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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

Library Director

Posted: March 9, 2017

Summary: The award-winning, highly successful Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library seeks its next Library Leader—a leader who will serve both the Library and the community as an engaged, active participant and contributor. The seven-member elected Board of Trustees and the staff (81FTE) are pledged to core values and social justice principles through its strong programs and services supporting 116,000 community residents. The library has an $11 million annual operating budget, with a Central Library, four neighborhood branch locations, and a supportive Friends of the Library organization. The Library emphasizes preschool literacy as a Family Place Library and with a Ready to Read program and hosts innovative services including ONEPlace—a management support center for nonprofits; the County Law Library; and a comprehensive Local History Collection (2011 State History Award). In addition to being Library Journal’s 2002 Library of the Year, the Kalamazoo Public Library also received the 2012 State Library’s Citation of Excellence Award for superior customer service. Kalamazoo voters have a long history of support and love for their Library culminating in successful twenty-year levy elections in 2009 and 2014. Key opportunities for the new Director include leading a new strategic planning process, innovating through digital technologies, enhancing staff development through coaching and mentoring, developing new programs to serve underserved populations, and upholding the Library’s commitment to social justice.

Kalamazoo, a medium sized city equidistant from the metro areas of Chicago and Detroit, is home to the nationally recognized Kalamazoo Promise, Kalamazoo College, and Western Michigan University with a new School of Medicine, outstanding healthcare systems, and many recreational and cultural amenities. Kalamazoo also recently recognized a new partnership—Foundation for Excellence—between private philanthropy and the City to provide a forward-looking community benefiting everyone. Kalamazoo has a lively theater and music scene, including the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; microbreweries, restaurants, and specialty retail create a vibrant Downtown energy. Recreational amenities include stellar parks, inland lakes, bike trails, and proximity to Lake Michigan. Equally enticing is Kalamazoo’s low cost of living and affordable housing. For more information on the Kalamazoo Public Library and Kalamazoo, visit Kalamazoo Links.

Responsibilities

The Director has overall responsibility for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all Library operations and works successfully with staff, Board, governmental officials and community stakeholders. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, implementing Board policies and program decisions; developing the annual budgets tied to Library goals; implementing and evaluating the strategic plan; hiring, developing and retaining Library personnel; developing and implementing long-range capital improvements plans; and advocating for the Library in the local, state and national community. For the complete position description, see Kalamazoo Public Library Director

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, the ability to obtain or already hold a Michigan Librarian’s Permanent Certificate (requires four (4) years of full-time employment or an equivalent time period of paid professional library work following the completion of the MLS degree), and five (5) years professional library experience at a management level. Preferred qualifications include sound fiscal management skills; the ability to mentor and inspire a strong, creative staff; knowledge of best practices and trends in library technologies; and proven success in community engagement and partnership development. Prior Library Director experience reporting to a governing Board in a multi-branch environment and experience working with collective bargaining units are also desirable.

Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $105,000-130,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan BradburyThis position closes April 23, 2017.

 


 

IT Internship – Web/CMS Systems Support
Central Library/Information Technology

Posted: February 10, 2017

Summary: Internship position responsible for providing support for IT department in the areas of web and CMS administration. Intern will be assigned to the Web Application Developer but will have the opportunity to experience work within other IT areas and work groups.

Database Systems Support: Provides support to the Web Application Developer in database development and maintenance, Content Management System (CMS) maintenance, web development and implementation of WordPress and custom PHP solutions. Duties to include: 

• Assists with MYSQL database and web application development and maintenance in a LAMP framework.
• Assists with Word Press CMS development, maintenance and upgrade.
• Contributes to the planning, development and implementation of WordPress for an intranet environment.
• Develops widgets, forms, CSS, and dashboards.
• Contributes to the development of applications to automate workflows.
• Provides computer/technology support to patrons using digital lab.
• Completes special projects as assigned.
• Creates and maintains technology blogs on KPL webpage

Minimum Qualifications

• Currently enrolled in a college degree program in Information Technology /Computer science.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the Microsoft Office products.
• Experience with relational database concepts and previous experience Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, HTML, XML, CSS.
• Ability to perform routine code and content releases.
• Working experience with WordPress.
• Experience in web development with proficiency in Linux (Ubuntu).
• Experience in object-oriented programming.
• 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.

Salary: $11.25 per hour

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

A current application and resume is required and may be submitted via the link at the top of this page.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

 


 

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