Employment Opportunities

Part-time Youth Services Assistant

The Scarborough Public Library is accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Assistant. The Youth Services Assistant will assist with the development and delivery of youth programming, promote the Library’s collection through direct assistance to the public, including use of our on-line catalog and ebook platform, and help supervise the use of the Youth Services Room public access computers. The successful candidate must be comfortable and experienced in working with children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, be able to work independently in a busy environment, have knowledge of children’s literature, be proficient in the Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, Publisher) and using hand-held digital devices. The Youth Services Assistant will also assist in recommending materials for our children’s and young adult collections. A bachelor’s degree and library experience are required. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program is desired.

Schedule is 25+ hours per week including each Saturday, 9am-5pm, one weekday evening and other hours to be determined. Additional substitute hours will be offered so flexibility is a plus. Summer schedule will include additional weekday hours since weekend hours are reduced.

The wage range for this position starts at $18.21 per hour. The job announcement, job description, and application can be found at www.scarboroughlibrary.org/employment

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. References will be requested at the time an interview is scheduled. All applicants will be contacted once a hiring decision has been made. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and application to:

Nancy Crowell, Library Director
Scarborough Public Library
48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-396-6266 (phone) 207-883-9728 (fax)
ncrowell [at] scarboroughlibrary.org

Job Application Form

Job Application Form

Full Job Description

Position Title: Youth Services Assistant
Date: August 8, 2017



The Youth Services Assistant is responsible for the daily operation and supervision of the Children's Room and Young Adult area at the direction of the Youth Services Librarian and the implementation of programs and services to allow users to realize the fullest access to available resources, both print and electronic.

Performance Responsibilities:

The Youth Services Assistant will:

Assist as directed with the development and delivery of youth programming such as pre-school storytimes, school or group tours and special programming events related to the Library's mission in the community.

Assist as directed with displays and promotions of materials to encourage use by youth and adults.

Assist in creating a pleasant, inviting environment in the Children's Room and Young Adult area by maintaining materials and equipment in a well organized and orderly fashion following library procedure.

Assist with promoting appropriate behavior and conduct of those using the Library.

Assist with and supervise the use of the Children's Room on-line catalog, public access computers and Early Literacy computer stations.

Promote the use of the Library's collections, through direct assistance to the public, including telephone information and referral.

Assist youth (children from birth through high school), parents, and other adults in selecting appropriate children's and young adult materials.

Aid users in acquiring the skills needed to take full advantage of all Library resources.

Serve as a guide for young people making the transition to young adult or adult materials either by introducing them to materials outside the children's area or by helping them make inquiries of Adult Reference staff.

Assist with the development of the children's and young adult collections by observing collection weaknesses and making recommendations for additions to the collections as directed by the Youth Services Librarian; recommend materials that should be replaced or discarded.

Assist with designing pamphlets, brochures, and bibliographies; creating program publicity and media announcements.

Maintain statistical records of program attendance.

Assist with the coordination of the utilization of materials to meet the needs of teachers and students as appropriate; conduct group tours and bibliographic instruction as assigned.

Supervise the Children's Room and Young Adult area and Youth Services volunteers in the absence of the Youth Services Librarian.

Attend scheduled Youth Services staff meetings and Library staff meetings.

Cooperate as a team member with all library staff in performing any professional or nonprofessional duties essential to the achievement of efficient Library operations.

Assist with the care and feeding of live animals and fish.

Perform such reasonable duties as directed by the Youth Services Librarian and/or the Library Director.


Performance of these responsibilities will be evaluated annually in accordance with the approved procedure for staff evaluations.


The Youth Services Assistant is a paraprofessional position.  The person selected will assist the professional staff and report to the Youth Services Librarian.  Final decisions on the scheduling of all staff are made by the Library Director based on overall needs of the library.  The Library Director has the final responsibility for all hiring and termination decisions.