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The library accepts online applications only. If you require assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please call Human Resources at 269-553-7931. The library does not accept unsolicited resumes. You may apply for a specific job posting or for a position for which there is a continuous recruitment process (such as Library Aide).

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle at the Kalamazoo Public Library, where employment opportunities, development and advancement are based on job qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, height, weight, familial status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Kalamazoo Public Library’s commitment to equal opportunity is applied to all personnel policies and practices, including but not limited to, recruitment and hiring, training, promotion , transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination as well as social and recreational activities. The library will make reasonable accommodations for employees and job applicants with disabilities.

The library respects the diversity that exists within our community and among our employees and strives to maintain a workplace culture based on inclusiveness where respect, equity and positive recognition of differences are cultivated.

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  1. You will need to have a valid email address. You will be asked to create a username and password when registering on the application website.
  2. Read the job posting carefully before you complete your application. Note the minimum qualifications, schedule requirements, physical demands and work environment.
  3. Provide details of your work history. Provide descriptions of duties and responsibilities.
  4. Fill out the application completely. Make sure you have everything you need to know with you: dates of previous employment, names and addresses of previous employers, supervisor’s name and contact information. Demonstrate in your application why you are qualified for this position.
  5. Read and follow instructions carefully. Ensure that you complete all application requirements listed on the job posting. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.
  6. Submit materials electronically. You will have the ability to add your resume and cover letter to your application.
  7. Read the attestation carefully before signing and submitting your application.

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Current Job Listings

 

Branch Services Youth Librarian I

Position Summary: Responsible for professional library duties that support the branches and their service to children, teens and their caregivers under the direct supervision of the Head of Branch and Circulation Services and general guidance of the Head of Youth Services. Duties to include performing public service desk duties, conducting youth programming, participating in community outreach programs, maintaining a good working relationship with local schools/ teachers and other area youth-serving organizations, providing reference and reader’s advisory services, and assisting in the development and maintenance of the teen and tween collections at the branches.

Duties and Responsibilities: The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 

  1. Assists patrons at branch public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and readers’ advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.
  2. Participates in the planning, implementation and evaluation of branch programming for teens, tweens and their families; assists in children’s and adult programming as needed.
  3. Participates in collection development and management of branch youth collections.
  4. Represents KPL at community and outreach activities and events for youth; collaborates with schools and youth-serving organizations to determine common areas of interest.
  5. Contributes to Kids & Parents, Teen and branch web pages, staff blogs and social media as assigned.
  6. Provides general supervision for branch hourly support staff.
  7. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and library-related events.
  8. Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework pertaining to youth library services.
  2. Basic knowledge of library operations.

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office and patron areas of the library and in the communities served. In the work environments described below, the position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting and speaking for extended periods of time. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
  • Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, library spaces, and in the communities served. Some local travel outside the library is required. While performing the duties of this job outside of the library environment, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Schedule 40 hours weekly to include one evening weekly and every third Saturday. Responsible for 6 Sundays shifts per year.

Salary $49,876 annually; health insurance with employee contribution; fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance; fully paid pension

Completed application, cover letter, and recent resume are required for consideration. Follow the “Submit an Online Application” link at the top of this page to apply.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 


 

Head of IT

The Kalamazoo Public Library is currently seeking a dynamic and innovative individual to provide tactical and strategic leadership for all information management systems and software, library networks, telecommunications and other data systems. This is a unique opportunity for an accomplished professional to lead internal IT operations and serve the local community by providing a robust, reliable and innovative public computing environment for all library users.

Position Summary: Responsible for the management of the operations and personnel of the IT department to include the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of new and existing library information systems and software, connectivity, website, online catalog to sustain and improve library processes and support library strategies. The Head of IT is expected to provide leadership and vision for the department, instill high service standards, and administer the department resources in alignment with the Library’s strategic plan. Reporting to the Library Director, the incumbent is a member of the library’s senior management team.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the operation for all library information systems and architecture, supported applications; network servers; disaster backup and recovery strategies; access control and security procedures; system monitoring and audits; develops, maintains and manages documented standards and procedures.
  2. Provides direction and manages the workflow of staff assigned to department; engages in selecting, scheduling, delegating, training, and coaching; evaluates staff and works to motivate and enhance staff work performance. Establishes annual metrics and targets related to departmental operations and staff performance.
  3. Provides general direction and oversight for the ongoing development, transformation, optimization of the library website; coordinates with stakeholders to establish direction for future website growth and priorities.
  4. Provides general direction and oversight for the operation and optimization of the integrated library system and public interface.
  5. Provides guidance and vision for current and future technology needs and recommends initiatives to best achieve the library’s programmatic and service goals.
  6. Plans and implements the overall strategic and operational direction, goals and policies for the library’s multifaceted IT environment based on library-wide initiatives and strategic priorities. Coordinates with stakeholders to define system requirements and project timelines.
  7. Ensures continuous delivery of service through the timely review of hardware and software maintenance contracts, and the implementation of a replacement schedule for equipment and software upgrades; ensures accuracy of inventory records.
  8. Negotiates service level agreements with vendors and service providers and monitors service delivery to ensure the agreed targets and standards are met.
  9. Serves as grant administrator for technology-related grants awarded to KPL.
  10. Serves as the library’s E-rate coordinator; manages E-rate applications in partnership with third party E-rate consultant.
  11. Prepares and controls annual departmental budget; provides recommendations and forecasts for all technology purchasing, licensing, staffing and infrastructure investments.
  12. Performs library-wide administrative duties; participates in management team meetings; works with other department heads and staff on library-wide matters; represents the library in external organization and activities; serves as administrator on call. Acts on behalf of/in place of Director as required/designated.
  13. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, training opportunities, and performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Business or Public Administration, or related degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  2. 7-10 years increasingly responsible experience in information technology management, including both operations management, strategic planning and budgetary responsibility.
  3. Technical expertise to operate in a broad range of technology environments to include system administration, network engineering, desktop systems management, information security and infrastructure. In-depth understanding of project management and process improvement principles, with direct experience in delivering technology solutions.
  4. Fundamental knowledge of library practices and procedures.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, Computer Science, Business or related degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  2. Experience in conducting and analyzing UI/UX studies.
  3. Subject matter expertise of information technology applicable to public libraries and the library industry.

Comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance, fully paid dental, vision, LTD and life insurance; fully paid retirement; vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Position Type
Full-time/Regular/Exempt

Application Procedure
Interested applicants must submit a complete application for employment, resume, and cover letter. Follow the “Submit an Online Application” link at the top of this page to apply.

Deadline for applications is Friday, January 19, 2018

 


 

Professional Substitute Librarian

Please Note: Applications for this position are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Position Summary: Responsible for duties that support reference and reader’s advisory services at children’s, teen and adult public service desks.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists patrons at adult public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and reader’s advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework pertaining to public libraries.
2. Basic knowledge of library operations

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office and patron areas of the library and in the communities served. In the work environments described below, the position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting and speaking for extended periods of time. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

• Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, library spaces, and in the communities served. Some local travel outside the library is required. While performing the duties of this job outside of the library environment, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Schedule:  Days, evenings and weekends as needed.

Salary:  $18.25 per hour

 


Library Aide

Please Note: Applications for this position are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Position Summary: Library aides are instrumental to our library as they work to ensure that materials, media and music are available for our patrons, assist patrons at our public service desks and support the smooth operation of many service areas within our facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist patrons at the public desks.
• Monitor public areas.
• Instruct patrons on library policy and use of equipment.
• Enter information into databases.
• Perform clerical tasks.
• Discharge and shelve materials.
• Assist with programming as requested.
• Support other branch locations as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Ability to communicate clearly with patrons, co-workers and supervisors.
• Ability to follow library policies and procedures, as they relate to issuing library cards, checking out items, and collecting fines and fees.
• Demonstration of excellent customer service skills.
• Ability to work well with diverse populations.
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.
• Demonstrated basic proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook.

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within all areas of the library facilities. In the work environment, described below the position requires verbal and written communication with others, sitting, standing, walking; use hands to finger, handle or feel tools, objects or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

• Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment and within library spaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Schedule:  12-16 hours weekly including evenings and rotating weekends.

Salary:  $9.25 - $11.30 per hour