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

The Newburyport Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic professional for a fulltime Staff Librarian position in Children’s Services. This position includes reference, collection development and management, reader’s advisory, programming, and outreach activities. Experience with readers’ advisory and current knowledge of children’s materials is essential. Experience with children’s programming and/or story times also strongly desired. We are looking for someone with a sense of humor, strong communication skills, a team approach, and a friendly and welcoming demeanor. This position requires an ability to take direction and work both collaboratively and independently. 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.  

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

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. 

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


Experience with Children's services in a public library setting strongly preferred. 

Master of Library & Information Science preferred, but active enrollment in an MLS program will be considered. Employment is contingent on a CORI background check and verification of references. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$25.64 - $30.17  / hour

Salary Notes

AFSCME Grade 16, salary in six steps

Closing Date


How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, current resume, and three professional references in a single PDF file to: Sara Kelso, Head Librarian, Newburyport Public Library: / 978-465-4428 


2022-09-06 |  Quick link to this job