** Open for applications until position is filled. **

Position:              Youth Services Librarian, Teens and Tweens Focus
Department:       Youth Services
Status:                  Full-time (35 hours/week)
Supervised by:   Youth Services Manager

Nature of Work

Plans, coordinates, and implements library programs and services within the library, online, and in the community. Focus area of this position is primarily teens and tweens, and children of all ages secondarily. Leads and supports the library’s mission and core values.  Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.

Primary Responsibilities

Identifies trends that will impact libraries, literacy, publishing, and information technology.  Embraces innovation and experimentation and recommends thoughtful change to help the library stay relevant and vital.

Collaborates with other staff in institutional planning, problem-solving, and the generation of new ideas.

Engages with the community and special population groups through multiple delivery methods; promotes the use of materials, services and programs to the community.  Represents the library and makes public presentations.

Identifies and stays current with community/service areas and understands their informational needs and interests.  Cultivates relationships with community members and organizations to garner feedback and establish partnerships.

Plans and executes services, programs, presentations, workshops and other participatory experiences for teens and tweens.  Collaborates with other library staff to provide multi-age and other programs and services.

Curates and maintains library collections for teens and tweens.

Develops and manages content for library’s social media targeted at teens.

Assists patrons in Youth Services areas and via phone. Provides and responds to in-depth readers’ advisory and informational questions for youth and their caregivers.  Assists and educates patrons in the use of library technology resources.

Mentors, trains, and models for other staff.  Under direction of the Youth Services Manager, works closely with Library Assistants to ensure excellence in informational and readers’ advisory services.

Serves as a Person-in-Charge within the library.  Opens and closes designated areas.  Ensures a safe and positive environment for patrons.

 

Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending workshops, reading professional publications, and participating in individual and departmental training.

Qualifications

Knowledge of the principles and practice of providing library services to children and teens in public libraries

Working knowledge of a wide variety of teen and children’s reference sources, authors, literature, publishers, AV, and social media

Creativity and enthusiasm for innovation

Working knowledge of basic child development

Ability to effectively communicate ideas and thoughts both verbally and in writing, including facility with public speaking and with designing and writing promotional materials

Ability to use diplomacy and tact to establish and maintain relationships with library patrons, employees, and outside organizations

Ability to adapt to changing needs, recognize and set priorities, and plan and organize own work

Customer-focused and friendly

Ability to use resources and current library and office technologies relevant to the job duties

Knowledge of search strategies and classification systems

Knowledge and support of the principles of Intellectual Freedom

Availability of transportation for community outreach

Availability to work a varied schedule, including weekends and evenings, which may change periodically

MLS degree from an ALA-accredited school or pending degree in 2022

Experience working with children and teens

Professional public library experience preferred

 

Position is full-time (35 hrs/wk) and includes some evening and weekend hours. Salary: $25/hr.

Curtis Memorial Library is committed to hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce of highly qualified staff to broaden perspectives, promote equity and inclusion, and connect to the breadth of our community. Qualified applicants with racially, ethnically, or culturally diverse identities or backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Pam Jenkins at jobs@curtislibrary.com


If you are looking for a job or a career change, below are two resources that might be helpful to you.

1.

Are you familiar with CareerCenter of Maine? Maine CareerCenters provide a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Whether you are looking to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or start a new business, the CareerCenter can help.

Curtis Library is now able to offer virtual appointments with a CareerCenter consultant. We provide a laptop, reliable internet connection, a private space, and any tech support you might need during your appointment.

Do you have questions about whether or not these services are for you? We answer some common questions below:

Do I need to be a Brunswick/Harpswell resident or CML patron? No, not necessarily. Several libraries in Maine are piloting this program. Email or call us for more info.
Are these services free to me? Yes! Career Centers are available all over the state so you can find a convenient location.
Does my income matter? Nope, not at all.
Are your services confidential? Absolutely. Public libraries pride themselves on providing no fee for service, confidential support and this is no different.
I feel like I could use some career help but I’m a little embarrassed/nervous to call. We understand. Asking for help isn’t always easy and making the phone call can be the hardest step. Our partner from the Career Center is very kind and willing to help and will put you at ease. There is no obligation to continue if it’s not for you!
I haven’t identified my exact needs. Should I still make an appointment? Yes. Don’t worry if you are not sure what specific services you are looking for. Wendy can help you talk it through! This can be a conversation that helps add new career ideas or brings to light some relevant options that you may not know about yet.

The CareerCenter can also help you if:

  • You’re a recent high school graduate and looking for jobs/internship in a specific field.
  • You have a business idea and would like help fine-tuning it. Or, if you’d like help narrowing down your ideas for a home-based business.
  • You have been out of the work force for a while and are looking for help with your resume.
  • You have an interview coming up and would like to practice either your interview skills or using technology for virtual interviews.
  • You are self-employed and are looking for marketing resources or help identifying useful online platforms.

The staff at the Curtis Help Desk will assist you with making an appointment – appointments are available on Thursdays and Fridays only. Call 725-5242 and choose option 4.


2.

Midcoast Economic Development District (MCEDD) is offering assistance to find workforce training and job opportunities for persons living in Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Knox counties and the town of Brunswick, Harpswell, Lincolnville, Northport, Searsmont, and Belmont.

MCEDD is a municipally led economic and community development organization based in Damariscotta. We work closely with communities and individuals to help them reach their next step towards achieving their goals. We offer a wide range of services through one-on-one interactions with our expert staff to make sure that there is a plan in place to best fit you. When working with municipalities in the Midcoast we have provided planning consultation to towns that are overwhelmed in their planning & development departments. On the business side of things, we have worked with startups that have needed assistance getting financial funding with local banks. This loan program has enabled small Maine business owners to reach their goals in their communities.

This workforce assistance program was created to specifically serve those who have been negatively impacted by job loss or decrease due to COVID-19. This service is available at no charge and is confidential. We will conduct our meetings via phone.

What the process may look like:

  1. You reach out to Mary Jane West or Hannah Sisk at MCEDD (see contact information below).
  1. We have a phone call to discuss your current needs and goals (example: I am currently unemployed. I worked in the hospitality sector and am seeking a new, full-time job.).
  1. Together, we identify new job opportunities based on your current skill set or look to expand your skillset through local training/education.
  1. We provide you with a path forward (example: we have identified several jobs you will apply for, a training program to begin which feeds to more employment opportunities, etc.)
  1. We follow-up with you after two weeks to continue your job search, if needed.

This process will be client-driven to best suit your needs and goals. It may look different for some based on past work experience, training needed and work goals.

If you are currently unemployed or looking to find a new job or career please call or email Mary Jane West at 207-380-3558 (mwest@mceddme.org) or Hannah Sisk at 207-380-3518 (hsisk@mceddme.org). We are available Monday through Friday (Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

This service is made possible from funding from the Economic Development Administration and MCEDD. We take your privacy seriously and will not share your information with anyone nor advertise to you.