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Library JobsThe Dayton Metro Library is an Equal Opportunity employer dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse work force.  We recruit and hire the most qualified applicant without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Letters of applications and resumes may be emailed to Jennifer Kadel at, or they can be mailed to the Main Library at:

Attn: Jennifer Kadel, Recruitment and Retention Manager
Dayton Metro Library
215 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

You may also apply in person at the Ask Me Desk at the Main Library (located at 215 E Third Street) or any branch library location during standard business hours, or you may fax your resume to 937.496.4302.

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Children Services Librarian, Main Library

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking a full-time Children Services Librarian for our Youth Services area of the Main Library in downtown Dayton, Ohio.  Open since August 2017, the Main Library boasts a beautiful and engaging children's area complete with a fairy tale bridge and free play area. Technology offerings include the latest children's gaming consoles, AWE game computers and tablets, and 23 PCs for homework or internet browsing. The enclosed programming room has its own sink, projector and screen, and sound system, not to mention plenty of storage space. Its amenities and large collection make the Main Children's Department a popular weekend destination for families. This librarian will report to the Youth Services Manager and will be part of the Main Library’s Youth Services’ Team.  The successful candidate will be experienced in developing age-appropriate programming as well as offering exceptional customer service to our patrons.  We especially want to hear from you if you work well in a team setting, enjoy collaboration, and would love to spend every day working alongside a group of supportive, dedicated youth services professionals.  Join our team today!

Essential Job Duties

  • Demonstrates excellent internal and external customer service. Creates a welcoming atmosphere in the Children’s area through personal presence and area’s design.
  • Provides all library users with assistance in reference, readers’ advisory, information literacy and in the use of library materials and reference resources (all formats). Serves at the Ask Me Desk and in a roaming capacity.
  • Assists patrons in finding and selecting library materials and in the use of the public computers, personal electronic devices and library virtual materials.
  • Designs, promotes, presents and evaluates children’s programs and activities that address community needs and incorporates library resources.
  • Provides service and maintains liaisons with schools, community organizations (e.g. preschools, daycare centers, head starts, etc.) and other groups as appropriate. Provides library outreach programs and school visits that meet community needs.
  • Maintains attractive appearance of the Children’s area in accordance with safety and ADA requirements. Creates displays to promote library use.
  • Evaluates and suggests titles for purchase or replacement. Reevaluates and deselects materials which need to be cancelled, repaired, replaced or redistributed.
  • Submits required reports and budget requests. Serves on library committees. Attends applicable department meetings. Assists with system-wide children’s programs, activities and initiatives.
  • Assists with the daily operations of the service desks, including opening and closing duties.


Job Qualifications

  • MLS/MLIS (preferred) or its equivalent in education and experience is required.
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, methods, techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from children, parents, teachers, patrons, managers, coworkers and members of the community. Ability to apply active listening skills.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of children’s literature, periodicals, audio-visual materials, web sites, social media and other electronic media, and materials. Knowledge of available children’s materials and readers’ interests.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs and services to support early childhood learning initiatives.
  • Ability to write reports, book reviews, readers’ advisory materials and business correspondence.
  • Ability to determine patron information needs. Ability to construct a competent and complete search strategy using both print and non-print information resources. 
  • Knowledge of available and emerging technologies and their application to children’s services.
  • Day time, evening and Saturday hours are required.

Compensation and Benefits:  Starting hourly wage is $22.91 (with MLS/MLIS) and an exceptional benefits package.

The Dayton Metro Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process:  For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three employment references to Jennifer Kadel at by May 1, 2018.

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Branch Manager, Vandalia Branch

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking an experienced, team-oriented Branch Library Manager for our busy Vandalia Branch, which serves Vandalia, Ohio and its surrounding diverse communities.  These communities are enjoying our new and improved Vandalia Branch, which is just a little over one year old!  This branch is situated next to the local high school and serves as a hub of activity each day after school with our small group study rooms, programming for teens, and a gaming system in the teen area.  Be a part of a passionate, patron-centric team of librarians and support staff serving a community that loves its library!  Join our team today!   

Essential Job Duties

  • Demonstrates and models excellent internal and external customer service. Maintains frequent personal presence in public areas to ensure outstanding service. 
  • Establishes and implements goals and objectives for branch service which support the Library’s mission.
  • Directs all branch services such as reference assistance, readers’ advisory, outreach, circulation, and programming.
  • Hires, manages, evaluates, and schedules employees in assigned branch. Oversees branch volunteers.  Serves as liaison between administration and branch staff. Communicates with administrative team on policy, patron, and staffing issues. 
  • Manages branch collections, oversees evaluation and processing of donated materials, and manages branch book sale. Ensures the collection is responsive to community’s information, recreational, and educational needs. 
  • Promotes community awareness of the Library and establishes effective communication with community groups, organizations, and individuals.
  • Prepares budget requests and monitors branch facility and security needs.

Job Qualifications

  • Ability to plan, schedule, and oversee branch operations and personnel.
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, theories, concepts, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of literature, periodicals, web sites, social media, and other electronic media which constitute a diverse, current and relevant collection.
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with community officials, leaders, organizations, the public and the staff. Ability to present information and respond to questions from staff, patrons, and members of the community individually and in a group setting.  Ability to deal effectively with confrontational individuals and/or challenging situations.
  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program, minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public library setting at a professional level, and supervisory experience preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:  Starting salary is $63,985 annually with an exceptional benefits package.

Application Process:  For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and three employment references to Jennifer Kadel at by April 24, 2018.

The Dayton Metro Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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