Library Resources and Programs Manager | Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Posted on Jan 3, 2019

Are you looking to join an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative team? Are you enthusiastic about developing new and cost-effective ways for libraries to serve their patrons? If so, you may be the right person for the Library Resources and Programs Manager position at Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

The Opportunity

As Library Resources and Programs Manager, you’ll work out of the RAILS Burr Ridge office to help support nearly 1,300 libraries across northern and western Illinois. You’ll develop and manage resources and programs that libraries can participate in and/or offer to their patrons. You’ll work with member libraries, vendors, museums and other attractions, and other RAILS staff, and you’ll help RAILS participate in national activities to advance e-book services and innovation.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing RAILS’ cooperative purchasing and vendor discounts
  • Seeking out, evaluating, and implementing new opportunities that benefit member libraries
  • Working with and supervising the E-Content Specialist on RAILS-managed e-content programs, including BiblioBoard and a shared Axis 360 collection
  • Overseeing the RAILS Explore More Illinois program, which connects libraries and their patrons with museums and other attractions

What You’ll Need

  • 5 or more years of library experience
  • At least 3 years supervisory experience
  • Knowledge and experience with licensing databases, e-content, or other electronic resources
  • Excellent negotiation skills and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to present to various groups in a wide range of settings
  • Willingness to travel within Illinois, with occasional overnight travel

What RAILS Offers

  • Competitive pay
  • A generous benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, flexible spending accounts, and paid time off
  • Opportunities for professional development and for participation in professional organizations


Reaching Across Illinois Library System
125 Tower Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
United States

How to apply

To apply, send your resume with a cover letter with Library Resources and Programs Manager in the subject line to This position will be based out of the Burr Ridge Service Center: 125 Tower Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

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