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 27 staff members and has an operating budget of just under $1.3 million. Sycamore Public Library is a municipal library governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor and City Council for three-year terms.

We are always looking for talented and engaged people to join our staff. View our current job openings below and see if any opportunities match your skills and interests.


TECH SERVICES CATALOGER
Overview
Completes processing and cataloging of library materials.
Job Level: 4
Status: Part-Time (25 hours per week)
Classification: Hourly
Reports to: Adult Services Manager
Schedule: To be determined
Pay Range: Dependent upon experience


Essential Duties
• Performs original cataloging and classifies all library materials according to current OCLC, DDC, LCSH, RDA, and MARC standards
• Manages daily operation of the online cataloging system
• Oversees book processing and processes materials in absence of TS LA or as needed to manage flow of materials
• Enhances and corrects WorldCat records when necessary
• Oversees Tech Services team members, volunteers and cross training of library staff
• Records incoming magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and other materials
• Assists in selecting materials for acquisition and withdrawal, as assigned
• Maintains statistics on collection inventory and technical services activity, and provides periodic reports of same, as directed
• Confers with Adult Services Manager in developing short/long term planning for Technical Services
• Repairs materials as needed
• Other duties, as assigned

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience
• Ability to pass the PrairieCat barcode and MARC cataloging tests
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications, OPACs, electronic databases

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Knowledge of ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements
• Able to work independently and adapt to change
• Able to project a professional image as a representative of the library
• Able to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers
• Able to comprehend, follow, and enforce library policies and procedures
• Able to exercise good judgment and handle emergency situations in a calm, capable manner
• Able to walk, sit, and stand for prolonged periods of time
• Able to bend and squat
• Able to lift up to 30 lbs and push carts carrying up to 100 lbs
• Able to see up close and far away
• Able to hear and respond to others both in person and on the telephone
• Able to operate a keyboard and a mouse
• Able to drive a car and hold a valid Illinois driver’s license


ADULT SERVICES LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Overview

Provides reference services, maintains displays, collections, and spaces; delivers programs and services within the Adult Services department.
Job Level: 3 Status: Part-Time (16 hours per week)
Classification: Hourly Reports to: Adult Services Manager
Schedule: Varies; flexible based on business needs, outreach activities, and desk schedule
Pay Range: $14.34 – $15.75; additional compensation for LTA, MLS/MLIS

Essential Duties

  • Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons • Helps patrons with computer, printing, and faxing services
  • Creates displays and materials to promote library collections
  • Assists in the planning and delivery of adult programs and outreach activities
  • Makes recommendations for materials based on patron feedback and industry print/electronic resources
  • 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

Qualifications
• High school diploma or GED required; Associate’s degree desired
• Minimum of one year experience with children and parents
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual skills a plus

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Able to think creatively and communicate effectively with others
  • Able to multi-task and adjust work priorities, as needed
  • 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 2
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, basic email applications, and Internet browsers
  • Proficient with the operation and basic troubleshooting of desktop computers, laptops, portable projection equipment, and a variety of smartphones and tablets
  • Able to hear, comprehend, and respond to others verbally and in writing
  • Able to drive a car and hold a valid Illinois driver’s license • Experience or interest in Technical Instruction a plus
  • Bilingual skills a plus

COMPLETE APPLICATION HERE


YOUTH & TEEN SERVICES LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Overview

Maintains displays, collections, and spaces; delivers programs and services within the Youth &
Teen Services department.
Job Level: 3
Status: Part-Time (15-18 hours per week)
Classification: Hourly
Reports to: Youth & Teen Services Department Manager
Schedule: Varies; flexible based on business needs, outreach activities, and desk schedule
Pay Range: $14.34 – $15.75 per hour; additional compensation for LTA, MLS/MLIS


Essential Duties
• Provides reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons
• Records statistics for customer service interactions and programs
• Assists Manager and Team Lead with training of departmental staff
• Creates displays and materials to promote library collections
• Assists in the planning and delivery of programs and outreach activities
• Reads professional reviews of Youth & Teen literature and makes recommendations for
materials based on patron feedback and industry print/electronic resources
• Provides 1:1 and group assistance with technology, software applications, and devices
• Handles interlibrary loan (ILL) for materials not owned by the library
• Maintains order and cleanliness of department and patron areas
• Assists with opening and closing procedures and compiling statistical reports
• Engages in professional development opportunities related to job duties and expectations
• Works toward supporting the Library’s Strategic Plan and the IMLS 21st Century Skills
• Other duties, as assigned


Qualifications
• High school diploma or GED required; Associate’s degree desired
• Minimum of one year experience with children and parents
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, bilingual skills a plus


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Able to think creatively and communicate effectively with others
• Able to multi-task and adjust work priorities, as needed
• 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, basic email applications, and Internet browsers
• Proficient with the operation and basic troubleshooting of desktop computers, laptops,
portable projection equipment, and a variety of smartphones and tablets
• Able to hear, comprehend, and respond to others verbally and in writing
• Able to lift up to 30 lbs. and push carts carrying up to 100 lbs.

COMPLETE APPLICATION HERE


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OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Not looking for a job? Maybe you want to volunteer at the library. We have various opportunities depending on your needs and interests. Learn more about how to get involved.