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Staff Librarian (Children’s), Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport, MA


The Newburyport Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic professional with a love of public service for a fulltime Staff Librarian position in the Children’s and Teen Services Department, to deliver outstanding library services to patrons of all ages with a focus on children. This position includes reference, collection development and management, reader’s advisory, programming, and outreach activities. A sense of humor, strong communication skills, a team approach, and a friendly and welcoming demeanor are essential. NPL staff work in a collaborative workplace with a focus on excellent patron service. Ongoing professional development is encouraged and supported.  

Duties and Requirements:  

Collections & Readers’ Advisory  

  • Select, evaluate, and maintain an inclusive collection in accordance with the library collection development policy and allocated budgets.  
  • Broad knowledge and appreciation of literature and media for young people.  

    Programming & Marketing  
  • Coordinate engaging library programs and services for children, taking into consideration principles of youth development; community assets; and the diverse educational, recreational, and personal needs of local youth.  
  • Actively promote library resources through programming, merchandizing, and creating book lists, resource guides, and displays.  

    Patron & Community Focus  
  • Maintain a pleasant, inviting, safe environment for children. Work effectively with the Youth Services team and with colleagues in other departments. Ensure proper supervision of patrons.   
  • Knowledge of developmental principles, materials and current issues related to serving youth; demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to program and service design and to establish positive relationships with youth.  
  • Keep current about the community, other area libraries, and librarianship.  

    Communication & Problem Solving  
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a positive attitude.  
  • Sound judgment and strong problem-solving skills; flexibility, adaptability and professionalism in stressful situations and times of change.  

    Work Environment & Professional Development  
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks despite frequent interruptions and moderate noise levels.  
  • Commitment to doing all work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.  
  • Maintain a working knowledge of contemporary trends and technology in the library profession by attending workshops and professional meetings.  
  • Ability to interact tactfully and courteously with library patrons of all ages and diverse backgrounds, including those who may be experiencing hardships that impact their behavior.  
  • Address and resolve patron issues.  

The Library is located in a busy walkable downtown city of 18,000 and receives strong community support. This is an opportunity to grow your librarian skillset in a positive environment where all staff contribute to making the NPL a destination.   

This is a 35 hour per week union position with benefits, and includes one night per week and a rotation of Saturdays.  
Estimated start date: November 7, 2022

 $25.64 to 30.17 in six steps. 

How to Apply:

A complete job description is available on the City of Newburyport website at