• Youth Services Assistant-Seasonal

    Posted Date 7 days ago(6/12/2018 4:13 PM)
    Job Type
    Seasonal Full-Time
    Evanston Public Library
    Job Closing Date
  • Nature of Work/Essential Functions

    Three 37.5 hours per week positions are available for a twelve week period.



    Responsible for providing programming assistance, helping with implementing the summer reading program and participating in community engagement activities at the Evanston Public Library.


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

    Assists library users, primarily youth, with the use of library materials, services, equipment and facilities, including help in accessing online resources and downloading library media.

    Assist youth services staff with innovative hands-on programming for children, young adults, parents, caregivers and educators. Programming can relate to or include science, technology, engineering, the arts or math and other activities that will appeal to children or young adults.

    Assists librarians with community engagement activities throughout Evanston.

    Interviews patrons carefully to determine what information is required and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all patron inquiries.

    Uses social media, such as blogs and social networking sites, to communicate with library users and promote library services and activities.

    Has knowledge of and an interest in children’s and/or teen literature. Feels comfortable making recommendations based on knowledge and interest.

    May create displays, bibliographies, and blog posts that appeal to youth.

    Perform other duties as required or assigned.

    Minimum Requirements


    This position requires a high school degree and a minimum of one year work or volunteer experience in a public library or other educational or recreational setting working with youth or teens. At least one year of experience working with young adults or youth is required.

    Experience and interest in any of the following areas: music and video creation and editing, graphic design, computer animation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related activities (robotics, computer programming, 3-D printing etc.).

    Ability to travel to different destinations in Evanston.

    Experience in public speaking and creative writing desired.

    Knowledge of children’s and/or teen literature and authors, graphic novels, films, music, and electronic games. Must be fluent with social media and personal technologies currently in use among youth.

    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 add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions; to compute ratio rate, and percent and measures; to perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.

    Ability to multi-task many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.

    Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, policies and procedures, rules, regulations, journals, newspapers, memos, letters, reports and legal documents.

    Ability to prepare business letters, expositions, summaries, and reports, using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, dictation, and style.



    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.

    Additional Information



    Under the supervision of the Head of Youth Services or the Young Adult Librarian Supervisor. 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 subject to a qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug/alcohol screen.

    The City of Evanston is committed to making all public meetings accessible to persons with disabilities. Any citizen needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact the Facilities Management Office at 847-866-2916 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).


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