Youth Services Librarian


Lake Forest Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
DOQ, grade 5, Range: $22.64–$27.41

Full time: 37 hours, includes days, evenings, and weekend rotation

Benefits: Health insurance, vision and dental insurance, vacation, sick, personal, holiday, and enrollment in the IMRF Retirement Program.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and present innovative and relevant programs and activities, including STEM programs and activities, which respond to the needs and interests of the community, with a special emphasis on pre-school and youth.
  • Develop, select, and maintain library collection of nonfiction books, audiovisual and other youth materials as assigned.
  • Assist the Communications Department and Head of Youth Services in the internal and external print, physical, and electronic promotion of library services, resources, and programs.
  • Provide reference assistance and reader's advisory services via telephone, email, and face-to-face interactions.
  • Passionate about the Harry Potter series and the Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie books!
  • Conduct library orientation, tours and visits to the library for groups of children and caregivers.
  • Create bibliographies and book displays, relating to children and tweens.
  • Assist and instruct patrons with regarding use of library materials, equipment, and services.
  • Maintain a working relationship with teachers, librarians, and other staff within area schools and community agencies/organizations serving children.
  • Interest in working with children with special needs.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with co-workers, other library professionals, and the public.

Education and Other Requirements

  • MLS, MALS, or MLIS from an ALA accredited graduate school.
  • Two years' experience working with youth and knowledge of youth literature, resources, technology, and services.
  • Expertise in developing and delivering innovative and relevant youth programs and services, in particular STEM.
  • Knowledge of standard collection development, reading list resources for public libraries.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of librarianship.
  • Experience or interest in working with children with special needs.
  • Ability to translate children's needs and interests into effective library services and programs.
  • Ability to work independently and a team member to develop, plan, and organize programs and services for children.
  • Ability to effectively use a range of library databases and to teach patrons to use them.
  • Ability to relate to co-workers in a positive and responsive manner.
  • Strong interest and ability to explore new materials and technologies with an ability to learn, use, and teach new technologies.
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility to adjust to changes in directions and priorities and accept new challenges, responsibilities, and assignments.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate fluently in English.
  • Ability to understand oral and written directions in English.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, BS&A payroll system, online computer catalogs, Microsoft Office Suite, Windows operating systems, and other applications in the Lake Forest Library Technology Core Competency Program.
  • Experience with social media platforms in professional work setting, preferably in a public library.
  • Valid Illinois driver's license, access to a vehicle, and current automobile insurance.

Physical Requirements

  • Move, lift, carry, and put away items, weighing up to 20 pounds, sometimes repetitively.
  • Perform physical activities that require strength and coordination, such as pushing a loaded equipment cart.
  • Remain in a standing or sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work in an inside environment that provides protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature and humidity changes.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Send a cover letter, resume, and a Lake Forest Library Employment Application to using the subject line "Youth Services Librarian" or mail to c/o Lake Forest Library, 360 E Deerpath Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045. No phone calls. Position open until filled.

Lake Forest Library is located in the Northeast suburbs of Chicago. The Library's mission is to inspire life-long learning, promote the free and respectful exchange of ideas, and build community. The Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Contact: 
Lorie Rohrer
Apply To: 
Lake Forest Library
360 East Deerpath Rd.
Lake Forest , IL 60045
Phone: 847.234.0636
42° 15' 7.5132" N, 87° 50' 17.1564" W