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Teen Services Librarian full-time

Mesa County Public Library District

Grand Junction, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Dec 29th, 2019


$22.24 per Hour   Calculate


Grand Junction, CO





Minimum Education

High School (or Equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

POSITION TITLE:   Librarian  EXTERNAL TITLE: Teen Services Librarian

DEPARTMENT:  Youth Services   GRADE:  27   FLSA:  Non-Exempt    FTE:  1.0

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Performs all duties related to a professional librarian

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the direct supervision of the Head of Youth Services

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:  May direct work of Library Assistants and volunteers


1. Identifies needs in support of teen services including programming, environment, advocacy, and leadership to help define priorities. Develops goals and measures impacts.

2. Develops programming for the library district with special focus on service to teens. Networks with community groups to promote services and to continually understand adolescent needs. Interact with youth and solicit feedback to develop activities and programming that best meet their needs.

3. Provides leadership and support to department and branch needs. Serves as an example for all staff in providing library service to teens, collaborates, solicits input, and fosters excellent communication. Actively participates and contributes to various library committees and activities.

4. Offers inviting customer service for teens including expert reference service and readers’ advisory to inspire the lifelong love of reading. Demonstrates knowledge and appreciation of teen literature, periodicals and audiovisual materials and current technology trends.

5. Supports development and maintenance for teen collections for the entire district and is instrumental in the acquisitions process.

6. Pursues professional development opportunities and recaps content with others recognizing appropriate audiences and methods for communicating information. Collaborates with fellow professionals and gleans best practices of other library systems when appropriate. Practices self-evaluation and exemplifies advocacy for libraries and youth. Contributes to the overall library profession.

7. Maintains self-development and keeps up-to-date on Library affairs: Attends monthly staff meetings and training; attends external trainings as requested, stays aware of changes via staff wiki.

8. Performs other duties as assigned or requested: Performs additional duties as opportunities arise that assist the department and the Library in achieving specified goals and objectives.



Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, takes risks, supports change, encourages innovation, solves problems creatively.


Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation.


Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, conveys good news and bad.


Seeks out and accepts feedback, is a proactive learner, takes on tough assignments to improve skills, keeps knowledge and skills up-to-date, turns mistakes into learning opportunities.


Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.   



Builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments to customers are met, solicits opinions and ideas from customers, responds to internal customers


Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs


Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development.


Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization.


Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.


Knowledge and current awareness of library principles, practices and tools, procedures, methods, materials, and philosophy

Knowledge of teen age group interests and needs.

Knowledge of standard safety practices

Skill in understanding and applying oral, written, illustrated or demonstrated instructions

Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer

Proficiency in office software and electronic mail

Ability to navigate OPAC and Internet proficiently

Ability to make public presentations

Ability to effectively use all office technology available


Ability to communicate verbally

Ability to maneuver about the library in a timely fashion

Ability to read a minimum print size equal to 10 point

Ability to tolerate dust, mold, etc. that may have accumulated on books.


MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited graduate program strongly preferred

For the right candidate we will accept an agreement to enroll in an accredited MLS or MLIS program from an ALA-accredited graduate program within six (6) months of employment in this position with the intention of completion within three (3) years.

2 – 3 years’ experience working in a public library setting desirable


Unpaid meal break of at least ½ hour per day to be taken for each 5 hours scheduled.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule and to be available to work flexible hours to cover unplanned staffing shortages.

Visit our internal website at https://mcpld.applicantstack.com/x/openings and apply for the Teen Services Librarian position.  Upload a cover letter and current resume.  

Search is open until position is filled; applications received prior to Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. will be considered. Mesa County Public Library District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. For more information about E-verify, please visit this link: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/what-e-verify. Successful applicant must pass a postoffer/preemployment criminal background, national sex offender and department of motor vehicle check.

The Community

Are you passionate about the transformative power of libraries?  

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Teens?

We are looking for the right person who can create amazing library experiences for young adults.  If you…  

- want to engage and inspire young adults

- can develop and implement new experiences and programs

- want to create an environment that makes the teens of our community feel welcome

- want to reach out to the community to promote teen issues

- enjoy reading, talking about, and recommending the latest young adult books, movies and music

- want to keep our Teen collection timely and fresh

- know your way around teen tech

…then we have your dream job! As our Teen Librarian, you can help teens express their creativity, connect over literature, music and media, and spark their curiosity to explore new passions.

Posted Nov 25, 2019