City of Boston

Young Adults Librarian I

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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
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Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


Under supervision, and within the framework of Library policies and practices, to participate in services to a diverse population (characteristic to an urban setting) with emphasis on service to young adults and to perform professional work requiring application of professional knowledge of literature, bibliographic sources and services with a concentration on young adults.


Reports To: Ranking Staff Member.


Supervises: As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members.


Under supervision performs the following:

  • Assists in the development, planning and implementation of the Library’s program of service to young adults through personal consultations, reference and readers’ advisory services, outreach and programs.
  • Participates in the development of interactive community relationships and in the implementation of activities to stimulate use of the Library’s resources by schools and agencies which serve young adults.
  • Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for young adults and those serving the young adult population, provides bibliographic instruction to classes visiting the Library, conducts book talks, facilitates book discussion groups, and participates in youth advisory committees.
  • Performs readers’ advisory services and difficult or involved reference for the general public.
  • Provides instruction to increase patrons’ skill in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
  • Manages, as delegated, program funds assigned.
  • Participates in the development of the young adults collection and manages appropriate materials budget.
  • Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
  • May be responsible for oral presentations and written reports on activities within the department.
  • May be responsible for day-to-day operations of the department / branch library in the absence of the Department Head / Branch Librarian or other ranking staff member.
  • May participate in recommending and/or planning changes in service or new services for young adults.
  • Actively participates in system-wide committees, training and other professional activities.
  • Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library science from an accredited library school. Courses in young adult literature and/or programming taken for credit at an accredited library school. Other experience working with youth is desirable.
  • In exceptional instances, specialized education, training and/or experience, may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.
  • Knowledge of young adult literature including bibliographic tools and sources pertaining to young adult literature and work.
  • Knowledge of the techniques of programming for teens.
  • Interest in youth and in library work with young adults.
  • Willingness and ability to develop strong interactive community relationships.
  • Willingness to assume responsibility and carry out assignments independently.
  • Good oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to search the Internet and other electronic databases.
  • Ability to work well with staff and public; initiative, dependability, good judgment, tact, courtesy.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.




Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  PSA / P 1

Hours per week:  35


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