FT Youth Services Librarian Job Opening - Plainsboro Public Library

From: "Sharon Rawlins srawlins@njstatelib.org [NJYAC]" ...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: FT Youth Services Librarian Job Opening - Plainsboro Public Library
Date: September 10th 2021


JOB OPENING:  Full-time Youth Services Librarian

Plainsboro Public Library seeks an energetic, positive, and self- motivated Youth Services Librarian for a full-time position.  The ideal candidate will provide friendly, high quality customer service to library patrons and has an in-depth knowledge of children’s and teen literature with the ability to provide high quality readers advisory.  They create and execute innovative programs under the direction of the Head of Youth Services.  They are a team player and participate in executing department initiatives and accomplishing department goals.        

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Provide reference service in person, by telephone and electronically to the children, tweens, teens and their caregivers;
  • Assist customers in the use of department resources, print and electronic;
  • Provides high quality reader’s advisory to assist customers in selecting materials appropriate for their age group, interest and reading capabilities;
  • Provide information about and registration for department programs;
  • Provide customers with assistance at the public computers and equipment in the Science Center including troubleshooting problems;
  • Oversee and direct the work of library pages and volunteers;
  • Develop and execute department programs, including traditional programming as well as special events and, summer reading clubs,  “maker” and tech based activities that maximize use of the Science Center in the department;
  • Participate in outreach in the school district and township to bring the library out of the building;
  • Participate in the weeding and maintenance and display of all department collections; and
  • Participate in the selection of materials for the children's, tween, and teen collections;  
  • Ability to guide customers out of the building during emergency evacuations; and
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

A Youth Services Librarian must have some knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation;
  • current trends in the delivery of library services to children, tweens and teens;
  • children’s, tween, and teen literature and resources;
  • library software, apps, and common computer software such as MS Office; and
  • library research techniques.

A Youth Services Librarian must have the ability to:

  • to maintain accurate records and statistics and complete reports;
  • plan and execute children’s programs;
  • to exercise initiative and independent judgment;
  • to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department supervisor, library staff, and patrons; and
  • to communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

Education and experience: A Youth Services Librarian must have a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school.  Experience working in Youth Services in a public library is a must. Demonstrated knowledge of children’s and teen literature is expected.  A New Jersey Professional Librarian Certificate must be on file. 

Schedule: 35 hours per week; Sundays and evenings.

Salary:  $54,953 for MLS Librarian; Generous benefits package.

Application: For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to:  ...@plainsborolibrary.org" style="color: #2199e8; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.3; margin: 0; padding: 0; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;">dire...@plainsborolibrary.org Include “YS full-time position” in the email subject line.  Please no phone calls.  Only candidates selected for interviews will be notified.  Employment offers are conditional upon a successful background and reference check and include a six month probationary period.  Plainsboro Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applicant must comply with the “NJ First Act.”

Forwarded by:


Sharon Rawlins, MLS, she/her/hers

Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning

NJ State Library

185 West State St.

P.O. Box 520

Trenton, NJ 08625-0520

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609-278-2640 ext. 116

609-278-2650 – fax



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