Youth Services Librarian Amherst , NS


Youth Services Librarian

Cumberland Public Libraries

Amherst, Nova Scotia

Under the supervision of the Chief Librarian/Deputy Chief Librarian, the Youth Services Librarian creates, coordinates, organizes, publicizes and supervises branch programming for children and young adults for the Cumberland Public Libraries.


∙ MLIS degree from an accredited library school

∙ Computer Experience in a Windows based environment

∙ Experience working with children and young adults

∙ Library experience preferred


∙ In consultation with each branch, organizes programs of interest to children and young adults.

∙ Publicizes programs by writing press releases, creating signs and flyers, brochures, and contacting local schools and interest groups.

∙ Organizes author visits and guest speakers.

∙ Periodically visits branches to conduct programming.

∙ Creates resources for branch staff to use with children’s programming.

∙ Give presentations and demonstrations on library services.

∙ Visits daycares, schools, community groups, etc. promoting library services.

∙ Develops partnerships with external agencies.

∙ Applies for external funding for programming by preparing grant proposals.

∙ Plans, promotes and oversees the Summer Reading Program and Teen Summer Reading Program; manages associated staff.

∙ Prepares booklists to highlight collections.

∙ Assists with management of social media.


∙ Supervises branch staff and students in areas concerning children’s and young adult program planning.

∙ Serves as Acting Chief Librarian in the absence of the Chief and Deputy Chief Librarian.

∙ Assists the Chief Librarian and Deputy Chief Librarian in the management of library branches.

∙ May be asked to assist with interviewing, selecting and training staff.

Collection Development

∙ In consultation with Chief Librarian develops children’s collection, young adult collection, and participates in all areas of collection development.

∙ Reads reviews and catalogues in order to suggest appropriate materials.

∙ Selects material of both print and non-print versions of children’s fiction, non-fiction, magazines and videos.

∙ Weeds collection.


∙ Works assigned shifts in the Amherst branch.

∙ Checks out and checks in library materials.

∙ Inputs patron records into computer database.

∙ Offers general reference and reader’s advisory.

∙ Places holds on books.

∙ Ensures that library rules are maintained and order is kept in the library.

Library Representative

∙ Serves as a liaison between community interest groups and the regional library when applicable.

∙ Serves on various Provincial Library committees including the Youth Services Committee.

Other Duties

∙ May be assigned other duties and projects as required which may supersede regular tasks. Other duties may include but are not limited to: fund raising, conference work and any other tasks assigned by the Chief or Deputy Chief.

∙ Some evening and weekend hours will be required.


$36,885 - $41,515 annually and a benefit package.

Term: Permanent full time with a sixth month probationary period.

Start date: As soon as possible.

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume with three references including their email addresses and phone numbers to:

Denise Corey, Chief Librarian

Cumberland Regional Library

PO Box 220

Amherst, NS B4H 3Z2

Fax: (902) 667-1360


Closing date for this competition is October 23, 2017.

We thank all who apply however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Closes: 23 October, 2017

Cumberland Public Libraries
Amherst , NS