Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
June 24, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Youth Services Librarian


Reporting to the Head of Reader Services, the Youth Services Librarian oversees all activities necessary to ensure that the library provides appropriate materials, assistance, and programming for children and families, with an emphasis on early literacy. The Youth Services Librarian also creates, manages, and presents innovative children's programs aimed at early readers but for all ages in a welcoming, instructional, and playful environment.

The Youth Services Librarian is in the Reader Services Department and works most closely with Reader Services colleagues, but also with Education, Events, Member & Visitor Services, Marketing & Communications, Systems, and Security. They will inaugurate a new space designed specifically for the needs of the Athenæum’s youngest readers.

Regular schedule: Tuesday through Saturday, with occasional evenings.


  • Prepares and presents story times, discussion groups, craft activities, family tours

  • Develops new and innovative initiatives to engage current and attract potential members

  • Manages funds assigned to Children’s Library

  • Supervises intern/s who focus on Children’s Library

  • Collects, analyzes, and reports statistics of usage in the Children's Library to assist in assessing past and current programming and in planning future programming

  • Participates in collection development and maintains a small but select collection for children of all ages

  • Interprets the Athenæum, its history, collections, and services to members, guests, and visitors

  • Provides a welcome and productive environment for members, guests, and visitors

  • Prepares content for website, weekly e-newsletter, tours, and printed resources conforming to standards of Marketing & Communications

  • Reports information for Head of Reader Services to share with Engagement and Experiences Committee that works collaboratively and cross-departmentally to create a cohesive experience portfolio for members, donors, visitors, and the broader community.

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Why work at the Boston Athenaeum?
The Boston Athenaeum is committed to engage a wider and more diverse audience. To make that possible, we have begun a variety of new initiatives including a major expansion project with a reimagined children’s library. We are looking for a colleague who will be excited by the opportunity to on our strengths and advance the Athenaeum’s future as a central part of our cultural landscape.
Beyond the opportunity to work amongst the collections at one of the most distinguished libraries in the nation alongside a passionate and welcoming team, working at the Boston Athenaeum comes with plenty of other perks. Some of our benefits include:
    • Paid time off and sick days.

    • Competitive 403B package

    • Paid parental leave.

    • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance

    • Life Insurance

    • Commuter benefits


Requirements Include:

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited institution

  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds

  • Thorough knowledge of competencies outlined by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), readers’ advisory practices, the reference interview,

  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends

  • Newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e. have received both doses of a 2-dose vaccine OR a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and must provide proof once a job offer has been made.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

How To Apply:

To Apply: Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume using the following link:

Apply by:
July 31, 2022
$50,000 - $58,000 / Per year
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street on Beacon Hill. A distinguished membership library and cultural institution with a long history at the center of intellectual life in Boston, the Athenæum hosts events nearly every week of the year and supports a dynamic exhibition program. It desires to be a place that is welcoming to all, a place that nurtures a sense of wonder and delight in sharing the joy of physical books, maps, prints, and other works of art, and a place that fosters community and civil discourse as members and guests engage in face-to-face interactions.

The Athenæum’s collections are housed within a National Historic Landmark that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The reading rooms—crowned by the silent, barrel-vaulted fifth floor—have served as a haven and inspiration to countless writers and researchers. The library maintains over 600,000 volumes with strengths in history, biography, and literature, as well as fine and decorative arts. Notable holdings include primary materials on the American Civil War; the largest portion of President George Washington's library from Mount Vernon; a first edition copy of Audubon's The Birds of America; a 1799 set of Goya's Los caprichos; one of the most extensive collections of contemporary artists' books in the United States; and numerous artworks, including portraits of notable Americans such as Hannah Adams, John Marshall, and Alexander Hamilton, and by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Allan Rohan Crite, and Polly Thayer Starr. Membership is open to all, and visitors are warmly welcomed Tuesdays through Saturdays.