Genealogy and Local History Librarian

We are looking for a dynamic professional to join our team of information experts.  This role serves as the lead for our genealogy and local history programs and services, including supervising a large and very talented team of volunteers and as the coordinator for the Kathrine Shackley Room for Local History and Genealogy.  Will collaborate with our Collection Services team to develop the genealogy and local history collection.
Candidates should enjoy approaching customers of all ages and cultures, to connect them with their favorite interests and information needs.  Extensive interaction with the public, to provide access to the full range of library services via in-person, telephone and online chat.  Working in a team environment, librarians offer guidance to non-degreed teammates and act as lead staff when a supervisor is not available.
Requirements & Skills: 

• Two or more years of experience in a library or similar setting, using resources that enable genealogy research and experience in digitizing collections and/or digital asset management systems preferred.
• Active participation in genealogy/local history groups, committees or professional organizations.

• Prefer bilingual candidates and those with experience serving multicultural audiences.

• Excellent research skills, with experience helping customers readily find desired resources and materials. 

• Must be a quick learner with excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong customer service skills. 

• Preferred candidates will have instruction and program development skills, experience making presentations and in public speaking. 
• Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and to excel in Our Culture.
MLS degree or equivalent work experience required.
Hours and Scheduling: 
Full time position, 37.5 hours/week.  Primarily Monday-Friday weekdays, with one weekly evening shift and weekend shifts every fifth week.  Must be flexible for scheduling to present programs, support events and serve at public service points in the library and in the community.
Salary and Benefits: 
Starting annual salary $47,476 per year.  
Benefits package includes health insurance, 4 weeks of vacation plus sick and personal leave time, 12 annual paid holidays, participation in IMRF pension plan, and availability of 457/Roth savings plans.
Candidates who apply by June 24 will be given priority consideration for interview.
To be considered for this opportunity, candidates must submit:
  • A letter of interest describing how your qualifications and experience meet those required for the position.
  • Resume

Only electronic submissions will be considered.
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We promote diversity and practice inclusion.
People of color and all abilities are encouraged to apply.
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