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Young Adult and Media Collection Specialist Librarian

Denver Public Library

Central Library

Application Deadline

Apply By May 31st, 2024


$56,176.00 to $74,433.00 per Year   Calculate


Denver, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

The Denver Public Library (DPL) is a growing urban library system that serves the City & County of Denver. DPL sees more than 4 million visitors every year across its 27 locations, serves Denver’s most vulnerable communities through outreach and mobile services, hosts thousands of programs a year and manages a collection of more than 1.4 million physical and digital materials. We believe a strong library is vital for a strong community. 

DPL is committed to serving the evolving needs of Denverites through diverse collections, inspired programming, culturally-representative spaces and equitable policies & procedures. We  focus particular attention and resources on BIPOC, vulnerable youth, people who are digitally isolated, unemployed, unhoused, immigrants, refugees, and older adults.  

The Young Adult and Media Collection Specialist Librarian participates in building relevant, high interest, print and digital collections (including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels and Manga) for young adults age 13-18, and physical media collections, including DVDs and CDs for all ages, as well as any other selection areas as determined by the needs of the department. 

The ideal candidate for this role will be committed to their professional growth and the development of the library's collections by understanding trends, analyzing data, identifying diverse titles, and championing intellectual freedom.

What you’d do:

  • Exercise professional judgment and expertise in the selection of appropriate materials, utilizing an equity, diversity, and inclusion framework for decision making.
  • Accountable for good stewardship in spending collection budget line items and must spend tax dollars responsibly in alignment with DPL’s mission, vision, and values, and within the parameters of a floating physical collection.
  • Track assigned budgets, analyze usage reports and make necessary adjustments, and participate in determining equitable annual budget allocations for library materials.
  • Strongly uphold the concept of Intellectual Freedom which affords all library users the right to seek and receive information on the subject of one’s interest without examination or scrutiny by others.
  • Foster close ties with Advisory Services and branch staff including the soon to be completed Teen Library at the Central Branch to analyze existing YA and media collections, community trends, support the DPL Youth Services 3 Year Outlook, and use library data to promote collections and improve collection performance.
  • Track evolving trends in YA collections, and all-ages/languages DVD and CD collections.
  • Demonstrate professional, positive, cooperative, and culturally sensitive relationships with coworkers, staff, and customers.
  • Assures that items are ordered in a timely manner and in quantities that meet demand.
  • Respond to collection requests from customers and staff using informed judgment, attention to equity, and good stewardship principles.
  • Participate in committees when needed to explore new products or services, improve cross-departmental communication and/or establish new procedures.
  • Participate in additional projects including opening day collections, collection refreshes, and renovations.

About you:

  • Experience working with teens, YA materials and reader’s advisory.
  • Solid understanding of adolescent brain and social development.
  • Familiarity and interest in music and film/TV genres and trends, including world music and cinema.
  • A demonstrated and active commitment to EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion), intellectual freedom, and social justice when advocating for youth and YA collections.
  • Working knowledge of the elements that make up a relevant, popular, high-interest public library collection for all ages, including broad-based collection development practices and current trends in selection, ordering, customer driven programs, and vendor services.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work effectively independently, and collaborate with the Collection Development Office staff and other teams when necessary to complete tasks as assigned.
  • Ability to utilize vendor sites, professional tools, review resources to evaluate and select materials and resources, and develop and maintain strong working relationships with vendors.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with YA materials, customer service, and reader’s advisory.
  • Proficiency with the library catalog and familiarity with online ordering tools.

We know your time is valuable. Applicants who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered:  

  • A Master's in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Submission of a resume that lists your work experience and a cover letter that connects your experience to this position.

Other things to know: 

This position is based out of the Central Library but primarily works remotely while the Central Library is under construction and possibly into the future. Some on-site work at Central and in-person meetings at Central and various locations in the city will be required. There is no free parking available at the Central Library. We do offer a reduced cost RTD Ecopass (currently free through the City) with convenient access to public transportation and indoor, secure bicycle parking.

This position is part of the Collection Development Office, a small (8 staff members) collaborative and supportive team that centers diversity and intellectual freedom in their work. 

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

It is your right to access oral or written language assistance, sign language interpretation, real-time captioning via CART, or disability-related accommodations. To request any of these services at no cost to you, please contact Jobs@Denvergov.org with three business days’ notice.

Applicants for employment with the City and County of Denver must have valid work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the U.S.


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