Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Library Specialist � Children's and Young Adult Consultant

Recruitment #190508-5406AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Connecticut State Library (CSL), has one available opportunity for a Library Specialist - Children and Young Adult (YA) Consultant in the Division of Library Development at the Middletown Library Service Center. The Children and Young Adults Consultant is responsible for providing leadership and consulting services in the area of children's and young adult services; identifies, plans and implements resource development and programming to a diverse library community and works with the Division team to foster a community service environment that harnesses technology creatively to deliver information, resources and services.

This is a permanent, full time position (40 hrs per week), located at 786 South Main Street, Middletown, CT. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm.

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of fostering respectful, reciprocal relationships with librarians, community partners and schools to promote optimal developmental resources and quality library services, programs and professional development opportunities.
  • Knowledge of cultural competencies; cultural diversity and plans inclusive, welcoming library programs that embrace diversity.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to identify best practices and policies for children and YA services
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be flexible and creative in a changing environment.

Selection Plan

Please include your resume with the "Resume Tab" of your application.

At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Heidi Gray at, 860-713-5028.


In the State Library, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist within a particular field and/or providing the highest advanced level of professional library tasks in management services, patron services, library services and historical services.


Provides specialized children’s and YA consulting services, resource development and programming services to the Connecticut library community; identifies trends in area of children’s and YA services and develops and implements diverse programming to meet the needs of CT libraries; consults with and provides training for children’s and YA librarians; identifies and fosters partnerships with community organizations to enhance early literacy programs efforts; identifies grant opportunities in the area of early literacy and YA services; coordinates Collaborative Summer Reading Program; collaborates with CT schools, Department of Education and other key stakeholders in the k-12 education field in curriculum support programming. Works with the Director, Division of Library Development to develop statewide programs focused on enhancing children’s and YA services through professional development opportunities. Consultants provide liaison services to assigned regional areas of CT libraries.


Considerable knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science and/or bibliographic sources of information; considerable knowledge of and demonstrated ability in specialized functional procedures and/or specialized subject matter; considerable knowledge of library administration principles and techniques and library automation; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library methods and procedures; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


A Master's degree in library science or information science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association AND three (3) years of post graduate degree experience in a relevant area of professional library work.


• Knowledge of early literacy benchmarks for children’s services;
• Experience providing and evaluating library resources, programs, and services for children and young adults;
• Experience cultivating learning environments that support children and young adults;
• 5 years’ experience working with young adults, children, and librarians to implement programs;
• Knowledge of children’s and young adult literature and specialized collections.


The State Librarian may determine other advanced educational degrees equivalent to the MLS degree based on staffing needs.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.