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Head of Youth Services, Lynnfield Public Library (Lynnfield)

The Lynnfield Public Library is seeking an innovative and creative Youth Services Librarian to join our collaborative and friendly team as Head of Youth Services. The Library is on the waitlist for a new building, and this is the perfect opportunity for someone with energy and enthusiasm to build on a thriving base and make connections with a warm and welcoming community with expectations for high quality services.

Supervising a small youth services team, the candidate will be in charge of planning and executing programming for kids and teens, and will be responsible for expanding outreach to local organizations who work with children. The candidate will also be in charge of acquisitions for youth, publicity for the department, and will work with other Department Heads and the Director to plan for the future.

Directs and supervises the operations of the Youth Services Department. Provides training, evaluation, supervision and leadership to all staff assigned to the Children’s Room and the Young Adult area. Coordinates children’s and young adult activities with other library departments.

Plans and executes program planning and service delivery for children and teens that reflect a variety of diversified activities including but not limited to story times, Summer Reading Program, crafts, technology training, and instructional classes.

Develops and conducts programs for children, young adults, and parents or caregivers which encourage reading, viewing, and listening skills and the use of the library facility and materials.

Provides community outreach and serves as liaison for but not limited to: school PTOs, public and private schools, school administration,  teachers and school librarians, preschools, and scout troops, and coordinates program planning to ensure complimentary services to students.

Selects materials for acquisition and withdrawal from the children’s and young adult print and non-print collections.

Develops thematic bibliographies for different age groups, including resources for parents and caregivers.

Partners with local businesses and organizations to promote the library and its services to the youth of Lynnfield.

Develops promotional and publicity materials for all media outlets to highlight children’s and young adult activities and services. Prepares calendars, newspaper articles, flyers, brochures, handouts, and other media as needed. Updates social media and the library website accordingly.

Monitors the condition of the Children’s Room and Young Adult area to ensure an attractive, clean, stimulating and welcoming environment for children, young adults, parents and caregivers.

With Director and Assistant Director, develops and interprets children’s services policies and procedures. Instructs and advises children, teen and caregivers and parents of same.

Serves as primary Youth Services Reference Librarian.

Performs duties in other library departments and participates in special library projects as needed. Performs a weekly schedule of adult reference work with a rotation of every fourth Saturday.

Prepares regular monthly and annual narratives and statistical reports for the Director.

Maintains an awareness of contemporary trends, issues and technology that affect children and teens, and updates library staff accordingly.

Develops short- and long-term goals and operation plans for Youth Services in conjunction with the Director and other library departments.

Attends meetings and represents the library on children / young adult services committee on a consortium and regional level. Serves as the primary authority on children and young adult services related to the responsibilities of the position.

Other duties as assigned.


Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school, although we will consider currently enrolled graduate students.

A minimum of two to three years of progressive library and supervisory experience;

Exhibits creativity, energy, enthusiasm and love of children;  

Demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships with parents, caregivers, teachers, the school administration and the community at large;

Demonstrated ability to communicate well orally and in print with individuals and groups. Self-motivated, creative and flexible with the ability to prioritize tasks and work independently with minimum supervision;

Thorough knowledge of children and young adult literature;

Demonstrated ability to create a clean, attractive, engaging and welcoming environment for children and their caregivers;

Flexible team player with a positive attitude, and very strong commitment to customer service and an interest in working collaboratively;

Considerable initiative in devising new and original children’s and young adult programs;

Reliable transportation needed to run errands for programs and perform outreach to the community.

Must be able to work one scheduled evening per week and one scheduled Saturday per four-week rotation.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$25.5020 - $28.6898 /hour in 5 steps, 35 hours/week. Union position with full benefits, including some tuition reimbursement

Closing Date

Review of applicants begins immediately & will continue until filled

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Jennifer Inglis, Library Director:


2019-06-19 |  Quick link to this job