Reference Assistant and Youth Services Librarian and Middle/High School Liaison


Highwood Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY: Energetic, team-oriented Reference Assistant and Youth Services Librarian and Middle/High School Liaison with a strong public service commitment. Provide library service and programming for and with young adults and those who work with young adults. Constant contact and collaboration with tweens, teens, and young adults (typically ages 12-18) including those with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Develop a strong collaborative and working relationship with local school district.


  • Conduct regular community needs assessments to identify teen needs in order to created tailored services and programs to address identified needs.
  • Provide prompt, courteous, and direct assistance to all patrons with basic information regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services.
  • Ensure the library's collections include relevant print and digital resources aimed at the specific interests and needs of the teens in the community.
  • Curate content, including digital resources and special collections, for and with teen patrons based on teen needs and interests.
  • Adopt a connected learning approach in conducting programs and events for and with teens so they educate, inform, and inspire.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate library programs and services which fulfill the diverse educational, recreational, and personal needs of local teens.
  • Instruct teens and caregivers in information gathering, research skills, and digital literacy skills.
  • Leverage community experts, coaches, and mentors for services and programs in order to meet teen needs and interests
  • Adopt a community engagement mindset and develop and maintain effective relationships with schools, community groups, agencies, and non-profits that target youth in order to plan and deliver programs and services that meet local teen needs and interests.
  • Creatively promote library services and resources to the public.
  • Coordinate daily activities of volunteers assigned to teen services.
  • Take a leadership role in developing, implementing and evaluating the overall teen services program.
  • Attend and participate in professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees; read professional literature; attend and participate in staff meeting discussions.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program preferred.
  • One or more years of professional experience in a library setting, with supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in working for and with young adults (ages 12 to 18).


  • Knowledge of developmental, recreational and educational needs of young adults.
  • Knowledge of current trends in library services for and with young adults.
  • Knowledge of standard library procedures, current information technology, Internet and database search capabilities.
  • Knowledge of connected learning and ability to design programs that embed connected learning principles.
  • Knowledge of best practices in teen services, including guidelines and standards published by ALA, YALSA and other recognized organizations.
  • Knowledge of best practices in community assessment and engagement.
  • Knowledge of effective practices in evaluation and outcomes measurement.
  • Cultural competence skills.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing, including through email.
  • Ability to identify and translate young adult needs and interests into effective library services and programs.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, patrons, user groups, community organizations, volunteer groups and to serve the public courteously.
  • Able to recognize and set priorities, and to use initiative and independent judgment in a variety of situations.
  • Able to learn and stay current with emerging technology, including digital media.
  • Must be able to lift and carry bags of books or boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to speak distinctly to large groups.
  • Must be able to drive a car and hold a valid driver's license.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess physical mobility involving bending, lifting, reading, and hearing.


Have a clear understanding of the following resources that will aid in the further development of Young Adult services and resources including the Reimagined Library Teens Services Wheel.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Email cover letter and resume to

Application Contact: 
Carmen Patlan
Apply To: 
Highwood Public Library
102 Highwood Avenue
Highwood , IL 60040
Phone: 847-432-5404
42° 12' 8.0892" N, 87° 48' 38.9988" W