Young Adult Librarian - Washington Heights

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Full-Time Regular
WH Washington Heights Library


The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.  


The Washington Heights is seeking an Young Adult Librarian to empower adults to become creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information.  Successful candidates will embody each of these four characteristics themselves.

Principal Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Young Adult Librarian engages young adults with our collections, services, and programs in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones. The Librarian:

  • Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, and local businesses to promote the Library’s services, programs, and collections

  • Encourages and facilitates group and individual use of the Library for class visits, research projects, literacy skills, and other resources for teens

  • Actively and continuously promotes our collections and reading through readers advisory, staff picks, recommendation lists, blog entries, author talks, book discussions, and other innovative ways, both on site and online

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

  • Collaborates with the Youth Educational Services Department to develop, promote, facilitate, and evaluate innovative programs to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s young adult population including reading clubs, homework help, instructional workshops, STEM and literacy programs, gaming, summer reading events, maker programs, and a variety of other programs within the Library and throughout the community

  • Partners with the collection development team to build and maintain the Young Adult collection, ensuring it is diverse, current, and relevant and meets the needs of the community

  • Fosters digital literacy and provides age-appropriate technology instruction to young adults

  • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the young adult space, ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources

  • Facilitates the work and activities of teen volunteers and teen advisory councils

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

  • Mentors Library staff in preparing and presenting young adult programs

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

  • In the absence of the Library Manager, may take responsibility for the facility, staff, and operations

  • Performs related duties as required

Key Competencies

  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills

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. 
  • Experience in a library setting providing information services to teen, including reference and public programming; or an internship in a public library for recent graduates; public library experience preferred
  • Enthusiasm for public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
  • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for young adults
  • Knowledge of young adult literature, principles of collection maintenance, and a love of reading
  • Experience building partnerships with local organizations and schools to better meet the needs of community users
  • Demonstrated successful 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, reference resources, and databases

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends for adults, and urban public library issues preferred
  • Working knowledge of trends in adult literature, educational and development needs, adult services, and the profession through webinars, internal training, meetings, conferences, professional literature, and organizational memberships

Work Environment

  • Public Library

Physical Duties

  • Daily use of a computer
  • Pushing/pulling fully loaded book carts
  • Lift items weighing 15-30 lbs.

Starting Salary

USD $51,224.00/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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