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Librarian I (Youth & Family Learning)

The Russell Library (Middletown, CT) seeks a creative, innovative, and outwardly-focused individual to elevate our services to “exceptional” by coordinating our teen programs and services as part of our Youth and Family Learning team. The Library is poised to become a transformational force in Middletown – join us now to become a part of something great! 

Middletown is a vibrant, growing and extremely diverse community of nearly 48,000 residents, located on the Connecticut River, in the center of the Nutmeg State. Home to two colleges and universities, a thriving downtown, a rich cultural and dining scene, and a unique combination of urban, suburban and rural life, Middletown has something to offer everyone. Founded in 1875, the Russell Library is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as the principal public library for the City of Middletown, with a full range of services aimed at 21st-century users. The Library Board of Trustees and library staff are currently engaged in a strategic planning process to set a course for success in community transformation in the coming years.

The Librarian I is responsible for planning and implementing teen programs and services. As part of our Youth & Family Learning team, the Librarian I will also provide reference and reader’s advisory services, assist patrons in accessing library resources, select for and maintain their assigned collection(s), develop community partnerships, and represent the Library through outreach. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm for working with youth and young adults as well as an understanding of emerging trends in services to ages 0-20. They must possess strong technology skills and commit to continually refreshing that skill set. Experience with teens and/or school systems is strongly preferred.

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science or a comparable relevant graduate degree and some working or internship experience in a library or other intensive customer-service environment. 35

Starting salary: $54,672, plus a competitive employee benefits package. Please email a resume and cover letter to Brandie Doyle, Assistant Director for Administrative Services, at bdoyle@russelllibrary.org no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019. 

Russell Library is an equal opportunity employer. Russell Library prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Russell Library conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.