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Children's Librarian, Queens Library

Children’s Librarian


Major Duties:

  • Performs excellent internal and external customer service and library service in response to the information needs of library users and the overall community with an emphasis on children. 
  • Promotes library collections and services to the public, both inside and outside the physical building.
  • Responsible for readers’ guidance and reference services.
  • Publicize, plan and conduct programs for children and parents including: toddler and pre-school reading times, picture book hour, arts and crafts programs, and summer reading clubs. Assists customers with the use of print and electronic resources.
  • Recommends and refers customers and parents to alternative sources of information (internal and external) to the Library. 
  • Performs Collection Development with an emphasis on developing quality children materials including selecting and ordering materials.
  • Monitors the public service floor. 
  • Assembles and arranges displays of books and other library materials.  Assist in maintaining a pleasant, inviting, safe environment.
  • Determines usage patterns of collections by assessing frequency of circulation, physical condition and other criteria.  
  • Maintains reference and circulation materials.
  • Provides outreach to area elementary and nursery schools and community organizations serving children and families, informing them of library services and to develop partnerships for collaboration. 
  • Maintain and cultivate contact with schools and parents.
  • May perform one or more of the following duties: investigate technologies that will improve services; create, develop, maintain, or contribute to the community library web page and social media; supervise hourly rate employees and volunteers; compile bibliographies and/or develop library user guides.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Schedule will include some Saturdays and evenings.


Key Competencies:

  • Initiative, flexibility, cooperative teamwork and modeling exemplary customer service



  • Must have a MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited library school. 
  • Must have the ability to work with a diverse population of children and effectively provide customer service to a large number of children simultaneously.
  • New York State Public Librarian’s Certificate required.



Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed. Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.


Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect’s Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).


To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org referencing “Children’s Librarian” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 


Queens Library is an equal opportunity employer.