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Darien Library (CT) seeks a creative, energetic, and enthusiastic candidate to join a dedicated Youth Services Department as the full-time McGraw Family Children’s Librarian. This librarian will serve as the Digital Learning Coordinator, planning and coordinating technology-focused programming, managing all technology in the Children’s Library including circulating technology, and collaborating with the Teen Services Librarian on tween programming, collection, and outreach.

The highly-motivated candidate will have a passion for public service, knowledge of technology for children, experience working with youth specifically ages 8 and up, 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 from an ALA-accredited library and information sciences graduate program required. 1-3 years’ experience in a children’s library setting, or equivalent event planning experience, preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and devotion to hospitality in public service.
  • Highly collaborative.
  • Knowledge of current library tech trends and their ever-evolving role in public libraries. 
  • Experience with working with youth, especially tweens ages 8 and up.
  • Experience with state-of-the-art technology including tablets, printers, and robotics.
  • Attention to detail and strong aptitude in written and oral communication.
  • Knowledge of current publishing trends and popular authors.
  • Proficiency with both Mac and PC software and applications. Knowledge of design software and coding highly desirable.
  • Bilingual candidates, or those with functional knowledge of another language, are highly desirable.

Responsibilities

  • A public and visible face of the Children’s Library, both within the library and outside in the community. 
  • Provides exemplary customer services to patrons on public desks in Youth Services.
  • Promotes and creates new technology programs, activities, and learning opportunities for tween patrons, coordinating programming for ages 8 and up with peers and outside presenters.
  • Manages the T|E|A (Technology, Engineering, Art) Room including biweekly programming. 
  • Manages all youth circulating technology including iPads, Launchpads, and T|E|A Kits.
  • Collaborates with the Teen Services Librarian on outreach and programming to tweens.
  • Facilitates professional development for the Youth Services staff related to emerging technology.
  • Maintains and curates’ reading materials for the Middle Grade Reads collection. 
  • Manages various digital collection items in the Children’s Library including DVDs and video games.
  • Integrates digital literacy through technology, program planning and content creation.
  • Plans and conducts programming for youth of all ages and their caregivers.
  • Provides exemplary reference and readers’ advisory services to children, teens, caregivers, and educators in the community.
  • Maintains strong connections to relevant professional organizations. 
  • Available to work one evening per week, and one weekend a month, in addition to special events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salary

Begins at $60,000 annually for a 37.5-hour week, and is commensurate with experience. Compensation includes generous vacation, sick, and personal leave. Significant opportunities for professional development available. Health benefits and town pension are included with this position.

To Apply

For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to Krishna Grady, Head of Youth Services, at kgrady@darienlibrary.org by December 21, 2020.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Darien Library observes and promotes a policy of equal employment opportunity for all. This means that the Darien Library recruits, hires, trains, and promotes all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, physical disability or any other improper or illegal criteria. All employment decisions are based on legitimate employment-related criteria such as, skills, abilities, attitude and contribution to the Darien Library so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.

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