The Crete Public Library invites applications from dynamic individuals who have a passion for libraries, and the people who use them, and can embrace non-traditional roles for "librarians of the future." Applicants must pride themselves on providing gracious, friendly, and responsive service to the community. Join our enthusiastic, patron-focused staff in a beautiful facility, in this pleasant south suburban community (population served 18,000).
Job Description: This staff member is part of the eight person Youth Services Department and provides the best practices of reference service and reader's advisory. Additional responsibilities include assisting with planning, scheduling, booking, and evaluation of performers and events, designing and implementing school-age and tween programming, assistance with collection maintenance, preparation of usage reports, distributing and communicating information to other Youth Services staff, modeling best practices in customer services and marketing, and takes a critical role in promoting youth services events and services. This staff member will also monitor changes and trends in library services and popular culture, and incorporate those trends into our services when appropriate, while providing recommendations for improvements that will increase the department's efficiency and effectiveness.
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt (37.5 hours/week), with an ability to be flexible working multiple morning, evening, and weekend shifts based on department needs.
Requirements: Bachelors Degree in Education or a related field, and at least 3 years working in a public library in a Youth Services Department. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the public, and trustees, and have a proficient ability to empathize and relate to the needs of all patrons, especially children and their caregivers. Ability to remain calm and effective in difficult situations while exercising reasonable, independent judgement and discretion is highly desired. Must have an ability to adapt to emerging technologies. A broad knowledge of and proficiency with current and emerging technologies/software and library practices, procedures and materials is required. Ability to manage time, prioritize multiple tasks, and coordinate activities with members of the Youth Services Department. Ideal candidate will have a commitment to intellectual freedom and intellectual curiosity and be energetic, resourceful, tactful, and good-humored.
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