Librarian I - Lifelong Learning & Literacy | Evanston Public Library

Posted on Jan 2, 2019


Under the direction of the Lifelong Literacy and Learning Manager, this position is responsible for the library’s literature-related programming, including adult author visits and annual reading programs. Engages with and listens to the local community and shares information with the Lifelong Literacy and Learning team. Directly provides reference and reader’s advisory services to Library patrons. Plans and promotes equitable, innovative programming for adults and across generations in the community. 


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Coordinates the library’s annual Mission Impossible reading program and the library’s participation in the Evanston Literary Festival.
  • Seeks out and establishes new connections with local authors, publishers and literary organizations.
  • Plans and promotes equitable and innovative literature-related programming for adults and across generations, with a focus on local authors, aspiring writers and voices of communities who have been historically marginalized.
  • In coordination with the Development Team, seeks out funding opportunities for new and innovative programming.
  • Encourages library use and program attendance among the community through engagement and outreach.
  • Represents the Lifelong Literacy and Learning team on the library’s Summer Reading Program committee.
  • Works the Reference and Readers Services Desk in the Main Library.
  • Advises the Collection Manager on selection of materials within an assigned category.
  • Carefully interviews customers to determine what information is desired and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all customer inquiries.
  • Guides customers to library resources in order to locate specific materials. Assists and instructs customers in the use of library resources. Suggests specific materials in general area of interest and substitutes materials when requested materials are not available.
  • Develops and maintains reference and readers’ advisory tools and displays.
  • Updates and maintains programming-related content on Library’s website.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the Library’s collections and electronic resources.
  • Maintains broad general knowledge of reference and information resources, of modern library practices, and of literature and popular culture.
  • Keeps current with trends and issues related to the library profession and public libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of technology trends, is comfortable learning to use new technology, equipment and tools.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



  • Must possess a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited university and must possess two (2) or more years of professional library experience.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
  • Extensive knowledge of reference tools and resources and the ability to answer reference questions.
  • Extensive knowledge of adult literature authors, artists, films, music and other media.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to discuss current trends in adult literature.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to use social media and personal technologies.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to use Internet search engines, word processing software, email, online computer catalogs and Windows operating systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably in public.
  • Spanish language fluency (oral and written) highly desirable.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form, while dealing with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of customers and staff throughout the Library, as well as outside the organization.
  • Ability to multitask many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.
  • Ability to prepare business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, dictation, and style.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.



The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 20 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes.

There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.



Under the supervision of the Lifelong Literacy and Learning Manager, work is performed with the guidance of managerial staff.  The individual has contact with other Library institutions and staff at all levels, and uses the necessary resources to meet and achieve goals and/or objectives.  Work is assigned through specific projects and customer/clientele request.  The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation and/or research and analyze specific requests.  Work performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences and meetings.   Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to specific projects assigned.  Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to customer service, problem-solving ability and performance of employee and team in accordance with this classification standard.

*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.


$29.269 - $37.482/hourly


Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201-3827
United States

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