Monday, July 24, 2017

Librarian I, Youth Services Librarian, Portsmouth Public Library

(Full Time, 37.5 hours)


The purposes of this position are to independently and collaboratively perform professional library services, coordinate one or more department service areas, and create a welcoming, warm and respectful environment for library patrons and staff.  This requires participating in collaborative decision making within and across library departments as well as working cooperatively with City Departments, business, academic and cultural organizations, City schools and other state and national organizations in order to meet the Library’s customers’ needs.

Performance is subject to review according to the City’s personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.

  1. Participates in numerous aspects of youth and teen services such as, but not limited to: reference, readers’ advisory, outreach visits, grant writing, donation requests, budget allocation, promotion and advertising, establishing community liaisons, attending professional workshops, training of new staff, staying current in library services, implementing new ideas, among other responsibilities.
  2. Directs students to academic research sources and delivers other customer reference services.
  3. Participates in materials selection and maintenance of youth and teen information resources, cultural materials, supplies and other collections.
  4. Acts as a liaison to schools and other civic organizations serving youth and teens to actively promote library services.
  5. Interprets and implements library policies, rules and procedures and assists in their evaluation for effectiveness, efficiency and contribution to customer service.
  6. Participates in departmental social media efforts
  7. Participates in planning and implementation of library programs, possibly serving on the library’s Programming Committee.
  8. Tracks a wide variety of usage and service statistics on a daily basis, and assists in preparing statistical reports.
  9. Registers patrons for the use of various library services and programs, including Summer Reading Program, Story Times, etc.; explains procedures.
  10. Assists patrons with using the library’s public computers and the software available on them including Microsoft Office applications, internet browsers as well as department-specific technologies.
  1. Assists with library outreach activities.
  2. Assists in promoting library services by creating displays and other publicity.
  3. May assist with grant writing and fulfillment.
  4. May participate on and/or chair library committees.
  5. May assist with library exhibits.
  6. May teach computer classes.
  7. May coordinate the work and scheduling of library pages.
  8. Performs such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.

Works in library environments which are subject to uncomfortably warm or cool temperatures.   Continuous intellectual effort is required to maintain current knowledge of library resources, services and practices. The work requires lifting print and other materials, office equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds and being able to carry a reasonable quantity of materials from places where they are stored to places where they may be used.


An incumbent in this position consistently demonstrates a(n)...
  1. Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of professional library services to children, teens and caregivers.
  2. Understanding of theories of infant, child and adolescent learning and development and their implications for library service.
  3. Knowledge and appreciation of children’s and teen literature.
  4. Advanced skills in locating relevant print media and other materials to meet the intellectual, academic, and cultural and entertainment needs of children and teens.
  5. Demonstrated expertise using Microsoft Office applications and conducting online research using free and subscription-based services including historical research tools.
  6. Excellent personal example of providing a high level of service to customers.
  7. Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers, co-workers, employees in other municipal Departments and City officials. This includes excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as being a good listener.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and the necessary judgment and public relations skills to deal with people effectively and appropriately.
  9. Desire to work in a high-energy, team-oriented environment.


Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree in Library Science and/or an equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience.  He/she must have a good understanding of library automation systems, Microsoft Office applications, Internet resources and be comfortable working with a wide range of information technology devices.

(The above descriptions are illustrative.  They are intended as guides for personnel actions and are not complete itemizations of all facets of any job.)


Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.


City of Portsmouth
Human Resources Office
Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610 - 7270

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