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Job opportunities at the library

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 some weekday hours 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. Send a PDF application, 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.

MakerLab Volunteer

The MakerLab is a place for Barrington Area Library cardholders to create projects, both high and low tech, in a collaborative, social environment. The library seeks a volunteer, 18 or older, to oversee MakerLab equipment, including 3D printers, Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, and MakerKits, while providing instruction and inspiration to patrons. Candidates must be able to work well with a broad age range, from children to senior citizens, and feel comfortable interacting with multiple patrons at once. Applicants should plan to make a commitment of two hours, every other week. Apply and help us build a strong community of Barrington makers!

  • • Work within Barrington Area Library policies and procedures to provide a fun and safe learning experience.

  • • Oversee equipment and provide technical support to Barrington Area Library cardholders in the MakerLab.

  • • Provide instruction to patrons on using the 3D printers, Cameo cutting machine, and MakerKits.

  • • Receive training on Tinkercad, Inkscape, and Silhouette Studio, and be comfortable using these software applications.

    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.


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.