Jobs at the Library

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Position: Library Aide
Location: South Side Library
Position type: Part Time
Salary: $10.51 per hour
Hours: 14.5 hours per week

  • Mondays: 2-5 PM
  • Wednesdays: 2:30-6 PM
  • Fridays: 2-6 PM
  • Saturdays: 1-5 PM with morning flexibility

Extra hours are possible during special projects.

SUMMARY

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 Michelle Abrahamson, Librarian.

  • Email: mjabrahamson@dmpl.org
  • Mail: ATTN: Michelle Abrahamson, Librarian, 1111 Porter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315.

Position: Independent Contractor/Bilingual Storyteller (English and Spanish)
Department: Forest Avenue Library/Youth Services
Location: Forest Avenue Library
Position type: Part-Time/Independent Contractor
Salary: $20/hr
Hours: 6 hours/week
Date Posted: February 7, 2019
Posting Expires: February 20, 2019

SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Forest Avenue Library Supervisor, plans, coordinates, and performs bilingual storytimes and activities with an emphasis on developing bilingual literacy skills geared toward youth and agencies working with youth in the community. Participates in collection development by selecting materials for bilingual storytime in accordance with professional library practice and the DMPL Selection Policy. Demonstrates bilingual fluency in English and Spanish (read, speak, write, comprehend) and experience and/or education in early childhood development and literacy. Does related work as required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develops and provides an interactive bilingual storytime program for youth, including storytelling, literacy activities, and bilingual language instruction.
  • Compiles resource materials for bilingual storytime in English and Spanish.
  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Models and mentors literacy standards for parents and caregivers.
  • Develops and fosters relationships with storytime attendees.
  • Manages interaction with customers with tact and diplomacy.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Preparation for the storytime (set up, greeting and welcoming, closing/farewells, and clean up).
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to be able 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 keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment and lead a wide range of small and large motor skill activities during bilingual storytime.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to develop and execute a creative, successful, and relevant bilingual storytime program that serves the needs of the community.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish rapport and to interact successfully with youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Ability to establish rapport and to interact successfully with youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment
  • Knowledge of youth literature and materials, social media and technological trends.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.

Education and Experience

  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Successful experience working with youth is required, including demonstrated skill in youth programming and storytelling.
  • Experience and/or education in early childhood development and literacy.
  • Excellent customer service skills with all ages is required.
  • A 6-month commitment to the program is required.

Application Information

Send resume, transcripts, letter of application, and recommendations to:
Forest Avenue Library Supervisor
Nikki Hayter
1326 Forest Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Or email Nikki Hayter at: NMHayter@dmpl.org

Applications from candidates must be received by Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

*The Forest Avenue Library Bilingual Storyteller position is a part-time/independent contractor position subsidized by the Forest Avenue Library Brick Fund.


Position: Professional Substitute
Location: All
Department: Information Services
Position type: As Needed
Salary: $23.28 per hour

SUMMARY

Under general direction, provides information and readers' advisory services in a variety of library locations as needed.  Does related professional and clerical work as required. Must have own transportation. Hours vary.  Must be available for weekday daytime hours, evening and weekend hours.
 

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Answers information and readers' advisory questions.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog and various databases.
  • Checks out and receives library materials.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Works in a variety of locations on an on-call schedule.
  • Substitute as lead for story times, teen programs and adult programs.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to be able 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 keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials.
  • Knowledge of general clerical methods and procedures.
  • Skill in using current library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in interpreting library resources and services to the public.
  • Ability to keep records and files and compile reports.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of work environments and changing schedules.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Ability to stoop and reach well enough to retrieve materials from the shelves.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.  Successful customer service experience in public library work or related field is desired.  Master’s degree in Library Science preferred.

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50309. Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org


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