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Youth Services Librarian, The Library Center, Springfield, MO


SALARY: $37,440.00 annually

Essential Functions

  • Develops and implements developmentally appropriate youth and family programs and activities, such as story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, programs for school age youth, family events and tours
  • Ability to relate to youth from birth to age 18 and their families and work with the general public
  • Develops Library programs and services based on sound models of youth participation, allowing for social interaction, growth and learning
  • Evaluates and documents programs and services to contribute to institutional and professional memory and adapts and improves future programs and services
  • Assists patrons with reader’s advisory, information, and location of library materials
  • Assists and instructs patrons in the use of Library technology and reference materials
  • Performs computer data and internet searches
  • Provides regular reference services to the general public
  • Assists Youth Services Manager with the promotion of youth services to local schools and community organizations through outreach, including periodic public speaking
  • Develops statistical methods and interprets department statistics to help guide programming, collection merchandising, and other services
  • Develops and conducts special projects and trainings under the direction of the Youth Services Manager
  • May assist with material selection and collection development
  • Participates as a member of the Youth Services Committee and other system wide committees and work groups as assigned
  • Keeps department sanitary
  • Interprets and implements the Library’s General Conduct Policy.
  • Timeliness:  The employee must be punctual and timely in arriving to work and completing tasks. The employee must also be capable of working all of the hours in their assigned shift.
  • Ability to work with others and the general public:  It is essential that individual who works in this position have the ability to work and interact in a cooperative, pleasant, and constructive manner with others.
  • This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; employee may be required to perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Library.

Skills/Job Knowledge

  • Must exhibit flexibility, initiative, creativity, energy, patience and tact
  • Ability to perform essential job functions during times of high public usage
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written
  • Ability to effectively listen to and respond appropriately to patron inquiries
  • Working knowledge of developmental stages of youths birth through 18 years of age and the implications for Library programs, services and collections
  • Working knowledge of reference resources
  • Working knowledge of youth development and the implications for library services and programs 
  • Working knowledge and appreciation of youth literature, issues, and interests
  • Proficient in use of computer systems and associated software, integrated library systems, and the internet
  • Current knowledge of developments and trends in library services and technology
  • Awareness of current events


  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • One year public service experience required
  • Public library experience and experience working with youth and families preferred


  • Regular, daily public contact
  • Works closely with other department personnel
  • Routine telephone and email contact with other departments and branches


  • Supervised by the Youth Services Department Manager

Physical Demands

  • Performs bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from floor level to 6 feet in height
  • Displays good coordination and mobility
  • Routine lifting of library materials weighing up to 20 lbs.
  • May have some exposure to bodily fluids

Working Environment

  • Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general library environment

Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Must pass a security background check

This is a full-time, exempt position, approximately 40 hours per week. Candidates must be available to work budgeted hours during open hours of the library is open: Current hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30am – 9:00pm, Friday 7:30am – 8:00pm, Saturday 8:30am – 7:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm. Weekends and evenings hours will be required on a rotating basis. As a condition of employment, work schedules may change as necessary to best provide user services and to meet the Library’s responsibility to the citizens of Greene County.  

This position requires an MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution. To be considered for this position TRANSCRIPTS MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION. All candidates for employment must be at least 16 years old.

How to Apply:

Applications may be found online at then follow the link provided for this Job Posting.

Complete application and submit transcript through our online application process. Direct questions through e-mail to [email protected] or call 417-616-0589 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment.