Webster City, IA; Teen Librarian, Kendall Young Library

Teen Librarian
Date Posted: August 3, 2017
Deadline: Position open until filled. Preference given to applications received by August 23.
Location: Kendall Young Library in Webster City, Iowa (www.kylib.org)
Starting Wage: $34,000-$38,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Benefits: Vacation and sick leave (15 vacation days, 2 personal days, 7 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year), IPERS (Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System) and contribution towards health insurance.
Hours: 40 hours per week (includes one night per week and rotating Saturdays).
Typical Schedule:
Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Rotating Saturdays


Seeking an enthusiastic, creative, tech-savvy, service-oriented Teen Librarian to join the staff at Kendall Young Library. You will plan and coordinate teen programming (grades 6-12) and be responsible for teen collection development. Additionally, this position provides reference services for adults and teens; helps patrons use our digital and physical resources; and handles publicity for the library. Kendall Young Library is a forward-thinking, rural library rooted in a rich history in Webster City, Iowa. As a smaller library (town population around 8,000), our staff have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and tasks.

Teen Services
 Plan and staff teen programs, including the after-school Teen Lounge program.
 Coordinate the Teen Summer and Winter Reading Programs.
 Develop and maintain the Teen collection based on reviews, evaluation of current collection, and patron requests.
 Actively work at outreach to the area middle and high schools as well as other teen serving organizations.
 Advocate for the importance of teen library services in the community.
 Work the Reference Desk 20-25 hours per week providing reference and readers’ advisory service to adults and teens.
 Assist patrons with computers and printers.
 Instruct patrons in use of library resources, particularly accessing online resources with digital devices.
 Assist patrons with genealogy searches and use of the library’s local history collection and digital newspaper archive.
 Promote library services through tours, demonstrations, talks, and displays.
 Maintain confidentiality in all patron and staff interactions.
 Serve as the “person in charge” in the absence of a Supervisor.
 Perform copy cataloging of various formats.
 Collaborate with the Reference team and a library staff of 18 (10 FTE).
 Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube) for the library to engage the community and promote the library and its services.
 Create publicity materials for the library, including flyers, email newsletters, press releases, and newspaper columns.
 Manage and update content on the website.
Perform other related duties as assigned

 Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) preferred.
New graduates and currently enrolled master’s students encouraged to apply.
 Experience working with the public required.
 Prior experience working with teens highly preferred.
 Previous library, bookstore or teaching experience preferred

 Knowledge of current developments, trends, practices and philosophy in library services, especially teen services.
 Basic understanding of adolescent development and issues facing teens and tweens.
 Knowledge of teen literature and programming.
 Excellent written communication skills.
 Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills.
 Presentation or training experience.
 Experience with library computer technology.
 High level of computer skills. Experience with MS Office Professional (particularly Publisher), Facebook, Instagram and Twitter required.
 Flexibility and excellent customer service attitude.
 Spanish language ability is a plus.

How to apply:
Send a cover letter, resume, essay (see below) and 3 references to Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, Interim Library Director, at kettala@kylib.org
This position requires an essay. Please write and submit an essay (no more than 500 words) describing the attributes of an exemplary Teen Librarian.


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Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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