• Supervising Librarian,Youth Collections, BookOps

    Location US-NY-Long Island City
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    SELCTN Selection
  • Overview

    BookOps is a shared library technical services organization that serves the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library. BookOps’ Selection Department coordinates, manages and develops the print, media and digital collections for the BookOps member libraries. Library materials are acquired in all formats for children, teen, adults, and world language users in accordance with the strategic goals and initiatives of the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library.


    The Supervising Librarian plays a central role in developing juvenile and teen print, non-print, and digital collections and helps manage a portion of the $6 million in overall youth materials funding on behalf of 150 BookOps member libraries. The position works with staff throughout the BookOps member libraries to promote the collections to the libraries’ user communities.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Youth Collections Coordinator, the Supervising Librarian will:


    • Work within a centralized collection development unit to identify and select youth materials for patrons age 0-18 and their caregivers in a variety of formats for the BookOps member libraries and their digital collections.
    • Monitor the allocated budgets for the specific collection areas assigned to select to ensure responsible expenditure of the yearly materials budget for that area.
    • Work with the Youth Selection Team to develop policies and guidelines aligned with the member libraries’ overall collections strategies.
    • Work collaboratively with branch librarians, site managers, and staff to identify current and emerging collection needs of local populations, including multicultural groups and immigrant communities.
    • Work with staff throughout the member libraries to promote the collections to the libraries’ user communities.
    • Work closely with Youth Selection Team and BookOps Acquisitions in such areas as managing standing order plans and vendor relations.
    • Work collaboratively with the BookOps Selection Department and management on projects and departmental policy recommendations.
    • Work with staff in relevant member library departments to identify materials that support their education and programming needs.
    • Participate in ongoing collection assessment and circulation analysis.
    • Perform grant management and fulfill within the stated parameters.
    • Serve on relevant committees.
    • Perform related duties as required.

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Knowledge and appreciation of children and teen literature and the materials’ application to literacy skills.
    • Knowledge of children and teen’s audiovisual materials, computer resources, digital formats, and other materials that constitute a balanced, relevant youth collection.
    • Knowledge of current trends and practices in the curation, management, and development of youth collections.
    • Budget management and/or grant experience.
    • Demonstrate reliability, flexibility, and willingness to complete varied duties and assignments in a high-paced setting.
    • Successfully demonstrated experience in the areas of problem solving and decision-making in a collaborative and coordinated planning environment.
    • Successfully demonstrated experience with training and supervising staff.
    • Strong computer and related technology skills, including web-based vendor interfaces, MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Applications, PCs, Macs, and e-reader devices.
    • Successfully demonstrated commitment to public service.
    • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
    • Demonstrated punctuality and attention to detail.


    • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies.
    • 2 years library work experience with children’s and/or teen services.
    • 2 years library work experience with collection management and/or materials selection.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Service on one or more committees charged with awarding quality youth materials.
    • Fluency in an additional language other than English.
    • Experience with data analysis.
    • Knowledge of trends and business procedures in children's and teen publishing.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of computer services, including online searching, social media, reference resources, and databases.

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required.
    • Light lifting required.
    • Lifting up to 40 lbs. required.
    • Travel within NYC required.

    Starting Salary

    USD $59,889.00/Yr.

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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