The Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library (JCPL) seeks a well-qualified, enthusiastic Youth Services Librarian to help coordinate and expand our offerings for children and teens. This full-time position offers competitive benefits and is a great opportunity for an entry level or experienced youth librarian. Join us in beautiful Monticello, FL and help shape and modernize our youth services programs in one of the best small libraries in the Southeast.
The duties of the position include:
The ideal candidate for this position has several years of experience working with youth in a programming environment, as well as a thorough understanding of the reference needs and information behavior of library patrons between the ages of 0-18. S/he has a positive, can-do attitude; strong writing, communication and leadership skills; a rapport with children and youth; and the flexibility to take on different job duties throughout the day. S/he is seeking professional growth and development in the Youth Services field and is prepared to make a long-term commitment to a vulnerable and diverse youth population.
The candidate should be familiar with trends in the field and have a good understanding of collection development. The candidate is also expected to have strong information technology skills and the ability to assist patrons--especially youth--with computers, phones, e-readers, Overdrive, Playaways and social media in a help-desk environment. Making, building, coding, crafting, art or other creative skills are preferred in this position. The candidate has to be willing to speak publicly and explain and enforce library policies when necessary.
JCPL is a small library and all staff members participate in various library functions, including reception, circulation, staffing events and assisting patrons of all ages and abilities within the library. Every staff member must have strong customer service skills and a commitment to our calm, cooperative and positive work culture. The work environment consists of sitting and standing at a library circulation station, office desk, computer terminal or counter for extended periods of time. The library encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds and abilities and works hard to create a work environment that is welcoming and accommodating to all.
JCPL has served the people of Jefferson County for over 100 years. It is a thriving community center where patrons of all ages come to borrow books, hold meetings and use public access computers. It also serves as a remote site for rural social services. The library serves a population of 15,000 people, has a collection of ~40,000 books and multimedia items, and circulates between 50 and 100 books a day. It enjoys strong community support and active partnerships with city, county and state agencies. JCPL provides or supports and expansive and dynamic list of public services and programs ranging from children's storytimes, to health screenings, to adult education, to STEM activities such as robotics and agriculture. The work environment is both focused and friendly with plenty of opportunities to implement new ideas or projects.
To learn more, visit the library online at http://jcpl.wildernesscoast.org.
JCPL is in the heart of Monticello, Florida, a rural town with a reputation as “the most haunted city in Florida.” Homes and land are highly affordable and several homes are currently available in the historic district. The city is about 30 minutes away from the shops and universities of Tallahassee and the historic district of Thomasville, GA. With several nearby state parks, it is a great place for people who enjoy outdoor recreation. Filled with natural beauty and pure rivers and springs, Jefferson County is only a few hours away from both the east and west coast beaches. Jefferson County and Monticello have a strong community spirit and a friendly small town culture. If you are ready to join us, please follow the application instructions below.
This position is made possible through State Aid to Libraries.
This position requires a Master of Information and Library Science (MLIS) degree, or equivalent, from an ALA-accredited library science program, with a concentration in youth services, young adult services or children's librarianship. At least 2 years of experience with children's and/or young adult programming is required (library experience is preferred but not required). All library staff must be available to work nights, Saturdays and special events. Offers of employment are contingent on a background check and completion of a county employment application.
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