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Teen Services Librarian, City of Evanston Public Library, Illinois (Apply by Feb. 13) 

Feb 02, 2017 01:22 PM

Librarian I – Teen Services

The Teen Services team at EPL is looking for an enthusiastic candidate, who is eager to share their knowledge and skills.  This candidate should be motivated and always willing to learn new skills.  This position will oversee in house programming for teens at the Main Library.  In 2017 and 2018 the Main location of the Evanston Public Library will begin a full renovation, which includes moving and expanding the current teen space.  A computer training lab, learning lab and digital media lab will also be in the same area as the teen space.  This position will work closely with staff in those spaces and may collaborate with them on programming for patrons of all different ages. 

Responsible for providing programming, reference and reader’s advisory services to teens (grades 6-12) and adults at the Evanston Public Library.

Nature of Work/Essential Functions:


Hours:37.5 hours per week

Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Plans, presents, and evaluates innovative hands-on programming for teens, parents, caregivers and educators. Programming can relate to or include science, technology, engineering, the arts or math and other activities that will appeal to young adults.

  • May work on developing programming rooted in the Maker Movement philosophy.

  • May plan and lead a small number of adult technology classes after Main Library renovations.

  • Assists library users, primarily teens, with the use of library materials, services, equipment and facilities, including help in accessing online resources and downloading library media.

  • May assist with school and community outreach/engagement for teens.

  • Staffs Teen Loft service desk and other public desks as needed.

  • Interviews patrons carefully to determine what information is required and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all patron inquiries. This may include; using reference books, periodicals, and electronic resources.

  • Updates website with event information and creates promotional materials for teen programs.

  • Maintains current knowledge of the Library’s teen and adult collections and electronic resources, keeping abreast of industry trends and innovations. Reads, listens to, and views a wide variety of teen literature and media.

  • May select materials for, and maintains, assigned area(s) of the collection.

  • Develops and maintains recommended booklists and resource guides for teens.

  • Serves as senior staff member in charge of the Teen area, and may serve as staff member in charge in the absence of the Young Adult Services Supervisor.

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must possess a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university and must possess one (1) or more years of experience working with teens. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Considerable knowledge of teen literature and authors, graphic novels, films, music, and games. Must be fluent with social media and personal technologies currently in use among young adults.

  • Experience and interest in any of the following areas: music and video creation and editing, graphic design, computer animation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related activities (robotics, computer programming 3-D printing etc.): public speaking and creative writing desired.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of customers and staff throughout the Library, as well as outside the organization.

  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form, while dealing with several abstract and concrete variables.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions; to compute ratio rate, and percent and measures; to perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.

  • Ability to multi-task many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.

  • Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, policies and procedures, rules, regulations, journals, newspapers, memos, letters, reports and legal documents.

  • Ability to prepare business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, dictation, and style.


The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 20 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes.

There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.

Additional Information:


Under the supervision of the Young Adult Services Supervisor.  The individual has contact with other library agencies and staff at all levels, and uses the necessary resources to meet and achieve goals and/or objectives.  Work is assigned through specific projects and customer/clientele request.  The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks, and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation.  Work performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences and meetings.  Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to specific projects assigned.  Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to customer service, problem-solving ability and performance in accordance with this classification standard.


Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.


The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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