Job Openings
at Skokie Public Library

From time to time, both full and part time job openings occur. Positions include supervisory and non-supervisory, librarians, information assistants, computer assistants, catalogers, shelvers, clerks, and maintenance personnel.

Part-time volunteer opportunities are also available at Skokie Public Library. These opportunities may be regularly scheduled, or may occur on an as-needed basis for special projects. Anyone over the age of 14 may apply to be a volunteer. Volunteer opportunities may include reading to the blind, helping patrons use computers, clerical responsibilities, assisting children with crafts, helping librarians plan programming for teens or other patrons, or cleaning library videos.

Applications for paid positions are only accepted for positions listed below. Applications for volunteer positions are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Administration Office on the third floor of the Library. Completed applications are kept on file for one year and are often the primary source for filling job openings.

Current openings:

Readers' Services Librarian

Advisory Specialist


Readers' Services (RS) Librarian
Full-time

    Includes evenings and weekends

If you're the type of person who can't stop recommending your favorite books, then you need to join the Adult Services staff as our Readers' Services Librarian. We're seeking an energetic, creative, and passionate librarian who loves reading, downloading, and discussing books. The RS Librarian should be knowledgeable about the latest reading devices, trends in libraries, and the greater literary world. The RS Librarian should also enjoy working with authors and planning literary events including our popular reading programs. Strong teamwork skills are needed as the this position will work closely with the Audiovisual Librarian and the Adult Services Manager on implementing services for our adult patrons. A passion for customer service is a must as the RS Librarian will assist patrons with readers services, audiovisual, reference, and information questions at all public adult desks.

Requirements:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school
  • At least two years of public library experience, including readers' advisory and reference experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Job functions:

  • Coordinates the services provided in the Readers' Service area in collaboration with the Adult Services Manager
  • Assists Adult Services Manager in evaluating RS staff
  • Promotes increased use of RS by encouraging proactive interactions with patrons
  • Continues to develop a broad knowledge of fiction and literature by reading widely
  • Develops standards and guidelines, in conjunction with Adult Services Manager, for responsive RS service
  • Trains staff in RS services and procedures
  • Oversees reading programs
  • Manages book discussion groups and facilitates book discussions
  • Plans author events
  • Serves as the library liaison to the Local Writers
  • Assists patrons with downloading questions and trains staff and patrons on new services
  • Oversees management of RS Desk and makes purchase recommendations about RS reference tools, including electronic resources
  • Implements effective merchandising of all materials in RS area by use of creative and attention-catching promotional methods, under the direction of the Adult Services Manager
  • Creates and maintains appropriate aids, including bibliographies, bookmarks, and other promotional materials, to facilitate responsive service at the RS Desk

Salary range: $45,635 to $68,453

Submit cover letter and resume by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 25, 2014 to:
    Beth Dostert, Manager of Human Resources
    Skokie Public Library
    5215 Oakton Street
    Skokie, Illinois 60077
        847.673.7797 fax
        Send an message to Beth Dostert

No phone calls, please.

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Advisory Specialist
Part-time

   Includes evenings and weekends

Are you friendly and outgoing with a customer service focus? Do you have a strong interest in, and broad knowledge of books, music, and movies? Bring your experience and expertise to Skokie Public Library.

As a member of the Adult Services Department, the Advisory Specialist will assist customers in finding the latest book from their favorite author and help them discover new favorites. The work will mainly involve interacting with customers at the Readers' Services Advisory and Audiovisual (AV) desks.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least two years of experience working in a public library. Strong customer service experience is necessary, as well as a knowledge of popular literature and familiarity with different types of music and popular movies.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited school
  • Two years of public library experience
  • Regular reading of popular literature
  • Familiarity with different types of music and popular movies
  • Familiarity with eMaterials, with the ability to use and download titles to popular devices on the market

Job functions:

  • Assists customers with Readers' and AV advisory, subject requests, and information
  • Assists customers in the use of computers, particularly in regard to information searches
  • Assists customers with questions regarding eMaterial downloading
  • Maintains working knowledge of Adult Services collection and electronic resources
  • Prepares reading lists
  • Prepares and presents programs and/or leads book discussions
  • Attends professional meetings
  • Reads professional literature
  • May perform general clerical routines
  • Other library-related duties as assigned

Hourly rate of $18.96

Submit resume or application by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014 to:
    Beth Dostert, Manager of Human Resources
    Skokie Public Library
    5215 Oakton Street
    Skokie, Illinois 60077
        847.673.7797 fax
        Send an message to Beth Dostert

No phone calls, please.

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Skokie Public Library is an equal opportunity employer, located just west of the Skokie Village Hall.