Youth Services Librarian -- Henry County Library -- Clinton, MO


Henry County Library
Youth Services Librarian Job Description

General Position Description:
The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for performing a variety of professional library duties in the area of Youth Services. This includes collection development, programming, reference, reader’s advisory, and instruction for all children and teen ages 0-17 at the Henry County Library and Lenora Blackmore Branch. Participate in the development, recommendation and administration of procedures and processes. Oversees and provides input in assigned functional areas.


  1. Plans and implements fun and enriching programs virtually and in person for youth, teens, and families that encourage reading, literacy skills, and general library use.
  2. Plans an annual Summer Reading Program for ages 0-17.
  3. Assists youth and adults in the selection of materials in all formats and provides informational resources at the Youth Services desk.
  4. Markets and promotes youth programs through all media formats including displays, booklists, newsletters, posters, library website, print media, local contacts, and all social media platforms.
  5. Works with the Library Director to develop and maintain a budget for the Youth Services Department including the cost of purchasing all materials and programming supplies needed annually.
  6. Collaborates with other agencies and special interest groups to promote library programs and services to the community.
  7. Performs outreach services to local schools, daycare facilities, and other community groups.
  8. Attends training, workshops, conferences, and other continuing education related to Youth Services as requested by the Director.
  9. Supervises Youth Services staff in all aspects on a daily basis.
  10. Communicates with home schoolers, teachers, students, parents, and community members to help improve library services.
  11. Provides attractive displays and settings to encourage reading.
  12. Suggests special performers to the Library Director for use at the Summer Reading Program.
  13. Organizes and gives tours of the library and its services to schools, daycare groups, children, teens, and families.
  14. Reads and responds to correspondence and email pertaining to Youth Services.
  15. Compiles statistics on attendance of all children’s programs throughout the year for the annual report and the Summer Reading Program survey.
  16. Upholds established library policies and procedures.
  17. Shelves library materials and reads shelves for accuracy.
  18. Performs as circulation clerk and other duties as needed.
  19. Tests to gain Public Notary license and/or Passport Acceptance Agent license as requested.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Working knowledge of library methods and procedures.
  2. Knowledge on how to conduct storytime appropriate to preschool children using stories, songs, finger plays, action rhymes, etc.
  3. Ability to organize, plan, and conduct programs for the entire year, well in advance of carrying them out.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, staff, and all library patrons in person and over the telephone.
  5. Ability to operate library equipment properly including personal computer, laptop, printer, scanner, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, audiovisual equipment, laminator, and microfilm.

Physical Demands:

  1. Sitting, kneeling, standing, walking, climbing, and stooping.
  2. Bending, twisting, and reaching.
  3. Talking, hearing, and using the telephone.
  4. Lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.
  5. Handling, processing, sorting, and shelving materials.
  6. Keyboarding, writing, and filing.
  7. Pushing and pulling objects weighing 50-75 pounds on a book cart.
  8. Mobility: travel to alternate worksite and to meetings and programs outside the library.

Mental Requirements:

  1. Communication skills: both written and oral.
  2. Reading ability: effectively read and understand information in written form, as well as ability to read aloud to children.
  3. Ability to comprehend and follow instructions.
  4. Basic mathematical skills such as calculating fines and making change.
  5. Time management skills: set priorities and meet assigned deadlines.

Education and Experience:

  1. High school diploma, GED, or HiSET required.
  2. One (1) year customer service experience required.
  3. Computer experience required.
  4. Associate degree or three (3) years’ experience in Youth Services preferred.
  5. Previous library work experience preferred.
  6. Previous job experience working with children in some capacity, at school or preschool, is highly desired.
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