Title: Senior Librarian - Children's Services
Department: Library Updated: 4/17/2019
Division: Children's Services FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: AFSCME 1089 Wage Range: Not Available

Oversees the operation of the Children’s Services of the St. Clair County Library System.  Serves as the system-wide resource person for children’s services policies and procedures and for literacy promotion. Responsible for the development, evaluation and improvement of library services to juveniles provided by the St. Clair County Library System.


·         Advises library administration of trends in children’s services by keeping abreast of library literature and specialized publications in order to identify trends in the field.

·         Works with library administrators on special, system-wide projects such as developing goals and objectives and setting up special collections and events.

·         Advocates with administration for issues relating to provisions of services to youth.

·         Oversees and coordinates all activities and programs of the Children’s Department in the Main Library as well as system-wide (which includes selection, circulation, utilization and evaluation of juvenile library materials and equipment). 

·         Develops and promotes literacy enhancement programming for the library system.

·         Develops, conducts and evaluate special programs designed to create an interest in the children’s services. Programming to include customary children’s library programs as well as new and innovative programming. 

·         Selects juvenile library materials for inclusion in the Children’s library collection. 

·         Assists with juvenile collection development in all branch and affiliated libraries. 

·         Actively seeks out partnerships with community and system-wide organizations for the development and provision of coordinated literacy efforts focused for community youth.

·         Prepares necessary reports.

·         Actively seek out opportunities for professional growth.   

·         Advises the Public Service Coordinator on departmental activities and needs. 

·         Keeps informed of developments in professional and community organizations. 

·         Includes evening and weekend work as part of a normal rotation.

·         Other duties as assigned.



Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Service Coordinator, Library Director or other designated person.


Provides assignments and monitors work tasks of staff assigned to children’s services.

May coordinate daily activities of Main Library pages as assigned.



·         Master degree in information or library science from an American Library Association accredited library school with course work and emphasis in children’s services.

·         Minimum of 5 years professional public library experience serving youth.

·         A thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.        

Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.

    • Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.               
    • Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.                
    • Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     
    • Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        
    • Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.   
    • Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.
    • Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             
    • Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.
    • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction
  • ·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.

    • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
    • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 35 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         The position requires working with the public.




Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.