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Job opportunities at the library

Part-Time Customer Service Associate

Enjoy working directly with customers? The Barrington Area Library is recruiting for a part-time Customer Service Associate to provide a variety of services to library users.

Our recently 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 both in person and online, expecting to find excellent and informed service, welcoming, state of the art spaces for private work and group collaboration, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and the very best in books, movies, music, and electronic resources.

A successful candidate will have previous work experience with the general public, an engaging customer service attitude, and will be comfortable using the Microsoft Office suite and various library software systems.

This position will include week nights, Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Flexibility with scheduling is required as some week day shifts may be needed for coverage.

Starting part-time salary is $12.55 per hour. Average hours will be under 20 per week. Interested? Read the full job description at www.balibrary.org. To apply, complete the PDF application and submit via email to resume@balibrary.org.


Full-Time Youth Services Librarian

Would you win the House Cup for collection development? Are you not a Scaredy Squirrel when it comes to evaluating materials?

The Barrington Area Library is recruiting for a full-time librarian who is passionate about developing vibrant collections, both physical and digital, for our customers from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers. Come prepared to help us move forward as a truly 21st century library in our busy, newly renovated, active learning environment.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative librarian who is dedicated to exemplary customer service, enjoys presenting story time and other programs, and thrives on ordering and evaluating fiction collections in our fast-paced environment. If you have an MLS/MLIS degree, please read the full job description and consider joining our team.

This full-time librarian position is scheduled for an average of 37.5 hours per week (days, evenings and weekend hours). Flexibility in scheduling is a must for all team members. Salary range is from $43,465 - $65,196. Relevant experience may be considered. This position is classified as Exempt and is IMRF and benefit qualified (offers options for medical and dental plans).

Ready to apply? Send a cover letter and resume to resume@balibrary.org.


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Are you looking for a part-time, year around, job in a friendly environment?

The Barrington Area Library is looking for energetic people to sort and shelve library materials. We have 3 positions available averaging 12-19 hours per week. Hourly salary is $8.66.

Possible shifts include:

  • mid-day (11:00 – 3:00)
  • afternoons (1:00 – 5:00)
  • late afternoons (3:00 – 7:00)
  • evenings (5:00 – 9:00)
  • Saturdays and\or Sundays (1:00 – 5:00)

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:

  • Willingness to commit to flexible work shifts
  • Previous work or volunteer experience that demonstrates attention to detail and good interpersonal skills

View the full job description online. To apply, complete the PDF application and submit via email to resume@balibrary.org


Head of Operations

The Barrington Area Library is actively recruiting for a self-directed individual with highly effective project management and leadership skills. This energetic individual will be intuitive, flexible, have excellent communication skills, and a strong customer service philosophy.

Our library recently underwent a complete renovation into a truly 21st century library, with a reinvigorated focus on community, service, technology, and innovation. Additional competencies essential to this position include being self-sufficient, highly resourceful, pro-active and innovative.

If you are ready to learn more about this job opportunity, please read the full job description on our website at www.balibrary.org.

To apply, complete our PDF application and submit the application, a cover letter, resume and the items listed below to resume@balibrary.org for consideration.

Include a written narrative of a project you have successfully implemented. Describe the nature of the project, the project planning involved and the outcome.

This position requires completion of an ALA-accredited Master’s in Library or Information Science degree. Include a copy of the highest educational degree attained.

This position is full-time exempt, with a salary range of $63,750.12 - $95,628.23. Relevant experience may be considered. This is an IMRF qualified position and earns vacation, sick and holiday benefits.


Adult Services Librarian

The Barrington Area Library is renovating into a 21st century library. We are seeking an Adult Services Librarian with a passion for serving people within the dynamic, exciting, learning-centered environment we provide for our patrons.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative librarian, who is dedicated to providing exemplary customer service, using and exploring the latest technology, and extending our services throughout the community. If you have an MLS degree and are interested in a job with a wide variety of responsibilities, please read the full job description and consider joining our team.

Flexibility in scheduling is a must. Starting full-time salary range is $43,465 - $65,196. Relevant experience may be considered.This position is classified as Exempt and earns vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Interested? Read the full job description on our website. Download and complete your PDF application, then email it along with a cover letter and resume to resume@balibrary.org for consideration.


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.

Digital Studio Project Volunteer

Calling all Mac users! Our library is looking for a volunteer to help our Adult Services department convert 5,000 .jpgs into .pdf format. This project is detail-oriented and will be done in our newly renovated Digital Studio. If you enjoy technology, feel comfortable using Adobe Acrobat Pro, and have time to donate to our library, please download and complete our PDF application and email it to resume@balibrary.org for consideration.

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 is putting together a makerspace and 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.