Seeking Fulltime Youth Services Director

Are you an awesomely fun and creative people-person who enjoys working with children of all ages and their caregivers? Is collaboration your middle name? If your life outlook is a positive one and you are energetic, organized, tech savvy and able to demonstrate great customer service skills and bring those skills out in other people, you should check us out (get it?!).

Columbus Public Library is nationally recognized as a library that is very engaged with the community, named a finalist for Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America 2017. In fact, Rosemary Cooper, a Best Small Library award judge sees “something infectiously organic” about our approach to community engagement. Intrigued? Read on.

The successful candidate for this fulltime position will have an MLS degree with knowledge and experience in children’s, family and teen services. A team player with leadership skills, experience, and dedication in pursuing on-going professional growth and development would be a great fit for this position. Knowledge of and experience in community engagement efforts is a plus. If this is you, please apply for this professional opportunity at the Columbus Public Library. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.

Located ½ hour from Madison’s Eastside, Columbus has a population of 5,000, serves an additional 10,000 people from a tri-county area and is in the South Central Library System.

Position Summary:

Performs professional Youth Services Librarian duties including: programming for newborns to teens, analysis and maintenance for youth and teen collections, engagement with area schools and daycare centers, planning and participation in community-wide events, selecting all children’s and teen materials, providing reader’s advisory, managing Library Pages, and leading the Program Team. Additional duties include: acting as Librarian-in-Charge as needed, some managerial and administrative support, some bigger picture thinking. Full Position Description available at

To provide wonderful programs for kids, teens and families, as well as pursuing your own professional development opportunities, you will definitely be working some nights and weekends, so flexibility is a must. Annual salary is $41,000 with a full benefits package.

To apply, please e-mail the following materials to Cindy Fesemyer at

  • a cover letter detailing your experience and ideas in relation to the job description,
  • your resume,
  • and plans for a sample teen program you would be excited to create.

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Deadline for submission: 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Inquiries to: Cindy Fesemyer, Library Director, 223 W James St, Columbus, WI 53925.