Public Services Librarian - Erikson Institute

Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, is seeking to hire a Public Services Librarian.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Edward Neisser Library houses a unique collection of approximately 20,000 volumes that support the social work, child development and early childhood education curricula at the Institute. We seek an innovative, energetic, and tech-savvy Public Services Librarian to join our small and collaborative staff to provide reference and instructional services, approximately 2-3 hours of desk service provision daily. Reporting to the Library Director, the Public Services Librarian will also 

  • Participate in library instruction efforts, both within specific courses and outside courses to general audiences
  • Responsible for library’s outreach efforts with internal and external constituencies, including maintaining the library’s social media presence and creating signs and displays.
  • Participate in Online/Distance Education support initiatives, e.g. instruction, digital learning materials creation and support 
  • Apply usability and accessibility standards to create and maintain library web pages using Libguides. 
  • Contribute to the continued development of the Erikson Institute Archive, including maintaining the library’s digital archive on the ContentDM platform.
  • Other duties as assigned; some evenings and weekends may be required.



  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent.
  • Evidence of strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Flexibility appropriate for a dynamic, collaborative work setting


  • Minimum 2 years of public service experience in an academic library (e.g. Reference and/or Instruction)
  • Academic or professional experience in Education, Psychology, Human Development, Social Work, or related field.
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in student learning; information literacy theory, practice, and assessment; and/or changing public service models in an academic library
  • Experience with LibGuides and general web page design and development, including assessment/usability testing
  • Experience with archives organization and management or ContentDM software

About Erikson

We are the premier early childhood development organization committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential.

Erikson Institute’s graduate school uniquely prepares child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children and their families. Our impact and influence are further amplified through our innovative academic programs, applied research, direct services in the community, and advocacy and policy and leadership. 

Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local laws. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).

To learn more, please visit our web site

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to:

Erikson Institute
Attn: Library Search
451 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
NO phone inquiries accepted.

Application review will begin on October 7, 2019.
Desired start date is January, 2020.