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$42,580.74 – $54,044.18

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Youth Services Librarian

Whiting Public Library seeks a conscientious, customer service oriented manager to lead youth
services and commit to achieving WPL’s vision. We need an enthusiastic, experienced librarian who enjoys seeing the result of positive programming for children and families.  Interest in and/or experience in virtual programming a plus.  Individuals who show healthy respect and consideration of children in their intellectual pursuits are desired.  Also, we want a sincere advocate for children’s intellectual freedom as it relates to all library materials.  Honed supervisory and problem-solving skills are needed for a department of seven staff members.  Community engagement skills are highly desirable.
Minimum 4 years’ experience as a children’s librarian or any equivalent combination of training
and experience plus a minimum of 2 years supervising staff or other relevant supervisory
experience is preferred.  ALA-accredited MLS and Indiana State Library LC2 Certification required.
This is a 35-hour position with occasional evenings and weekends required. Starting salary is
commensurate with relevant work experience, skills, and education $42,580.74 – $54,044.18/year. WPL has an excellent benefits package.

Please submit a WPL application, resume, three references, and a letter of interest to:
Montserrat Inglada
Whiting Public Library
1735 Oliver Street,
Whiting IN 46394
or by email at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support and contribute to the overall library mission
Know and apply library policies
Maintain and understand the necessity of confidentiality of library use
Deal with disturbances and problem users
Train, supervise, and evaluate department personnel
Instill a dedication to customer service in the staff
Approve all budgeted department expenditures and recommend new expenditures
to the library director.
Plan and oversee the selection and maintenance of all collections for children and
young adults.

Provide reference and readers’ advisory service within the department
Oversee the programming activities of the department
Plan and present programs for children and young adults
Develop ideas and implementation strategies for new programs
Serve as liaison with community groups and other organizations
Act as a library services advocate for children, young adults, and families
Oversee creation and dissemination of promotional items
Compile statistics and prepare reports
Be alert to funding opportunities; write grants
Actively participate in professional associations
Cooperate with all departments within the library
Act as staff member in charge of the library as needed
Other duties as assigned and/or required


Manage and supervise all aspects of the youth services department including staff
assignments, program activities, materials collection, and other resources.
Directly train or delegate training of staff on public information desk, youth collection,
and departmental procedures.
Act as an advocate for library services to children, teens, and families
Assist and guide library patrons in the use of the library, its materials, and resources
while leading staff in quality customer service interactions
Compile monthly and annual departmental reports, statistics, etc.
Develop, present, coordinate, and oversee programs of interest to children of all ages and
the community in general.
Foster ongoing cooperation with other departments within the library.
Serve as liaison with community groups and other organizations.
Maintain two-way communication with supervisor and other department heads to ensure
and facilitate the consistent exchange of information and positive working


MLS from an ALA-accredited library school is required

Previous experience:

A minimum of 4 years experience as a children’s librarian or any equivalent combination of
training and experience plus a minimum of 2 years supervising staff or other relevant
supervisory experience is preferred.

Must have up to date knowledge of children’s and young adult materials
Must have up to date knowledge of child and adolescent development and
related issues and the ability to translate that knowledge into appropriate
library services
Must be able to train, supervise, and motivate employees
Must be able to effectively ascertain and handle problematic situations
Must have strong written and verbal skills
Must be dedicated to quality customer service
Must have the ability to create a team spirit
Must be open and flexible
Must be able to apply the latest trends in technology and library services
Must have up to date knowledge/training with electronic resources
Must have good computer keyboarding skills
Proficiency in English required and the ability to communicate in other
languages highly desirable

Ability to attain and maintain Indiana Library Certification LC2

1735 Oliver Street
Whiting, Indiana 46394
Phone: 219-659-0269
Mon–Thurs 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays