Darien Library (CT) seeks a creative, energetic, and enthusiastic candidate to join a dedicated Children’s Department as a full-time Children’s Librarian. You will serve as the Children’s Collection Development Librarian, selecting and identifying youth materials in print and non-print formats, developing and managing multiple collection budgets, and promoting new and diverse titles to patrons.

The highly-motivated candidate will have a passion for public service, knowledge of children’s literature, experience working with youth, a desire to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and will join a tight-knit and very collaborative team in providing extraordinary services to children.

Qualifications & Skills

  • MLIS degree, or degree in progress, from an ALA-accredited library and information sciences graduate program required. 1-3 years experience in a children’s library setting, or equivalent book purchasing experience, preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and devotion to hospitality in public service.
  • Experience with maintaining a budget.
  • Passion for maintaining and developing a collection of diverse materials.
  • Extensive knowledge of new and backlist children’s titles.
  • Knowledge of current publishing trends and popular authors.
  • Knowledge of current library trends, specifically within children’s services.
  • Attention to detail and strong aptitude in written and oral communication.
  • Proficiency with new and emerging technologies, as well as Microsoft Office Applications. Knowledge of design software highly desirable.
  • Bilingual candidates, or those with functional knowledge of another language, are highly desirable.
  • Ability to lift and carry 20-15 pounds.


  • Selects and identifies youth materials for patrons ages birth to 12 and their caregivers including print and non-print formats.
  • Manages quarterly spending plan for multiple collection budgets including print, non-print, audio, and special projects.
  • Collaborates with other youth services staff on various collection needs including school booktalking selections, storytime resources, and program support through displays and booklists.
  • Maintains a current and user-friendly physical and digital collection (ebooks and eaudio books).
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with various publishers and book professionals.
  • Plans and conducts programming for children of all ages and their caregivers.
  • Is an active member of relevant professional organizations.
  • Works one evening per week, and one weekend a month, in addition to special events.
  • Experience with Polaris and Baker & Taylor is desired.


Begins at $58,000 annually for a 37.5 hour week, and is commensurate with experience. Compensation includes generous vacation, sick, and personal leave. Substantial opportunities for professional development. Health benefits and Town pension are included with this position.

To Apply

For consideration please send a cover letter and resume to Anna Taylor, Head of Youth Services, at ataylor@darienlibrary.org by Monday, September 2nd.

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