North Suburban Library System
Salary: Starts at $51,000 annually
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from ALA accredited library school with minimum three years post-MLS experience. Must demonstrate strong background and knowledge of issues of importance to library staff serving schools and/or youth. Must be a creative thinker, willing to pursue innovative ideas and encourage others to do the same. Strong communication, listening and interpersonal skills required.
Must be an independent and motivated self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision. Requires high level of technology skills including extensive experience with Word, Excel and social networking tools. Must be a high-energy hard worker with the ability to juggle a wide variety of different assignments. Must have experience with grant writing or the interest in learning these skills. Meeting/Event planning skills a major plus. Extensive travel within the North Suburban Library System area will be required.
MAIN PURPOSE: Establishes and maintains relationships with all NSLS members, with an emphasis on library staff serving schools/youth. Gathers feedback on member needs and promotes NSLS programs and services that might meet those needs. Brings ideas for new programs and services and other feedback back to NSLS with recommendations for follow-up action. Plans meetings and special events to help keep members engaged with the system. Identifies and writes grants to further the NSLS mission.
Serves as liaison to library staff serving schools and youth.
Consults with library staff serving schools and youth on a wide variety of issues. Provides professional advice, does research and connects members to the expertise and resources they need to do their jobs effectively.
Establishes networking groups in areas of interest and helps to plan and coordinate group meetings. Promotes NSLS programs and services to these groups. Reports back to the organization on issues and concerns of members. Launches online networking groups and mailing lists and helps members to use these technologies to communicate more effectively with each other
Looks for new and different ways to foster collaboration between members, including using technology in innovative ways.
Stays informed about the latest technologies, trends and issues of importance to libraries and passes this information along to members. Helps ensure that NSLS offers professional development opportunities of interest.
Develops and expands existing member service programs for schools and library staff serving youth.
Initiates, develops and maintains positive relationships between NSLS and member libraries.
Maintains regular communication with members via phone, technology tools and in-person contact.
Visits NSLS member libraries on a regular basis, especially those libraries that do not use NSLS programs and services on a regular basis. On constant lookout for opportunities to recruit more customers for NSLS products and services.
Represents NSLS at various library events to maintain good will between libraries and the System.
Identifies and fosters supporters of NSLS. Gathers testimonials on System programs and services to use for publicity purposes.
Plans and coordinates a variety of special events and other member outreach activities.
Needs Assessment and Research
Gathers feedback/ideas from members on NSLS programs and services, both existing and potential. Brings information back to NSLS with suggestions for follow-up.
Collects data on which members are doing innovative things with technology, etc. and brings information back to NSLS.
Anticipates member needs and interests and recommend programs, products and services appropriately.
Targets libraries that are not currently using NSLS programs and services to find out how the System might be of assistance.
Works with NSLS members and libraries outside of the System to identify challenges/problems and to determine what products/services (existing or new) will help meet those challenges.
Identifies potential customers for NSLS products and services.
Grants Research and Development
Researches and identifies new funding prospects in the library world and beyond.
Prepares and writes proposals and grant applications.
Manages all phases of the grant process, including report writing and other follow up responsibilities.
How to Apply
To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
North Suburban Library System
200 W. Dundee Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Email to: Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax to: 847-459-0380