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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

Lead Branch Librarian

Posted: November 15, 2016 
Application deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 5 pm. Deadline Extended

Position Summary: Responsible for daily operations of the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public library under the direction of the Head of Branch & IT Services. Duties to include the management of public service operations of the branch including circulation, adult and youth services, programming, collection maintenance and overseeing short and long term planning of these operations. The lead branch librarian is also responsible for training, scheduling and evaluating support staff assigned to the branch.

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. Manages the daily operations of the branch: monitors building conditions; expenditures; evaluates effectiveness of systems and workflow; supervises and directs the work of support and hourly staff assigned to branch.
2. Works with department head to establish branch and departmental goals, budget requests, staffing, evaluation of branch service and circulation.
3. Assists patrons at public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and readers’ advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.
4. Provides oversight of service to patrons by providing expedient access to Library materials; provides support to staff in the resolution of patron requests, problems and complaints.
5. Conducts ongoing review of customer service and circulation best practices and recommends strategies for improvement.
6. Trains, supervises and evaluates the work of support staff assigned to branch.
7. Manages the ongoing maintenance of the branch collection through routine collection weeding and the implementation of collection management tools.
8. Participates in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of branch programming for adults, teens, tweens, and children, parents and caregivers.
9. Represents KPL at community and outreach activities and events within branch area; collaborates with schools, youth-serving organizations and other community groups to determine common areas of interest and promote library services and programs.
10. Monitors budget and expenditures for agency operations.
11. Assists with programs at other branches, Central library, and outside sites as assigned.
12. Monitors use of the community room.
13. Posts regularly to staff blogs and library social media sites.
14. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and library-related events.
15. 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.

• Monitors emerging trends and applicable standards, laws and best practices specific to library practices.
• Possesses a working knowledge of Lean management techniques for libraries and can demonstrate application of principles and practices to current branch operations.
• Demonstrates a working knowledge of Sirsi Integrated Library System.
• Demonstrates an ability to translate patron needs and interests into effective and engaging library service and programs.
• Demonstrates a broad knowledge and appreciation of 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 literature, library services and issues affecting all age groups.
• 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.
• Maintains knowledge of the diverse needs, preferences and resources of the community on a regular and systematic basis.

 Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework pertaining to public library service.
2. Minimum of three years of successful experience in management/oversight of a library location or division to include hiring, supervision and evaluation of personnel

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 Saturday rotations and possible evenings. Responsible for 6 Sundays shifts per year.

Salary:  $59,365 Entry level (or closest step to current salary for transferring employee); health insurance with employee contribution; fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance; fully paid retirement; vacation, sick leave, and holidays

Interested applicants must submit a complete a KPL job application, resume and cover letter. Links to applications for employment can be found at the top of this page.

Application deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016 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