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Librarian (Early Childhood)

Date: January 4, 2022
Location: Odom
Hours: Full-Time (37.5 hours), including evenings and weekend hours
Salary: Grade 11, $20.77/hour, Non-Exempt

About the Library

Since 1874, the Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) has been an essential community asset.  We’ve been recognized nationally as one of the finest public libraries in the United States due to our excellent customer service, collaborative community involvement, and high level of customer and employee satisfaction.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, voluntary benefits (health, dental, and vision), ASCPL-provided life insurance, and retirement through the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).

Duties & Responsibilities:

The ASCPL is hiring an Early Childhood Librarian to support our Mission Statement to provide resources for learning and leisure, information services, meeting spaces, and programs for all ages that support, improve, and enrich individual, family, and community life.

This role provides services to the age group of infants through age eight, including: collection maintenance and marketing; planning and conducting programs; actively representing the Library through visits to schools, pre-schools, day care centers, and Head Start programs; establishing sustained community engagement relationships with local organizations and agencies; providing reference and readers’ advisory; creating an attractive and appealing children’s area; cooperating closely with the Intermediate/YA Librarian in providing family and multi-age programming; performing daily circulation routines; supervising the branch in the absence of the Branch Manager; and performing other tasks as assigned.    

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Required:  A Master of Library and Information Science degree issued by an ALA-accredited school of library and information science.  Knowledge of professional library science including familiarity with reference and bibliographic resources in the early childhood areas; good knowledge of reader interest levels, publishers and their practices, and child development; ability to develop programs; effective research skills; ability to speak and write effectively; sound professional judgment; ability to direct the work of others; and positive customer service skills including a pleasing personality and the ability to get along well with others; ability to work irregular hours, including evening and weekends; and ability to travel to Main or other branches as needed. 

Preferred: Previous library experience.  Ohio Public Librarian Certification.

Applicants with 7 credit hours or less towards completion of the MLIS will also be considered under certain conditions.  Individuals hired under these conditions will begin as a Public Service Assistant III, Grade 10, Step 1 ($20.21/hr.), and upon confirmation of completion of the MLIS degree, will be moved to Librarian, Grade 11, Step 1 ($20.77/hr.)             

Application Deadline:

Open until filled (preference given to candidates who apply within the first two weeks)

For consideration, applicants for this position must either submit a resume including salary history and a cover letter indicating previous applicable experience and training or complete an Employment Application in the Human Resources Department at Main Library. Resumes should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or should be mailed to:

Human Resources
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326-0001


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