Part-Time Teen Services Library Assistant


City of Evanston/Evanston Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
Sunday 12-6pm, Monday 3-9pm, Wednesday & Thursday 5-9pm (20 hrs per week)

*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.


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

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

  • 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.
  • Plans, presents, and evaluates innovative hands-on programming for young adults, 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 assist with school and community outreach for young adults.
  • Interviews patrons carefully to determine what information is required and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all patron inquiries.
  • Conducts informational searches using reference books, periodicals, and electronic resources.
  • Uses social media, such as blogs and social networking sites, to communicate with library users and promote library services and activities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the Library's young adult and adult collections and electronic resources, keeping abreast of industry trends and innovations. Reads, listens to, and views a wide variety of young adult literature and media.
  • May select materials for, and maintains, assigned area(s) of the collection.
  • Develops and maintains recommended resource guides to books, movies, music and on-line resources for young adults.
  • Serves as senior staff member in charge of the Young Adult area, and may serve as staff member in charge in the absence of the Department Head.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • Must possess a Bachelor's degree in literature, education, social work or library science with course work directly related to work with youth or young adults.
  • Must possess two (2) or more years of work experience in a public library or other educational or recreational setting with one (1) or more years of experience working with school age youth or teens.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
    • Considerable knowledge of young adult literature and authors, graphic novels, films, music, and electronic games.
    • Fluency with social media and personal technologies currently in use among young adults.
    • Experience and interest in any of the following areas: theater, 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.).
    • Experience with 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.
    • Proficiency and fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
    • 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.


Under the supervision of the Librarian III, head of Innovation and Digital Learning.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.


The employee has regular and frequent contact with the general public.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Application Note: 

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