• Children's Librarian - Pelham Parkway- Van Nest

    Location US-NY-Bronx
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    VN Van Nest Library
  • Overview

    The Pelham Parkway-Van Nest Library is a neighborhood branch library, providing collections, programming, and outreach, and other library services to a highly diverse community, consisting of immigrants, families, and other people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and economic classes. It promotes reading, education, and access to information and technology.

    Principal Responsibilities

    This position has primary responsibility for all services for children, including the maintenance of collections, the planning and delivery of programming, and the delivery of outreach, both to neighborhood schools and daycare centers and at the branch. Van Nest is a family literacy branch, so there is a high volume of outreach for preschool aged children and their families. 


    Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Children’s Librarian:

    • Provides reference services and resource recommendations using print, media and digital resources

    • Collaborates with the Youth Educational Services Department to develop, promote and facilitate innovative programs to build literacy and a love of reading to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s children, parents and childcare providers, including storytimes and other early literacy programs, visual and performing arts programming, STEM programs, summer reading events, and a variety of other programs both in the Library and throughout the community

    • Partners with the collection development team to shape and maintain the Children's collection ensuring it is diverse, current, relevant and meets the needs of the community

    • Works to engage children with the collection in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones

    • Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, daycare centers, and community groups that target children to promote the library’s services (e.g., MyLibraryNYC, the Library’s partnership with NYC schools), collections, specialized programs and resources to enhance the reading skills of children

    • Encourages digital literacy and provides age-appropriate technology instruction to children

    • Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest

    • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the children’s space ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources

    • Mentors library staff in preparing and presenting children’s programs

    • Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, reserves and opening/closing procedures

    • May take responsibility for the facility, staff and operations in the absence of the Library Manager

    • Maintains a working knowledge of trends in children's literature, youth services and the profession through webinars, meetings, internal training, conferences, professional literature and organizational memberships

    • Performs related duties as required

    Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities

    Trains and supervises other staff assisting with children’s programming and outreach, including one full time IA responsible for supporting children’s services on a regular basis

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
    • Strong commitment to public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
    • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for Children and their parents/caregivers
    • Knowledge and appreciation of children’s literature, audiovisual materials, computer resources, and other materials that constitute a balanced, relevant youth collection
    • Experience developing, maintaining and marketing Children’s collections
    • Experience building partnerships with local organizations and schools to better meet the needs of community users
    • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
    • Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
    • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs and e-reader devices
    • Demonstrated knowledge of computer services including online searching, social media and reference resources and databases
    • Spanish language preferred

    Work Environment

    Branch Library

    Physical Duties

    • Lifting up to 15 lbs.
    • Sitting and standing for periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer

    Starting Salary

    USD $51,224.00/Yr.

    Minimum Salary (with 2 years of NYPL service)

    USD $56,387.00/Yr.


    35 hours per week
    To be scheduled during branch hours
    Evenings and weekends as required
    Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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