Children’s Librarian

Full-Time, Part-Time
Westwood NJ
Posted 2 weeks ago

The Westwood Public Library is seeking a professional children’s librarian with strong programming, collection development, and reader’s advisory experience.  Position is for a 35 hour work week including one evening and up to one Saturday and one Sunday per month.  Will consider PT hours if preferred.

Candidate must live in or be willing to relocate to New Jersey.

We are interested in interviewing if you can demonstrate your…

Strong knowledge of children’s literature:  You love children’s books and have stacks of them checked out ALL the time.   You know about books, reference tools and other materials for children in both print and digital formats; how to select, purchase, build and maintain a robust collection of these materials; current ways to engage readers; a keen interest in providing innovative ways to engage.

Ability to plan, schedule and implement a robust calendar of programs: You can run your own storytimes suitable for infants, toddlers and elementary aged children and you are knowledgeable about outside performers and can engage them and budget appropriately.

Work independently and possess strong time management skills:   You can maintain a program schedule, build and maintain collections and be available to handle reference and reader advisory questions throughout the day.  The work is varied and often interrupted; must be able to switch among tasks and work independently.

Approachable manner balanced with ability to keep the area calm and orderly:  Working with children and parents whether during reader’s advisory or in a program is sometimes challenging.  Must be able to keep a friendly demeanor while ensuring an orderly, accessible and welcoming space.

Social Media and Tech savvy:  Must be familiar with social media tools to engage readers and promote the library as well as familiar with how children and parents use it.

Examples of Work:

  • Plan summer reading clubs, run weekly story times and other weekly programs that fit with the library’s mission,
  • Develop and manage partnerships with the schools, municipality and other appropriate organizations,
  • Manage an annual collection & programming budget,
  • Participate in library activities with other staff members, contribute to the smooth operation of the library in general,
  • Other duties related to children’s services as assigned.

Requirements:

  • An MLS and at least two years of experience working as a Children’s Librarian with a proven track record demonstrating above skills.   Would consider MLS students with youth literacy experience in another setting.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and customer service skills.
  • Strong technology skills, including the utilization of software for collection maintenance, the generation of creative publicity and social media communication.
  • Must be able to work weekday, evening and some weekend hours.
  • Must be able to perform light lifting and bending
  • BCCLS experience a plus

Interested individuals should apply by sending a cover letter, resume and two professional references via email to Martha Urbiel at urbiel@westwood.bccls.org. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience; includes benefits.  Accepting applications until the position is filled with a preferred start date prior to  June 1, 2024.

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