The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for providing excellent library service to children, birth through age 12, and sometimes 13-19, and their caregivers. This position is responsible for planning and implementing children’s programs, collection development, community outreach, supporting local school curriculum, providing reference and reader advisory services to children and caregivers, and assisting patrons with technology.
Works under the direction of the Youth Services Coordinator. Excellent customer service skills required.
- Plans, organizes, promotes, directs, implements, and evaluates programs and activities (virtual and in person) for children at the library.
- Provides reference and reader advisory services for children, caregivers, teachers, and community organizations; develops and maintains materials and collection for children.
- Provides excellent professional services by assisting patrons with information retrieval, location of materials, use of computers, databases, and all Eservices.
- Works with the Youth Services Coordinator to maintain a welcoming and inviting physical and virtual library environment for children that supports learning and recreational activities.
- Assists, as needed, in the performance of all procedures relating to library services and library organization.
- Participates in ongoing professional development (virtual or in person).
- Works with the Youth Services Coordinator to sustain an active online presence through our website and social media.
- Other duties as required
Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school with a concentration in Children’s Services. At least one year of public youth services library experience is preferred. MLIS/MLS students who will graduate within the next year are encouraged to apply.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must be able to prioritize and focus in a busy environment while being able to work cooperatively with the public, volunteers, staff, other city departments, and community partners. Excellent customer service and oral/written communication skills. Should have a thorough knowledge of children’s literature and a high level of skill in creating, developing, executing, and evaluating compelling programs for children to inspire young readers. The ability to integrate current and emerging technologies into traditional children’s services, along with marketing skills and grant writing skills, is highly desirable. Must be able to travel between library locations, and to work well with little supervision.
This is a 35-hour per week position that requires weekday evenings and rotating Saturday hours. The position requires an MLIS/MLS degree within 12 months of start date.
East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island. At a population of 47,037, it is the fifth largest city in the state. The East Providence Public Library is
comprised of three locations. Our main library is the Weaver Memorial Library. We also have the Riverside Branch Library, and our Fuller Creative Learning Center.