Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Library positions which are open and for which applicants are sought are advertised in local newspapers, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System website, and other regional library publications. Those people whose skills and credentials most closely match what we are seeking will be contacted for interviews. Employees are selected solely on the basis of merit and in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. The Thomas Ford Memorial Library is an equal opportunity employer. Appointments are made by the Library Director and are subject to approval by the Library Board.

More about working at Thomas Ford may be learned from its personnel policy. Personnel Policy [PDF].

Applicants seeking nonprofessional positions at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library should complete the application form. Application for Employment. When completed, please submit the form at the Circulation Desk.

Current Positions

Circulation/Front Desk Clerk

Part-time position working at the Circulation Desk 2-3 weekends a month. Pay is $12.15 an hour. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2015.

Please send application to: Sandy Frank, Head of Circulation, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558, or by email to at frank@fordlibrary.org.

Children’s Services Librarian

Full-time position assisting the Head of Children’s Services in the operation and development of the Children’s Services Department. Involves working directly with the public. Must be able to provide uniformly consistent, gracious, and friendly service to Library users. Responsible for: collection development; technology within the Children’s Department; displays and publicity materials for the Department; and planning and conducting of some of the story hours, craft programs, and special activities. Regularly scheduled to work the Children’s Reference Desk. Instructs and assists patrons and staff in the use of electronic and print resources. Serves as liaison to the schools. Must possess strong command of the English language with proven writing and editing skills; considerable ability to work with people of all ages in a friendly, approachable, and tactful manner; advanced Internet searching skills; and demonstrated artistic ability.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited graduate school required. One year’s experience in public library children’s services department including reference work. Evening and weekend hours are required. Must have access to transportation.

Starting salary: $40,000+ annually, depending on experience.

Please send cover letter and resume with three references resume to: Uma Nori, Head of Children’s Services, Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, Illinois, 60558, or by email to at uma@fordlibrary.org.