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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 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.

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

Head of IT and Technical Services

Posted:  December 29, 2016.  Deadline for applications: Wednesday, January 13, 2017 at 5 pm.  

Position Summary :  Responsible for all aspects of department operations under the direction of the Library Director.  Duties include managing the development, implementation and maintenance of new and existing library information systems, software, connectivity, website, online catalog and Technical Services (Cataloging, Acquisition & Material Processing) to sustain and improve library processes and support library strategies. The incumbent serves on the Management Team.


Duties and Responsibilities:


Information Technology

  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 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.
  3. Provides general direction and oversight for the operation and optimization of the integrated library system and public interface.
  4. 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.
  5. Identifies within the field of librarianship and IT new technology trends and opportunities to achieve the library’s programmatic and service goals.
  6. 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 accurate inventory is maintained.
  7. Negotiates service level agreements with vendors and service providers and monitors service delivery to ensure the agreed targets and standards are met.
  8. Serves as grant administrator for technology-related grants awarded to KPL.
  9. Serves as the library’s E-rate coordinator; manages E-rate applications in partnership with third party E-rate consultant. 

Technical Services

  1. Recommends policies, oversees procedures, and provides direction and oversight of the units of the Technical Services Department:  Cataloging, Acquisitions and Materials Processing.
  2. Leads change initiatives as they relate to technical services, ILS and related operations.

Personnel Management

  1. Provides direction and manages the workflow of staff assigned to department based on department and

organizational goals; 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.



  1. Prepares and controls operating budget and department resources by forecasting future funding needs of the


  1. Performs library-wide administrative duties; participates in management team meetings; works with other department heads and staff on library-wide matters; represents library in external organization and activities; serves as administrator on call. Acts on behalf of/in place of Director as required/designated.
  2. 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 :


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



Salary  $66,490 - $88,490 annually. 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

Evening Custodian

Posted: December 21, 2016. Deadline for applications: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5 pm.

Position Summary: Responsible for performing a broad spectrum of facilities maintenance and custodial functions to ensure the operating excellence, cleanliness and safety of library facilities and grounds under the direct supervision of the Head of Facilities Management and the general direction of the head custodian and evening lead custodian.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Cleans buildings, furnishings, and equipment to achieve an established cleaning standard; organizes cleaning closet and supply storage areas; keeps cleaning equipment in good condition; recycles or discards trash; requests supplies and equipment repairs as needed.
  2. Performs routine building and grounds maintenance work: maintains parking lots, sidewalks, and building entrances; removes snow; applies de-icer; mows grass; checks exterior lighting; unclogs plumbing fixtures; assembles and moves furniture, maintains equipment; performs minor carpentry and painting tasks; changes light bulbs.
  3. Trains and oversees work of hourly custodians; checks their work, ensures satisfactory work outcomes.
  4. Performs meeting room set-ups and monitors conditions; assists meeting room users as needed; secures meeting rooms after use.
  5. Performs assigned work order requests according to priority.
  6. Takes responsibility and initiative to respond to typical FM needs and emergency situations using established procedures and good judgment.
  7. Follows established procedures for responding to emergency alarms.
  8. Ensures compliance with local and state building codes as directed by supervisor.
  9. Performs building maintenance functions including basic plumbing repairs, cleaning equipment maintenance, basic troubleshooting of lighting and electrical problems and interior finish repairs.
  10. Performs commercial floor care including hard surface stripping, waxing and buffing and specialty polishing. 
  11. Opens, closes, and secures library following established procedures; operates security systems and lighting; checks temperatures and other building conditions before opening and after closing. 
  12. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and training opportunities.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Ability to obtain and maintain a chauffer’s license.
  2. Prior successful custodial and/or building care experience.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook programs with general knowledge of electronic file management.

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 50 pounds regularly, 100 pounds occasionally, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position regularly requires standing, walking, sitting and speaking for extended periods of time. Performing work while standing on both step and extension ladders, and climbing vertically mounted ladders required. 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.

Salary: $33,600 annually; Entry level; fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance; fully paid retirement; medical insurance; vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Schedule: Monday – Friday 3:30 pm – 12 am.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5 pm.

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:  $8.85 - $11.10 per hour