Youth Services Librarian

Company Name: 
Marion County Library System
Marion, SC
Job Description: 

Would you like to have a job that lets you make use of your puppet voices? Ever thought it would be great to get paid to sing and dance? Do you want to have fun while making a difference in a young person’s life? This is the job for you! Job summary The Youth Services Librarian plans and provides programming for youth of all age groups, selects materials for youth of all ages, performs collection maintenance, coordinates and plans summer reading, trains staff to provide and provides reference services to all ages. This position reports to the Library Director and supervises two full-time staff (or equivalent). Duties require independent judgment and action within specific parameters. Puppet voices are encouraged but not required. This position requires the ability and willingness to travel to any branch in the system. Evening and weekend shifts may be required.

This position starts at $34,000 per year, commensurate with experience. Compensation package includes generous health care benefits (100% covered by employer for the employee, partial coverage for dependents/spouse), paid leave, and support for professional development. Participation in state retirement plan is required.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develops, coordinates, promotes, and presents youth programming and outreach, with particular attention to early literacy.
  • Creates and coordinates displays for youth across three branches.
  • Supervises youth services assistants, ensuring consistent quality of outreach services.
  • Participates in library planning and committees.
  • Staffs and supervises service desks as needed, answers reference questions, and provides readers’ advisory services to all ages.
  • Provides instruction for patrons in the use of library catalog and databases, internet, and basic office software such as word processors and spreadsheets.
  • Assists in troubleshooting technology problems for public and staff, including issues with smartphones, tables, e-readers, computer applications, and library software.
  • Represent the library to community groups, schools, and other groups relevant to position.
  • Evaluate and prioritize the needs of the library’s youth services on a regular basis, and reports these needs to the Director.
  • Keeps current with information, news, and trends in youth services librarianship.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Public library experience working with children and young adults, or any combination of training, experience, and education relevant to the essential duties of this position
  • Valid SC driver’s license (can be obtained within the first 6 months of hire) -- personal transportation that can be used for business travel is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year of public library experience as a youth services librarian
  • Experience developing and implementing programs and activities for children and young adults
  • Supervisory experience is strongly preferred, particularly supervisory experience in a public library
  • Familiarity with library best practices for providing youth services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills or experience in one or more of the following areas: IT support, ILL, grant writing, fluency in Spanish, peer training, web site maintenance, graphic design, marketing, social media
How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should submit an application for employment, resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts to: Diann Smothers, Director Marion County Library System 101 E Court Street Marion, SC 29571

Application form can be found at:

Applications should be postmarked by May 15, 2017 for consideration.