Job Title: Young Adult Library Assistant
Part Time
Hours per week: 20 Schedule: Wednesday and Thursday 5 to 9 pm; Friday and Sunday 12 to 6 pm
Position Description: 

If you love working with youth, especially teens and are always eager to learn new things and share your skills, then join the teen services team at Evanston Public Library.   You’ll be engaging a diverse group of teens in our dedicated teen space, the Loft. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to lead programs ranging from 3D design and printing to duct tape crafts or draw on your own expertise to develop something new.

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




Responsible for providing programming, reference and reader’s advisory services to young adults (grades 6-12) and adults at the Evanston Public Library.

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

  • Assists library users, primarily teens, with the use of library materials, services, equipment and facilities, including help in accessing online resources and downloading library media.
  • Plans, presents, and evaluates innovative hands-on programming for 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 young adults.
  • May assist with school and community outreach for young adults.
  • Interviews patrons carefully to determine what information is required and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all patron inquiries.
  • Conducts informational searches using reference books, periodicals, and electronic resources.
  • Uses social media, such as blogs and social networking sites, to communicate with library users and promote library services and activities.
  • Maintains current knowledge of the Library’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 young adult literature and media.
  • May select materials for, and maintains, assigned area(s) of the collection.
  • Develops and maintains recommended resource guides to books, movies, music and on-line resources for young adults.
  • Serves as senior staff member in charge of the Young Adult area, and may serve as staff member in charge in the absence of the Department Head.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in literature, education, social work, library science, or a substantially similar area, with course work directly related to work with youth or young adults.
  • Must possess two (2) or more years of work experience in a public library or other educational or recreational setting working with youth or young adults.  Must possess one (1) or more years of experience working with young adults.  Work experience in public speaking and creative writing is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
  • Considerable knowledge of young adult literature and authors, graphic novels, films, music, and electronic games. Proficiency and fluency with social media and personal technologies currently in use among young adults.
  • Experience and interest in any of the following areas: theater, 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 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.


Under the supervision of the Young Adult Services 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.


Structured Oral Interview


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 847-448-8240 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).

Application Deadline: Open until job is filled