Employment

Makerspace and Technology Assistant

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library is seeking a friendly, creative employee to provide excellent customer service and technology assistance throughout the Library and in our Library’s makerspace, Forge. The makerspace is an open, shared space for all ages and is located adjacent to the Library’s teen space. It includes 3D printers, Silhouette Cameos, a Cricut cutting machine, Arduinos and more. (Posted 1/14/21).

The Makerspace and Technology Assistant will help maintain day-to-day operations of the Library’s makerspace, including completing patron 3D print requests and leading programs as applicable. This position will aid in basic technology assistance on the Library’s first floor and guide patrons as needed in using the space or equipment. The ideal candidate is customer-service focused, organized, and enjoys helping others to use maker technologies to achieve their goals.

During COVID, some services are limited. The job description entails responsibilities during full operation.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide excellent customer service to library patrons of all ages.
  • Promote the use of the makerspace and facilitate ongoing activities.
  • Manage 3D printer queue and perform basic maintenance.
  • Provide technical guidance on a variety of equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, sewing machine, and vinyl/paper cutting machine with patrons.
  • Assist patrons with apps and software related to makerspace equipment and activities in the space.
  • Perform basic troubleshooting and routine maintenance on technology in the makerspace.
  • Develop and/or lead maker programs and activities.
  • Aid in updating in-house procedure documentation for common tasks.
  • Assist patrons with the use of video games and equipment.
  • Act as makerspace liaison at community events or programs when needed.
  • Assist with basic library technologies including printing or computer help, minor troubleshooting, toner and paper replacement, and cleaning of computers.
  • Troubleshoot library meeting room technology as needed.
  • Aid in maintenance of circulating Library of Things items.
  • Collect daily and monthly statistics.
  • Perform general duties of stocking, inventory, cleaning and organizing.
  • Ensure policies and procedures of the Library are adhered to.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Strong people skills coupled with a commitment to providing excellent customer service to patrons and staff. Excellent technology troubleshooting skills and problem-solving abilities.

Skills:

  • Knowledge in Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS operating systems and software.
  • Basic knowledge or ability to learn design/editing software including Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Knowledge of 3D printers, basic coding, and maker technologies preferred.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with technology hardware, software, and equipment.

Ability to:

  • Work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Adapt to change.
  • Effectively learn and integrate new technologies.
  • Exercise reasonable and independent judgment.
  • Manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Bend, reach and lift objects up to 20 pounds.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to work various shifts to accommodate the needs of the position, including evenings and weekends.

Communication:

  • Communicate effectively with staff and patrons, both orally and in writing.
  • Interact patiently and pleasantly with all age groups.
  • Speaking skills in other languages, particularly Spanish or Polish, is a plus.
  • Ability to talk about technology in a user-friendly way with patrons and staff.

Requirements:  High school diploma preferred. Experience in customer service or working with the public preferred. Familiarity with makerspace technology preferred. Library experience a plus.

Position Hours: About 15 hours per week.

Pay: $17.52 per hour

If you are interested in joining Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above, please complete the PDF application, save it to your computer, and email it to apply@eapl.org for consideration.

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.


Circulation Assistant

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL has an opening for a Circulation Assistant (Posted 1/14/21).

Responsibilities include:

  • providing courteous and professional customer service to patrons and staff in person and on the phone
  • performing duties of checking in and out library materials including Interlibrary loans
  • assisting patrons with self checkouts, feeding all book drop items through the sorter, and emptying bins and putting items on appropriate carts
  • checking for missing or damaged items
  • maintaining the drive-up holds shelf and processing all in-house and CCS holds for distribution and circulation including pick-list holds
  • preparing and returning all items from other libraries for daily pick-up
  • registering and issuing library cards using District and Lake County Tax Assessor maps and records
  • maintaining patron records keeping all information private and up-to date
  • collecting fines for overdue materials
  • verifying price and collecting payment for lost or damaged items
  • accurately collecting fines and making change for patrons
  • monitoring and answering Circulation questions that come over WebChat
  • identifying and sending damaged items to Technical Services for repair or discard

Requirements
High School diploma or equivalency, previous work experience, computer experience desirable. Spanish, Polish, or Chinese language skills a plus.

Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to:

  • take personal responsibility for making sure customer needs are met
  • work cooperatively on a team
  • work long periods at the circulation counter, using a computer terminal and keyboard
  • bend, reach, and lift
  • push or pull a cart loaded with library materials
  • read small print accurately
  • perform accurate math calculations
  • retrieve items from various locations in the department and library

Position Hours: 10-12 hours per week

Pay: $17.52 per hour

If you are interested in joining Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above, please complete the PDF application, save it to your computer, and email it to apply@eapl.org for consideration.

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.


Circulation Department Page

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL has an opening for a Circulation Department Page (Posted 1/14/21)

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting staff in emptying bins of incoming returns
  • Sorting incoming materials onto appropriate carts and shelves
  • Setting up bins for RBP distribution and filling bins from book carts and sorting shelves
  • Bundling materials for RPB distribution
  • Checking in ILL materials and processing Hold items
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Hours: 10-12 hours per week

Pay: $11.26 per hour

Please complete the PDF application, save it to your computer, and email it to apply@eapl.org for consideration.

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.


Business Manager

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library District seeks a collaborative, self-motivated individual to manage and direct the financial and accounting duties of the Library. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Business Manager participates in strategic planning and serves as the financial liaison to the management team and Board of Trustees. (Posted 12/4/20).

Significant duties include:

  • General ledger preparation, entry, and reporting
  • Preparation of the monthly Treasurer’s Report
  • Assisting with tax levy preparation, bond payments, and investment management
  • Assisting the Executive Director with the preparation of the annual budget
  • Preparing requested financial reports for the annual audit
  • Attends appropriate meetings including monthly Board meetings and continuing education opportunities

Please click here for the full Business Manager job description.

The Ela Area Public Library is a progressive and customer service focused library located in the community of Lake Zurich. The Library serves a population of 34,000 and maintains an operating budget of $6 million annually. Rated multiple times as a Five Star Library by Library Journal, we are dedicated to delivering innovative services that will address our community’s emerging needs.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting or related field
  • Minimum of 4 years recent accounts payable/receivable experience
  • Proficient in QuickBooks or similar accounting software package
  • Experience in Microsoft Office applications with advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Knowledge of fund accounting and GASB preferred

Starting Salary: $61,657 annually or higher depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits including four weeks of vacation and participation in IMRF.

If you are interested in joining the Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above, please email your cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Department at apply@eapl.org.

The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.


Part-time Reference Librarian-Genealogy Specialist

Ela Area Public Library District

Are you the person your friends come to when they need help tracing their family history or have a question about something that happened in their town or city years ago? Are you the one at family dinners showing people how to search ancestry.com? Do you get special satisfaction knowing you helped connect someone to just the right resource they need or find that missing piece of the puzzle? If so, you might be our next Genealogy Librarian. (Posted 10/15/20).

The Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich, IL is looking for a Part-Time Reference Librarian-Genealogy Specialist to join our forward-thinking Adult Reference Department. The Adult Reference desk provides non-fiction reference and readers’ advisory services and technology assistance. The desk is also responsible for the Library’s study rooms, Digital Media Labs and VR headsets.

The Part-Time Reference Librarian will provide reference service at a busy reference desk, utilizing a large array of print reference resources, online databases, and the Internet. The position will also be required to perform basic computer troubleshooting and assistance with copiers, printers, MS Office, and the Internet.

The Genealogy Specialist will provide programming for patrons, including the Genealogy Interest Group and genealogy research classes.  The position will also be required to represent the library at a variety of events and/or provide programming to community groups and serve as a liaison to the Ela Historical Society and Museum. 

The ideal candidate will have a commitment to excellent public service and be comfortable with a variety of reference resources and technologies.

Requirements

  • MLS from ALA-Accredited Institution. Current MLS students are also welcome to apply
  • Knowledge of basic reference resources and practices, including online sources and searching
  • Knowledge of technology applications relative to public library reference services
  • Experience with genealogy research preferred
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Spanish, Polish, or Chinese language skills a plus

Position Hours: 12-15 hours per week. Availability to work nights and weekends as needed.

Salary:  $20.31 per hour

If you are interested in joining the Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above, please email your cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Department at apply@eapl.org.

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.


Part-time Children's Librarian (Fill-in)

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library District, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in the community of Lake Zurich, seeks a fill-in librarian to join the Children’s Department. (Posted 10/15/20).

Primary Position Responsibilities:

  • Performs reference and reader’s advisory at the Children’s Reference Desk
  • Assists with programs, kits, craft preparation, and weeding of the collection
  • Signs patrons up for programs

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree (competed or almost complete) in Library and Information Science with coursework in children’s services
  • Ability to work easily and naturally as part of a close-knit team
  • Reliable, with excellent time management skills
  • Comfort working with children of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  • Ability to work independently and adapt to changing safety protocols and schedules
  • Avid reader of children’s literature
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, familiarity with an ILS, and the ability to learn other software and cloud-based applications as related to the position
  • Ability to approach and defuse difficult patron situations
  • Spanish, Polish, Russian, or Chinese language ability a plus

Position Hours:
One 4-hour shift per week (most likely one evening) and one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) per month.

Salary: $20.31/hr

If you are interested in joining the Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above, please email your cover letter and resume to our Human Resources Department at apply@eapl.org.

*The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.


Part-Time Security Monitor 

Ela Area Public Library District

The Ela Area Public Library is seeking an energetic individual to serve as a part-time Security Monitor. This position is responsible for helping to maintain a welcoming atmosphere for all library visitors. The ability to work as part of a team with a positive attitude even when dealing with problems is highly desired. (Posted 8/26/20).

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Makes routine inspections of the interior building and exterior grounds to maintain the safety and security of all library patrons, property, and staff.
  • Continually observes activity in the library and on library property to maintain an appropriate environment consistent with the library’s policies. Completes Incident Reports as needed.
  • Follows established procedures and assists with vacating, closing, and securing the building.

Ability to:

  • Provide excellent customer service and hospitality
  • Communicate positively, clearly & effectively with all age groups
  • Work independently
  • Anticipate potential disruptive behavior and take preventative action
  • Maintain composure under stress
  • Interpret Library policies & procedures to the public
  • Stand for long periods of time

Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • At least two years working with the public where problem solving was required
  • Basic computer skills
  • Previous experience working in a library environment preferred
  • Spanish, Polish, or Chinese language skills a plus

Position Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 3:00pm- 6:00pm
                             Alternating weekends Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm
                             Ability to stay beyond closing hours if necessary

Salary: $15.12 per hour, depending on qualifications

If you are interested in joining Ela Area Public Library District and meet the job requirements described above,
please complete the PDF application, save it to your computer, and email it to apply@eapl.org for consideration.

* The Ela Area Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.

 

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