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Youth Services Librarian, Somerville Public Library, Somerville, MA

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Plans, implements, and evaluates in-person and virtual programs of interest to teens, tweens, and children
  • Develops, selects, and maintains library collection of books, magazines, AV, and other materials for teens, tweens, and children as assigned
  • Provides prompt, courteous and direct assistance to all patrons with basic information regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services
  • Provides reader’s advisory, technology, and homework assistance
  • Promotes new and existing library collections, services, programs, and events to teens, tweens, and children through in-library displays and via print, web, and other social media
  • Engages in outreach to teachers, librarians, and other staff within area schools and community agencies/organizations serving teens, tweens, and children and attends city-sponsored events of interest to children, tweens, teens, and families
  • Attends continuing professional development activities, relevant to library services for teens, tweens, and children
  • Staffs the Teen and Children’s desks on a regular schedule, and covers other public desks as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: MLS from an ALA accredited library school

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:

  • Must enjoy working with teens, tweens, and children
  • Demonstrated social media experience
  • Ability to deal with the public effectively and pleasantly
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across all departments
  • Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of library technology
  • Must appreciate working with youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to speak two or more languages a plus

Work Environment:

Physical and Mental Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills: Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work.  Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.).  Job requires ability to bend, lift and carry library materials and pull book carts (up to 50lbs.)

Motor Skills: Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.           

Visual Skills: Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes.

Hours: Full-Time (including evenings and Saturdays, and five (5) hours of paid lunch weekly)
Salary: $1,009.79 weekly + benefits
Union: SMEA Unit B

Benefits Somerville Offers

  • 4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) & for union positions this varies by contract
  • Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
  • Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna
  • Vision care through the Vision Service Plan (VSP)
  • Long term disability through Sun Life
  • Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual
  • Flexible spending plans through Benefit Strategies
  • Deferred compensation through a choice of three vendors
  • Employee assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health
  • Cancer screening & wellness release
  • Somerville Retirement Pension System
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • MBTA pass program
  • FREE BlueBikes membership
  • Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis. Learn more at


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