Youth Services Librarian

Jamestown Philomenian Library


Application Deadline

Apply By Jan 15th, 2021


Not Specified


Jamestown, RI





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


Job Description

Youth Services Librarian

Full-Time (40 hours per week) vacancy for an energetic, team-oriented Youth Services Librarian with a strong public service commitment.

The Jamestown Philomenian Library (JPL) is looking for an individual to run a busy Youth Services department on the island town of Jamestown, RI. JPL serves roughly 5,500 full and part-time residents (the population increases in the summer months).

This position will be responsible for working with the public and other library staff members to provide a wide range of services to children, tweens, teens, and caregivers.

This position reports to the Library Director.

Primary Duties

·        Plan, implement, and promote weekly story times and programs

·        Choose materials for and lead monthly book clubs for different age groups (currently Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7 and Up)

·        Build and maintain an engaging collection of materials for ages 0-18 by evaluating reviews, patron requests and popular trends

·        Plan, implement, promote, and report on the annual Summer Reading Program

·        Provide reference and reader’s advisory in the active Children’s, YA and Tween areas, as well as electronically

·        Keep information on the website up to date, including calendar and event entries for all youth services programs

·        Possess knowledge of professional library work with a focus on children and youth

·        Attend professional meetings, training, conferences and other professional development opportunities

Routine Tasks

·        Work at general Circulation desk as needed

·        Handle money

·        Fulfill patron requests

·        Open and close library


·        Communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing, including through email

·        Identify and translate child, tween and teen needs and interests into effective library services and programs

·        Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, patrons, user groups, community organizations, volunteer groups, and to serve the public courteously

·        Recognize and set priorities, and use initiative and independent judgement in a variety of situations

·        Learn and stay current with emerging technology, including digital media

Physical Requirements

·        Lift up to 25 lbs.

·        Sit and stand for periods of time

·        Use computers, telephones, copy machine/scanner

·        Possess physical mobility involving bending, lifting, reading, and hearing

Professional Requirements

·        ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies/Sciences

·        One or more years of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory or administrative experience preferred

·        Experience working with youth (ages 0 to 18)

This is a permanent 40 hour per week position with benefits. The regular schedule includes days, at least one night per week, and 1-2 Saturdays per month. Salary commensurate with experience. The staff of the library has adapted to the changing needs of patrons during the pandemic and is searching for a candidate who is able to adjust easily as well. A major renovation is slated to begin within the next year.

Candidates asking to be considered for this position should email a cover letter, current resume, and three job references to Donna Fogarty, Library Director, Deadline for applications is January 15, 2021.

The Community

A small island community of roughly 5,500 residents, though the population swells in the summertime. There is one elementary school and one middle school. Youth go off island for high school.

Posted Dec 29, 2020