Children's Librarian

Flexible schedule with daytime, evening and weekend hours
5:00 p.m. on 12/13/19
Mansfield Richland County Public Library in downtown Mansfield, Ohio


Mansfield Richland County Public Library


  1. Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from ALA-accredited university is required.  Consideration will be given to candidates actively enrolled in the MLS/MLIS program with proof of current enrollment. Coursework emphasis on children’s literature, programming and education is preferred.
  2. Experience working in public library setting preferred
  3. Intermediate to advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office, internet and email
  4. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  5. Must be experienced and comfortable working alone and in a team environment
  6. Must have advanced facility with a variety of social media and digital formats along with devices used by customers, including IPads, tablets, eReaders, smart phones and the like
  7. Documented experience working with children of all ages
  8. Some supervisory experience is preferred.
  9. Must be able to relate to children and be comfortable working with children individually and in groups
  10. Reliability and above average work attendance with ability to work flexible schedule including day, evening and weekend hours
  11. Physical requirements: Engage in extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting/turning and stretching to shelve materials throughout the library on shelves of varying heights from above shoulders to below knees. Engage in intermittent periods of climbing stairs, typing and viewing computer monitors, lifting and carrying equipment and materials occasionally weighing 40 – 60 pounds and pushing loaded book trucks weighing 75 - 100 pounds or more on tile or carpet. Must be able to use hands and fingers to grasp, handle and manipulate materials and operate tools and controls, including computers, phones and office equipment.  Occasionally required to get on hands and knees to look for materials that have fallen under the shelves or stand on step stool 14 ½ inches high to reach upper shelves. May occasionally need to sweep or vacuum after programs and events.
  12. Favorable results of pre-employment background check.
  13. Reliable transportation in order to meet work requirements.
  14. Valid vehicle operator’s license is required, with acceptable driving record and current vehicle insurance. Travel in all weather conditions is required.
  15. Required at time of hire: proof of eligibility to work in the United States.



  1. Consistently provide superior customer service.
  2. Handle multiple interruptions at once, sustaining productivity and accuracy.
  3. Exhibit professional, courteous and approachable demeanor at all times.
  4. Maintain confidentiality of customer records in accordance with Library policy and Ohio law.
  5. Initiate, promote, prepare and present children’s programming to encourage reading, viewing and listening of library materials in an effort to create lifelong readers.
  6. Present programs and story time at the Library and during visits to schools, daycares and preschools and to community organizations and at events for children.
  7. Promote reading by creating and maintaining monthly displays and bulletin boards and summer reading displays.
  8. Assist with Summer Library Program activity planning for all locations in the system.
  9. Plan, promote and oversee Summer Library Program for children at the Main Library.
  10. Provide reference and reader’s advisory service to children and adult customers in person, by telephone and by email, using materials in a variety of formats.
  11. Assist customers in locating and choosing appropriate materials.
  12. Advise children, caregivers and teachers in choosing materials for children of all ages.
  13. Perform public desk duties and locate and process children’s materials to fulfill Branch and customer requests.
  14. Participate in collection development for children, including print and non-print materials, in conjunction with Collection Development Librarian for Youth Materials and assisting with discards processing.
  15. Keep current and knowledgeable regarding children’s materials and make recommendations for future acquisitions.
  16. Serve as primary Library contact for area schools and teachers.
  17. Conduct Library tours for schools and other organizations.
  18. Develop and maintain Children’s Services booklists and other bibliographic tools.
  19. Promote Teacher Packs and assist in maintenance of Children’s Services pages of the website, including Teacher and Learning Zone.
  20. Monitor, train and assist volunteers at the department (in cooperation with manager).
  21. Assist with all Main Library ancillary operations when directed to do so.
  22. Perform clerical and circulation duties, as directed.
  23. Compile and report children’s programming statistics, when and as the Children’s Department Manger or Branch and Youth Services Administrator directs.
  24. Provide bibliographic assistance to customers.
  25. Compile and report children’s programming statistics, when and as the Children’s Department Manager or Branch and Youth Services Administrator directs.
  26. Assist with daily shelving, straightening and shelf reading of children’s materials.
  27. Help coordinate system-wide programs.
  28. Develop and maintain specialty kits that circulate.
  29. Work, share and brainstorm with other Children’s staff members system-wide and with teachers at schools in the Library’s service area.
  30. Communicate frequently with the Children’s Department Manager and the Branch & Youth Services Administrator about services to children and related issues.
  31. Represent the Library publicly at meetings and other activities, as directed.
  32. Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
  33. With reasonable accommodation, meet the physical requirements and perform essential tasks and responsibilities reliably within 6 months of on-the-job experience and training.


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