Seeking an enthusiastic, creative, tech-savvy, service-oriented Teen Librarian to join the staff at Kendall Young Library. You will plan and coordinate teen programming (grades 6-12) and be responsible for teen collection development. Additionally, this position provides reference services for adults and teens; helps patrons use our digital and physical resources; and handles publicity for the library. Kendall Young Library is a forward-thinking, rural library rooted in a rich history in Webster City, Iowa. As a smaller library (town population around 8,000), our staff have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and tasks.
- Plan and staff teen programs, including the after-school Teen Lounge program. • Coordinate the Teen Summer and Winter Reading Programs. • Develop and maintain the Teen collection based on reviews, evaluation of current collection, and patron requests. • Actively work at outreach to the area middle and high schools as well as other teen serving organizations. • Advocate for the importance of teen library services in the community.
Reference • Work the Reference Desk 20-25 hours per week providing reference and readers’ advisory service to adults and teens. • Assist patrons with computers and printers. • Instruct patrons in use of library resources, particularly accessing online resources with digital devices. • Assist patrons with genealogy searches and use of the library’s local history collection and digital newspaper archive. • Promote library services through tours, demonstrations, talks, and displays. • Maintain confidentiality in all patron and staff interactions. • Serve as the “person in charge” in the absence of a Supervisor. • Perform copy cataloging of various formats. • Collaborate with the Reference team and a library staff of 18 (10 FTE).
Publicity • Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube) for the library to engage the community and promote the library and its services. • Create publicity materials for the library, including flyers, email newsletters, press releases, and newspaper columns. • Manage and update content on the website.
Perform other related duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) preferred. New graduates and currently enrolled master’s students encouraged to apply. • Experience working with the public required. • Prior experience working with teens highly preferred. • Previous library, bookstore or teaching experience preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of current developments, trends, practices and philosophy in library services, especially teen services. • Basic understanding of adolescent development and issues facing teens and tweens. • Knowledge of teen literature and programming. • Excellent written communication skills. • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills. • Presentation or training experience. • Experience with library computer technology. • High level of computer skills. Experience with MS Office Professional (particularly Publisher), Facebook, Instagram and Twitter required. • Flexibility and excellent customer service attitude. • Spanish language ability is a plus.
How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, essay (see below) and 3 references to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, Interim Library Director, at email@example.com
This position requires an essay. Please write and submit an essay (no more than 500 words) describing the attributes of an exemplary Teen Librarian.
Deadline: Position open until filled. Preference given to applications received by August 23.
Location: Kendall Young Library in Webster City, Iowa (www.kylib.org)
Starting Wage: $34,000-$38,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits: Vacation and sick leave (15 vacation days, 2 personal days, 7 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year), IPERS (Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System) and contribution towards health insurance. Hours: 40 hours per week (includes one night per week and rotating Saturdays). Typical Schedule: Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-6:00pm Thursday: 11:00am-8:00pm Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm Rotating Saturdays