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:

Collection Development Supervisor

Materials Page

Collection Development Supervisor

Are you a creative and enthusiastic leader? Do you have a strong interest in, and knowledge of, collection development for public libraries? Bring your experience, expertise, and vision to Skokie Public Library as its new Collection Development Supervisor.

As a senior member of the Access Services Department, the Collection Development Supervisor will take the initiative to explore new ideas and trends impacting physical and virtual collections in libraries. The work will involve supervising Collection Development Workgroup staff and collaborating with staff throughout the library to ensure that the library’s collections meet the needs of the community.

The successful candidate will have an MLS degree from an ALA-accredited library school and at least three years of experience working in public libraries including collection development experience. Knowledge of current collection development and publishing trends and practices is a must.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school
  • Three years of public library experience, including collection development
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with electronic resource management preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and data analysis
  • Experience with Baker & Taylor Title Source 3 and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. systems preferred

Job functions:

  • Supervises Collection Development Workgroup staff and evaluates their performance
  • Collaborates with the library’s senior management team to plan and implement collection development goals and objectives; oversees selecting, ordering, receiving, merchandising, and deselection of physical and virtual library collection(s) for all ages
  • Formulates Collection Development Workgroup policies and procedures
  • Issues periodic reports on collection size, shelving allocation, circulation, turnover, weeding, and budget allocation/spending in selection areas using ILS report functionality, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Analyzes collection statistics and budget figures and makes data-driven decisions, resulting in a timely flow of materials and successful development and maintenance of library collections
  • Investigates and recommends appropriate shelving and display options to maximize use of library collections
  • Collaborates with staff throughout the library to successfully merchandize and promote library collections
  • Attends professional conferences/meetings and reads professional literature
  • Maintains current knowledge of public libraries and the publishing industry
  • Assists patrons with reference and information questions at public desks
  • Other library-related duties as assigned

Salary range: $52,435 to $78,653

Submit cover letter and resume by 5:00pm on Monday, September 8, 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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Materials Page

   Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm
   Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00pm
   Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00pm

The Materials Page performs duties related to shelving, straightening, filing, and retrieval of materials.


  • At least 16 years old
  • Familiarity with Dewey Decimal classification system and the arrangement and location of materials
  • Attention to detail to assure prompt and accurate retrieval of requested materials and shelving of materials
  • Physical stamina
  • Physical mobility including ability to push a loaded book truck, stoop, reach, and lift 25 pounds

Job functions may include:

  • Shelving books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, and other library materials
  • Performing shelf reading to ensure materials are accurately placed on shelves
  • Retrieving materials from closed stack areas
  • Retrieving materials from shelves upon request
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

Hourly rate of $9.47

Submitresume or application by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 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.