Youth Services Librarian Position (Cooper-Siegel Community Library)


The mission of Cooper-Siegel Community Library is to cultivate a community of lifelong learners. The Library provides a high-quality collection of books, media, and subscriptions as well as engaging programs and friendly customer service to serve the educational, cultural, professional and recreational needs and interests of our patrons.


The Youth Services Librarian role is critical to achieving this mission by focusing on patrons in grades K-12 and the adults who support them. The Youth Services Librarian will be responsible and accountable to the Youth Services Department Head and will work with both the Youth Services Department Head and the Teen Librarian to create a continuum of programs and services for patrons from birth – grade 12 and their caregivers and educators.


Starting Salary: $28,353, or commensurate with experience

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt

Hours per Week: 37.5, including some evenings and weekends

Benefits: Paid Time Off; Retirement Plan; Medical, Vision & Dental Coverage


Job Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate library programs and services which fulfill the current, diverse, educational, recreational and personal needs of local kids, tweens, teens and their caregivers and educators.
  • Adopt a connected learning approach to presenting programs, classes, and events for patrons in K-12 so that our library supports and encourages them to be builders of their own future.
  • Collaborate with the Youth Services team to provide inspiring and engaging STEAM programs that provide a side-along learning approach.
  • Collaborate with the Youth Services team to plan, implement, and evaluate outreach programs and services to our service area.
  • Assist kids, tweens, teens, parents and caregivers in selecting age appropriate materials that meet their educational and recreational goals and interests.
  • Instruct kids in grades K-5, teens, educators, and caregivers in information gathering, research skills and digital literacy skills.
  • Work with the Youth Services team to ensure the library’s collections include relevant print and digital resources aimed at the specific interests and needs of patrons in grades K-12.
  • Collaborate with our PR/Marketing Coordinator and Youth Services team to share the library’s story with our community through social media and print marketing tools.
  • Prepare and implement special projects as required by the organization.
  • Help supervise and mentor all teen volunteers.
  • Attend and participate in staff and youth services meetings, workshops and committees and share relevant information with library staff.


Facilities Management

  • Work with the Youth Services team to maintain a safe, clean, and cost-efficient environment that meets the needs of the Children’s and Teen library spaces.
  • Work with staff to insure effective scheduling of in-house space.
  • Monitor public usage of Children’s & Teen area facilities.
  • Perform shelving and weeding as needed.


Financial Management

  • Assist with maintaining the annual budget for Children’s & Teen Departments by monitoring expenses or purchases within the approved budget.
  • Collaborate with Youth Services team to compile attendance for Children’s and Teen programs and statistical information about our programs and services. Use statistics to prepare reports, graphs, forecast trends, and share our library’s impact in our community.


Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Prior experience working with children and teens, preferably in a library setting
  • Experience and interest in STEAM/Maker Space programming


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of librarianship, especially library service to children and teens
  • Strong internet, social media and computer skills
  • Ability to exercise judgment and to work independently
  • Passion for working with children and their caregivers
  • Ability to provide Pennsylvania criminal, FBI fingerprint, and Pennsylvania child abuse clearances prior to date of hire


Required Behavioral Competencies

  • Customer focus
  • Integrity and trust
  • Composure
  • Patient with people and processes
  •  Quick learner
  • Good decision maker
  • Cope effectively with ambiguity and change
  • Problem solving


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • This position requires frequently walking, sitting, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling or crawling.
  •  Periodically standing for long periods, using hand or fingers to manipulate, touch or handle.
  • Frequently will need to lift or push up to 15 pounds, periodically up to 30 pounds, and rarely up to 65 pounds.
  • The work environment noise level is typical of a moderately noisy standard business office with equipment running; outdoors in normal suburban setting.


Tools and Equipment commonly used to perform this job includes

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Copier
  • Book truck
  • A/V and STEAM/Maker Space equipment


Additional Comments or working conditions not listed above

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The responsibilities outlined above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Applications for this position will be accepted through July 15th. Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Megan Fogt, Youth Services Department Head, at . No phone calls please.