relationships with a focus on youth
  • Experience using online catalogs, Internet, online databases, e-mail, office software and the ability to integrate technology into operations
  • High degree of motivation, flexibility, initiative and resourcefulness
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to write and speak effectively
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to interact with patrons and staff in a courteous and professional manner
  • Supervisory and professional skills requiring adherence to standards of accuracy, timeliness, tact and confidentiality

Physical requirements include ability to:

  • Move around the facility with relative ease
  • Walk, sit, bend, climb, kneel, carry and stoop
  • Use hand and finger motion with enough manual dexterity to use computers and handle library items
  • Lift up to 25lbs., or greater with assistance
  • Perform other efforts as identified with normal library work 

Please send resume, cover letter and three references to Andrea Rounds, Director: arounds@ocln.org

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