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Employment Opportunities at the Northbrook Public Library

07/29/2014 - 3:58pm

Consistently ranked among America’s top public libraries, the 5-star Northbrook Public Library, seeks an Executive Director with the vision and dynamic leadership to move this outstanding library forward to meet the challenges of the future. The library is one of the North Shore’s hidden gems and serves a village population of 33,170. The library is housed in an 85,341 square foot facility which saw 420,049 visitors during the last fiscal year. The annual budget is $6.3 million.

The library is supported by 115 staff members (59.05 FTE) and its volunteers contributed 3,210 hours in Calendar Year 2013. The library has an annual circulation of 834,000 items. With a strength in public library programming, more than 50,000 people attended library events in 2013.  The Board of Trustees approved funding for a new auditorium slated to open in March, 2015 with tiered seating and three state-of-the art conference rooms, each capable of accommodating 60 people.

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Have a demonstrated record of effective fiscal management and budgetary planning;
  • Have a knowledge of current trends and best practices that influence and enhance public library service;
  • Empower library staff with the authority and resources to reach their potential in taking initiatives that achieve
    transformative results;
  • Mentor staff and foster a team environment that motivates staff to work efficiently and effectively;
  • Create and maintain an environment in which excellence and innovation thrive;
  • Think strategically and make sound and fair decisions after appropriate consultation with board members and staff;
  • Communicate openly, clearly, and logically orally and in writing;
  • Provide timely, accurate, and relevant
    information on critical issues to the Board of Trustees, staff, partners/stakeholders and the general public;
  • Be an effective, visible spokesperson for the library in the community, working collaboratively with library staff,  Friends of the Library, and other community stakeholders to achieve the library’s mission;
  • Understand the critical role that library advocacy plays in relationships with local, state and national elected officials;
  • Be active in civic and professional organizations;
  • Act with integrity and develop relationships based on dependability, transparency, and honesty.

Applicants must have a MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and 8 – 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience, ideally in a public library setting.

Minimum Salary: $110,000 + depending on experience with an excellent benefit package.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2014

Interested candidates should submit a current resume, cover letter and the names of three professional references with full contact information. The cover letter should include a statement of the candidate’s philosophy of public library service and management style. Documents should be sent to:

Alice Calabrese Berry
Calaberry Consulting, L.L.C.

07/02/2014 - 5:02pm
Youth Services
35 per week - includes one evening a week and weekend rotation

How do you describe yourself?  Love kids, teens, technology.  Like to chart your own course. Can tell Twitter from Tumblr and John Green from Blue Balliett, and use STEM and storytime in the same sentence. Know your way around ebooks and eresources. Can go from science fair projects to princess books, “four-and-twenty blackbirds in a pie” to Raspberry pi, and back again without batting an eye. Can recommend a great book for a kid who’s read everything Rick Riordan ever wrote, and have a thoughtful discussion with a parent on using digital technology with his/her toddler.

How do you describe your dream job? Progressive. Fun. Kids. Teens. Connecting. Imagining. Reinventing. Innovating.

Northbrook Public Library is a five-star library and has been the proud employer of two recent Library Journal Movers and Shakers. As a full-time member of our Youth Services team, you’ll provide service to babies, kids, teens, parents, and educators. You’ll create and coordinate STEM initiatives, Maker projects, outside-the-box programs and more. You’ll cooperate and collaborate with a diverse team of youth services professionals and with colleagues from other departments. You’ll lead your colleagues into new technologies, and teach them what they need to know along the way. You’ll be encouraged to develop new ideas and bring them to reality. Did we mention you’ll have fun?

ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent with coursework in Children’s and Young Adult literature and services
Experience with children and/or teens
Public library youth services experience highly desirable
Strong oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated training abilities
Knowledge/understanding of emerging technologies
High level competency and creativity with hands-on high tech (Makey Makey, hacking, WeDo robotics) and low tech (gardening, paper airplanes, kitchen chemistry) programming for teens and children
Must play well with others and be able to adapt to changing work situations and job requirements

Please submit cover letter, resume and application to:

Laurie Prioletti
HR Manager
Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Northbrook, Ill.  60062
Fax: (847) 272-5362