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Seeking a passionate, innovative, and customer-focused librarian

The Princeton Public Library seeks an innovative, passionate, and customer-focused librarian to join its Youth Services department and provide opportunities for youth and families, and particularly teens (grades 6-12), to explore interests and build skills through collections, instruction, technology, and programs. The successful candidate will be a creative and passionate librarian who loves working with children and teens, possesses excellent communication, organizational, and budgeting skills, is knowledgeable and discerning about emerging library and technology trends, and will inspire enthusiasm among staff and community members.

Renowned for the world-class university that shares its name, Princeton is a vibrant and diverse community located halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Considered the heart of the community, the library is a sought-after partner to local organizations and has been ranked as a five-star institution on the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service for six years in a row. Working alongside a creative and dedicated staff, the Teen & Youth Services Librarian will have an opportunity to initiate and collaborate on high-stakes projects that improve the quality of life for Princeton’s youth and their families.

Major Responsibilities:

Create and implement innovative services and programs that support the developmental and educational needs and interests of children, teens, parents, and caregiver, including story time, early literacy programs, STEAM-based curricula, book clubs and summer reading programs, parent/caregiver education, homework assistance, community outreach, and signature events.
Cultivate the library’s Teen Center through topical and engaging displays, ensuring a dynamic and engaging space for teens to gather, study, collaborate and discover new interests.
Keep informed of and recommend the latest books, movies and music for young people of all ages, and play an active role in the evaluation, selection, development, and promotion of the library’s collections for teens.
Utilize technology expertise to inspire teens and provide opportunities for technology skills development and content creation.
Facilitate and maintain meetings of the library’s active pre-teen and teen leadership groups, and provide management oversight and mentorship for the groups’ projects and initiatives.
Manage the library’s teen summer reading program and coordinate volunteer opportunities for pre-teens and teens.
Develop and monitor the library’s budgets for teen collections, programming, and community outreach.
Proactively support members of the public in resolving questions or problems, and instruct children and teens in information gathering skills, including using the library’s catalog and classification schemes, navigating the collection, and conducting effective research.
Contribute to the library’s website content, blog, social media, and other media.
Regularly perform community outreach, including school visits, in order to promote library services, programs, and collections, and connect with local organizations, interest groups, and underserved populations in order to identify ways that the library can support these communities.
Position Requirements:

ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science, a minimum of two (2) years of working with teens in a public library, and a New Jersey librarian certificate issued by Thomas Edison State University (or eligibility for immediately acquiring one).
Residency in the State of New Jersey will be required in accordance with New Jersey Revised Statutes N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70).
Bilingual Spanish/English language skills are desired.
Compensation and Benefits:

Starting annual salary of $62,390. Comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, holidays, personal, and sick time, medical/dental/vision, life insurance, and professional development support.


Closing Date July 5, 2024

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