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Early Childhood Services Advisor (Library Development Advisor)

Posted on 17 February 2021 by

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Department of Education 
Government, Policy, & International Affairs 
Harrisburg, PA  

This is a professional library development position with the primary purpose of advising libraries throughout the Commonwealth on the improvement and extension of library operations and assisting in the development of 21st century library services with specific emphasis on services to children from birth to age 8 and their caregivers.

•Full-time employment
•Work Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Monday through Friday
•Communication regarding interview scheduling will be sent via email


Program Development and Management
Develop and coordinate programs and projects relating to library programs and services for children ages birth to age 8, to public library staff, educators, and families, including convening advisory committees, and related correspondence and administration of contracts as required.

Promote professional development of those involved with early childhood services in public libraries through district meetings, participation in professional association activities and Office of Commonwealth Libraries-sponsored workshops and conferences.

Propose, develop, and/or facilitate informational programs, documents and continuing education/professional development programs related to all phases of early childhood library programs and services.

Serve as program liaison for assigned Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) projects and/or other grant projects. Work with the LSTA Coordinator on all facets of grant processes including review of applications, risk assessment, monitoring of activities, and oversight of budgets for assigned programs.

Statewide Library Leadership
Provide leadership for the development of library programs and services for children ages birth to age 8, to public library staff, educators, and families.

Respond to general requests for assistance in initiating new services and programs or evaluating existing services and programs.

Help to convey statutes and regulations related to libraries, especially provisions of the Pennsylvania Public Library Code, the Pennsylvania Code’s public library and academic standards and assessments, and guidelines promulgated by the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development.

Work closely with other Bureau of Library Development Advisors on the integration of youth services in other projects and programs where appropriate.

Collaborate with the public library and early childhood communities as well as the Library Development Advisor for School Age Services to provide information, professional development, and best practices regarding early childhood programs and services.

Outreach and External Relationship Development
Facilitate cooperation between public libraries and those providing early childhood services.

Maintain regular contact with Pennsylvania Department of Education colleagues, especially those in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Migrant Education, Family Literacy, Special Education, as well as private and non-public educational institutions.

Work closely with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning on current standards and other initiatives that may affect libraries, young children and their caregivers, as well as families and educators who work with them.

Serve as primary contact with other Pennsylvania organizations that share the mission and goals related to the advancement of public library services, especially in early childhood services.

Engage with relevant state and national organizations such as the Pennsylvania Library Association, the American Library Association and their associated units, and youth service colleagues in State Libraries in other states to keep up-to-date on relevant topics.

Maintain contact with local, state, regional, and national professional organizations via electronic networking, or attendance at conferences or workshops related to library programs and practices.

Promote constructive relationships among the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the field, and local officials by sharing information about new research, emerging technologies, and current topics of interest, and through presentations at meetings as well as coordinating and assisting with exhibits.

District Library Center Advisor and County Liaison Role
Serve as liaison to assigned District Library Centers and Systems. Provide advisory services to public libraries and work closely with District Library Center administrators and consultant librarians. Participate in District Library Center annual negotiations with member libraries. Visit districts and participate in district meetings as needed. Advise districts on structure, role, and effective use of District Advisory Councils.

Initiate and provide advice and counsel on library development to library staffs, library trustees and others in assigned public library districts, maintaining communication with District Library Center consultants, administrators, and system administrators in those districts.

Advise and assist libraries in the development and implementation of district and county plans for library service. Review, advise, and approve county coordination plans for the receipt of County Coordination Aid. Promote the development of county library systems, as appropriate.

Statewide Policy Development
Participate in Office of Commonwealth Libraries’ committees that plan for and recommend policy to the Bureau of Library Development Director and/or the Commissioner for Libraries. Regularly participate in internal meetings to discuss statewide plans and policies for library development in all types of libraries, as well as cooperation among libraries.

Perform related work as required.


Qualifications: •Must meet PA residency requirement – For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency
•Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: Four years of professional experience in public or state library development work and a Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Services; OR five years of professional library experience in public, college, university or institutional library work and a Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Services. Graduate coursework in Library Science or Library Services beyond the Master’s Degree may be substituted for professional library experience on a year for year basis.
•If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
•Must be able to perform essential job functions

Veterans: Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to and click the Veterans’ Preference tab or contact us at

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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