Sample Job Description

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Sample job description adapted from Florida Library Jobs, Massachusetts Regional Library Systems, and PUBLIB.

POSITION TITLE: Young Adult Services Librarian

JOB DESCRIPTION: Full-time vacancy available for an energetic, team-oriented Youth Services Librarian with a strong public service commitment.  Provide library service and programming for and with young adults and those who work with young adults.  Constant contact and collaboration with young adults (typically ages 12-18) including those with diverse backgrounds and abilities. 


  • Provides direct assistance to patrons with basic information regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services.
  • Ensure the library's collections include relevant print and digital resources for the teens in the community.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with schools, community groups, agencies and non-profits that target youth, current and potential library users located in and around the community. As opportunities arise, educate the public about the value of public libraries and the profession. Creatively promote library services and service delivery and the profession.
  • Coordinates daily activities of staff and volunteers assigned to young adults.
  • Initiates, plans, and conducts a variety of programs and activities to help teens build the skills and knowledge they need in order to be successful in college, careers and life.
  • Takes a leadership role in developing, implementing and evaluating effective and productive youth services.
  • Attends professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees; reads professional literature; attends and participates in staff meeting discussions.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program required. 
  • One year of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory and administrative experience required.
  • Experience with young adults (ages 12 to 18) given preference.



  • Knowledge of developmental, recreational and educational needs of young adults.
  • Ability to translate young adult needs and interests into effective library services and programs.
  • Knowledge of current trends in library services for and with young adults.
  • Knowledge of standard library procedures, current information technology, Internet and database search capabilities.
  • Knowledge of connected learning and ability to design programs that embed connected learning principles.
  • Communicate with others, orally and in writing; correspond often through email.


  • Must be able to lift and carry bags of books or boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to speak distinctly to large groups.
  • Must be able to drive a car and hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess physical mobility involving bending, lifting, reading, hearing.