Youth Services Librarian

Douglas County Libraries / Douglas County Libraries at Castle Rock, CO

Job deadline Apply by April 23rd, 2019   Job salary $22.67 per hour   Job type of library Public   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community

by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.




The Youth Service Librarian position is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing library services, programs and outreach, within the library and for the community. This position leads and supports the District’s mission and core values. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.


  • A thorough knowledge of professional library principles, public reference service expertise, homework help, outreach and presentation skills, and an understanding of public library operations, while practicing a “patron first” philosophy.
  • The ability to enhance the customer experience by embracing new technologies, modifying the collection to meet patron needs, looking for new ways to reach customers outside the library, and creating a sense of discovery and exploration in the branch.
  • Proficiency to perform storytimes using the ALA Every Child Ready to Read early literacy skills; and encourage caregivers to build on the skills.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service via phone, chat and email.


  • Working knowledge of the professional principles of youth service to include reference and readers’ advisory tools and methodologies, including print and electronic sources.
  • Working knowledge of children's collections and programming is required.
  • The ability to work under periods of occasional stress resulting from peak periods of patron service requests.


Description of Community

The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County.  In 1861, the Colorado Territorial Session Laws created Douglas County, named after Stephen A. Douglas. Known as the “Little Giant.”

Douglas County is virtually the geographic center of Colorado.  Located in the Denver South Metro area, Douglas County is one of the fastest growing areas in the state with over 303,000 in population. The County is approximately 843 square miles, of which 48,741 acres are permanently protected land through the Douglas County Open Space Program.  Recreational areas include more than 146,000 acres of Pike National Forest, Roxborough State Park, Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Chatfield State Recreation Area.

The County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment.

Douglas County ranked particularly well in the household income, homeownership rate and educational attainment categories.  Combine those with our great location, excellent schools, outstanding libraries, wonderful weather and outstanding recreational and cultural opportunities, and you will understand why Douglas County is recognized for being one of the most family-friendly communities in Colorado, offering a quality of life unmatched elsewhere in the state. Douglas County has also been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Douglas County Libraries has been blazing a trail and thriving in Douglas County for decades, due very much to the generous support, patronage and growth of our community. Douglas County Libraries is the fourth largest library system in Colorado. Our mission is to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning, and we play a vital role in the life of our community. We lend more than eight million books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, e-books, and audiobooks every year, including more children’s materials than any other Colorado library.

Our seven locations offer a large collection of popular materials, children’s books, reference materials, downloadable audio, video and e-books, wireless access, public computers for kids and adults, and friendly, professional staff. Study rooms and large public meeting rooms are available to the public. We offer reading programs for all ages, used book sales, more than 75 Storytimes each week, writing groups, book clubs and a wide variety of fun and interesting programs for all ages.

Online resources include research databases, homework help, the library catalog, downloadable audiobooks and e-books, account access for reserving and renewing items, reading recommendations, links to Douglas County history and community information. We also offer reference assistance via phone, email or text, and access to accounts and many services.

We are excited to respond to our community’s growth and demand for innovative new library spaces and services. Our new libraries are Castle Pines Library, Castle Pines, CO; Lone Tree Library, Lone Tree, CO; Parker Library, Parker, CO; and the newly remodeled James H. LaRue Library, Highlands Ranch, CO. Stop in at any of our libraries and be amazed!

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education

  • Master's Degree

Other Education Credentials

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or in Education, Reading/Literacy, or related field is preferred: Masters of Library Science degree is highly desired.
  • Experience: Two years previous experience in public library children’s services, education or closely related field is preferred.


An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

Experience (years)

Required Preferred
Supervisor - -
Professional - 2
Library - -

Language Skills

  • Spanish is Not Required
  • English is Required

Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience



Application Requirements

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Additional info

Starting salary: $22.67/hour (min.) - $27.25/hour (mid.)





Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science


Salary Wage Calculator $22.67 per hour

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Date Posted

April 11th, 2019

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