The Youth Services Librarian plans and provides programming, selects materials, performs collection maintenance, coordinates and plans summer reading, trains staff to provide and provides reference services to youth of all ages. This position reports to the Library Director. Duties require independent judgment and action within specific parameters. This position requires the ability and willingness to travel to any branch in the system. Evening and weekend shifts may be required. Essential duties and responsibilities • Develops, coordinates, promotes, and presents youth programming • Works closely with the Outreach Coordinator to bring outreach programming to the youth of the county. • Creates and coordinates displays for youth • Participates in library planning and committees. • Staffs and supervises service desks as needed, answers reference questions, and provides readers’ advisory services to all ages. • Provides instruction for patrons in the use of library catalog and databases, internet, and basic office software such as word processors and spreadsheets. • Assists in troubleshooting technology problems for public and staff, including issues with smartphones, tables, e-readers, computer applications, and library software. • Represents the library to community groups, schools, and other groups relevant to position. • Evaluates and prioritizes the needs of the library’s youth services on a regular basis, and reports these needs to the Director. • Keeps current with information, news, and trends in youth services librarianship. • Performs other duties as assigned. This position starts at $34,000 per year.
Required Qualifications • Public library experience working with children and young adults, or any combination of training, experience, and education relevant to the essential duties of this position. • Experience developing and implementing programs and activities for children and young adults. • Familiarity with library best practices for providing youth services. • Valid SC driver’s license (can be obtained within the first 6 months of hire). Personal transportation that can be used for business travel is required. Preferred Qualifications • Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program • One year of public library experience as a youth services librarian. • Supervisory experience is strongly preferred, particularly supervisory experience in a public library. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Skills or experience in one or more of the following areas: IT support, ILL, grant writing, fluency in Spanish, peer training, web site maintenance, graphic design, marketing, social media.
Interested applicants should submit an application for employment, resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts by February 15th to: Holly Evans, Director Marion County Library System, 101 SE Court Street, Marion, SC 29571. Application form can be found at: http://www.marioncountylibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/application.pdf