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Staff Librarian - Children's, Newburyport Public Library (Newburyport)

The Newburyport Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic professional with a love of public service for a fulltime Staff Librarian position in the Children’s and Teen Services Department, to deliver outstanding library services to patrons of all ages with a focus on children. This position includes reference, collection development and management, reader’s advisory, programming, and outreach activities. A sense of humor, strong communication skills, a team approach, and a friendly and welcoming demeanor are essential. NPL staff work in a collaborative workplace with a focus on excellent patron service. Ongoing professional development is encouraged and supported. 

The Library is located in a busy walkable downtown city of 18,000 and receives strong community support. This is an opportunity to grow your librarian skillset in a positive environment where all staff contribute to making the NPL a destination.  


Collections & Readers’ Advisory 

·         Select, evaluate, and maintain an inclusive collection in accordance with the library collection development policy and allocated budgets. 

·         Broad knowledge and appreciation of literature and media for young people. 

Programming & Marketing 

·         Coordinate engaging library programs and services for children, taking into consideration principles of youth development; community assets; and the diverse educational, recreational, and personal needs of local youth. 

·         Actively promote library resources through programming, merchandizing, and creating book lists, resource guides, and displays. 

Patron & Community Focus 

·         Maintain a pleasant, inviting, safe environment for children. Work effectively with the Youth Services team and with colleagues in other departments. Ensure proper supervision of patrons.  

·         Knowledge of developmental principles, materials and current issues related to serving youth; demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to program and service design and to establish positive relationships with youth. 

·         Keep current about the community, other area libraries, and librarianship. 

Communication & Problem Solving 

·         Effective communication and interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a positive attitude. 

·         Sound judgment and strong problem-solving skills; flexibility, adaptability and professionalism in stressful situations and times of change. 

Work Environment & Professional Development 

·         Ability to concentrate on tasks despite frequent interruptions and moderate noise levels. 

·         Commitment to doing all work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. 

·         Maintain a working knowledge of contemporary trends and technology in the library profession by attending workshops and professional meetings. 

·         Ability to interact tactfully and courteously with library patrons of all ages and diverse backgrounds, including those who may be experiencing hardships that impact their behavior. 

·         Address and resolve patron issues. 

This is a 35-hour/week union position with benefits, and includes one night per week and a rotation of Saturdays. 

A complete job description is available on the City of Newburyport website at 

Estimated start date: July 25, 2022

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$25.64 - $30.17  / hour

Salary Notes

Salary range in 6 Steps

Closing Date


How to Apply

To apply, please send a current resume, cover letter, and three professional references in a single PDF to: Sara Kelso, / 978-465-4428 x224


2022-06-21 |  Quick link to this job