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Job opportunities at the library

Full-Time Adult Services Librarian

The Barrington Area Library seeks a Librarian with a passion for finding opportunities to engage with the business community.

This business-focused librarian will develop new and cultivate existing partnerships with the local business community and thrive on meeting new people. This position requires rock star qualities in social media, knowing the latest technology trends, along with expertise in developing new services and programs to meet the exciting and challenging needs of our customers.

Our renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library both in person and online, expecting to find excellent and informed service, welcoming, state of the art spaces for private work and group collaboration, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and the very best in books, movies, music, and electronic resources.

Preferences may be given to a librarian who can provide examples of leading business-oriented projects and services, who is well-informed about existing business resources and has experience with innovative outreach to the business community.

This position is scheduled for an average of 37.5 hours per week (days, evenings and weekend hours). Flexibility in scheduling is required. The annual salary range is $44,117 - $66,166 and relevant experience may be considered. This position is classified as exempt and earns vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Interested? Read the full job description. Complete and send your PDF application, cover letter and resume to resume@balibrary.org.


Part-Time Adult Services Assistant Librarian

We are looking for an enthusiastic and personable assistant librarian who is dedicated to exemplary customer service. The successful candidate will be able to recommend a good book to read and provide technology and reference assistance to our customers.

Our renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library both in person and online, expecting to find excellent and informed service, welcoming, state of the art spaces for private work and group collaboration, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and the very best in books, movies, music, and electronic resources.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in working with a diverse group of customers, please read the full job description and consider joining our team. This part-time assistant librarian position is scheduled for an average of 12-19 hours per week (days, evenings and weekend hours included). Flexibility in scheduling is required and the beginning rate of pay is $16.97 per hour.

Interested? Read the full job description. Complete and send your PDF application to resume@balibrary.org for consideration.


Part-Time Customer Service Associate

Enjoy working directly with customers? The Barrington Area Library is recruiting for a part-time Customer Service Associate to provide a variety of services to library users.

Our recently renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. Customers of all ages and interests visit our library both in person and online, expecting to find excellent and informed service, welcoming, state of the art spaces for private work and group collaboration, programs and workshops that enrich and inspire, and the very best in books, movies, music, and electronic resources.

A successful candidate will have previous work experience with the general public, an engaging customer service attitude, and will be comfortable using the Microsoft Office suite and various library software systems.

This position will include week nights and weekend hours between 12 and 19 per week. Flexibility with scheduling is required as some week day shifts may be needed for coverage.

Starting part-time salary is $12.74 per hour. Interested? Read the full job description. Complete the PDF application and send via email to resume@balibrary.org to be considered.


Part-Time Assistant Librarian

Want to be a part of the creative team that assists the library’s youngest learners in our newly renovated and energetic 21st century library?

The Barrington Area Library is looking for an engaging, upbeat, part-time, Youth Services Assistant Librarian. This important team member will interact with children and adults in our “learning through play”-focused children’s area and assist with programs. This team player will help us deliver unsurpassed customer service to all visitors of the library, especially children from birth-eighth grade and their caregivers.

If you have an enthusiasm for children’s literature, direct experience working with children, the ability to problem-solve with a focus on “yes,” and a bachelor’s degree, please read the full job description and consider joining our team.

This position will be scheduled an average of 20 hours per week and includes days, evenings and weekend shifts. Starting pay is $16.98 per hour and includes retirement, vacation, sick and holiday benefits.

Interested? Read the full job description. Send a cover letter, resume and PDF application to resume@balibrary.org to be considered.


Part-Time Custodian

The Barrington Area Library seeks a Custodian to monitor and maintain the library building, systems and grounds. This position will perform general facilities cleaning, maintenance duties, meeting room furniture set-ups and grounds. Typical shifts include:
Evenings (5-10 PM)
Sundays (11:30 AM – 6 PM)

Additional shifts may include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend hours. Flexibility is a must to meet the needs of our customers.

Requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to travel locally. Custodial work experience, building maintenance experience and/or knowledge of building tools and systems preferred.

Our recently renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place that supports lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. This custodian will play an important role in maintaining welcoming, state of the art spaces for our customers.

This position will be scheduled an average of 12-19 hours per week. Hiring salary range of $13.81 – $20.71 and relevant experience may be considered.

Interested? Read the full job description. Send a cover letter, resume and PDF application (complete the PDF, save it to your computer, and attach it to an email message) to resume@balibrary.org to be considered.  


Help Desk Support

Do you enjoy working with a variety of technology? The Barrington Area Library is recruiting for a part-time, year-round Help Desk team member.

Our IT department supports library staff with prompt and efficient service. A wide range of hardware and software is supported, and a successful candidate will be knowledgeable about Dell PCs, laptops, Macs, HP printers, and Microsoft Office products. This position will be the first contact for assisting staff with technology issues while also performing basic care and maintenance of hardware. The candidate must be able to troubleshoot and resolve basic hardware and software issues, as well as collaborate and work well with others.

Our recently renovated, 21st century library is a busy, friendly place where technology plays a significant role in serving customers and encouraging creativity and innovation. Your support of our staff will allow them to better serve our community.

This position will include weeknight and rotation weekend hours. Starting salary range is $16.72-$25.09 per hour with an average of 12-19 scheduled hours per week.

Interested? Read the full job description. Complete the PDF application, and send it along with cover letter and resume to resume@balibrary.org to be considered.


Volunteer opportunities at the library

The Barrington Area Library is currently in need of volunteers for special projects (scroll down to read more). Accepted volunteers will be required to work independently (after initial training) and commit to a minimum 6 month time period (or until completion of the assigned project). These positions require dedication and great attention to detail and each has a unique skill set involved. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.

Please be aware of the following important items:

  • All accepted volunteers age 18 and older are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check prior to starting volunteer work.
  • Volunteers are not paid positions and are not a promise for paid positions.
  • The Barrington Area Library does not accept volunteers for community service hours, under the age of 16 or for special needs cases due to the independent nature of the projects.

High School Volunteer

Got a passion for making DIY projects, designing your own cool stuff, or jumping in and learning the newest technology?

The Barrington Area Library has a brand new makerspace called MakerLab and is putting together maker programs for the community. We need high school age volunteers to help us brainstorm and test these projects. The projects will range from simple, hands-on crafts to high tech applications. Specific skills are not required – we really need people who like to experiment, tinker, and create. Your feedback and ideas will help us bring exciting, creative programs to our community. You won’t need to put in a lot of hours, but we hope you can make a commitment to 1-2 hours, every other week. Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org.


Adult Services Local History Volunteers

Several volunteers are needed to help with scanning and making historical photos and documents available on our Web site and in the library. Days and hours are flexible - however, a commitment to a mutually agreeable schedule will be expected through the duration of the project.

Duties may include any of the following - on your application ("Additional Skills" section), please tell us if you have experience with any of these tasks (we can train you on less-familiar skills):

Computer skills:

• Digitize our microfilm of the Barrington Courier Review. Digitally capture images and edit them as needed. Photo editing skills a plus!
• Create and edit documents using Microsoft programs
• Create and edit web pages
• Create and edit PDFs using a Mac
• Scan and index historical documents

Photo Editing/Sound Editing Skills:
• Using digital cameras to capture images
• Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager or other photo editing software
• Using Flickr to upload, edit and tag photos
• Using Roxio and/or Garage Band to record narration

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.


Homebound Program Volunteer

Flexible, friendly and trustworthy volunteer needed to deliver library materials for our homebound residents program.

Applicants must:
• Possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle and vehicle insurance coverage
• Have good, general geographic knowledge of the Barrington area
• Be willing to drive to homes in the library district to drop off and pick up library materials for homebound patrons
• Volunteer during hours needed: approximately 1 hour, 1-2 times per month (this can be coordinated with your own visits to the library)
• Have basic familiarity with Barrington Area Library services and processes as a patron.

Interested? Download the PDF application, complete and save it to your computer, and email it to resume@balibrary.org, including the project that interests you (below) or the skills that you can contribute.