Children's Specialist

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, including weekends and weekday evenings.
Wilmington Public Library 268 North South Street Wilmington, Ohio 45177
TBD based on education and experience


Wilmington Public Library


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited graduate school [or]

A bachelor’s degree in an education or related field and experience in library or education [or]

two years of undergraduate course work and experience in a library or education setting.

  • Library experience, preferably in youth services area

  • Experience with computers and library automation systems


A valid driver's license



Knowledge, skills, and abilities required:

  • Broad knowledge of library operations, library materials, formats and authors

  • Ability to effectively network with and represent the library to assigned community groups, especially schools

  • Ability to develop new and innovative ways of improving service to the public

  • Ability to independently exercise judgment within established guidelines

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to supervise and motivate staff

  • Ability to prioritize varied tasks
  • Basic knowledge of office procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of social media and emerging technologies including digital formats
  • Ability to exercise initiative, tact, leadership and independent judgment

  • Solid knowledge of children’s literature and current trends in library services for children and the adults who work with them.

  • Strong communication skills with both adults and children

  • Some knowledge of basic reference resources, e.g. Encyclopedias, almanacs, etc.

  • Ability to meet and deal effectively with library patrons

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction

  • Ability to read numbers and letters rapidly and accurately

  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful work situations

  • Requires physical ability and strength to bend, reach, lift, and carry up to 40 lbs., and extensive use of a computer terminal



  • Responsible for children’s collection development
  • Responsible for children’s programming, acts as primary backup for teen programs
  • Responsible for coordinating library services with local schools
  • Circulation, check-in, reference and patron assistance
  • Participates in regular staff meetings to facilitate communication of ideas and skills, solve problems, and receive feedback on library operations and initiatives
  • Evaluates trends in services to children and recommends policy changes as needed
  • Participates in special library initiatives, projects, and teams
  • Performs public service desk duties as necessary
  • Performs other duties as assigned


The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of skills and abilities required to do the job.  Rather they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.  Other duties may be assigned at the discretion of the Director.

Contact Information: 

Please submit resume and letter of intent to:
Joe Knueven, Director
268 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177

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