Children's Librarian-Main Library, full-time Richland County Public Library


Mansfield, OH




Salary: $20.21/hr. to start This is a full-time job [40 hours/ week]. Hours vary.
Grade: 24; FLSA non-exempt [hourly]
Reports to: Children's Department Manager
Posted through: 12/13/2019

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019. Applications can be found on our website or at any MRCPL location. Please print, complete and submit application with letter of interest and current resume to any branch location or to the Business Office, 43 W Third St, Mansfield OH 44902.

POSITION SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Children’s Department Manager, the Children’s Librarian is responsible for providing library services to persons of all ages, especially children from birth through early teens; also oversees the department when the Children’s Department Manager is not available.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from ALA-accredited university is required. Consideration will be given to candidates actively enrolled in the MLS/MLIS program with proof of current enrollment. Coursework emphasis on children’s literature, programming and education is preferred.
  • Experience working in public library setting preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office, internet and email
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Must be experienced and comfortable working alone and in a team environment
  • Must have advanced facility with a variety of social media and digital formats along with devices used by customers, including IPads, tablets, eReaders, smart phones and the like
  • Documented experience working with children of all ages
  • Some supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Must be able to relate to children and be comfortable working with children individually and in groups
  • Reliability and above average work attendance with ability to work flexible schedule including day, evening and weekend hours
  • Physical requirements: Engage in extended periods of sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting/turning and stretching to shelve materials throughout the library on shelves of varying heights from above shoulders to below knees. Engage in intermittent periods of climbing stairs, typing and viewing computer monitors, lifting and carrying equipment and materials occasionally weighing 40 – 60 pounds and pushing loaded book trucks weighing 75 - 100 pounds or more on tile or carpet. Must be able to use hands and fingers to grasp, handle and manipulate materials and operate tools and controls, including computers, phones and office equipment. Occasionally required to get on hands and knees to look for materials that have fallen under the shelves or stand on step stool 14 ½ inches high to reach upper shelves. May occasionally need to sweep or vacuum after programs and events.
  • Favorable results of pre-employment background check.
  • Reliable transportation in order to meet work requirements.
  • Valid vehicle operator’s license is required, with acceptable driving record and current vehicle insurance. Travel in all weather conditions is required.
  • Required at time of hire: proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


  • Knowledge of Library policies, procedures and operations, including emergency response (acquired after hire)
  • Knowledge of safe work practices and safe lifting techniques (acquired after hire)
  • Knowledge of Dewey Decimal System and alphabetization principles
  • Knowledge of reference sources, in print and online, and experience with providing reader’s advisory and reference services
  • Advanced knowledge of children’s materials, both current and classic
  • Ability to provide oral and written instructions clearly and concisely
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and implement high quality children’s programming and initiatives throughout the year, including the annual Summer Library Program
  • Ability to simultaneously manage duties and complete work with multiple interruptions and distractions
  • Ability to speak publicly to audiences of varying size and demographics
  • Ability to actively listen and communicate clearly with diverse customer base
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of close supervision
  • Ability to prioritize work and efficiently carry out assigned tasks and projects
  • Ability to perform tasks in areas where seating is not provided, unless reasonable accommodation is requested
  • Ability to remain mentally alert, focusing attention on detail and accuracy
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy


All MRCPL employees are expected to continuously demonstrate the following:

  • Basic computer skills with demonstrable ability to use applications in Windows environment including Microsoft Office products, internet use and email
  • Ability to efficiently, effectively and positively meet the library needs of internal and external customers
  • Ability to use good judgement and common sense when making decisions, based on Library policies and procedures, to the best interest of the Library, staff and public
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to adapt and adjust to changing situations
  • Ability to troubleshoot and correct basic technology problems
  • Awareness of community events, resources, attractions and demographics
  • Understanding of applicable local, state and federal laws and the ability to communicate this information to staff and customers and ensure the Library’s compliance
  • Knowledge of and ability to use the content of the Library’s website, online catalog and Integrated Library System
  • Awareness of the attributes and library needs of particular customer groups and the ability to apply that knowledge through materials, services and programming
  • Understanding and support the Library’s role in providing free and equal access to ideas, information, resources, and services, from all points of view, without restriction, to every individual (Intellectual Freedom)
  • Ability to identify and prioritize work needs
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and other staff members and work collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • Knowledge of and compliance with the Ohio Ethics Law and the Code of Ethics and values of the Library
  • Ability to promote and support the fundamental purpose of the public library, its mission, vision, culture and structure


Note: The duties listed below illustrate but do not limit the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

  • Consistently provide superior customer service.
  • Handle multiple interruptions at once, sustaining productivity and accuracy.
  • Exhibit professional, courteous and approachable demeanor at all times.
  • Maintain confidentiality of customer records in accordance with Library policy and Ohio law.
  • Initiate, promote, prepare and present children’s programming to encourage reading, viewing and listening of library materials in an effort to create lifelong readers.
  • Present programs and story time at the Library and during visits to schools, daycares and preschools and to community organizations and at events for children.
  • Promote reading by creating and maintaining monthly displays and bulletin boards and summer reading displays.
  • Assist with Summer Library Program activity planning for all locations in the system.
  • Plan, promote and oversee Summer Library Program for children at the Main Library.
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory service to children and adult customers in person, by telephone and by email, using materials in a variety of formats.
  • Assist customers in locating and choosing appropriate materials.
  • Advise children, caregivers and teachers in choosing materials for children of all ages.
  • Perform public desk duties and locate and process children’s materials to fulfill Branch and customer requests.
  • Participate in collection development for children, including print and non-print materials, in conjunction with Collection Development Librarian for Youth Materials and assisting with discards processing.
  • Keep current and knowledgeable regarding children’s materials and make recommendations for future acquisitions.
  • Serve as primary Library contact for area schools and teachers.
  • Conduct Library tours for schools and other organizations.
  • Develop and maintain Children’s Services booklists and other bibliographic tools.
  • Promote Teacher Packs and assist in maintenance of Children’s Services pages of the website, including Teacher and Learning Zone.
  • Monitor, train and assist volunteers at the department (in cooperation with manager).
  • Assist with all Main Library ancillary operations when directed to do so.
  • Perform clerical and circulation duties, as directed.
  • Compile and report children’s programming statistics, when and as the Children’s Department Manger or Branch and Youth Services Administrator directs.
  • Provide bibliographic assistance to customers.
  • Compile and report children’s programming statistics, when and as the Children’s Department Manager or Branch and Youth Services Administrator directs.
  • Assist with daily shelving, straightening and shelf reading of children’s materials.
  • Help coordinate system-wide programs.
  • Develop and maintain specialty kits that circulate.
  • Work, share and brainstorm with other Children’s staff members system-wide and with teachers at schools in the Library’s service area.
  • Communicate frequently with the Children’s Department Manager and the Branch & Youth Services Administrator about services to children and related issues.
  • Represent the Library publicly at meetings and other activities, as directed.
  • Maintain regular and predictable attendance.
  • With reasonable accommodation, meet the physical requirements and perform essential tasks and responsibilities reliably within 6 months of on-the-job experience and training.


Note: The duties listed below illustrate but do not limit the tasks performed by persons in this classification.

  • Adhere to, support and effectively implement Administration and Board policy, procedures and core values.
  • Complete special projects as directed by the Branch & Youth Services Administrator.
  • Maintain a current and thorough knowledge of professional trends and children’s collection development trends in order to maintain excellent customer service.
  • Clean up bodily fluids as necessary following MRCPL procedures.
  • Straighten after conclusion of program, moving chairs, returning supplies to storage, cleaning debris and possibly sweeping or vacuuming the area.
  • Engage actively in professional development and monitor changes in the profession through meetings, professional association membership and activities and professional reading.
  • Act as Person In Charge (PIC) as requested, and work Sunday rotation as scheduled.
  • Attend meetings as scheduled by the Children’s Department Manager and Branch and Youth Services Administrator.
  • Attend Staff Development Day, and additional workshops and seminars as assigned.
  • Perform additional tasks as required by the upward chain of command, which moves from the Children’s Librarian to the Children’s Department Manager to the Branch and Youth Services Administrator to the Deputy Director to the Director.

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