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Jobs at the Library

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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 only apply for a specific job posting.

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.

Tips for Applicants

  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.



Current Job Listings

Teen Librarian I

Position Summary: Responsible for professional library duties that support the Youth Services Department and their service to children, tweens, teens and their caregivers under the direct supervision of Head of Youth Services. Duties to include performing public service desk duties, planning, conducting, and evaluating tween and teen programs, 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 collections.

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 Teen and Children’s public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and readers’ advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.
2. Assists in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programming for, tweens, teens and families.
3. Participates in collection development and management of teen collections: becomes familiar with new books; assists in collection maintenance for teen materials.
4. Coordinates and creates topical bibliographies for children; works with Marketing and Communications staff to publish when appropriate.
5. Represents KPL at community and outreach activities and events for teens; collaborates with schools and youth-serving organizations to determine common areas of interest.
6. Contributes to KPL online presence as assigned.
7. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and library-related events.
8. Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.

Professional Competencies: 

Job Specific Knowledge and Skill: Demonstrates broad, in-depth, and up-to-date knowledge of pertinent fields and awareness of current trends in area of specialty. Acts as a resource to others; freely and willingly shares new trends and technology with others.

• Demonstrates a knowledge and appreciation of teen literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, websites and other electronic media, and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current and relevant collection.
• Keeps informed of trends in teen literature, library services and issues affecting teens.
• Keeps abreast of new materials and those for retrospective purchase by consulting a wide variety of reviewing sources and publisher’s catalogs, attending professional meetings and by reading, viewing and listening.
• Demonstrates knowledge of cataloging, classification, indexing procedures, and practices to support access to teen materials.
• Maintains knowledge of the diverse needs, preferences and resources of the community on a regular and systematic basis.
• Demonstrates ability to effectively utilize tools such as Collection HQ for collection maintenance.

Attendance/Punctuality: Demonstrates reliability by consistently arriving to work, meetings and appointments on time. Adjusts schedule and remains flexible to meet changing work needs and demands.
Organizational Support/Ethics: Contributes to the improvement and success of the library system by aligning work priorities with library vision, goals and strategic plan.
Customer Service: Demonstrates strong public service orientation. Represents the library positively and professionally when dealing with staff, managers, vendors, colleagues and members of the public.
Creativity/Innovation: Looks for opportunities to apply new and evolving ideas, methods, design and technologies.
Quality: Provides high quality services, processes, and programs while consistently seeking ways to improve outcomes and enhance services.
Communication skills: Conveys ideas and facts using language appropriate to the audience and situation.
Accountability: Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work, and achieves results with little oversight.
Flexibility/Adaptability: Performs a wide range of tasks, responds to change in directions and priorities, and accepts new challenges, responsibilities and assignments.
Technology skills: Demonstrates up-to-date computer and technology skills necessary for effective communications, completion of job responsibilities and provision of quality customer service.
Professional development: Pursues professional development and continuing education opportunities throughout career.
Safety: Adheres to all workplace and trade safety laws, regulations, standards and practices.
Knowledge of Materials: Demonstrates a knowledge and appreciation of literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, various electronic media including websites, and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current and relevant collection.
Collection Development: Understands the basic theory and practice of collection development; supports the development of a collection of materials from a broad range of selection sources that encompass all appropriate formats, including but not limited to media that reflect varied and emerging technologies.
Knowledge of Patron Group: Evaluates and responds to the diverse needs, preferences, and resources of tweens and teens on a regular and systematic basis.
Project Management: Structures and directs others’ work on projects or programs. Demonstrates proficiency in project management in order to initiate, facilitate, conclude and evaluate projects with efficiency and effectiveness.
Performance Management & Development: Provides appropriate coaching, on-going feedback, support and resources to improve performance and effectiveness of individuals and teams

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 evening and Saturday rotations. Responsible for six Sundays per year.

Salary: $50,998 with comprehensive benefit package.

Apply: Completed application, resume and cover letter are required for consideration. Follow the Submit an Online Application for Employment link at the top of this page.

Deadline for applications: Friday, March 29, 2019.


IT Internship - Central Library

Summary: Provides support to Kalamazoo Public Library’s Information Technology department in the provision of technical support for hardware, software, and network devices through the library system; web content development and maintenance; and day-to-day operation of computer networks and related tasks involving system installation, back-up, maintenance, and problem solving.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provides support to end-users for PCs, hardware, software, peripheral, and mobile tech devices to include installation, upgrade, diagnostics, maintenance, and repair.
• Responds to general help desk requests.
• Provides computer/technology support to patrons using the digital lab.
• Provides support to day-to-day operations of networks and servers.
• Provides basic administration of computer accounts and passwords.
• Assists with web development, content migration, and maintenance in a WordPress/LAMP framework.
• Contributes to the planning, development, and implementation of the WordPress website environments.
• Completes special projects as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications

• Currently enrolled in a college degree program in Information Technology/Computer Science or related.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Server Technologies (e.g. Windows Server 2008, IIS, AD, DNS, etc.)
• Familiarity with telecommunication systems.
• Strong knowledge/experience with PC hardware/software, server hardware and latest operating systems, network connectivity and communications.
• Experience with Apple iOS and OS.
• Working Experience with WordPress, PHP, HTML, XML, CSS.
• Ability to perform routine code and content editing.
• Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical users.
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.

Schedule: 15-20 hours weekly; Monday – Friday. Schedule set by semester.

Salary: $11.25 per hour

Apply: A current employment application and resume is required for consideration. Follow the Submit an Online Application for Employment link at the top of this page.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.