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Youth Services Specialist'


Youth Services Specialist

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job and/or department.


To develop and present literature based programs for youth ages pre-school through high school; to answer patron inquiries by demonstrating an extensive knowledge of children's and young adult literature, use of on-line data bases,  current event sources, and reference materials.


Exercise technical and functional supervision over Library Generalists, Library Pages, and volunteers.

Receive direction from Librarian (Youth Services).

Important and essential duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Develop and present literature-based programs for youth ages birth through high school to include storytelling, music, finger plays, flannel boards, crafts, puppetry, book talks, contests, and other  activities.
  2. Read and evaluate children's and young adult literature to effectively recommend appropriate materials to parents, young adults and children; maintain knowledge of award winning books and popular trends in children's and young adult literature.
  3. Maintain an extensive knowledge of youth collections to assist patrons in their selection, and to maintain collections; keep abreast of new additions to youth collections; maintain a familiarity with other library collections.
  4. Ascertain patron needs by means of the reference interview; provide "hands-on" guidance and instruction to locate information using print and non-print formats.
  5. Develop and present the annual youth Summer Reading Program; carryout selected Summer Reading theme through all aspects of the Program including costumes, stories, activities, crafts, displays, and bulletin boards.
  6. Collaborate with department manager to develop new and innovative programs, evaluate existing programs and continue to enhance the popular and successful programs; actively and creatively promote department programs.
  7. Collaborate with department co-workers to develop costumes appropriate to specific programs; dress in costume to entertain audience as appropriate.
  8. Ensure decor and arrangement of the department is safe, appealing, functional and inviting to the target age group.
  9. Instruct and guide patrons in the use of Wyoming Libraries Database Catalog (WYLDCAT), reference databases, Internet, and age-appropriate interactive programs.
  10. Collaborate with department manager and Public Information Specialist to design and produce posters and flyers for media release of youth programming.
  11. Work closely with department manager in networking with school district and various community organizations to promote, market, and enhance youth services, to include off-site programs.
  12. Conduct tours for all age groups to include a planned program for the specific group.
  13. Guide patrons in making effective use of library facilities and materials; advise on library regulations and procedures.
  14. Design and execute attractive and informative bulletin boards to appeal to an assigned age group; enhance the appearance and appeal of the department by designing and creating seasonal and thematic displays.
  15. Create and distribute bibliographies and booklists to promote youth collections.
  16. Receive telephone inquiries, ascertain patron's needs and provide library services as needed.
  17. Recommend acquisition of materials  for collection development and service enhancements; weed the collection as assigned; recommend and prepare items for discard.
  18. Operate modern office machines and equipment including PCs, scanners, typewriters, printers, copiers, calculators, and fax machines; routinely use a full range of related computer software applications.
  19. Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives for assigned department;  interpret library-wide policies, procedures, and resources.
  20. Respond to patron/staff inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  21. Work evening and weekend hours as assigned.
  22. Adhere to safe work practices and procedures; participate in maintaining library security.
  23. Attend and participate in staff meetings and related activities; attend workshops, conferences, and classes to increase professional knowledge; serve on committees as assigned.


Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


    Knowledge of:

    • Program planning, storytelling, and presentation for youth ages birth through high school.
    • Resources used in program planning.
    • Youth literature (fiction and nonfiction) including authors and titles.
    • Children's music and music activities.
    • Youth development, including fine and gross motor skills in preparation for reading readiness.
    • Creative activities to promote reading for youth ages birth through high school.
    • Automation techniques applicable to library operations including WYLDCAT, print, non-print, and electronic reference resources.
    • Space use and design.
    • Wide variety of computer software programs.
    • The Dewey Decimal System.
    • Practices and procedures for weeding materials from the collection.
    • Principles and practices used in interacting with the public.
    • Current practices and procedures of modern library operations including cataloging and indexing.
    • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment.
    • Principles and practices of working safely.

    Skill to:

    • Operate modern office equipment.

    Ability to:

    • Develop and present age appropriate literature-based programs to children or young adults.
    • Speak and perform in public for youth birth through high school.
    • Dress in a variety of costumes.
    • Recommend age-appropriate youth literature (fiction and nonfiction) including authors and titles.
    • Create an appealing visual and tactile atmosphere.
    • Use appropriate music to enhance programs.
    • Memorize.
    • Anticipate and deal appropriately with all stages of childhood idiosyncrycies.
    • Effectively use automated catalog system.
    • Use reference materials.
    • Search a variety of databases to locate information for patrons.
    • Instruct and guide patrons in the use of WYLDCAT, reference databases, Internet, and age-appropriate interactive programs.
    • Establish rapport and interact professionally and sensitively with library patrons of all ages and abilities.
    • Adhere to procedures for weeding materials.
    • Maintain accurate statistics.
    • Act as a liaison between the school district, community organizations, county agencies, and clubs to distribute program information and updates.
    • Design and execute attractive and informative displays, bulletin boards, book lists, bibliographies, and fliers.
    • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and time lines.
    • Convey department information to library staff, patrons, and management personnel.
    • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
    • Follow oral and written instructions.
    • Work effectively as part of a group.
    • Work evening and weekend hours as assigned.
    • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
    • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:


    • Three to four years in a public library preferably within a youth department, or three to four years in an educational environment at the pre-school, elementary or secondary level.


    • Equivalent to two years of college or trade apprenticeship and/or specialized training in child development or children's/young adult literature.

Must be current or obtained within a specified time frame as defined upon employment.

    • None

Essential duties require the following:

    Working Environment:

    • Minimal exposure to undesirable working conditions; work regular evening and weekend hours.

    Physical Activities:

    • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate physical activity such as sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, crouching/stooping/squatting, twisting upper body and lifting an average of 25 lbs; pushing and pulling loaded book carts; lifting and carrying library materials. Position requires continuous movement in order to work with children and provide regular programming.
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