• Full Time
  • Pelham, NY
  • Salary: $50,000

Website Town of Pelham Public Library

The Town of Pelham Public Library seeks a talented Youth Services and Communications Librarian to join our staff.

We are seeking qualified applicants for this Librarian 1 position. For qualification please see Education and Other Requirements below. Further information about the job can also be found below.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three library-related writing samples including a press release and social media posts no later than March 31, 2020 to:
Attn: Personnel Committee
Subject Line: Youth Services and Communications Librarian Applicant

Job Description
Position Title: Youth Services and Communications Librarian

Civil Service Status:
Competitive Class: Librarian I
Probationary appointment for 1 year
Open to Westchester and non-Westchester residents who satisfy the Westchester civil service minimum qualifications

Direct Supervisors: Managing Librarian and Library Director

Department: Reference/Public Services and Administration

Supervises: May act as the Head of Building in the Director’s absence.

Salary: Starting $50,000

Job Summary
• This position is an integral part of both the Library team and the Reference Service staff. It is responsible for providing excellent day-to-day reference/readers’ advisory to both adults and children. The Youth Services Librarian handles all aspects of services to children and teens including developing the children’s/young adult collections and organizing or conducting children’s and teen programming and outreach. Working under the direction of the Managing Librarian, the Youth Services Librarian will develop the collections, maintain budgets and standing order plans, organize and assist in the promotion of programs and assist patrons’ informational and recreational reading needs.
• The Communications role, working under the direction of the Library Director, is responsible for all Library communications including website copy, calendar updates, monthly Newsletter and eBlasts, publicity and social media.

Essential Duties:
Reference, Readers Advisory and other Public Service
• Assist patrons in using the computers including teaching them to use the on-line library catalog, reference databases, digital materials and other library and/or office software and social media;
• Place title holds; Reader’s book advisory; help students find materials for school assignments; assist patrons in using the WLS databases; place Inter Library Loans (ILL) for materials not found in WLS; answer inquiries in person, over the telephone and by e-mail;
• Troubleshoot computers and other devices including library peripherals or patron’s personal devices as it relates to Library applications; and
• Help patrons use a range of library materials.
Programming and Outreach
• Research, select, schedule, develop, promote, coordinate and facilitate programs for youth, and work or liaise with community groups and/or schools when appropriate; and
• Help identify and develop programs/services for underserved populations.

Collection Development
• Stay current and review Library journals and select new materials across all media: Books, Film, Serials;
• Manage (young adult and teen budget and Standing Order Plans (SOPs);
• Regularly de-select Library materials using professional methodology; and
• With other YS Librarian, responsible for entire children/teen areas including but not limited to onsite displays, equipment, furniture, materials and the children or YA portion of the Library’s website and keeping the program room and supplies neat and organized at all times.

• Write and input and post calendar listings and stories to website in a timely manner;
• Maintain and update copy throughout ToPPL website;
• Write and deploy monthly eNewsletter and, as needed, additional eBlasts;
• Maintain and grow email lists and provide monthly metrics;
• Write publicity for programs, including press releases, Annual Report, etc. and disseminate to various groups when appropriate; and
• Strategize outreach on social media platforms, and organize, coordinate or write staff posts;
• Partner with staff and Library Board on all communications.

Job Requirements
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff and community as well as establish and maintain good working relations;
• Ability to prioritize work activities;
• Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position;
• Conduct oneself with tact and courtesy; and
• Maintain a clean and organized work space

Preferred Experience: Experience working in a library, with the public and with writing for the public (i.e., communications based experience). Proven problem-solving skills. Excellent writing skills and knowledge of AP style.

Education Requirements: Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited program
Other Requirements
• Must have a NYS Public Librarians Certificate;
• Demonstrated ability to perform essential job duties;
• Ability to work the required hours.

Location: 530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham, NY

Job Type: Full-time, 35 hours per week

About The Town of Pelham Public Library
The Town of Pelham Public Library serves the information, educational, and cultural needs of the residents of the Town of Pelham, which comprises the Villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor in southern Westchester County. The Library supports the principles of intellectual freedom and the public’s right to know by providing access to information, collections and services that reflect diverse points of view. For more information, please visit www.pelhamlibrary.org.

Library Information
The Town of Pelham Public Library is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Prepared: March 4, 2020

To apply for this job email your details to contactus@pelhamlibrary.org