[kids-lib] Job Opportunity at Multnomah County Library; Portland, Oregon

Johnette Easter johnette at multcolib.org
Fri Sep 9 17:18:40 PDT 2011

*YOUTH LIBRARIAN **(African and African-American communities focused)*

*Salary: $24.29 to $29.89 per hour*

*Deadline to apply: September 30, 2011*

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Multnomah County Library (MCL) is seeking candidates for the position of *Youth
Librarian* at the Midland Library. This position will focus on the need for
specific outreach and program development targeted to attract those in the
African and African-American communities.

Youth Librarians assist all patrons with a special emphasis on serving youth
(birth through age 18), and families and organizations that work with youth.
This position will also focus on attracting those in the African and African
American community who may be still unaware of the services offered by the

This position performs the vital tasks of matching patrons’ personal,
educational and recreational needs with appropriate information and
resources, and fostering literacy in youth and families. Successful
candidates will have excellent interpersonal, organizational, leadership and
communication skills to help the library develop innovative services for the
21st century. The best candidates will be able to provide culturally
appropriate services to youth and families, particularly in the African and
African-American communities, in addition to serving all patrons.

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No experience is required; however, two years of professional youth
librarian experience is desirable. Experience planning, preparing and
implementing culturally sensitive programs (including storytimes) that are
of interest to children, young adults, caregivers and adults working with
children is preferred. Qualified applicant must be knowledgeable about and
have extensive experience working with the African and African American
communities, demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values, and
customs of the community being served.

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*Qualified applicants must have:***

§   Knowledge about and understanding of theories of child and adolescent
learning and development and their implications for library service from
birth to high school.

§       Experience with current and retrospective children’s and young adult
literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, websites, electronic media
and other materials that constitute a diverse and relevant youth collection.

§        Strong cultural sensitivity and competency abilities.

All applicants must have or be within three months of receiving an ALA
accredited master's

degree in library science.* *Experience cannot substitute for the degree
requirement for Librarian


To learn more about this position or to apply, please visit our website at

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