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Are you a library lover?  Want to work at one of the busiest spots in town?  If you are 16 years or older, your next job could be at Lawrence Public Library. We accept applications for current positions only and do not maintain a file of previous applications. Applications are available here or at the Checkout Desk. (Please use Adobe Reader if you have problems with the application form.) If you have questions about the application process, please contact Sherri Turner, Assistant Director, at 843-3833, ext 126 or via email at sturner@lawrencepubliclibrary.org


Collection Development Librarian, Full-time

    Have an eye (and ear) for appealing music and movies? Want to work in one of the most beautiful new libraries in North America? Lawrence Public Library opened a newly renovated and expanded state-of-the-art facility in the summer of 2014. We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic librarian who will join our Collection Development team and select audio visual materials for the Lawrence community.

    If you are hired for this position, you will work with the coordinator of the unit and a team of collection development librarians, acquisitions staff, catalogers, and volunteers. Your primary work will be to decide whether to buy or borrow through interlibrary loan DVDs, music CDs, video games, graphic novels and other library materials to meet the local community’s needs and to manage your purchasing budget, but it’s important that you are willing to pitch in to assist where needed in the team and overall library operation.

    We are looking for someone who

    • Has a good understanding of popular culture and knows how to translate that into an audio-visual collection that meets the needs of the local community.
    • Is organized, consistently meets deadlines, can manage a budget, and can analyze collection usage reports. Must be a savvy computer user.
    • Can communicate with vendors and fully leverage their varied and unique selection tools.
    • Has a strong work ethic, learns quickly, works efficiently.
    • Embraces change and is enthusiastic about joining a team that is rebuilding and reorganizing to improve service.
    • Likes to pinch-hit on public service desks as a way to keep in touch with community interests.
    • Enjoys collaborating with and gathering feedback from public services and programming staff about the effectiveness of the collection.
    • Wants to work in a collaborative, open office environment.
    • Has a Master’s in Library Science unless you can convince us otherwise (you definitely will need a Bachelor’s degree).
    • Loves public libraries and is open to new ideas and trends in collection development and services.

    Lawrence Public Library was named one of seven winners of the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association in April of 2016. The Library is located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, a quintessential Midwestern college town of 90,000. Our new facility is a popular resource for the community, and we are excited about the potential offered by new services such as our Sound + Vision studio.
    If this sounds like the job for you, please consider joining our team at Lawrence Public Library. This position is full-time. Salary starts at $35,500 and depends on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits. Preference given to applications received by July 11, 2016. Email an employment application, cover letter, and resume to: William Ottens, Cataloging and Collection Development Coordinator, wottens@lawrencepubliclibrary.org.

    If you prefer snail mail, our address is Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

    The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Collection Services Assistant, part-time

    Lawrence Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to join our Cataloging & Collection Development team. The successful candidate will assist in the maintenance of the library’s collection and database and the receiving and invoicing of library materials.

    We’re looking for someone who:

    • Has public library experience
    • Has a deep commitment to outstanding “behind the scenes” customer service
    • Values teamwork, works well with others, and is a collaborative decision maker
    • Revels in being flexible in a changing environment
    • Has a strong work ethic
    • Is a quick study, detail oriented, and incredibly organized
    • Is comfortable using online library catalogs
    • Has an Associate’s/technical degree, or equivalent education and experience

    If you think you’d be a good fit for this part time job, please consider joining our team at Lawrence Public Library. The position is 20-24 hours a week, Monday-Friday daytime hours, no evenings or weekends. Afternoon availability preferred. Salary starts at $12.75 per hour and is commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits. Preference given to applications received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016.

    Email an employment application, cover letter, and resume to: William Ottens, Cataloging & Collection Development Coordinator, wottens@lawrencepubliclibrary.org. If you prefer snail mail, our address is Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

    The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Materials Handling Assistant, Part-time

    Lawrence Public Library has a part-time position in the Materials Handling Department.

    If you are hired for this position, you will work with the coordinator of the unit and a team of Materials Handling Assistants and volunteers. You will work in the Materials Handling department and assist with check in, sorting, and shelving tasks.
    Your job will also include driving to, emptying, delivering to the library, and checking in the contents of three remote book drops located at Lawrence supermarkets.
    Here’s a list of things you’ll need to do/be:

    • You are not afraid of work that requires regularly lifting and moving tubs of library materials that can weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds
    • You care about books and all library materials and will keep them in good condition during their travels
    • You have a valid Kansas driver’s license and are a careful and proficient driver
    • You can learn and master basic tasks required to operate the automated sorting machine and the library’s circulation software
    • You can sort and organize materials onto carts in alphabetical and Dewey Decimal order in preparation for shelving in the library
    • You have a strong work ethic, learn quickly, and work efficiently
    • You are a team player and are willing to help out in the library where and when you are needed
    • You love public libraries and understand that the timely return of materials to the library is an essential and important service

    If this job interests you, please consider joining us at Lawrence Public Library.

    The compensation for this position is $12.75/hour. Schedule is 15 hrs/week
    The schedule is Sunday 1 to 6, Monday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 4-7, Saturday 2-6
    Preference given to applications received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 1. Email an employment application, resume, and cover letter to Darla Sieg, Materials Handling Coordinator, dsieg@lawrence.lib.ks.us.

    The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.