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Jobs at the Library



Employment Applications

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Submitting Applications

Applications may be submitted online, or in person at the Administrative Office on the 3rd floor of Central Library anytime Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

Please note: if submitting by email, please save your completed application form (PDF) to a local drive or external device first, then send as an attachment.

Current Job Openings


November 2015

Circulation Supervisor
Central Library

Position Summary: Responsible for the management and supervision of circulation services of Central and oversight of circulation services for the entire Library system under the direction of the Head of Technical & Circulation Services. Duties include providing leadership, training and guidance to staff in the delivery of outstanding customer service and recommendation and implementation of procedures for efficient and effective circulation operations to include interlibrary loan services and material holds.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Implements standard operating procedures, best –practice services and systems to assure that circulation operations are consistent with KPL policies, procedures, philosophies and strategic priorities. Establishes workflow based on recognized system methods and ergonomics.
• Supervises salaried employees assigned to Circulation; engages in selecting, scheduling, delegating, training and coaching; evaluates staff and works to motivate and enhance staff work performance. Oversees the hiring, training and evaluation of library aides assigned to Circulation.
• 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.
• Conducts ongoing review of customer service and circulation practices and recommends strategies for improvement.
• Liaisons with other library departments to recommend and evaluate improvements to circulation systems.
• Assists patrons at public service desk: collects fines, registers patrons; facilitates access to materials; answers basic informational questions related to branch collections; serves as first line of patron support in responding to complaints and inquiries; ensures thorough documentation of patron interactions in Workflows.
• Maintains Circulation manual.
• Review reports and notices from ILS; responds to issues related to circulation processes and procedures.
• Ensures bed bugs protocols are followed consistently within agency; prepares materials for treatment, communicates with patrons who have returned items with evidence of bed bugs; collaborates with FM department during periodic inspections.
• Monitors budget and expenditures for agency operations.
• Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree. Additional related work experience may substitute for the required education.
• Two years of relevant experience working in a library, preferably in public services.
• Minimum of two years of supervisory experience.
• Proficiency with a variety of software programs and systems related to the operations of the library.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Working knowledge of Sirsi Integrated Library System.

40 hours weekly; may include evenings and weekends.

$48,000 - $62,500

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants must submit a complete KPL Application for Employment, resume, and cover letter to include written responses to the following:
1. Describe your supervisory philosophy and style.
2. Please discuss two or three recent trends in procedure and/or technology that affect expedient circulation of library materials to patrons.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 8, 2015 


November 2015

Facilities Specialist
Central Library/Facilities Management

Position Summary: Serves as technical support to the Head of Facilities Management, responsible for problem-solving a broad range of issues related to buildings, grounds, and facility services. Duties include providing training and technical guidance to FM staff, troubleshooting, making repairs, consulting with and overseeing vendors for structural, electro-mechanical, automation, and finish issues. Assists with the implementation of capital improvement projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Solves complex facility problems, identifies root causes, investigates possible solutions, troubleshoots and evaluates alternatives, consults with contractors, and recommends actions to bring issues to resolution.
• Utilizes personal knowledge and experience with facilities problems to make repairs and offer guidance, direction and training to custodial and maintenance staff.
• Assists Head of Facilities Management in planning, implementation, and control of capital improvement projects. Oversees project schedules and documentation, and manages resources.
• Collaborates with internal customers and facilities staff to identify and resolve problems with building, grounds, building systems and electromechanical equipment and ensures strong communication links to all stakeholders.
• Provides coordination and oversight of activities with contractors and vendors for planned maintenance programs.
• Tracks and reports final conditions and specifications employed for each project.
• Provides oversight and technical direction for facilities management staff as needed.
• Provides day to day operational support of all facilities related initiatives.
• Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and training opportunities.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Associates degree or 2 year certificate in technical field related to building trades.
• 5 yrs. of related experience in facility support roles including project management, engineering or other related experience.
• Demonstrated expertise in commercial plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.
• Demonstrated expertise in HVAC system and other electromechanical systems (lighting, motors, etc.)
• Demonstrated successful experience in building and/or remodeling project management. Must be able to read, analyze and interpret construction drawings and electrical schematics, technical procedures or building code regulations and have knowledge of building safety codes and safe workplace practices.
• Thorough understanding and use of Auto CAD, computer aided drafting and design.
• Previous supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to lead the work of others.
• Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft productivity software.
• Ability to acquire and maintain Michigan chauffeurs license

40 hours weekly.

$48,000 - $62,500

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants must submit a complete KPL Application for Employment, resume, and cover letter to include written responses to the following:
1. Briefly describe your method of troubleshooting problems with a piece of equipment or an electromechanical process.
2. Explain the criteria you use to determine when it is best to call in a contractor to help solve a problem or make a repair/alteration, rather than using internal staff.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 8, 2015 

November 2015

Library Aide
Washington Square Branch

Position Summary: Performs duties which support the services of the library and our patrons.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Assist patrons at the public desks.
• Monitor public areas.
• Instruct patrons on library policy and use of equipment.
• Enter information info 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.

Desirable Qualifications:
• Fluency in Spanish.

$8.50 - $10.80 per hour

10-15 hours weekly; some evening and weekend availability required.

Start date:

Applications available in the Administrative Office or at
Completed applications should be sent to Terry New in the Human Resources Office

Applications accepted until position is filled.



November 2015

IT Internship – Network Support
Central Library/ Patron Services/Information Technology

Summary: Provides support to the Network Systems Specialist in the day-to-day operation of computer networks and related tasks involving system installation, back-up, maintenance and problem solving. IT interns are assigned to an IT specialist but may be assigned work within other IT areas and work groups.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Monitors and manages anti-virus support and spam filter.
• Monitors and manages daily server backups.
• Monitors Netstats (bandwidth).
• Provides support to day-to-day operations of networks and servers.
• Provides basic administration of computer accounts and passwords.
• Responds to general helpdesk requests.
• Provides computer/technology support to patrons using digital lab.
• Completes special projects as assigned.
• Create and maintain technology blogs on KPL webpage.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Currently enrolled in a college degree program with junior or senior status in Information Technology /Computer science.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Server Technologies (e.g. Windows Server 2008, IIS, AD, DNS, etc.)
• Working knowledge of local and wide area networks (LAN/WAN), Microsoft Windows operating systems, and network equipment.
• Working knowledge of e-mail system administration.
• Familiarity with telecommunication systems.
• Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical personnel.
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.

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 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 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.

$11.25 per hour

15-20 hours weekly. Schedule will be set by semester.

A current application, resume and cover letter is required and should be sent to the attention of Terry New, Human Resources Manager at 315. S. Rose St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007 or Applications are available in the Administrative Office or on our website at

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.