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  • Youth Service Department Manager

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: McHenry Public Library District

    Job Description: This position serves as the manager for the Youth Services department by demonstrating effective leadership through mentoring, training, customer service, and teamwork to offer exemplary services, programs, and collections to children, youth, and their families.
    This position is also responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient operation of the Youth Services Functions by supervising staff, including librarians, associates, and volunteers, that design and implement programming, outreach, and services for infants, children, teens, and caregivers.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

    OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
    Oversees the supervision of Youth Services staff and daily operations of the library’s Youth Services department for those from birth through age 18.
    Fosters a culture of outstanding customer service by ensuring accurate, friendly, courteous service and a positive library experience by ensuring all staff is trained on customer service best practices.

    Oversees collection development and evaluation efforts for youth and teen collections by ensuring the development and maintenance of high-quality collections in various formats for teens and children at a range of reading levels, designed to inspire a passion for reading, encourage curiosity, and joy of discovery. Provides access to information, knowledge, and diverse ideas.

    Develops and implements reference and reader’s advisory services for parents, teachers, and children of all ages and abilities, including providing bibliographic and literacy skill development instruction.

    Designs, implements, and evaluates youth programming initiatives by offering programs, story times, reading programs, and special events for children of all ages and abilities and their caregivers in various formats and at multiple venues.

    Oversees the development and maintenance of age-appropriate and welcoming physical and digital spaces that provide the best possible access to materials and resources for teens, children, caregivers, and teachers.

    Establishes and maintains relationships with key personnel in the local schools and other community organizations that serve children, teens, and their families to enhance partnerships and promote collaboration.

    Manage all patron-related matters that front-line staff cannot handle, including escalated issues and complaints. Will escalate unresolved staff/patron issues to upper management/HR when needed.

    Ensures patron record confidentiality.

    Participates in reviewing and developing Youth Services related policies. Implements effective departmental procedures in line with library policy.
    Manage Youth Services operations to ensure that all policies and procedures are appropriate and followed.

    Assist in creating and maintaining the departmental procedure manual.

    Ensures the Youth Services staff are well trained on the currently used Integrated Library System and all other library technology and databases. Troubleshoots patron issues with those systems.

    Works with IT and vendors on any issues related to equipment in the Youth Services Area area. Performs routine inspections and preventative care.

    Serves as a Public Access Services liaison with Cooperative Computer Services (CCS), the Library’s ILS Consortium, and implements CCS policies and procedures at the Library.

    Competency with and performance of all job functions in the Youth Services Department.

    Assists in maintaining a safe and secure library environment, following procedures to report injuries and potential hazards.

    Promotes the library and its resources to community organizations.

    Prepares written and statistical reports for the Executive Director, the Library Board, and/or other department managers as needed or requested.


    People Management
    Evaluates and recommends staffing levels, staff development needs, and other personnel matters. Leads in the selection and recommendation for hiring Youth Services services staff.

    Hires, supervises, develops performance expectations, trains, evaluates, and manages performance.

    Oversees the work of Youth Services personnel. Sets service standards, coordinates workload, projects staffing needs and schedules Youth Services staff to provide appropriate staffing levels based on library needs.

    Recognizes and rewards innovative and high-performing staff.

    Cultivates and fosters a team environment within the department that encourages idea exchange, creative thinking, collaboration, and communication.

    Inspires staff by coaching and/or mentoring them to try new and creative ventures to improve the Library experience and quality of life of children, teens, and their families.
    Reviews and approves timekeeping for Youth Services staff.

    Ensures Youth Services staff are aware of and in compliance with library policy and procedures.

    Ensures training programs are established and followed to enhance staff skills and abilities.

    Resolves departmental personnel issues.

    Holds regular department meetings, one-on-one sync-ups, and other necessary meetings with staff.

    Contributes to developing and expanding a library-wide volunteer program by focusing on teen volunteers.

    Strategic Leadership
    Assists the Director of Public Services in developing the department's strategic direction in alignment with overall Library goals.

    Plans, implements, evaluates and manages the provision of youth services, including the development of a comprehensive plan, evaluation of current youth programs, collections, and services, and coordination and integration of youth services.

    Attends department manager meetings and all staff meetings; provides input to the solutions of interdepartmental problems; informs other departmental managers and administration of changes in departmental personnel and procedures; serves as a liaison between other departments and Youth Services.

    Responsible for the budgets related to Youth Services expenses. Prepares, recommends, and administers budgets and monitors expenditures. Including the application of and administration of grant funding.

    Evaluates and makes proposals for potential cost reductions/avoidances where applicable.

    Articulates, creates, supports, and implements the mission, goals, and policies of the McHenry Public Library District.

    Seeks ways to incorporate process improvements.

    Participates in library-wide planning and decision-making as a member of the library management team.

    ADDITIONAL WORK PERFORMED:
    Acts as person-in-charge with other management team members in the absence of the Executive Director.
    May serve on and/or chair Library committees, as requested.
    May represent the Library on city, community, or regional committees or as a liaison between the Library and other civic organizations.
    May serve as lead or assist in coordinating and supervising capital or special projects as assigned.
    Participates in related organizations, conferences, and training to enhance skills and remain current in library and customer service practices.
    Participates in continuing education opportunities.
    Performs other related work of a similar nature or level.


    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    Knowledge of commonly accepted library practices and current awareness in responsibility areas.

    Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of developing and implementing child and youth development programs and associated facility management.

    Knowledge of the needs and abilities of children and teens related to learning, literacy, social skills, and brain development and their implications for library service.
    Knowledge and appreciation of literature for children and teens.

    Familiarity with a broad range of professional library services and library trends.

    Ability to fairly and effectively supervise staff and delegate duties as needed.

    Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships.

    Support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace.

    Ability to maintain a safe environment for staff and the public.
    Commitment and desire to provide excellent customer service to library patrons.
    Ability to deal courteously and diplomatically with the public.
    Ability to master new technology and software and serve as a trained resource to department and library staff.
    A high degree of organizational skills and attention to detail.
    Ability to set priorities to plan, organize, and manage projects simultaneously to meet assigned deadlines.
    Principles and practices of grant writing and management.
    Ability to follow directions and multitask.
    Ability to work without direct supervision.
    Ability to be tactful and respect confidentiality.
    Flexibility to adjust to changing directions and deal with frequent interruptions.
    Ability to respond to emergencies and stressful situations with a calm and professional demeanor.
    Dependability; ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and on-call hours.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Youth Services Leads and Librarians
    Youth Services Associates
    Teen Volunteers



    WORKING CONDITIONS
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear and see.
    The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, reach with hands and arms, get down on floors, climb stools, and perform other physical tasks.
    Repeated movements with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers while using a keyboard.
    Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time of work, including possible extreme hot and cold weather.
    Noise level is generally similar to an office environment but may be loud at times.
    The employee will occasionally lift or move up to 40 pounds and push or pulls carts up to 100 pounds.
    Must be able to respond to fire alarms, warning sirens, security calls, and phone pages.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Maintenance Services Assistant Manager

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Poplar Creek Public Library District

    Job Description: The Poplar Creek Public Library District is looking for an experienced facilities specialist that possesses either an HVAC Systems Stationary Engineer License or an Associates Degree in Maintenance Technology with experience maintaining mechanical systems and pumps.

  • Material Services Assistant Manager

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Poplar Creek Public Library District

    Job Description: The Poplar Creek Public Library District is looking for a customer service-oriented librarian that possesses both supervisory skills and strong cataloging skills to fill the role of Material Services Assistant Manager. The Material Services Department supervises both traditional technical services staff as well as circulation staff.

  • Assistant Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Mississippi Valley Library District

    Job Description: Position Description:
    The Mississippi Valley Library District (MVLD) seeks a full-time, committed, and experienced Assistant Director to assist in the overall professional administration of the MVLD. The ideal candidate will be able to work and communicate effectively with library staff and community members, manage multiple concurrent tasks, and provide the highest level of service to the Collinsville and Fairmont City communities. The assistant director is responsible for furthering the MVLD’s mission and goals. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is in charge of the MVLD.

    Hours:
    Full-time schedule is 40 hours per week. Day, evening, and weekend hours required as needed. Additional weekly hours required as needed.

  • Executive Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Batavia Public Library District

    Job Description: Executive Director, Batavia Public Library District (Chicago West Suburban)

    Don’t miss this exciting opportunity located in Northern Illinois! The Batavia Public Library District is looking for its next great Executive Director. The library, with an operating budget of about $4.7 million, provides services to nearly 26,600 people. This opportunity is open due to the June 1, 2023 retirement of the current Executive Director.

    Located along the scenic Fox River about 45 miles west of Chicago, Batavia is a charming community that enjoys a rich history, bustling downtown, lively art scene, and convenient access to major highways and commuter rail.

    The library is housed in a beautiful building located in the heart of the downtown district. The Executive Director opening is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to lead the library as it continues to embrace its vital role in the life of this friendly and spirited community.

    Salary $89,000 to $148,000/year, negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits including IMRF.

    Please visit johnkeister.com/batavia for details and to apply. We welcome inquiries. Though not a firm deadline, please apply by February 27, 2023.

    John Keister & Associates
    Executive Search for Libraries
    johnkeister.com
    batavia@johnkeister.com
    847-955-0541

  • Library Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Grand Prairie of the West Public Library District

    Job Description: Individual with library and/or public service experience preferred. Full job description available upon request. Deadline to apply: 03/06/2023. Send resume outlining qualifications to : Board of Trustees, 142 West Jackson, Virden, Illinois 62690

  • Adult & Youth Services Librarian

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: Tolono Public Library District

    Job Description: We're seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and driven individual for our Adult & Youth Services Librarian position. This position will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate library programs, collections, services, and outreach to all patrons in the library community. Schedule includes 30 hours per week.

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:
    • Associate or Bachelor’s degree; or one to three years library or planning experience
    • Demonstrates the ability to manage varied sized groups of up to 100 community members

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITES:
    1. Plans, organizes, leads, and supervises innovative and diverse library programs, workshops, and displays for Adult and Youth Services within and outside the library setting, including virtual
    2. Coordinates programs to work into library initiatives, departmental objectives, and community events
    3. Manages relationships with schools and other community agencies
    4. Completes work with speed and accuracy and handles frequent, sudden task changes effectively
    5. Presents monthly reports to the Library Director in a timely manner
    6. Participates in collection development tasks by assessing targeted areas of the Library’s collection, systematically selecting new and popular material, and discarding or replacing damaged or outdating materials that are no longer circulated
    7. Works directly with potential program presenters/performers and stays within budget limits
    8. Attends continuing education workshops, conferences, and webinars
    9. Actively promotes library services, materials, and programs to patrons
    10. Responsible for the administrative role of the library when needed
    11. Willing to work hours beyond those regularly scheduled, including evenings and weekends
    12. Performs other duties as assigned or required

    SKILLS:
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to work with library patrons and staff in a consistently friendly and efficient manner
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently
    • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and decision-making skills
    • Competency in using computers, office applications, and library-related software
    • Knowledge of children’s, youth, and adult literature

  • Full-Time Courier

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

    Job Description: IHLS is seeking a customer-service-driven delivery driver for our Edwardsville hub location. This position is vital in providing exceptional service to the library communities that we serve. The position is full time and scheduled to work 40 hours a week, at times filling in for a night shift, as needed. These positions sort and deliver books and other library materials to and from member libraries. Courier Driver services are provided Mondays through Fridays.

    Day Shift: Day hours would be approximately 5:30am-2pm (Paid at $15/hourly). Night Shift: Night Shift hours would be around 4:30pm-1:00am (includes 15% shift differential making the hourly rate $17.25) The night driving would consist of delivery to our Champaign, IL hub location.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to sort books and library materials based on established location codes.
    • Ability to frequently lift tubs of books and other library materials.
    • Ability to drive daily on established routes and follow established laws and safe driving procedures.
    • Ability to assume responsibility for entering unattended delivery sites using an alarm or key.
    • Excellent oral communications skills for the purposes of conveying information and instructing others while maintaining a strong customer service focus.
    • Display professional business attitude with a pleasant demeanor while working in a customer service-oriented organization.
    • Knowledge of how to use a personal computer and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. Must be able to check email regularly.
    Working Conditions:
    Most of the work is performed driving a van and assisting in the delivery and pick up of library materials. Occasionally may encounter rain, snow, or ice. Sorting and loading of library materials may occur indoors and outdoors.
    Physical Requirements:
    This position requires extensive periods of sitting while driving up to 400 miles daily. It also requires repetitive use of arms and legs and moving the whole-body including standing, climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, reaching, pushing, grasping, hearing, and talking.
    Requires the ability to exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including but not limited tubs of books and other library materials.
    Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less with the ability to adjust the eye to bring objects into sharp focus as well as clarity of vision at 20. Must have the ability to drive in day and night driving conditions.


  • Library Assistant II—TeenSpace

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: The Hayner Public Library District

    Job Description: The Library Assistant II - TeenSpace is supervised by the Youth Services/Educational Outreach Manager. The primary responsibility of the Library Assistant II is to oversee activities in TeenSpace, provide excellent customer service, assist patrons using the library, and other duties as assigned by the Youth Services/Educational Outreach Manager. Assist with the development and management of all material collections located in TeenSpace libraries;

    • Create exhibits and displays to enhance the library experience;
    • Plan diversified programming for teens, including holiday, after-school and other special events, as well as other age-appropriate activities;
    • Help plan and execute Summer Reading program;
    • Prepare reading lists for school and community distribution;
    • Communicate with homeschoolers, students, parents, and teachers to help improve library services;
    • Use Dot method and AR websites to label materials accordingly;
    • Plan and prepare crafts and supply lists for teen programming;
    • Assist patrons on the public computers; keep public computer stations in good order;
    • Assist patrons, primarily teens, in finding materials and providing readers’ advisory;
    • Clean and organize all materials; must be willing to use cleaning chemicals to keep the library safe and sanitary for patrons;
    • Assist patrons with Cloud Library, OverDrive, Biblio+, library databases, OPAC, and online library accounts;
    • Conduct youth-related library tours;
    • Shelve books and other materials;
    • Provide basic reference for teens, parents, and teachers;
    • Compile statistics of attendance for all teen programming events;
    • Participate in short-term and long-term planning for TeenSpace;
    • Assist with KidsSpace programming as needed;
    • Attend training, workshops, conferences, and SWAYS meetings to support continuing education;
    • Uphold library policies and procedures;
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Youth Services/Educational Outreach Manager.

  • Adult Services Manager

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Joliet Public Library

    Job Description: The Joliet Public Library is looking for a dynamic leader to collaborate with two Assistant Managers and nearly 20-staff members on overseeing the variety of collections, programs, and services offered to adult patrons. A complete renovation of the beautiful downtown building on Ottawa Street just wrapped-up and plans are in place for a revamp of the busy, suburban Black Road facility. A few of the upgrades at Ottawa Street include a dedicated Local History Room, a Digital Media Studio, an additional large meeting room, and five study rooms. Coming soon is a brand new literacy outreach vehicle.
    Joliet is one of the largest cities in Illinois with a culturally diverse, growing population of over 150,000. Spanish-language speakers are a valuable addition to the team and are encouraged to apply. Through the two locations–one in the city center across from the historic Rialto Theater and the second out west adjacent to the beautiful Rock Run Preserve–and a significant online presence, the Joliet Public Library offers something for everyone.
    The Adult Services Manager needs to be a positive, flexible team member. Empathy and a great sense of humor are a must as the last few years of working in the public sector have been tough. If you are full of energy, exude creativity, and are keen on developing your interpersonal skills, you might be the right person for the job. Come play a key role in the reinvigoration of JPL and help us live the new motto that we are Not Just Any Library!
    The annual salary offer starts at $66,300.00, based on qualifications, experiences, and internal equities. The Library offers excellent benefits with 11 paid holidays (2023), 12 sick days, and 5 weeks of vacation. The chosen candidate will be enrolled in the valuable Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) and is eligible for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well.
    To apply, please submit an application https://www.jolietlibrary.org/en/about-us/employment, cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least three references in PDF to jdeiters@jolietlibrary.org.

    Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023
    Application Contact: Deputy Director Jim Deiters, jdeiters@jolietlibrary.org, 815.846.6519.


  • Circulation Pages

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: Joliet Public Library

    Job Description: Sort, shelve and file library materials in their designated locations.

    Shift library materials from one shelving area to another.

    Read shelves for correct alignment of materials, and straightens shelves.

    Clear tables and carrels of library materials left by patrons.

    Locate and retrieve materials to support circulation workflows.

    Other duties as assigned.

  • Librarian Cataloger

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Joliet Public Library

    Job Description: Joliet Public Library is looking for a full-time and experienced Librarian Cataloger, who is creative, dependable, detail-oriented, enjoys teamwork, flexible, focused, forward thinking, highly motivated, and must have a great sense of humor.

    Joliet, the third largest city in Illinois, is home to a culturally diverse population of 150,362 residents. Joliet Public Library has 2 branches to serve our growing community. We just completed a $10.5M renovation of our Ottawa Street facility, where the Technical Services Department is situated. We offer excellent benefits including 11 paid holidays per year, 12 sick days, and 5 weeks of vacation. Participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is included as well as medical, dental, and vision insurance. Come join our fun, supportive and wonderful team and be a part of our transformation!

    This is a 37.5 hours per week position. For complete job description and more information, please visit: https://www.jolietlibrary.org/en/about-us/employment

  • RSA Operations Manager

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Reaching Across Illinois Library System

    Job Description: Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-9am-4-5pm (an average of 37.50 hours per week)

    The Resource Sharing Alliance NFP (RSA) is seeking a forward thinking, innovative, strategic individual with strong project management skills to help move the organization forward during a time of transformation.

    The RSA Operations Manager is a new position in RSA. It guides the Member Services department and provides support to our member libraries through help desk calls, emails, and committee meetings. We're looking for candidates with demonstrated ability to nurture and support libraries, encourage participation and collaboration, and who provide excellent member support.

    The RSA Operations Manager will have a direct hand in transforming RSA over the next several years. The ideal candidate is a strong, dynamic leader and collaborative team player; is organized and effectively pushes projects forward; has a proven track record of implementing innovative solutions, developing staff and policy; and has the ability to refocus attention and efforts as needed.

    Position Summary:

    The RSA Operations Manager is responsible for assisting the RSA Executive Director (a.k.a. LLSAP Services Manager) with the day-to-day operations of the consortium. This position works with other RSA supervisors, RSA staff, and member libraries to oversee, coordinate, collaborate, and complete RSA projects and initiatives.

    The Operations Manager leads the Member Services team, overseeing day-to-day library automation system operations and troubleshooting, patron and circulation policy, member library ILS operations, the patron experience, and training with an emphasis on circulation functions and other patron-facing services. This position leads an agile and fast-paced organization encompassing a variety of stakeholders, team members, and 3rd party vendors. The Operations Manager works closely with other RSA staff and member libraries to ensure the effective operation, support, and continuity of service to our libraries.

    Core Job Functions include (see linked job description for the full list and details):

    • Supports the RSA Executive Director with the annual budget, strategic and long-range planning, system reports, and surveys

    • Develops, recommends, and implements changes to RSA's policies and procedures

    • Works with accounting for paying bills and serves as a check deposit authority for RSA

    • Manages, tracks, and assures completion of projects

    • Translates project requirements into objectives and tasks, managing assignments and resources

    • Develops, oversees, and maintains project documentation, timelines, and descriptions

    • Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates the RSA Member Services team

    • Directs, oversees, and performs system maintenance and troubleshooting for circulation and patron related operations

    • Develops, oversees, and maintains RSA Support website content, primarily in the areas of circulation, holds, patrons, and related policy

    • Develops and oversees Member Services Department consulting and library staff training

    • Develops, oversees, coordinates, and conducts site visits and member engagement

    • Advises and consults with member libraries about RSA products and services

    • Facilitates, coordinates, and schedules trainings, continuing education events, and RSA committee and RSA Governance meetings

    • Facilitates member-to-member communications in conflicts or disagreements in ILS operations

    • Cultivates constructive relationships and collaborates with RSA colleagues, RSA member libraries and staff, vendors, and other stakeholders

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (see linked job description for the full list and details):

    Education:

    • MLS from an ALA accredited graduate school, MBA, or MPA preferred

    • Bachelor's Degree required. Library Science, Project Management, Computer Information Systems, or equivalent preferred

    Required Knowledge and Experience:

    • Familiarity with ILS automation systems used by public libraries and automation consortia

    • Minimum 5 years combined library experience including circulation desk and public services

    • Minimum 2 years of relevant management experience

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

    • Experience with SirsiDynix Symphony family of ILS products

    • 2+ years of project management experience

    • Budget and Financial planning experience

    • Experience working with or reporting to a governing board

    • Excellence in all dealings with internal and external constituents

    • Ability to deal with evolving goals in a busy and flexible environment

    • Able to approach challenges with a positive attitude, foreseeing and working around potential problems, building consensus, and providing practical solutions based on experience

    Organization:

    The Resource Sharing Alliance NFP is a large, multi-type library automation consorting serving 140+ libraries in over 13,000 square miles of central and west central Illinois. We provide high quality, shared automation services via SirsiDynix Symphony, multiple eBook platforms, mobile apps, open access databases, reporting, and more to our member libraries.

    RSA began in the early 1980s and has continued to expand our services and membership ever since. RSA is currently a 501(c)(3) organization which partners with Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) for staffing support, office space, and other services. We have 12 full-time staff and an approximately 2-million-dollar annual budget. Over the next few years, RSA will finalize changes to our governance structure and shift to being a fully independent organization and directly hiring our support staff. After that shift occurs, this position will become the RSA Assistant Director.

    RSA's core values include:

    Engaged, effective, and efficient operations
    Innovative library automation for all member libraries, regardless of size or type
    Facilitated resource sharing between members, strengthened by Illinois' state-wide delivery
    Responsive and visionary leadership for our membership
    Outstanding training, customer service, and ILS support to our member libraries
    What RAILS offers:

    • Competitive pay

    • A generous benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, and paid time off

    • Comfortable office working environment

    • Opportunities for professional development and for participation in professional organizations

    Our office is in East Peoria, Illinois and we work in a hybrid environment. Much of our membership support and training is performed virtually and online training and presenting skills are valued. We schedule visits to member libraries for support, training, or meeting purposes as the need arise.

    RAILS is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent is a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organizations achievement as well.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and make employment decisions without regard to differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make individuals unique.

  • Media Specialist / Computer Application Teacher

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Beckemeyer Elementary

    Job Description: Working knowledge of information technology systems. Teaches elementary students how to retrieve resources of information; encourages reading and computer literacy.

  • Executive Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Lake Forest Library

    Job Description: Executive Director, Lake Forest Library (North Suburban Chicago)

    The Lake Forest Library seeks a forward-thinking and energetic leader to serve as Executive Director. This position is open due to the retirement of the previous Executive Director.

    If you are a library leader who works well with a dedicated staff and board, enjoys engaging with supportive community members, and has the passion and talent to continue to lead this library forward, please consider this opportunity!

    Salary $106,000 to $159,000/year, negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

    Please visit johnkeister.com/lakeforest for details and to apply. We welcome inquiries. Interviews will be ongoing until the position is filled. Though not a firm deadline, please apply by February 6, 2023.


  • Courier, Carbondale Location

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

    Job Description: Illinois Heartland Library System is seeking a customer service-driven delivery driver for our Carbondale hub location. This position is vital in providing exceptional service to the library communities that we serve. These positions sort and deliver books and other library materials to and from member libraries. Courier Driver services are provided Mondays through Fridays. The position is full time scheduled to work 40 hours a week at times filling in for a night shift on an as-needed basis.

    Day Shift: Day hours would be approximately 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Paid at $15 hourly). Night Shift: Night Shift Hours would be around 3:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (includes a 15% shift differential making the hourly rate $17.25) The night driving would consist of delivery to our Champaign, IL location.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Drive, load, and unload a van weighing less than 16,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
    • Drive a scheduled pickup and delivery route, sometimes entering unattended buildings.
    • Obey traffic laws and follow established traffic and transportation procedures.
    • Read maps and follow written and verbal geographic directions.
    • Inspect van and van equipment, such as mirrors, lights, gas gauge, temperature gauge, tires, turn signals, and brakes to ensure that vehicles are in proper working condition.
    • Report any mechanical problems encountered with vehicles.
    • Report delays, accidents, or other traffic/transportation situations per IHLS protocol.
    • Use professional communication methods.
    • Attend workshops and participate in training.
    • Participate proactively as part of the IHLS team.
    • Ability to follow security measures for libraries including arming and disabling alarms and properly locking and unlocking doors.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Ability to work independently.
    • Ability to sort books and library materials based on established location codes.
    • Ability to frequently lift tubs of books and other library materials.
    • Ability to drive daily on established routes and follow established laws and safe driving procedures.
    • Ability to assume responsibility for entering unattended delivery sites using an alarm or key.
    • Excellent oral communication skills for the purposes of conveying information and instructing others while maintaining a strong customer service focus.
    • Display a professional business attitude with a pleasant demeanor while working in a customer service-oriented organization.
    • Knowledge of how to use a personal computer and basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

    Working Conditions:

    Most of the work is performed by driving a van and assisting in the delivery and pick up of library materials. Occasionally may encounter rain, snow, or ice. Sorting and loading of library materials may occur indoors and outdoors.

    Physical Requirements:

    • This position requires extensive periods of sitting while driving up to 400 miles daily. It also requires repetitive use of arms and legs and moving the whole body including standing, climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, reaching, pushing, grasping, hearing, and talking.
    • Requires the ability to exert up to 40 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including but not limited to tubs of books and other library materials.
    • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less with the ability to adjust the eye to bring objects into sharp focus as well as clarity of vision at 20. Must have the ability to drive in day and night driving conditions.

  • Web IT Administrator

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Illinois Heartland Library System

    Job Description: Do you have great customer service skills, IT experience, and exceptional troubleshooting skills? Then look no more; we have a current opening that you may excel in serving our IT Department, IHLS team, and our library members.

    We are looking for a Web IT Administrator to work closely with the Web Developer and Network Administrator as well as with the IT Director to implement and monitor the functions of the computer systems and website updates. Installation and maintenance of computer and server resources for IHLS is a primary focus. The Web IT Administrator supports staff hardware and software along with website updates and services.

    The Successful Individual Will:
    • Plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining high-quality information technology services.
    • Provides site administration and support services to resolve IT issues for multiple IHLS Hub locations and our member libraries.
    • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
    • Manage domain registration and hosting and make DNS changes as needed for member libraries.

  • Professional Cataloger - 2 Immediate Openings

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: PermaBound Books

    Job Description: Perma-Bound Books is seeking 2 full-time professional Catalogers for our Cataloging Services Department in our Jacksonville, Illinois office location.
    This position requires a thorough knowledge of cataloging, classification procedures, and bibliographic resources.
    Candidates will be required to possess a working knowledge of cataloging standards to include AACR2, Dewey, LCSH, MARC formats, as well as being familiar with RDA.
    Duties will consist primarily of general cataloging work, dealing with a variety of materials, formats and subjects. Cataloging of digital resources and unique materials will be important aspects of the position.
    Education/Experience:
    • Coursework in cataloging or equivalent cataloging work experience
    Benefits:
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance programs
    • Life insurance
    • 401(k) and 401(k) matching
    • Paid time off
    Schedule:
    • Monday - Friday
    Salary will be based on experience and qualifications
    To Apply:
    Please submit letter of interest and resume to hr@perma-bound.com

  • Library Assistant I

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: Forsyth Public Library

    Job Description: The Library Assistant I is responsible for assisting patrons, shelving materials, and clerical tasks, with a concentration in shelving and shelf reading duties. This is an entry level, permanent part-time position, averaging 15 hours per week, and the hourly rate of pay is commensurate based on experience.

    On a day-to-day basis, the successful candidate can expect to:
    • Assist patrons at the circulation desk and within the library
    • Shelve library materials
    • Shelf reading
    • Assist in the on-going maintenance of library materials
    • Complete projects and tasks, as assigned

  • Book Wizard AKA Librarian

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: Millstadt Library District

    Job Description: As a librarian, you will manage advanced electronic resources, digital records, help patrons access a wide range of information, and maintain our library collection by managing books, media, and electronic resources. You will also carry out library administrative tasks and organize community events.
    For this position, the ideal candidate would be a creative individual with a passion and focus for creating and implementing events and programs. Candidates will be innovative, have the ability to perform public speaking with adults or children, and love a challenge.

    SPECIFICALLY, this position will help to implement after school programs and evening adult programs.

    Librarian responsibilities and duties
    • Assist patrons with finding reference materials and leisure reading materials
    • Maintain library inventory and conduct periodic audits of the information on file
    • Help patrons navigate electronic records and periodicals
    • Create and implement new programs to attract patrons of different demographics, such as socials and author signings
    • Check books and other materials in and out of the library
    • Teach patrons how to use the electronic database and its functions
    • Manage the acquisition of new materials
    • Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax documents
    • Assist patrons with computer and internet
    • Assist other librarians as needed
    Librarian knowledge and skills
    • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Ability to develop and present library programs
    • Ability to develop and present public information materials to promote library use within the Library’s brand
    • Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, co-workers, and the general public
    • Experience working with electronic databases of library materials
    • Ability to work independently and self-start
    • Knowledge of computers and internet
    • A love of reading and educating
    Special working conditions
    • Duties are performed indoors in an office environment
    • Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, speaking, and listening
    • Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling
    • Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered
    • Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus
    • Must be able to do math at the algebraic level
    • Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation
    • Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans
    • The noise level is usually moderate
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • May need to travel for specialized library classes

  • Executive Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Maywood Public Library District

    Job Description: Key to this job is defining and delineating the roles and responsibilities of trustees, administration, and staff. Outstanding communication skills are required. The chosen candidate will have excellent people skills, experience promoting services, knowledge of grant opportunities, and proven leadership abilities. They must provide a proper setting for the recruitment, development, and evaluation of professional, service-oriented staff members. The Executive Director will be an active participant within the community. They will also drive the creation, implementation, and follow-through of the Library's next strategic plan.

    This is a full-time, exempt position with a starting offer of $85,000.00, based on qualifications and experiences. The generous benefits package includes enrollment in the valuable Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

  • Assistant Librarian

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Central Citizens' Library District

    Job Description: Central Citizens' Library District is seeking an enthusiastic, resourceful, creative addition to our team who is passionate about providing an exceptional library experience for children, teens and adults. The successful applicant will possess excellent communication and customer service skills. Responsibilities include: answering reference questions, preparing and conducting programs for children, teens, and adults, and cataloging and collection development.

    Position Duties:

    Public Service & Supervisory:
    Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to maintain accurate records.
    Ability to tactfully and effectively communicate with and work with patrons and staff in a personable and professional manner.
    Answers reference questions and locates library materials for patrons.
    Arranges inter-library loans and requests.
    Ability to work effectively with current and emerging technologies.
    Understanding of patron confidentiality requirements and ethics responsibilities under Illinois Law.
    Alerts supervisor to problems encountered in work routines.
    Oversees the library and staff in the absence of the Library Director (three evenings per week & Saturdays).
    Maintains and increases knowledge and skills through attendance at meetings, conferences, training seminars, and in-service training sessions.
    Performs additional duties and assignments as requested.

    Collection Development:
    Displays and promotes library material.
    Knowledge of a wide range of books and authors.
    Selects, maintains, and catalogs materials for patrons of all ages.

    Programming:
    Create event calendars, bulletin boards, book displays, & other program materials.
    Prepares and conducts programs including but not limited to: Pre-K Storytime, Summer Reading Program, After School Programs for Teens, and Adult Programs.
    Prepares annotated bibliographies, booklists, and handouts.
    Selects age appropriate materials and activities for programs.

    Position Hours:
    During school year - 3 evenings a week 12-8, Friday 8-4, Saturday 9-1
    Summer time - Tuesday & Wednesday 9-5, Thursday 12-8, Friday & Saturday 9-2

  • Assistant/Associate Professor – Metadata Librarian

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Millner Library, Illinois State University

    Job Description: Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, the Metadata Librarian focuses on the creation, enrichment, and maintenance of metadata representing born-digital and digitized materials in repositories for the library’s archives, special collections, and the university community. This position will work closely with the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian and colleagues across multiple units to organize and lead projects related to description of resources in digital collections and linked-data opportunities. The Metadata Librarian defines and implements metadata schemas and standards for digital assets, creates and sustains controlled vocabularies, and oversees maintenance activities. In collaboration within the team, the position will provide expertise and leadership in the development, implementation and assessment of metadata policies and procedures while keeping up to date with external developments and standards and identifying changing needs and areas of growth within the scope of metadata and discovery.

  • Library Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Willard Public Library (Indiana)

    Job Description: The Library Director is responsible for the managerial oversight of the facilities, staff, finances, fundraising, and all associated public relations for the library. The Director is charged with the administration of the policies and procedures of the organization in accordance with its articles of incorporation and by-laws, national and local laws, and relevant authorities, as well as charged with implementing the decisions of the Board of Trustees. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring effective systems to track and administer the fiduciary functions of the library; establishing and enforcing procedures and policies for the effective operations of all library functions; acting as an official library contact point for all members of the media and government officials and agencies; and directing the activities of library staff including scheduling and fulfillment of duties assigned.

  • Electronic Resources Specialist

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Milner Library, Illinois State University

    Job Description: This position will work closely with the Electronic Resources Librarian and Electronic Resources and eMedia Specialist to maintain the library’s electronic resources and their data throughout the electronic resources' lifecycle. This position will:

    assist the Electronic Resources Librarian in processing and maintaining purchases, renewals, and cancellations of electronic resources, including collecting and organizing licensing details.
    troubleshoot electronic resource problems for the ISU community
    perform electronic portfolio maintenance in the library’s unified resource management system and user authentication system
    maintain Milner Library’s electronic resources records, including the electronic resources Sharepoint page, Teams channel, and electronic management system.
    collect electronic resources use statistics, working closely with the Electronic Resources Librarian to collect data which accurately reflects use of our electronic resources, is reported for national standards, and informs financial decisions for library collection development.

  • Youth Services Library Assistant

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Mt. Zion District Library

    Job Description: The Mt. Zion District Library is seeking a creative, tech-savvy, service-oriented staff member for our Youth Services Library Assistant. This position is full-time with 40 hours per week and a full benefits package that includes full medical, dental, and vision benefits, paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, and IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund). Some evening and weekend hours required. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
    Duties & Responsibilities:
    I. Management
    • Reports directly to Library Director and coordinates with the Youth Services Director
    • Designs, implements, and evaluates all programming for patrons ages 0-18 in collaboration with Youth Services Director
    • Designs and implements programs for teens
    • Coordinates early literacy programs such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten in coordination with Youth Services Director
    • Coordinates with Youth Services Director to create and implement Library programs
    • Participates in collection development of Juvenile and YA collections
    • Plans and develops annual Summer Reading Program for patrons of all ages in coordination with Youth Services Director
    II. Community Outreach
    • Assists Youth Services Director with school visits in collaboration with the Mt. Zion Schools librarians
    • Coordinates with Library Director and Youth Services Director for participating in community outreach engagements such as the Annual Business Expo
    • Maintains schedule flexibility to attend events if they occur outside the normal work schedule
    III. Digital and Social
    • Assists Youth Services Director in maintaining Library website and social media accounts
    • Creates content for social media including the Library’s YouTube account in collaboration with Youth Services Director
    • Assists patrons with technology including helping them with computer needs, using the copy machine, and downloading and using our many online database apps
    IV. Other
    • Assists at circulation desk as needed
    • Provides basic Reference and Reader’s Advisory service to patrons of all ages
    • Attends conferences, webinars, and meetings for continuing education when resources are available
    • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Library Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: La Grange Park Public Library District

    Job Description: Our new Director will:
    • work closely with a 7-member elected Board of Trustees
    • oversee, organize, and administer policies set forth by the Board
    • nurture existing excellent relationships among other government entities
    • have experience promoting services to stakeholders
    • possess top-notch communication and listening skills
    • foster career progression and opportunities for the staff
    • oversee a long-awaited renovation project – after much planning LGPP is ready to embark on an exciting renovation that will enhance our current offerings as well as bring us into the future

    Responsibilities include:
    • administers all Library operations and services, on behalf of the Board of Library Trustees, and under its review and direction
    • oversees all Library services to the public and the operation of the Library within the limitations of the working budget
    • stays informed about new developments in the field
    • develops the services of the Library to more effectively meet present and future community needs

  • Executive Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Wood Dale Public Library District (West Suburban Chicago)

    Job Description: The Wood Dale Public Library District seeks an involved and enthusiastic Executive Director. This position is open due to the retirement of the previous Director.

    The Executive Director position is well-suited to someone with the passion and talent to continue leading this library forward as it embraces its vital role in the life of this friendly and supportive community.

    The library participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

  • Part-Time Library Clerk

    Employment Type: Part-time

    Library/Organization Name: Vespasian Warner Public Library District

    Job Description: Duties include checking materials in and out, shelving books, answering phone calls, processing new materials, and assisting patrons with basic reference questions.

  • Youth Services Librarian

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Rantoul Public Library

    Job Description: Plan, promote, and implement activities for children and teens.
    Manage the library’s children and young adult collections.
    Work with the public at circulation/reference desk approximately 13 hours a week.
    Work with and help to supervise staff, volunteers, and community service workers.
    Communicate with local schools and other organizations that serve children.
    Assist Library Director in managing library operations.

  • Dean of Library Services

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University

    Job Description: Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston seeks a Dean of Library Services to provide coordination, supervision, and administration of programs and activities of the Library. The successful candidate must provide leadership in the development of mission and goals for the Library and make recommendations to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on all aspects of library services including budgets, collections, development, and evaluation of faculty and staff. The dean will also be required to provide leadership for the Center for Student Innovation, as well as collaborate closely with the Faculty Development & Innovation Center (FDIC) and provide operational support for the FDIC and its staff.

  • Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Forest Park Public Library

    Job Description: Requirements for the position include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, 5-years of related work, and 3-years of supervisory experience. The candidate must have highly developed interpersonal skills and be ready to accept, collaborate on, and delegate responsibilities. They must be aware of municipal budgeting and fiscal matters and have an understanding of facilities management. Strong leadership capabilities and a commitment to transparency are required. They will maintain a healthy, balanced environment where staff are valued for their contributions and encouraged to produce their best work. The Director must also set a good example for professional development through attendance at workshops, conferences, and continuing education opportunities. The right person will work side-by-side for a short-time with the Interim Director while acclimating to the Library and with the community. They will soon participate in events outside the building and beyond the regular work week. The Director will build on established partnerships and serve in civic organizations. They will also be responsible for implementing the goals of the current strategic plan.

  • Executive Director

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Library/Organization Name: Warrenville Public Library District

    Job Description: Lead and inspire the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork and trust
    Ability to act as a consensus builder and work collaboratively with the library board, staff, and community
    A resourceful individual who possesses excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to embrace creative problem-solving and empower staff to maximize their talents
    Act as an imaginative and confident leader with an approachable, honest, respectful style