Emerging Technologies Librarian (Youth Services)

Jersey City, NJ
Full Time
Communipaw Branch (Salary Range $59,995 - $64,504)

JCFPL JOB TITLE: Emerging Technologies Librarian (Youth Services)

DEPARTMENT: Communipaw Branch Library

LOCATION: 295 Johnston Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

REPORTS TO:  Branch Manager (Librarian III)


SALARY RANGE: $59,995 - $64,504 per year


WORKWEEK: 09:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (35 hours/week). Will be required to work evenings and weekends as scheduled.


  • · Develop and present library programming focused on STEAM and emerging technologies for grades pre-k through 12; create displays and informational materials to highlight book collections or services; collaborate with Engagement Department on outreach programs; build relationships with local organizations to support library goals; create a welcoming, pleasing, creative, vibrant and dynamic space for patrons seeking Emerging Technology services, with support of colleagues
  • · Assist patrons at the circulation desk or with technology; answer reference questions; conduct readers’ advisory; perform circulation tasks using SIRSI; assist in material selection
  • · May supervise staff in lieu of Branch Manager absence; foster and maintain a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work environment
  • · Plan, develop, and implement library programs regarding Emerging Technologies at the library and/or off-site; cultivate and maintain partnerships with organizations to promote digital literacy and technology skills; share program information with Communications team, including photos, blurbs, booklists, etc.
  • · Contribute to tasks and projects; track and review work progress and activities
  • · Promote good customer service, including some public speaking involving tours and teaching technology skills to small groups; effectively handle patron complaints; develop and maintain a positive, helpful and professional approach to the overall community as well as individual library customers
  • · Network and collaborate with Outreach Services, educational entities, City departments, and other service agencies to promote services, activities, and goals of the library; attend meetings and serve on committees as needed
  • · Actively pursue self-development in library services and programming related to STEAM and Emerging Technologies; stay current with merging Technologies and how they relate to trends in library programming (e.g. coding, makerspace equipment and technology, robotics, Minecraft, STEAM, etc; attend conferences and workshops, and read professional literature to stay informed on issues related to library services and creative learning activities; actively use Internet resources)
  • · Plan, prepare, and deliver Storytimes to groups of children and caregivers
  • Collaborate with local artists, organizations, and entrepreneurs to design and facilitate STEAM focused programming for youth
  • ·Supervise children and teen usage of the makerspace
  • Provide safety orientations and equipment training for young makerspace users
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Communicates effectively using a variety of methods
  • Effectively communicates relevant and timely information to appropriate stakeholders
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with others to achieve common goals
  • Works effectively on teams with strong team-building skills and attitudes
  • Applies effective strategies to manage organizational politics, conflict and difficult coworker behaviors
  • Communicates effectively with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Selects and applies the most appropriate and effective communication means to meet situational needs
Customer Service
  • Contributes to and models customer service standards that enhance the user experience
  • Models standards and practices for the delivery of quality internal and external customer service
  • Applies customer service skills to enhance the level of user satisfaction
  • Applies effective techniques to address difficult situations with users and staff
  • Understands and acts in accordance with the basic values and ethics of library service
Professional Development
  • Manages the development of one’s own learning and ongoing improvement of skills and knowledge
  • Uses creative and innovative approaches
  • Establishes strategies and long-range initiatives to create a learning environment within the division and the library
  • Plans for and supports staff career development opportunities
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of a culture that embraces ongoing learning
Community Engagement
  • Demonstrates the impact and value of the library to the community through ongoing evaluation and assessment of library services
  • Maintains positive public relations through communication and promotion of the library’s values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders
  • Builds relationships and support for the library with community organizations
  • Contributes to creating a welcoming and user-friendly physical environment that encourages all community members to use library services
  • Performs basic functions of email, calendar applications, and task management
  • Understands and uses basic computer hardware, peripherals, software, and operating system functions
  • Demonstrates information literacy and understands common security protocols related to Internet use

  • Ability to demonstrate a practical knowledge of library functions, services, terminology, techniques, procedures, and standard tools such as ILS (Integrated Library Systems), shelving arrangements, Dewey Decimal Classification System, and successful completion of relevant manager training within the organization.
  • A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science in a library program accredited by the American Library Association or from a New Jersey college Master’s program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison College.
  • Familiarity with Emerging Technologies and ability to learn new and share new technology with others

  • Ability to manage and administer a library program.
  • Knowledge of Jersey City’s population, geography, and/or local government.
  • Facility in a non-English language spoken in Jersey City (such as Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Tagalog, etc.).
  • Operational knowledge of makerspace equipment & software (3D printer, audio/video recording and production equipment, sewing machines, CAD software, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience using coding robots and STEM/STEAM kits preferred.


For all employees, regardless of full-time or part-time status, JCFPL is considered the primary employer. Work hours are assigned according to the Library’s operational needs. Work hours are not scheduled to accommodate employees’ other employment, academic, or other outside obligations, except in circumstances agreed upon in writing by the employee and the employee’s supervisor.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of
activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This internal job description is associated with a N.J. Civil Service job title; the New Jersey Civil Service Commission requires all incumbents to possess and be prepared to verify the minimum experience and skills required for the associated Civil Service job title.

This position is subject to residency requirements as set forth in the New Jersey First Act.

This vacancy is associated with a New Jersey Civil Service job title. The New Jersey Civil Service Commission requires all incumbents to possess and be prepared to verify the minimum experience and skills required for the associated Civil Service job title.

This position is subject to residency requirements as set forth in the New Jersey First Act and not available for work visa sponsorship.


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