Full Time Librarian I, Youth Services Librarian, Twin Rivers Branch, Mercer County Library System

The Mercer County Library System is seeking a Youth Services Librarian who is an energetic professional ready to provide quality, creative and dynamic services to children and teens in a small, friendly community. This is an excellent opportunity for a librarian or student enrolled in a MLS program, with a strong vision to provide exciting programming to youth from birth through age 18.

We are seeking a librarian with a passion for children’s services and a strong commitment to providing excellent public service.  The right candidate will have the opportunity to transform the existing youth program to better serve the community. This position includes at least one evening per week and Saturdays in rotation, and is a 35 hour work week. The candidate will have primary responsibility for providing reference and readers’ advisory services to children and parents in a diverse community, developing the children’s and teen collections, creating innovative programming, outreach to schools and the community, and the Summer and Winter Reading programs. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, writing occasional library blog articles, preparing statistical reports on departmental activities and use, maintaining the collection budget for YS/YA materials, staying current on new developments in the library field (particularly with regard to children’s and teen services), providing reference assistance to patrons of all ages, and writing the annual branch report on youth services.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, flexible, and forward thinking. Strong knowledge of literacy, child development, and literature for children and teens are vital in this role. S/he will be comfortable planning programs that encourage children to read, and sharing literacy tips with parents. Strong organizational skills, program management skills, and a sense of humor are essential. Knowledge of current library technologies and demonstrated experience using technology (including library automated systems, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel) are necessary.

The candidate should have flexibility for scheduling programming at days and times that children and young adults will find convenient, and expect to participate in outreach in the schools and community. Willingness to be part of a team environment and collaborate with the adult services and circulation librarians are a must, as are strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.


This position requires an MLS from an ALA accredited institution, although applications from students enrolled in an MLS program will also be considered for a library associate title. A New Jersey Professional Librarian’s Certificate is required for those with an MLS degree.

The County of Mercer adheres to a strict residency requirement. Residents of Mercer County will be given first priority. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical, and criminal background check. Résumés will be accepted until the vacancy is filled. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Compensation: This title is affiliated with AFSCME 3566. The current starting salary for the title of Librarian 1 is negotiable, depending on the experience of the candidate ($41,153 or $45,298.) The starting salary for a Library Associate title is $34,398. Full job descriptions can be found on the NJ Civil Service Commission website. There is a 90-day probationary period before permanency.

Deadline for Applications: Open untill filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer NJ County
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
Public/Adult Services
Teen/YA Services
Youth Services
How To Apply:: 

Résumés may be submitted care of:

Ellen O'Shea Brown, Library Director

Mercer County Library System Lawrence HQ Branch

2751 Brunswick Pike Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

email: director@mcl.org fax: (609) 538-1206