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Childrens Librarian - Mott Haven Library

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The New York Public Library

Bronx, NY

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL\u2019s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island\u2014many of which date to Andrew Carnegie\u2019s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century\u2014are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.  
The Mott Haven Branch Library is seeking a Children\u2019s Librarian to empower children from infant through pre-teen to become creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information.  Successful candidates will embody each of these four characteristics themselves.  

Principal Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Children\u2019s Librarian engages children through collections, services, and programs in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones. The Librarian:

Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, daycare centers, and community groups that target children to promote the Library\u2019s services, collections, specialized programs, and resources
Facilitates group and family visits to the Library to enhance the reading skills of children
Actively and continuously promotes our collections and reading through readers advisory, staff picks, recommendation lists, blog entries, author talks, book discussions, and other innovative ways, both on site and online
Provides reference services and resource recommendations using print, media, and digital resources
Collaborates with the Youth Educational Services Department to develop, promote, and facilitate innovative programs to build literacy and a love of reading to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community\u2019s children, parents, and childcare providers, including storytimes and other early literacy programs, visual and performing arts programming, STEM programs, summer reading events, and a variety of other programs both within the Library and throughout the community
Partners with the collection development team to shape and maintain the Children's collection, ensuring it is diverse, current, relevant, and meets the needs of the community
Fosters digital literacy and provides age-appropriate technology instruction to children
Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest
Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the children\u2019s space to ensure a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources
Mentors Library staff in preparing and presenting children\u2019s programs
Assists with branch operations, including circulation, fines & fees management, reserves, and opening/closing procedures
In the absence of the Library Manager, may take responsibility for the facility, staff, and operations
Performs related duties as required

NYPL Core Values


Minimum Qualifications

ALA accredited Master\u2019s degree in Library and Information Studies and Public Librarian\u2019s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
Enthusiasm for public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage, including children and their parents/caregivers
Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for children and their parents/caregivers
Knowledge and appreciation of children\u2019s literature, audiovisual materials, computer resources, and other materials that constitute a balanced, relevant youth collection, as well as a love of reading
Experience developing, maintaining, and promoting children\u2019s collections
Experience building partnerships with local organizations and schools to meet the needs of community users
Demonstrated successful interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs, and e-reader devices
Demonstrated knowledge of computer services, including online searching, social media, and reference resources and databases

Preferred Qualifications

Foreign languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, French, and Russian
Basic understanding of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends for children, and urban public library issues preferred
Working knowledge of trends in children's literature, youth services, and the profession through webinars, meetings, internal training, conferences, professional literature, and organizational memberships

Work Environment
Public Library
Physical Duties

Lifting up to 15 lbs.
Sitting and standing for periods of time
Daily use of a computer

Starting SalaryUSD $51,224.00/Yr.
Minimum Salary (with 2 years of NYPL service)USD $56,387.00/Yr.
Hours35 hours per week To be scheduled during branch hours Evenings and weekends as required Schedule subject to change
Union / Non UnionLocal 1930

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