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Employment

Job Opportunities At The Sycamore Public Library

It is the policy of the Sycamore Public Library to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, unfavorable military discharge (for non-fiduciary positions), genetic information or any other protected status based on local, state or federal law. We will provide reasonable accommodations to allow you to participate in the application process (i.e., accommodations for a test or job interview) if you indicate such a need.

The Sycamore Public Library employs 24 staff members and has an operating budget that exceeds $1.2 million. Sycamore Public Library is governed by a 9-member board of trustees appointed by the mayor and city council. Sycamore is a growing community with a population of 17,519 people comprised of all ages, races, and religions.


Part-Time Library Assistant: Youth and Teen Services

Do you have experience working with children and teens and like helping them find answers to their questions? Do you enjoy suggesting books for other people to read? Do you like creating displays and planning fun ways to help others learn something new? If so, consider adding your skills to the dynamic team at Sycamore Public Library!

Overview

Under the direction of the Youth and Teen Services Manager, the Library Assistant will provide reference and reader’s advisory services; assist with programs and outreach activities; and maintain collections, displays, and spaces within the Youth and Teen Services department.

Essential Duties

  • Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons at Youth Services Desk and Teen Services Desk
  • Creates displays and materials to promote library collections
  • Assists in the planning, promotion, and delivery of youth and teen programs and outreach
  • activities
  • Makes recommendations for materials based on patron feedback and industry
  • print/electronic resource trends
  • Assists with collection maintenance tasks
  • Provides 1:1 and group assistance with technology, software applications, and devices
  • Maintains order and cleanliness of department and patron areas
  • Assists with opening and closing procedures and compiling statistical reports

Qualifications

  • High school diploma; college experience/degree a plus
  • Minimum one year customer service experience, preferably in a library
  • Minimum one year experience working with children and/or teenagers
  • Able to work independently and adjust work priorities, as needed
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; bilingual skills a plus
  • Able to adapt to change and work well as part of a team
  • Able to solve problems and handle escalated situations in a calm, capable manner
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, Office 365, basic email applications, and Internet
  • browsers
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends
  • Must have valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs. and the agility to bend and reach to shelve materials

Hours: 12 hours per week; schedule may vary based on business needs

Pay: $12.15 – $12.79 per hour depending on experience

To apply: Complete the application below, and attach your cover letter and resume.

Status: Open until filled

Employment Application

  • Hiring Policy

  • It is the policy of the Sycamore Public Library (Library) to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, (for non-fiduciary positions) unfavorable military discharge, genetic information or any other protected status based on local, state or federal law. We will provide reasonable accommodations to allow you to participate in the application process (i.e., accommodations for a test or job interview) if you indicate such a need.
  • Education History

  • Please list school name and location, number of years attended, and did you graduate.
  • Please list school name and location, number of years attended, did you graduate, and what did you study.
  • Please list school name and location, number of years attended, did you graduate, and what did you study.
  • Please tell us about any other skills and training you have completed that is applicable to the position you are applying to.
  • Employment History

  • Additional Employment History

  • Service Record

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  • Applicant's Certification and Agreement

  • I HEREBY CERTIFY that my answers to the foregoing questions are true and complete and that I have not knowingly withheld any facts, circumstances or other information that would, if disclosed, affect my application. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application. I understand that misrepresentation or omission of facts called for will result in my failure to be hired or immediate dismissal if discovered post-hire. I authorize the investigation of all matters contained in this application and hereby give Sycamore Public Library permission to contact schools, previous employers, references, and others, and hereby release the Sycamore Public Library and all persons and corporations requesting or supplying such information from any liability as a result of such contact. I UNDERSTAND that, absent the Library’s specific agreement to the contrary, the Library may call some or all of my former places of employment both to verify the dates of my employment and to seek information regarding my job conduct and performance while so employed. My signature on the authorization form accompanying this application specifically authorizes each and every of my former employers to release information regarding my job conduct and performance as an employee. I UNDERSTAND that should I be given employment, such employment shall be at will for an indefinite period of time and may be terminated at will, at any time, for any reason, by me or by the Library without notice. I further understand that only the Library Director has the authority to enter into any agreement for employment for a specified period of time or to make any agreement contrary to this at-will understanding and that any such agreement must be in writing. I UNDERSTAND that if I am employed, the terms and conditions of my employment will be governed by this application and the Library’s terms of employment, policies, and procedures as issued and amended from time to time by the Library. I understand this application will be active for a period of one year; after that time, if I wish to be considered for employment, I must submit a new application. Applicants are required to furnish proof of identity and proof of legal authorization to work in the United States, prior to hire. By inputting your first and last name in the boxes below, you are certifying that this is your digital signature.
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