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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.

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Current Job Listings

 

Tech Intern: Central Library/Oshtemo

Position Summary: Tech Interns are assigned to work at Central and the Oshtemo branch to provide computer/technology support to patrons using public computers and/or library digital services.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide computer/technology support to patrons using public computers and digital lab including but not limited to:
 - Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Picture Manager, OneNote)
 - Internet browser and email issues
 - Library public access & print systems
 - Library digital services and collections
• Provide WiFi connectivity support for patrons in the library.
• Assist patrons with user inquiries such as printing help, addition of funds to library accounts.
• Refer patrons to reference staff for inquiries beyond the scope of technology assistance.
• Ensure public internet usage rules are consistently followed.
• Report any problem, computer, security or behavioral to appropriate party
 - Computer problems to IT
 - Behavioral or computer usage to security
• Set up and operate AV equipment for library and external group use in public meeting rooms.
• Process and display newspapers during any weekend shifts.
• Maintain library use statistics and report on types of questions, frequency of requests, etc.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to KPL policies and procedures.
• Complete other tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Currently enrolled in a college degree program.
• Knowledge of PC and Mac computer systems including competency with Microsoft Office 2010 products and internet techniques including email, browsers, downloading, uploading, etc. and demonstrate ability to provide instruction in their use.
• Ability to move throughout the library assisting patrons.
• Demonstration of excellent customer service skills.
• Ability to communicate clearly and professionally to library staff and diverse patron population.
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.

Salary: $11.25 per hour

Schedule:  16-20 hrs. weekly; Schedule based on availability and set by semester. Required shifts to include 10 am - 4 pm Mondays and 12 pm - 4 pm Tuesdays at Oshtemo branch and once monthly weekend shifts Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm.

A completed employment application and resume are required for consideration. Follow the "Submit an Online Application" link at the top of this page to apply.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 


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Friends of the Library Associate Bookstore Manager

Job Purpose: To assist the Friends Director in the operation of the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library Bookstore.

Duties and Responsibilities

Include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting in coordinating the day-to-day bookstore operations, including opening, closing, stocking, pricing, weeding, store organization and customer service.
  • Assisting in coordinating backroom and garage operations, including sorting and storing of inventory and maintaining backroom and garage spaces.
  • Collaborating with the Director and Bookstore Committee in sales promotions and managing inventory.
  • Assisting in the organization and supervision of special sales.

Reports To: Director of Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library

Required Skills:

  • Organizational skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Experience in working with volunteers
  • Skill in keeping organized records
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Willingness to accept flexible scheduling

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 35 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position occasionally requires standing, walking, AND sitting for extended periods of time. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

• Work environment: Work will be performed in a retail environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Minimum Qualifications: High School diploma required; Associates Degree or more preferred.
Prior supervisory and retail sales experience a plus. Application and references required.

Salary:  $12.00 per hour starting pay, parking is included.

How to Apply: A completed employment application, resume and cover letter are required for consideration. Applications are available at here or at the Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library Bookstore.

Application materials should be sent to the attention of Carol Manstrom at Friends of the Kalamazoo Public Library Bookstore, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI, 49007 or submitted by email to Friends@kpl.gov.

Download an application form here »

Deadline for applications is Friday, August 18, 2017 at 5 pm.

 

 


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