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Children’s Outreach Librarian, Boston Public Library – Central Library, Boston MA


Performs any or all phases of work in support of central library and neighborhood outreach services for children ages birth – 11.


  1. Works with administrators and staff system-wide to develop, deploy and support outreach services for children. Services may include but are not limited to pre-school and youth programming.
  2. Collaborates with community groups, city agencies, non-profits, and others to bring high-quality programming and services out into the community. Offers library services and programs at non-library locations, including but not limited to schools, community centers, fairs and festivals, and health centers.
  3. Works with Neighborhood Services division members and branch staff to identify key service populations or key neighborhoods for outreach services.
  4. Coordinates the scheduling, training, mentorship and guidance for all children’s outreach services.
  5. Conducts regular community needs assessment to identify children’s needs in order to create tailored services and programs to address identified needs.
  6. Develops statistical tools and reports; maintains records/statistics, analyzes data, and prepares reports monthly.
  7. Communicates effectively with internal and external partners. Works with appropriate staff to procure materials necessary for successful programs.  Facilitates payment for performers and presenters.
  8. Provides professional staff support for outreach events at locations throughout the city.
  9. Works with staff to evaluate outreach services
  10. As assigned, represents library at local and national conferences.
  11. Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, and Excel.  Familiarity with and interest in a broad range of social networking and online collaboration tools.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Demonstrates initiative and independent decision-making skills.
  • Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Identifies plans and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and resources.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education – Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school.  Two years of professional library experience including substantial experience in public programming.
  • Experience – Significant programming experience in children’s services. Knowledge of broad-based library programming practices, including current trends in youth outreach services.  Excellent knowledge of online communications and social networking tools.
  • Proficiency in a second language other than English desirable.

How to Apply:

Applicant Requirements:

  1. Some evening and weekend hours, weekly schedule varies based on scheduled programs and events.  
  2. Ability to travel to BPL locations as well as to off-site locations.
  3. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  4. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.

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