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Staff Librarian – Youth Services, Cambridge Public Library (Somerville)


Assists the Manager of Youth Services with the day-to-day operation of the Youth Services Department, including the dissemination of information and materials to children, parents, teachers, and others, and the acquisition and maintenance of the necessary resources to do so.

Performs duties necessary to the daily operation of the Youth Services Department
Provides reader’s advisory, library instruction and orientation, and reference services to individuals and groups 
Performs functions related to circulation control, including issuing new library cards, placing holds, check-ins, checkouts, inquiries, renewal, and data entry 
Provides exceptional and engaging service to the public 
Assists in implementing the library collection development policy in accordance with the allocated departmental budget, while selecting, merchandizing, evaluating, maintaining, and weeding children’s materials
Compiles booklists
Works closely with the Manager of Youth Services and other youth services staff to plan, implement, and manage innovative programs to meet the needs of children of all ages, as well as parents, caregivers, teachers, and others. Evaluates programs and analyzes successes and failures. 
Participates in direct library outreach to groups at out-of-library sites, including schools, preschools, day care centers, youth centers and other community groups. Maintains good public relations with these groups and agencies. 
Conducts outreach (e.g. book talks, programs, and library instruction/orientations) to groups at out-of-library sites
Prepares displays and merchandizing materials
Assists in compiling statistics
Attends system-wide meetings of youth services librarians for in-service training and/or to plan and implement system-wide children's programs, when possible 
Operates audio-visual equipment in the presentation of library programs
Uses online social media to promote and implement library services
Participates in assigned committees
May assume supervisory responsibility for Youth Services Department in the absence of the Manager of Youth Services
Any other duties required for the good of the service area and the library


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: A master's degree from an accredited school of library science is required. At least two years of experience in providing direct service to children in a library or educational setting is also required. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement.


Knowledge and understanding of the library’s mission, goals, and objectives
A broad knowledge and appreciation of children’s literature and children’s media, including a thorough knowledge of classic and contemporary children’s literature from pre-school through high school. A broad knowledge of digital and multimedia materials and electronic resources, including social media and communication tools
Ability to work as a collaborative team member and maintain strong communication with Youth Services staff
Ability to adapt seamlessly to each working area 
Knowledge and experience in planning programs appropriate for the age levels and capabilities of target audiences
Knowledge of current issues and legislation affecting children in the community and in society
Good communication skills, including the ability to work well and communicate constructively with both children and adults
A broad knowledge of the intellectual, emotional, psychological, and physical development of children and adolescents is essential
A dedication and respect for children and an ability to establish rapport with them 
Experience working with children individually and in group settings
Working knowledge of urban public library concepts and techniques
Knowledge of current technology, technological trends, and operation of related equipment
Flexibility, imitative, energy, patience, and tact to deal effectively with the public 
Excellent people and reference skills 
Familiarity with online circulation systems and online searching is required 
Creativity   Resourcefulness   Patience   Initiative   Enthusiasm   Maturity 
Adaptability and dependability to work well in a team situation, and flexibility in staffing situations

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$29.59 per hour to $33.92 per hour in five steps

Closing Date


How to Apply

Submit both your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on the closing date via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312.


2020-03-05 |  Quick link to this job