Full Time Librarian I, Youth Services, Mercer County Library System, West Windsor Branch

The Mercer County Library System is seeking a full-time, 35 hour per week position in the Youth Services Department at the West Windsor branch. The emphasis of this position will be on teen services, although all aspects of youth services to all ages is expected. This is an excellent opportunity for a professional with a strong vision to provide exciting services and programming to children and teens in this busy, thriving youth services department. This position includes at least one evening per week and Saturdays and Sundays in rotation. (Please note: At this time the library is not operating at full hours. Under normal circumstances the library is open 4 evenings a week, Saturday and Sunday, in addition to four holidays. Flexibility in schedule is expected.)

We are seeking an energetic librarian with a passion for children's services and a strong commitment to providing excellent public service. The candidate will have primary responsibility for providing reference and readers' advisory services to teens and parents in a diverse community, developing the children's and teen collections, creating innovative programming, outreach to schools and the community, and the Summer and Winter Reading programs.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, writing library blog articles, preparing statistical reports on departmental activities and use, maintaining the collection budget for YS/YA materials, staying current on new developments in the library field (particularly with regard to children's and teen services), providing reference assistance to patrons of all ages. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, and forward thinking. Strong knowledge of literacy, child development, and literature for children and teens are vital in this role. S/he will be comfortable planning programs that encourage children to read, and sharing literacy tips with parents. Knowledge of current library technologies and demonstrated experience using technology (including library automated systems, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel) are necessary. The candidate should have flexibility for scheduling programming at days and times that children and young adults will find convenient, and expect to participate in outreach in the schools and community. Willingness to be part of a team environment and collaborate with the adult services and circulation librarians are a must, as are strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

This position requires an MLS from an ALA accredited institution, although applications from students enrolled in an MLS program who are at least half-way through the program will also be considered for a library associate title, and are encouraged to apply. A New Jersey Professional Librarian's Certificate is required for those with an MLS degree. This title is affiliated with AFSCME 3566. The current salary range for Librarian 1 is $37,009 - $68,271 in 8 steps. The salary range for Library Associate is $34,398 - $44,801 in 8 steps. Full job descriptions can be found on the NJ Civil Service Commission website. There is a 90-day probationary period before permanency. The County of Mercer adheres to a strict residency requirement.

Résumés will be accepted until the vacancy is filled and should be submitted care of: Ellen Brown, Library Director, Mercer County Library System, Lawrence HQ Branch2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648email: [email protected]: (609) 538-1206 EOE/AA/ADA Employer

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Job Focus:
Youth Services