Head of Adult Services (FT)

Customer Service Manager (FT)

Youth Services Assistant Librarian (PT)

Volunteer Opportunities

Full-Time Head of Adult Services

The Barrington Area Library seeks a Head of Adult Services. With latitude for independent judgment and decision making, this department leader is responsible for the planning and implementing of programs, services, and collections for adults from high school age to beyond retirement.

The successful candidate will share relevant work experiences and embody personal attributes that enable them to quickly add value to the Library. Core attributes include:

Passion – you desire to make an impact and care about the Library and its brand.
Curiosity – you seek to understand how things work and find ways to make them better.
Drive – you are a self-starter who can juggle multiple priorities across the department and organization.
Critical thinking – you use data and an analytical perspective to solve business and service challenges.
Sound judgment – you apply experience, facts, and intuition to assess situations and define solutions.
Influence – you cultivate relationships and exercise positive influence across the organization.
Attitude – you bring a can-do, roll-up-the-sleeves approach to contributing to this active workplace.

To Apply:
If you have an MLS/MLIS and want to learn more about this position, read the full job description and discover the essential job duties and requirements. If it sounds like you will be a great fit, consider bringing your talents and skills to the Barrington Area Library’s team! Complete the PDF application and send it, with your descriptive cover letter and resume, to resume@balibrary.org.

Hours, Salary, and Benefits:
This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $62,381 - $93,542. The work schedule will include day, evening, and weekend hours. This position includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan, and offers vacation, sick, personal and holiday benefits. Medical, dental, and life insurance plans are available, with some plans at no cost to the employee.


Full-Time Customer Service Manager

The Barrington Area Library seeks a full-time Customer Service Manager who is passionate about providing great service, and leading our dedicated team of associates in doing the same. The Customer Service Manager reports to the Head of Operations and is an integral part of the library’s management team.

The Customer Service Manager will:
• coordinate and support the customer service team’s workflow and development;
• lead the way in providing excellent frontline service to our community;
• manage the financial, statistical, and procedural logistics of the role.

About you:
• You have a knack for understanding customers’ needs and enjoy connecting people with satisfying    solutions.
• You are friendly and dedicated to providing great service, to both internal and external customers.
• You are organized and confident when it comes to working within financial and procedural systems.
• You enjoy trouble-shooting and problem-solving, and make thoughtful choices about how to remove    stumbling blocks.
• You are excited about and interested in finding ways to help a team be successful.
• You are a thoughtful collaborator and contributor who enjoys thinking about trends and how they apply to    your work.

About the Library:
Our renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning, and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library, expecting to find excellent and informed service, programs that enrich and inspire, and spaces designed for private work and group collaboration. The Customer Service Department is responsible for greeting and assisting an average of 1,000 daily visitors, and helping our community connect to the resources our organization offers, including the thousands of items our library circulates every day.

To Apply:
If you are interested in learning more about this position, please read the full job description for essential job duties and requirements. If it sounds like you will be a great fit, consider bringing your talents and skills to the Barrington Area Library! Complete the PDF application and send it, with your descriptive cover letter and resume, to resume@balibrary.org.

Hours, Salary, and Benefits:
This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary range of $49,374 - $74,042. The work schedule will include day, evening, and weekend hours based on the need to staff service desks in the department. Flexibility is a must for all team members. This position includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan, and offers vacation, sick, personal, and holiday benefits. Medical, dental, and life insurance plans are available, with some plans at no cost to the employee.


Part-Time Assistant Librarian - Youth Services

The Barrington Area Library is looking for an energetic, customer service–oriented team player to contribute to our dynamic Youth Services department. This staff member will: connect customers to the library’s materials and services; collaborate with other staff to plan and present programs (such as technology classes and story times); and provide an amazing library experience to every customer, especially children from birth to eighth grade and their caregivers.

About the library:
Our renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning, and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library, expecting to find excellent and informed service, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and spaces designed for private work and group collaboration. The Youth Services Department is a lively, non-traditional library environment that encourages hands-on learning through play.

About you:
▶ You’re passionate about inspiring young readers and learners, and always looking for opportunities to learn something new.
▶ You’re comfortable relating to kids of all ages and their caregivers.
▶ You’re friendly and you love helping people.
▶ You feel energized by collaborating with others on new projects.
▶ You’re an active listener, with a bottomless well of patience.
▶ You get excited about new technology, and are happy to talk about your favorite apps as well as your favorite books.
▶ You understand customer needs and enjoy connecting people with satisfying solutions.
▶ You know exactly which house you'd be sorted into at Hogwarts.
▶ You’ve checked out our visit us page, so you know we’re the kind of Youth Services department that is serious about play and learning.

Requirements and Skills:
This position requires completion of a bachelor’s degree. The successful candidate will have: direct experience working with children; service–related work experience; strong and demonstrated interpersonal skills in areas such as communication and customer service, along with organizational skills and digital literacy.

Hours, Salary, and Benefits:
This position will be scheduled for an average of 20 hours per week, including day, evening, and weekend shifts. The starting salary is $17.65 per hour. Benefits include participation in the IMRF retirement plan, along with vacation, sick, and holiday pay.

Sound like a good fit? To Apply: Read the full job description and consider bringing your talents and skills to the Barrington Area Library’s Youth Services team. Complete, save and send the PDF application and email it, along with a cover letter describing your interest and a resume, to resume@balibrary.org.


volunteer opportunities

Youth Services – 2 projects (summer only)

Are you artistic and creative? Do you like working with young kids? Enthusiastic high school aged volunteers are needed to prepare items for summer programs – see details below. We are especially interested in individuals with basic experience in screen printing or other artistic abilities. Send us an email at resume@balibrary.org with “Youth Services” in the subject line and include a completed PDF Volunteer Application from our website. A library representative will contact you and we will work with your schedule.

• Screen Printing Project:
Dates: Wednesday, May 23, and Thursday, May 24
Hours: Flexible hours, after school until 9 PM
Task: Help screen print bags to be used as Summer Learning Challenge prizes.
Requirements: High school students. Experience with screen printing preferred, but not required. The library will provide all supplies.

• Summer Learning Challenge Program:
Dates: Weekdays (June – August)
Hours: Between 10 AM -12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM only
Task: Create buttons using a manual button-making machine. The buttons will be earned by kids participating in the Summer Learning Challenge. When applicable, this volunteer will also assist children as they make their own buttons.
Requirements: High school students. Experience working with children preferred, but not required. The library will provide all supplies.

Adult Services – 2 projects (potential for on-going)

Interested in volunteering at the library? Do you have computer and technology skills? The Adult Services department is looking for volunteers to scan microfilm and digitize historic local newspapers. If you are a history buff, this might be the project for you. Send us an email at resume@balibrary.org with “Adult Services” in the subject line along with a completed PDF Volunteer Application from our website. A library representative will contact you and we will work with your schedule.

• Microfilm Scanning Project:
Dates: ASAP
Hours: Flexible, depending on your availability.
Task: Scanning
Requirements: High school or older. Basic computer experience with some photo editing preferred.

• Digitizing Local Newspapers:
Dates: ASAP
Hours: Flexible, depending on your availability.
Task: Digitizing
Requirements: High school or older. Basic computer experience with an understanding of file structures and a keen eye for detail.