DATE ENTERED: January 4, 2023
POSITION: Librarian I - Youth Services
LOCATION: Lynchburg Public Library, Lynchburg, VA
APPLY BY: Open until filled
 

The City of Lynchburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Lynchburg Public Library is seeking qualified librarians to provide professional, teen/young adult library services in the Youth Services department. The successful candidates will be able to relate to youth and their caregivers in an urban library setting and bring a sense of humor to their work. This position requires you to work evenings and weekends.

Essential Duties

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

When assigned to Youth Services - Children:

  • Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of children's and young adult literature.
  • Ability to relate to young people and their caregivers in an urban library setting.
  • Upholds excellent customer service standards with enthusiasm, energy, and professionalism.
  • Assists patrons of all ages in the use of the library and its resources; provides reader's advisory assistance to children and their caregivers; maintains an appropriate atmosphere and discipline depending upon the area and the customers being served.
  • Prepares and presents early literacy and educational programs for children, teens, families, and educators.
  • Contributes to a collection development team; considers reader interest, monitors journals and reviews, selects print, non-print, and electronic materials making best use of allocated funds, weeds collection as assigned, evaluates gift books and patron requests for materials.
  • Works closely with the Youth Services Department Head in the development, implementation, and evaluation of youth and teen programs, including early literacy storytimes, after-school programs such as S.T.E.A.M., outreach to area schools and agencies, summer reading programs, special holiday programs, and grant writing.
  • Serves as key member of the library technology committee; responsible for maintaining the library's webpage, social media pages, and other developing tools for the Youth Services department.
  • Devises and implements marketing strategies to promote Youth programs and activities as well as library resources within the community; can include making flyers, writing press releases, and creating online promotional material.
  • Keeps current with technology, social media, and trends in the library profession.
  • Attends professional workshops, webinars, and other continuing education activities.
When assigned to Youth Services - Tweens & Teens:
  • Responsible for teen/young adult (YA) programming to support middle and high school age youth.
  • Plans and implements programming throughout the year for teens, educators, parents and caregivers, including Summer Reading programs, after school programs, special activities and seasonal events. 
  • Responsible for maintaining teen/YA print and digital collections, including collection development and routine weeding.
  • Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of children's and YA literature. 
  • Upholds excellent customer service standards with enthusiasm, energy, and professionalism. 
  • Serves as an active member in the Youth Services department, with a focus on teen patrons and their families/caregivers.
  • Actively participates in a team environment on planning and implementing family programs and special youth events.
  • Assists patrons of all ages in the use of the library and its resources; provides reader's advisory assistance to youth and their caregivers; maintains an appropriate atmosphere and discipline depending upon the area and the customers being served. 
  • Conducts outreach services and programs to local schools and youth organizations supporting middle and high school age youth. 
  • Collaborates with Librarian II on outreach goals and initiatives. 
  • Responsible for updating content on the teen page of the library’s website.
  • Responsible for creating promotional material in Canva to advertise teen programs and services.
  • Contributes to grant writing projects to support the Youth Services department.
  • Keeps current with technology, social media, and trends in the library profession. 
  • Attends professional workshops, webinars, and other continuing education activities. 
  Additional Duties:
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends
  • Collaborates with other library staff members as requested on special projects.
  • When unusual situations occur and/or the City Manager declares a State of Emergency, all City employees may be required to accept special assignments and perform as needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • May supervise Library Assistants, shelvers, or volunteers.
Minimum Education and Experience Required

 

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution required. Experience working as a children’s and/or teen librarian in a public library setting for at least 2-4 years preferred.  General knowledge of the principles and methods of modern library services for youth, including storytimes, summer reading programs, STEM/STEAM programming, and teen programming.

Additional Requirements

Depending on assignment, possession of valid driver's license issued by Commonwealth of Virginia and acceptable driving record according to City's driving criteria may be required.

Must successfully complete IS100 and IS700 National Incident Management (NIMS) training within 90 days of employment. May also be required to complete higher levels of NIMS training as determined appropriate for the position.

Agency
City of Lynchburg
Address
900 Church Street

Lynchburg, Virginia, 24504
Phone
(434) 455-4200