South Carolina State Library
Youth Services Consultant
We have a great career opportunity available for a Youth Services Consultant in our Columbia, South Carolina headquarters.
The Youth Services Consultant provides comprehensive consulting services and supports programs in the areas of service to children, youth, and families, literacy and reading initiatives, and similar specialized areas offering direction, assistance, counsel, oversight, and training to the public libraries to facilitate high quality services for children, teens, and families. This position works independently and as part of the Library Development team to encourage best practices in public library administration, programs, and operations. Consultants conduct site visits to libraries to observe, assess, advise, and train on a broad range of library practices and procedures. Each consultant serves as a resource for public libraries and for the South Carolina State Library, and contributes significantly to the overall work of the agency.
This position requires competency in all aspects of public library children’s and teen services, with an interest in and openness to innovation and the ability to work with public library staff to bring about needed change and implement best practices in delivery of services from birth to through 17.
- Develop a comprehensive program for youth and young adult services in the state. Conduct an assessment and development a training plan for staff which may include exchanges, mini-conferences, classes, and ongoing trainings both virtual and in person. Part of this program will include a complete training program for all new youth and young adult services librarians/library staff.
- Integrate State Library resources and activities into partnerships with state and national level groups/organizations. Identify potential partners and develop programs and relationships on which local libraries can build for mutual benefit.
- Coordinate the print and online youth, young adult, and literacy related materials including brochures, bookmarks, Day by Day literacy calendar and website, providing updated content so they remain current, and arranging for distribution. Assist other states which wish to replicate the Day by Day calendar print or online.
- Coordinate the state’s summer reading program. Serve as the State Representative for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and support youth services staff interested in working on summer reading and learning programming. Serve as lead trainer for ReadSquared software and assist in training of youth and young adult services staff in outcome based evaluation for summer reading and learning programs.
- Mentor youth and young adult services staff on a variety topics. Model meaningful learning and teaching which results in greater partnership between school and public youth services librarians. Some examples include: Early Literacy, Importance of Play, Social and Emotional Learning, Reaching Underserved audiences, STEM in young audiences, Multilanguage/multicultural programming, and Every Child Ready to Read training. For teens, some examples include: Social/Emotional learning, STEM, Makerspaces, passive programs, outreach to underserved teens, and transient teen populations.
- Consult with public library trustees, directors, and staff on all aspects of services to children and youth. Will assist with the Youth Services Standards review process.
- Coordinate the Circulating Kit program with 100 different kits, many which focus on youth and young adult services.
- Serve as SCSL’s liaison to identified children’s and youth services initiatives and forums at the state and national level; represent South Carolina’s values and positions in regard to children’s and youth library services. Act as a liaison between school and public libraries for the coordination of services and furthering collaborative projects and efficiencies.
- Engage in field work to better assess conditions in public libraries, and create strong relationships with other service providers. Collaborate with other agencies, organizations, and school libraries to assess the reading and literacy needs of South Carolina families and children, and ensure the provision of responsive library services. Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for children and youth audiences at each opportunity.
- Undertake all reporting, financial, and other paperwork and documentation necessary for the completion of the position responsibilities. Advise State Library administrators on needed services and resources for youth, actively work to support agency goals. Provide direction, assistance, advice, and counsel to and oversight of public and other libraries as part of the State Library’s mission to provide training and development, information resources, and services to the public libraries in the state and their stakeholders.
- A masters’ degree in library science from an ALA accredited college or university and appropriate professional library experience.
- 5 years professional public library experience with demonstrated increased responsibility.
- 5 years of experience with outreach, planning programs, and providing services to diverse populations.
- 1-2 years of experience with consulting, advising, or work with a State Library agency library development department
- Familiar with public library audiences, services, facilities, general trends and current issues, especially in small to medium sized rural communities.
- Awareness of age-related, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and economic conditions that may impede access to library resources and services.
- Ability to create program interest by using various social media platforms and general understanding of marketing and publicity for programs.
- Experience with budgeting or program financial management.
- Knowledge of library management and information services, the principles, practices, and policies of youth services in libraries.
- Knowledge and familiarity with current issues involving youth and young adults in library, education, and out of school time settings; knowledge of trends and techniques in planning, managing, and evaluating youth services.
- Knowledge of the principles of Outcome Based Evaluation measurements.
- Knowledge of principles of literacy development in families and at various stages of childhood.
- Ability to conduct research, plan, and conduct programs and training.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and plan and conduct instructional events and presentations on a variety of topics.
- Ability to work in teams internally and externally.
- Ability to work independently and use judgement.
- Ability to travel.
Hiring Range: $40,759 - $58,086
How to Apply:
All applications must be submitted online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sc/jobs/3106821/youth-services-consultant?department=State%20Library&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs