• Latino Engagement Librarian

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/29/2018 9:45 AM)
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Evanston Public Library
    Job Closing Date
  • Nature of Work/Essential Functions

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




    This position is responsible for coordinating and providing library services to the Evanston community, with an emphasis on Spanish speaking residents, and providing responsive and high quality reference, reader’s advisory and programming services both at the Evanston Public Library and beyond the walls of the library in the community to patrons of all ages.


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

    • Builds upon existing partnerships and relationships with the Latino community in Evanston and community based organizations; seeks opportunities to create new partnerships in order to identify and meet the library and information needs of Latino residents throughout the City of Evanston.
    • Attends community meetings and programs pertinent to the Evanston Latino community to represent the Library and library services. Communicates to library departments the needs and interests of Latino residents, and ensures their needs are addressed in library policies, services and collections.
    • Organizes, promotes, presents and evaluates public programs in English and Spanish both within the Evanston Public Library locations and outside the library throughout the City of Evanston.
    • Promotes library print and digital collections and services in English and Spanish to a racially and socioeconomically diverse urban/suburban community. May assist in creating flyers and posters, bibliographies, pathfinders, social media posts, (e.g., Twitter or Facebook), blog entries, and reviews. Gives presentations on library services in English and Spanish throughout the community.
    • Uses social media, such as blogs and social networking sites, to communicate with library users in English and Spanish and promote library services and activities.
    • Assists library users with the use of library collections, services, equipment and facilities, including help in accessing online resources and downloading library media.
    • Assists and instructs users (in-person, by phone and by electronic means) in English and Spanish in the use of library resources. Suggests specific materials in general areas of interest and substitutes materials when requested materials are not available. Conducts informational searches using electronic resources, reference books, and periodicals.
    • Maintains current knowledge of the Library’s children’s, young adult and adult collections and electronic resources, keeping abreast of industry trends and innovations. Reads, listens to, and views a wide variety of literature and media in English and Spanish.
    • Provides “pop-up” mobile library services via the library book bike, which includes visiting Evanston parks, community centers, community events, schools, and other places where people naturally gather throughout the community.
    • Selects materials for, and maintains, assigned area(s) of the collection.
    • Develops and maintains recommended resource guides to books, movies, music and online resources in English and Spanish.
    • Explains in English and Spanish and implements library policies and procedures.
    • Performs other duties as required or assigned.




    Minimum Requirements



    • Must possess a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree from an ALA accredited college or university and two (2) or more years of work experience in a public library, community based organization, social work or other educational setting.
    • Must be fluent and proficient in oral and written Spanish.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record and the ability to transport library materials between locations across Evanston.
    • Must be willing and able to ride a bike (motor assisted), bearing a load of library materials weighing up to 100 pounds, and travel distances of up to 15 miles round trip.
    • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
    • Considerable knowledge of a broad range of literature and authors, films, music, and current events with an emphasis on contemporary Latin American and Hispanic literature.
    • Proficiency with social media and personal technologies currently in use.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • 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 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 multi-task many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.
    • Ability to prepare business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, in English and Spanish using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, dictation, and style.



    The ability to work in a primarily active position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 40 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 40 pounds of force frequently, and/or an amount of force constantly to move objects.

    The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions:

    There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.

    Additional Information


    Work is performed under the supervision of the Community Engagement Manager.  The individual has contact with other library agencies 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.  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 in accordance with this classification standard.


    The employee has regular and frequent contact with the general public.


    To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the closing date.


    Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

    The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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