Job Opportunities

The East Chicago Public Library process for selecting and hiring applicants/candidates for advertised position openings is as follows:
  • A position/job listing the required qualifications is posted/advertised
  • Resumes and applications are accepted by the Human Resources Department until the position closes
  • A committee composed of staff members interviews each qualifying applicant/candidate
  • The committee asks each interviewee the same questions during the interview
  • After concluding the interviews, the committee evaluates and rates all the applicants/candidates that had been interviewed based on the strength of their resumes and answers to the questions
  • The applicant/candidate ranked the highest is offered the position/job
This process assures us of getting the most qualified person for the job as well as to keep us in compliance with the state nepotism laws and the library’s nepotism policy.


The East Chicago Public Library seeks a Full-time Professional/MLS Reference Librarian.

Reference Librarian will provide reference, reader’s advisory, information literacy and computing services. Assists with collection development, programming and the East Chicago History Room as directed by supervisor.
Essential Functions:

  • Answers general reference and research questions, provides reader's advisory, and bibliographic assistance to adults and children.

  • Provides reference services and resources to other library facilities.

  • Assists in developing reference collection and in educating library staff in basic reference techniques and tools.

  • Instructs patrons in the use of the OPAC, the library databases and other search sources.

  • Assists in development of general collection and in weeding materials.

  • Develops special collections such as political, vocational and travel collections.

  • Assists in planning and presenting programs.

Education, Certification:
ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited university/college. Must qualify for Librarian Certificate 3 (LC3), or higher - Must maintain current certification by completing a minimum of 50 Library Educational Units every 5 years, consistent with Indiana State Library regulations.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledgeable in Reference materials and techniques. Skilled in computer use. Creating bibliographies. Working independently. Ability to effectively work with the public including public speaking. Ability to work in a team setting. Willingness to assist and support coworkers, contribute ideas, maintain flexibility, and be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
Physical Requirements:
Frequently standing simultaneously using hand, wrist and fingers; Occasional sitting, walking, stooping, bending, squatting, reaching overhead or in front of body, and traveling to outside meetings and engagements. Conveying up to 15 pounds. Frequently talking and hearing ordinary conversation in person or by phone in a quiet but sometimes noisy environment. . Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Salary range: $35,501 - $59,000/annually

For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter to:
Espie Kolodziej
East Chicago Public Library
2401 E. Columbus Drive
East Chicago, IN 46312

Fax: 219.397.6715

Youth Service Assistant

East Chicago Public Library is seeking youth service assistant substitutes (up to 29 hours per week).

The youth service assistant supports and assists the Associate Director of Youth Services or designee in providing children’s library programs, as well as providing technical and reference assistance to children, parents, teachers, and other patrons.

Responsibilities include:
Participates in the planning and presentation of youth service programs for pre-school and school-aged patrons that encourages reading, viewing, listening, and use of library materials and facilities.

Respond to public inquiries, including children’s library reference questions in a courteous manner; provide information within scope of knowledge and refer to employee of higher classification as appropriate.

Participates in maintaining the general appearance of the department, which includes book displays, decorating bulletin board(s) and department.
Participates in preparing material for shelving by inspecting, and cleaning as necessary as well as shelving material.

Searches stacks and other areas for claimed returned, traced, lost, missing, or other items, as assigned.

High school diploma or GED
Associate/Bachelor’s degree or coursework in Library Science or education is preferred. Experience with Integrated Library Systems and the ability to integrate new and emerging technologies to manage and access information are strongly desired. Must be a team player and be willing to assist co-workers and other departments as needed.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Ability to be professional and respectful with colleagues, and provide great customer service to our patrons.
Fluent in English, both oral and written.
Ability to alphabetize and understand alpha-numeric arrangement classification such as the Dewey Decimal System.
Physical capacity to place materials on shelves at all shelving heights.
Physical ability to operate computer and mobile technology devices.
Physical ability to lift 30 pounds and push 60 pounds on wheels.

The Department works on a flexible schedule concurring with the needs of the library. This is a part-time/substitute position, up to 29 hours a week; includes Saturday & evening hours.  Starts at $10.00 an hour.

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