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MPL Children’s Librarian Job Position Opening

Deadline: July 31st, 2021

Position: Children’s Librarian

Reports To: Library Director

Directly Supervises: Volunteers specifically assigned to Children’s area

Position Summary: The Children’s Librarian is responsible for effectively planning, implementing and managing the children’s programming and material selection and maintenance for the library

General Responsibilities:

  • Introduces literature and early literacy skill development through regular story time programs for babies, toddlers and preschool-age children and designs and prepares crafts to complement preschool story times
  • Plans and organizes special events for children and families, including researching possible programs, contacting performers/experts, and overseeing scheduling and contracts (when necessary)
  • Plans and presents class visits, tours, and other specialized programs for preschool and school-age youth
  • Engages in outreach to and develops partnerships with schools, daycares, preschools, homeschool groups and other community organizations and agencies that serve children and their caregivers
  • Evaluates and selects print, audio, and video items for purchase or replacement
  • Reevaluates and deselects materials which need to be cancelled, repaired, replaced, or removed from the collection
  • Monitors shelves in children’s area, straightening and filling displays and shelving as needed
  • Maintains children’s circulation desk, providing copies of story time schedules, special events, recommended reading lists, etc.
  • Attends workshops and meetings pertaining to the Children’s department, when possible
  • Submits required reports and budget requests. May serve on library committees.
  • Attends applicable department meetings. Assists with system-wide programs, activities, and initiatives
  • Fulfills all duties at circulation desk as scheduled, including opening and closing library
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (Required):

  • Education: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program
  • Two years of library experience
  • Current Indiana Public Library certification, or the ability to attain one within two years
  • Experience with young children in learning environments
  • Comfort with computers, standard office equipment and basic knowledge of MS Office, email, Internet, presentation platforms, and vendor-provided services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively and have positive working relationship with patrons, co-workers and volunteers
  • Ability to prioritize job responsibilities and work independently
  • A heart for families while seeing the value of professionalism in services and communications

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift at least 30 pounds, reach high shelves, stoop, bend and remain standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time

Work Environment: Ability to work without supervision in a fast-paced multitasking environment, interact with public in cordial fashion, be receptive to change, and attentive to details

Hours: Salaried, exempt, full time (37.5+ hours). Must be available to work evenings and occasional Saturdays.

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Vision, Vacation, Sick Time, Paid Holidays, and Retirement Plan. Salary: $40,000+

Extra Special Benefits: Hosting bedtime story time in your PJs; perfecting your drawing skills with crayons; singing and dancing with others; sharing your love of children’s literature and not feeling the least bit judged; creating excellent art pieces with your mad glue stick skills; being recognized as THE go-to person for all things child-related; smiling and laughing with little people while realizing you’re making an impact on others; providing a welcoming, fun, and safe environment for kids, parents, and caregivers; making new friends with fellow Pete the Cat fans; infusing energy and positivity to your department and library; and, solving book searches based on one or two descriptions of a book.

To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references to: juliw@middleburylibrary.org