Children’s Services Supervisor–Cecil County Public Library

POSITION:       Librarian I – Children’s Services Supervisor

GRADE:             7 ($41,200)

HOURS:             37.5, Full-Time

LOCATION:       Perryville Branch Library

REPORTS TO:    Perryville Branch Manager



Under the general supervision of the Perryville Branch Manager, the Children’s Services Librarian will lead and manage the children’s services department of the Perryville Branch Library and will develop, manage, and deliver a full range of effective and innovative programs and services to meet the needs of the children, families, and care givers of Cecil County.  Works cooperatively with Elkton Children’s Services Librarian and the Assistant Director to develop children’s services.



  • Provide leadership, training, and guidance to the staff and the public in Children’s Services.
  • Manage the Perryville Branch Library’s Children’s Department.
  • Direct supervision of a staff of 1 full-time and 2 part-time employees.
  • Coordinate community outreach services at the Perryville Branch Library.
  • Provide children’s reference and reader guidance services.
  • Develop Children’s Services initiatives that are responsive to community needs and enhance services.
  • Develop Outreach and collaborative programs with the local school system and community based organizations.
  • Write and implement grants that enhance children’s services in the Perryville Branch Library or system wide.
  • Monitor services; make recommendations to the Branch Manager and Elkton Children’s Services Librarian regarding policies and procedures of Children’s Services Department.
  • Work with the Elkton Children’s Services Librarian and Community Relations Specialist to develop marketing and PR for children’s services in Perryville and on occasion system-wide.
  • Manage departmental scheduling and statistics; compile and prepare reports, data and other written work.
  • Provide input and work with the Elkton Children’s Services Librarian to maintain children’s content on the CCPL website.
  • Participate in local and statewide initiatives, training, and associations. Attend seminars, workshops and continuing education activities. Network with other Children’s Services Librarians and Media Specialists.
  • May represent CCPL on internal and external committees and in meetings relating to children’s services.
  • Assist with collection development for children’s materials.
  • Coordinates summer reading and monthly programs for infants and children at the Perryville Branch.
  • Keep informed of and implement use of current technologies to enhance personal and department efficiency as well as patron services.
  • Help children and parents use technology.
  • Participate in statewide and county children related initiatives.
  • Network and collaborate with other children’s librarians.
  • Serves as the Librarian-in-Charge on an as needed basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Demonstrates collaborative, straight forward, team oriented leadership and supervisory methods.
  • Understands and upholds professionalism in librarianship at Cecil County Public Library. Promotes a positive library image in the community.
  • Performs job in keeping with the policies and procedures of the Cecil County Public Library.
  • Maintains and exemplifies courteous, friendly, and constructive relationships with patrons and staff, and customer service skills.
  • Models positive attitude towards library technology and change



Personal computers, laptops, scanners, printers, photocopier, date stamps, book trucks, fax machine, telephone, security system, cash register, on-line automation, digital camera.



  • Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited or recognized as an equivalent by the American Library Association.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Professional Public Librarian certification from the Maryland State Office of Education.
  • Minimum of 2 years professional library work experience with children and supervision, preferably in a library setting. Demonstrated ability to supervise direct reports at all professional and non-professional levels.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices with demonstrated skills and judgment in supervision and problem solving.
  • Experience working with and leading teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and market creative and effective public library programs, events, and services.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public library collection development and maintenance, marketing, and display.
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determines priorities, make decisions and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision.
  • Previous experience working with children and youth, ages 0-12.
  • Strong knowledge of children’s literature.
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and reading readiness.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and extraordinary customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the techniques for programming for children.
  • Knowledge and experience with a variety of types of electronic hardware devices for computing, listening, viewing, gaming and new technologies.
  • Good knowledge of personal computer operations, windows operating system, Office software and the use of the Internet.
  • Willingness and ability to acquire knowledge of advanced library computer systems and applications. Knowledge of books, authors, current events.
  • Ability to search and use the internet and other electronic databases and basic knowledge of new technology applications for children.
  • Ability to work with patrons from all walks of life in a courteous and diplomatic manner. Ability to analyze and perform and or manage a wide variety of library projects.
  • Ability to reach, bend and lift up to 35 lbs.
  • Ability to push/pull a rolling book carts.



  • Experience providing children’s services in a public library setting.
  • Experience developing children’s collection in public libraries.
  • Experience developing programs and managing projects.
  • Experience in successful grant development and implementation.
  • Supervisory experience and training.
  • Knowledge of public relations and marketing techniques.
  • Knowledge of literature for children.
  • Knowledge of child development and reading readiness.



Works in normal heat and light conditions with some exposure to seasonal draft conditions.  Some eye fatigue from working at computer terminals; physical fatigue from working at counter height (39″) work surface and from repetitive lifting, bending, reaching and pushing carts.  Some stress from constant public contact. Travels to facilities throughout county using the library vehicle or own transportation.  Lifts and moves books and materials weighing up to 35 lbs.






37.5 hours per week, including scheduled daytime, evening and weekend hours.  Additional flexibility may be required.



Certain conditions, e.g. economic constraints, staffing patterns, may necessitate change in job description.



For first consideration apply by March 31st.  Position open until filled. EOE.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three business references to: 


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Lisa Yarnall

Staff Development Manager

Cecil County Public Library

301 Newark Avenue

Elkton, MD 21921

Phone:  410-996-1055 ext. 132

Fax:  410-996-5604