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    Posted: 03/Jan/2020 at 2:45pm
An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new Children's Librarian.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library, with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play in the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family generously funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year, full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate who possesses:

•     Exemplary scholarship
•     A passion for working with children and for the development of literacy
•     Significant leadership promise
•     Strong personal qualities
•     A penchant for technology

Selection Process
The Fellowship will be open to LIS graduates from an accredited Library
School in the United States or Canada who will have received his or her diploma between September 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020.

Applications will be due March 4, 2020. After initial screening, interviews for finalists will be held at a mutually convenient time and place, and the finalist will be invited to visit Darien Library for a meeting with the Fellowship Committee prior to appointment.

The successful applicant will be employed at Darien Library for two years, commencing approximately July 1, 2020, with a final employment date of June 30, 2022.

The Fellow will be paid $60,000 with full benefits, paid membership in CLA and ALA, and funding for attendance at the American Library Association Annual Meeting and other meetings as appropriate.

Position Parameters
The Fellow will work as a member of the Youth Services team, providing reference and readers’ advisory services in addition to creating and conducting programs for children and families. The Fellow will be given specific, defined, high-stakes projects and responsibilities that will be determined by the candidate's skills and interests. The Fellowship will provide experience, growth, and challenges in the following areas:

•     Children's materials collection development
•     Program development, implementation, and evaluation
•     Outreach to defined areas of the community
•     Continuing education and professional development
•     Access to the latest technology

This Fellowship is an opportunity to work on significant projects and gain experience in close coordination with a strong staff.

More information about the Fellowship and application process is available at

Anna Taylor
Head of Youth Services
Darien Library
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820

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