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Job opportunities at the library

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Our Material Services team is recruiting for a year-round shelving position. This team member plays an important role in maintaining a welcoming and well-organized environment for our customers. Responsibilities include using our automated return system to sort materials and shelving them in all areas of the library. The schedule averages between 12-19 hours per week and the starting salary is $8.79 per hour.

Primary shifts may include some mornings (11 AM-3 PM), afternoons (1-5 PM or 3-7 PM), evenings (5-9 PM), and weekends. Additional shifts may be required and are subject to change at any time based on the needs of the department. Flexibility is a must to meet the needs of our customers.

Requirements:
• Pass our pre-screening test with 70% accuracy or above;
• Ability to read 8-point font print;
• Physical dexterity to reach shelves of various heights and push heavy carts throughout your work shift;
• Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.

Preferences:
• Previous work or volunteer experience that demonstrates attention to detail and good interpersonal skills.

Our recently renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Pages play an important role in maintaining a welcoming and well-organized environment for our customers.

Interested? See the full job description, complete the PDF application, and send via email to resume@balibrary.org.


Volunteer opportunities at the library

The Barrington Area Library is currently in need of volunteers for special projects (scroll down to read more). Accepted volunteers will be required to work independently (after initial training) and commit to a minimum 6 month time period (or until completion of the assigned project). These positions require dedication and great attention to detail and each has a unique skill set involved. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.

Please be aware of the following important items:

  • All accepted volunteers age 18 and older are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check prior to starting volunteer work.
  • Volunteers are not paid positions and are not a promise for paid positions.
  • The Barrington Area Library does not accept volunteers for community service hours, under the age of 16 or for special needs cases due to the independent nature of the projects.

High School Volunteer

Got a passion for making DIY projects, designing your own cool stuff, or jumping in and learning the newest technology?

The Barrington Area Library has a brand new makerspace called MakerLab and is putting together maker programs for the community. We need high school age volunteers to help us brainstorm and test these projects. The projects will range from simple, hands-on crafts to high tech applications. Specific skills are not required – we really need people who like to experiment, tinker, and create. Your feedback and ideas will help us bring exciting, creative programs to our community. You won’t need to put in a lot of hours, but we hope you can make a commitment to 1-2 hours, every other week. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org.


Adult Services Local History Volunteers

Several volunteers are needed to help with scanning and making historical photos and documents available on our Web site and in the library. Days and hours are flexible - however, a commitment to a mutually agreeable schedule will be expected through the duration of the project.

Duties may include any of the following - on your application ("Additional Skills" section), please tell us if you have experience with any of these tasks (we can train you on less-familiar skills):

Computer skills:

• Digitize our microfilm of the Barrington Courier Review. Digitally capture images and edit them as needed. Photo editing skills a plus!
• Create and edit documents using Microsoft programs
• Create and edit web pages
• Create and edit PDFs using a Mac
• Scan and index historical documents

Photo Editing/Sound Editing Skills:
• Using digital cameras to capture images
• Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager or other photo editing software
• Using Flickr to upload, edit and tag photos
• Using Roxio and/or Garage Band to record narration

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.


Homebound Program Volunteer

Flexible, friendly and trustworthy volunteer needed to deliver library materials for our homebound residents program.

Applicants must:
• Possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle and vehicle insurance coverage
• Have good, general geographic knowledge of the Barrington area
• Be willing to drive to homes in the library district to drop off and pick up library materials for homebound patrons
• Volunteer during hours needed: approximately 1 hour, 1-2 times per month (this can be coordinated with your own visits to the library)
• Have basic familiarity with Barrington Area Library services and processes as a patron.

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.