Teen Services Librarian (2 open positions) – Dayton Metro Library (Dayton, OH)

Job Information
Dayton, Ohio, 45402, United States
Job ID:
September 3, 2021
Position Title:
Teen Services Librarian
Company Name:
Dayton Metro Library
Library or Company Type:
Public Library
Job Category:
Youth Services
Entry Level:
Job Type:
Job Duration:
1-2 Years
Min Education:
Master’s Degree
Min Experience:
1-2 Years
Required Travel:

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking two full-time Teen Services Librarians–one for the West Branch and one for the Northmont Branch. Each location is poised to get a new building that will serve as a community hub for their respective service areas. Successful candidates will be adept at connecting with the local schools to promote the Library’s services and to attract teens to the library. The Dayton community is buzzing with excitement over the openings of these two branches. If you enjoy connecting with the community and local schools, we want to hear from you!

Why Dayton? From the community’s vast outdoor recreation opportunities to its wide variety of housing choices, to abundant amenities usually found in much larger cities, no matter what your interests, you can build a life filled with purpose, opportunity and joy. The City of Dayton was recently designated the first official “Welcoming City,” but our region’s efforts to embrace newcomers extends beyond the title. Vast immigrant resources, a vibrant LGBTQIA network, and supportive young professional organizations ensure that there is a welcome spot for everyone.

Experience all four seasons at hundreds of parks spanning tens of thousands of acres. Hike, bike, camp and explore in the destination National Geographic called the “Outdoor Adventure Capital in the Midwest.” Dayton Dragons Baseball (a Cincinnati Reds Single A affiliate) and great collegiate sports will keep any sports fan busy. All this, plus a great location nestled just an hour from Cincinnati or Columbus, if you seek a change of scenery.

Essential Job Duties

Demonstrates excellent internal and external customer service. Creates a welcoming atmosphere in the Teen area through personal presence and area’s design.
Provides all library users with assistance in reference, readers’ advisory, information literacy, and in the use of library materials and reference resources (all formats). Serves at the Ask Me Desk and in a roaming capacity.
Assists patrons in finding and selecting library materials and in the use of the public computers, personal electronic devices, and library virtual materials.
Provides work guidance in the absence of the Manager and/or appointed person in charge.
Designs, promotes, presents, and evaluates teen programs and activities that address community needs and incorporates library resources.
Provides service and maintains liaisons with schools, community organizations, government agencies, and other groups as appropriate. Provides library outreach programs and school visits that meet community needs.
Maintains attractive appearance of the Teen area in accordance with safety and ADA requirements. Creates displays to promote library use.
Evaluates and suggests titles for purchase or replacement. Reevaluates and deselects materials which need to be cancelled, repaired, replaced, or redistributed.
Submits required reports and budget requests. May serve on library committees. Attends applicable department meetings. Assists with system-wide programs, activities, and initiatives.
Assists with the daily operations of the service desks, including opening and closing duties.
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (preferred) or its equivalent in education and experience is required.
Valid Ohio driver’s license, acceptable motor vehicle record, and continuous insurability required. Ability to drive vehicle.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret reference resources, general business periodicals, professional journals, policy and procedure manuals and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, book reviews, readers’ advisory materials and business correspondence.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from teens, parents, teachers, patrons, managers, coworkers and members of the community. Ability to apply active listening skills. Ability to deal effectively with confrontational individuals and/or challenging situations.
Knowledge of professional library principles, methods, techniques and procedures. Knowledge and appreciation of teen literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, web sites, social media and other electronic media which constitute a diverse, current and relevant teen collection. Knowledge of available teen library materials and reader’s interests. Ability to determine patron information needs.
Ability to construct a competent and complete search strategy using both print and non-print information resources. Knowledge of available and emerging technologies and their application to reference work.
Ability to plan and implement programs and services to meet community needs.
Ability to use Internet and other electronic reference resources. Ability to use e-mail, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Ability to learn integrated library system functions used in carrying out job duties. Ability to operate in a network environment.
General knowledge of PC equipment required. Fluency with personal electronic devices and library virtual materials required.
Schedule includes day, evening and Saturday hours.
Application Process: For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three employment references to Jennifer Kadel at careers@daytonmetrolibrary.org by September 14, 2021.

The Dayton Metro Library is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About Dayton Metro Library
The Dayton Metro Library Is a Place for Discovery! Informing, inspiring, and enriching our community. The Dayton Metro Library brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to discover new things about the world, themselves, and each other. Within our Branches and beyond our walls, we are advocates for exploration, champions of literacy, and active facilitators of empowerment, inclusion, and positive change.

Since the founding of the Library in 1888, we’ve consistently met the changing needs of our diverse and growing community. Our materials, programs, and initiatives cover countless topics for all ages. We are unwavering in our focus on excellence, and we are passionate about providing consistent, quality service in our six outcomes. Explore the Annual Report at http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/about-us to see our impact.


Dayton Metro Library is working hard to meet the evolving needs of our community, and we need bright and motivated staff to help us out. We want people on our team who bring unique perspectives, experiences, and talents to the diverse aspirations of the people we serve.

YOUR FUTURE IS HERE. Our staff is the heart of our organization.