[Michlib-l] ELPL is looking for a Teen Librarian

Lauren Douglass ldougla at cityofeastlansing.com
Tue Apr 28 15:14:08 EDT 2015

​Are you looking for an opportunity to use your creativity and passion for
working with teens in a dynamic library environment?  The East Lansing
Public Library is seeing a 28 hour/week Teen Services Librarian and is a
great place to start your library career. In the last year ELPL has opened
two maker studios, one in the library and another pop-up studio in downtown
East Lansing.  The maker studios offer 3D printing and design services,
fashion and fabric design facilities, collaborative meeting space, and
plenty of space for innovative programming and workshops.  Additionally,
the library just received a $1.5 million anonymous donation to renovate the
main library building.  The renovation project will include a greatly
expanded teen space and a 1,300 hundred square foot permanent maker space
in the library.

Great things are happening at ELPL.  Join our team and add your ideas to
the library's vision for East Lansing.


*AVAILABLE POSITION:* Teen Services Librarian
*PAY RATE: *$21.53/hour
*HOURS PER WEEK:* 28 hours per week, at-will position
Includes nights and weekends

*Reports to:* Head of Programs and Outreach Services


Twenty-eight (28) hours per week opportunity for an energetic, visionary
and team-oriented Teen Services Librarian with a strong public service
commitment. The Teen Services Librarian develops creative young adult
programming (literacy-based and STEAM-based) and outreach opportunities;
provides proactive customer service and technology instruction for all
ages; represents the library in the community and works as a liaison with
local schools.


1) Proactively provides customer service
2) Initiates the development and implementation of teen programs (both in
the library and offsite) to increase awareness of library resources and
encourage library use
3) Manages and coordinates the teen after-school program five days per
week, including the supervision of volunteers and interns
4) Maintains contact and cultivates relationships with the public, schools,
teachers and community organizations to raise the profile and awareness of
the library for educational and promotional purposes relating to the
library’s teen services
5) Develops STEAM and Technology-based programs for the library’s Maker
6) Performs duties of Librarian, including readers’ advisory; collection
maintenance; social media marketing; and reference and technology
instruction based on patrons’ interests
7) Serves as on-duty staff as needed, making decisions dealing with library
security, policy, emergency procedures, customer service and conflict
8) Cooperates as a team member with all library staff in performing any
professional or nonprofessional duty essential to the achievement of
efficient library operations
9) Prepares regular reports for Library Director, Library Board and


*Education, Training and/or Experience*

1) Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association
accredited school
2) Customer service experience
3) Experience in working with and developing programming for young adults
(ages 12-18 years)

*Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics*

1) Ability to translate young adult needs and interests into effective
library services and programs
2) Maintains awareness of new developments and trends in the field through
professional journals, workshops and conferences, and professional
3) Familiarity with Makerspaces and maker-related programs in public
4) Ability to motivate and coach staff
5) Ability to diffuse patron complaints and handle security issues
6) Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid
7) Comfortable implementing programs, building community relationships and
speaking before large groups
8) Must be self-motivated and in possession of excellent critical thinking
skills and be able to exercise initiative and independent judgment
9) Ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, fast-paced environment,
using excellent organizational and time management skills
10) Embraces change in work environment, procedures and services
11) Highly responsive and has clear oral and written communication skills
12) Knowledgeable and experienced in social media and marketing


1) A minimum of one (1) year of professional library experience
2) Experience with project and process management
3) Experience training and supervising volunteers
4) Creativity and a proven record in developing innovative teen programming


1) Ability to sit and use computer for extended periods and operate
standard office equipment
2) Ability to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
3) Ability to push book trucks with up to 150 pounds of materials on them
4) Ability to perform repeated reaching, bending and squatting
5) Travel by automobile is required frequently


1) Majority of work performed in library environment and East Lansing
2) Requires availability for extended hours as needed
3) Requires evenings and weekends
4) Requires periodic participation and attendance at events and training

*This position description is not intended to be a complete list of all
responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with position and
is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of
The East Lansing Public Library. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable someone with a qualifying disability to perform the essential
functions of the position.*

*APPLY:* East Lansing Public Library
Attention: Jill Abood, Head of Programs and Outreach Services
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Please fill out City of East Lansing job application (available on
http://www.elpl.org); Include

resume, cover letter and supplemental questions.

*DEADLINE:* Open until June 1, 2015


*Supplemental Questions*

   1. Briefly describe the future of teen services in libraries as you see
   it (include collections, services, programming, and community outreach
   components as applicable).
   2. Share with us an innovative teen program and/or service you created
   and marketed. Describe how you determined the need for the program or
   service; what criteria you used in evaluating its effectiveness, the tools
   you utilized to create the program/service, how you got staff buy in and
   how you marketed the program/service.
   3. ELPL prides itself on being a fast-paced organization that is
   constantly changing to meet the needs of our diverse community. Give us an
   example of how you have adjusted to change and how you have helped others
   adjust to change.
   4. What are three things you would do to ensure strong communication
   with co-workers, local schools, community organizations and the general
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