Jobs at the Library

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Librarian

Location: TBD/One of six DMPL locations
Department: Youth Services
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary: $58,448

Summary

Under the direction of a library supervisor, plans, coordinates, and performs programs and activities with an emphasis on services to youth and adults and agencies serving youth within the library setting and in the local community. Participates in collection management. Demonstrates proficiency in current and emerging library technology. Provides excellent reference and readers’ advisory service for all customers. This is a forty (40) hour a week position with days, evening and weekend hours. Does related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Answers reference, research, and readers' advisory questions.
  • Develops and provides interactive library programs for youth, including storytelling, literacy activities, school visits, book discussions, information literacy instruction, and other programs as community needs dictate.
  • Models and mentors literacy standards for parents and caregivers.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog, online resources, and library technology.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Directs collection management for youth services.
  • Acts as liaison with other agencies serving youth and their caregivers.
  • Builds relationships and partners with area schools through regular outreach and support.
  • Directs planning and organizing work within the youth department.
  • Provides direction, training, and supervision to support staff and volunteers.
  • Plans and maintains displays, exhibits, and bulletin boards.
  • Reads professional literature and participates in continuing education to keep informed of developing library practices and issues.
  • Actively participates as a member/leader of the Youth Services Team and other assigned committees.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively and present programs.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and print formats.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment and lead a wide range of large and small motor skill activities during youth.
  • Must be able to travel between buildings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials and resources.
  • Knowledge of youth literature and materials, social media and technological trends.
  • Skill in using current and emerging library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in training customers to use library resources.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to instruct, train, and supervise support staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to establish rapport and to interact successfully with youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to keep records, files, compile reports, and analyze statistics.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment.
  • Ability to develop and execute creative, successful, and relevant youth programs that serve the needs of the community.

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school of library and information science is a requirement.
  • Successful experience in public library youth services work is required, including demonstrated skill in youth programming and collection development.
  • Excellent customer service skills with all ages is required.

Application Information

Send resume and letter of application to Deputy Director Linda L. Roe.
Email: LLRoe@dmpl.org
Address: 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50309
Applications from candidates must be received by 5:00 pm, June 25, 2019.

Unofficial transcripts will be requested at the time of an interview.

Current employees who have their transcript and resume on file do not need to resubmit those two items at this time.  Current employees must contact Linda L. Roe via email or hard copy of interest in this position before the closing date and time.


Library Clerk

Location: TBD/One of six DMPL locations
Department: Customer Services
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary: $31,387

Summary

This is a full-time position of 40 hours per week. Under the direction of a supervisor, checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk. Demonstrates proficiency in using a variety of library technology and operating systems, provides excellent service, and does related work as required. This position requires regular evening and weekend hours.

Essential Job Functions

  • Checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk
  • Provides exemplary service to library customers
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy
  • Creates and maintains customer records and accounts
  • Proficiently uses a variety of library technology and operating systems
  • Accurately handles money transactions
  • Provides training and direction to library aides
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in using current library technology and operating systems
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service, both in person and on the telephone
  • Ability to interpret and apply library policies and procedures
  • Ability to correctly spell, use proper grammar and make simple mathematical calculations
  • Ability to conduct regular cash register accounting functions
  • Ability to accurately type 30 wpm using a keyboard
  • Ability to use Microsoft products to create word documents and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment as the member of a team
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and read library materials
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to write legibly, operate a keyboard and access relevant library materials
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment
  • Ability to stoop, reach, and push well enough to perform circulation and delivery procedures, and to retrieve materials from the shelves

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school. Library experience and customer service experience are desired.

Application Information

Send resume and letter of application to Deputy Director Linda L. Roe.
Email: LLRoe@dmpl.org
Address: 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50309

  • Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
  • Candidates must call 283-4152 ext. 4 to schedule screening and keyboarding tests at the Central Library by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Current clerks or those that have successfully completed the typing test in the last six months do not need to take the test again.

Library Clerk

Location: TBD/One of six DMPL locations
Department: Customer Services
Position Type: Half-Time
Salary: $15,693

Summary

This is a half-time position of 20 hours per week. Under the direction of a supervisor, checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk. Demonstrates proficiency in using a variety of library technology and operating systems, provides excellent service, and does related work as required. This position requires regular day, evening, and weekend hours.

Essential Job Functions

  • Checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk
  • Provides exemplary service to library customers
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy
  • Creates and maintains customer records and accounts
  • Proficiently uses a variety of library technology and operating systems
  • Accurately handles money transactions
  • Provides training and direction to library aides
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in using current library technology and operating systems
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service, both in person and on the telephone
  • Ability to interpret and apply library policies and procedures
  • Ability to correctly spell, use proper grammar and make simple mathematical calculations
  • Ability to conduct regular cash register accounting functions
  • Ability to accurately type 30 wpm using a keyboard
  • Ability to use Microsoft products to create word documents and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment as the member of a team
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and read library materials
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to write legibly, operate a keyboard and access relevant library materials
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment
  • Ability to stoop, reach, and push well enough to perform circulation and delivery procedures, and to retrieve materials from the shelves

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school. Library experience and customer service experience are desired.

Application Information

Send resume and letter of application to Deputy Director Linda L. Roe.
Email: LLRoe@dmpl.org
Address: 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50309

  • Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
  • Candidates must call 283-4152 ext. 4 to schedule screening and keyboarding tests at the Central Library by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Library Aide

Department: Technical Services
Location: Central Library
Position Type: Part-Time
Salary: $10.62/hour

Summary
Under the direction of a supervisor, unpacks and processes library materials. Enters materials information into the library’s Integrated Library System. Locates, sorts and organizes materials and supplies. Performs related work as required. Preference will be given to qualified candidates with availability Thursday and Friday mornings.

Essential Job Functions

  • Physically processes all formats of library materials for circulation.
  • Unpacks library materials and sorts onto carts.
  • Enters material holdings in the library’s Integrated Library System and prints labels.
  • Runs the departmental pull list and sorts materials.
  • Organizes materials and supplies.
  • Operates a variety of library equipment.
  • Performs light cleaning and maintenance duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. on a frequent basis.
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to read and verify a large variety of library materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.
  • Sufficient mobility to stoop and reach well enough to shelve and retrieve materials.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work quickly and with 100% accuracy.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply a wide variety of library policies and procedures.
  • Skill in operating various types of office equipment.
  • Ability to communicate with staff and patrons in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to spell, use correct grammar, and make simple mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to alphabetize and file using the Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service to internal customers, and if necessary, to external customers.

Education and Experience

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completed middle school

Application Information

Send completed application to Angela Flatt, Technical Services. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 12.

  • Email: alflatt@dmpl.org
  • Mail: ATTN: Angella Flatt, 1111 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309.
  • Fax: 515-237-1654, ATTN: Angella Flatt

Library Aide

Location: South Side Library
Position Type: Part-Time
Salary: $10.51/hour
Hours: 16 hours/week

Mondays: 1-5 PM
Wednesdays: 1-5 PM

Fridays: 2-6 PM
Saturdays: 1-5 PM with morning flexibility

Essential Job Functions

  • Checks in, sorts, shelves and files all library materials
  • Empties book drops
  • Processes daily branch delivery
  • Shelves holds
  • Shelf reads and shifts library collections as necessary
  • Prints and searches for lists including patron request, expired, trace, lost, etc.
  • Performs opening, closing and cleanup procedures
  • Assists customers at the service desk by making library cards, checking out materials, and handles monetary transactions
  • Shovels snow, waters plants, picks up trash, and other maintenance duties as assigned
  • Operates a variety of library equipment
  • Helps with library projects as assigned
  • Attends meetings as needed
  • Participates in training sessions as needed

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a computer
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to push and pull loaded book carts; bend, reach and kneel; and utilize a step stool
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds on frequent basis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and ability to apply and adhere to general library policies and procedures
  • Skill in operating various types of library equipment
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with library staff and the public, and to do so in a courteous and professional manner
  • Ability to spell, use correct grammar, and make simple mathematical calculations
  • Ability to file library materials alphabetically and numerically, using the Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service

Education and Experience

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completed middle school

Application Information

Send completed application to Brenda Hall, South Side Library Supervisor.

  • Email: bkhall@dmpl.org
  • Mail: ATTN: Brenda Hall, 1111 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315.

Part-time Library Aides are hired at each of our six locations and applications are kept on file in each building. You are welcome to print out the application form below and take it to the Central Library or any of the five branches.

Job Application Form

Contact Human Resources

The Des Moines Public Library welcomes your questions about employment opportunities. 

Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102
Email: llroe@dmpl.org