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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

The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Lawrence Public Library will open a newly renovated and expanded state-of-the-art facility in the summer of 2014. In addition to the facility expansion, we are implementing a new catalog for our patrons – Bibliocommons – so that patrons can more easily discover their next great read. We are also reorganizing our cataloging department, and as a part of that we will be hiring a new Cataloging Coordinator.

A cataloger who is enthusiastic, energetic, and likes thinking about how best to connect patrons with library materials via the catalog will enjoy this position. Your cataloging expertise will provide a strong foundation as you collaborate with cataloging and public services staff on developing policies that best serve the needs of Lawrence patrons.

Here’s more information about what you’ll need to do and be:

  • You will be the lead cataloger and also supervise the cataloging, processing, and magazine check-in staff (4.5 FTEs)
  • You will develop cataloging policies and procedures that make sense to local users
  • You will ensure that the cataloging database (Innovative’s Millennium product) is accurate
  • You will think imaginatively about how to catalog and organize collections (physical and digital) so that patrons can easily find their book (or movie, etc.)
  • You will collaborate with the Readers Services Librarian
  • You will work in conjunction with our collection development team
  • You must be well-versed in using AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Subject headings, and MARC
  • You will need a Master’s in Library Science unless you can convince us otherwise (you definitely will need a Bachelor’s degree).
  • You believe in a cataloging process that is efficient but also creates a high-quality cataloging product
  • You love public libraries and believe that an effective catalog is essential to the public library user experience

Lawrence Public Library is located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, a quintessential Midwestern college town of 90,000. It is a short drive to Kansas City and all its big-city amenities should you need them. Our newly expanded and renovated library is set to open in Summer 2014. We are currently working out of a former Borders store. 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 $36,000 and depends on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits. Preference given to applications received by April 10, 2014. Email an employment application, cover letter, and resume to: Tricia Karlin, Technical Services Coordinator, If you prefer snail mail, our address is Lawrence Public Library, 700 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Employment applications can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.

The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library has an opening for a part-time program manager. This position is funded entirely by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, the non-profit organization responsible for book sales; proceeds of these fund raising sales benefit the public library. While the successful applicant will work closely with library personnel, the FLPL program manager is not a Lawrence Public Library staff member.

The FLPL program manager is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.

Applications need to include a resume detailing pertinent qualifications/training/experience, and a cover letter expressing why the applicant is interested in the position and any other relevant details. Applications complete with a resume and cover letter can be submitted by mail or electronically:

               Friends of the Lawrence Public Library
               Re: Program Manager Application
               care of Lawrence Public Library
               700 New Hampshire St.
               Lawrence, KS 66044



Applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14 to be considered.

Information regarding salary, work hours, and duties is provided in the position description below. If after reviewing this you still have questions, please email your inquiries to A response will be issued as soon as possible.



The FLPL program manager is directly responsible to the FLPL board of directors.   The board shall establish general goals and guidelines; however, the program manager shall be responsible for establishing practices and procedures for the achievement of those goals.

The FLPL program manager shall work in cooperation with the Lawrence Public Library staff.

Primary responsibilities:  Oversee and coordinate all physical operations including volunteer activities.

1. Continuously monitor and supervise the processing of all donated materials, including initial evaluation for retention and sorting.

2. Supervise online book sales, including monitoring sales, managing inventory, and processing.

3. Oversee physical book sales, including overall authority for all aspects of sale activities.

4. Manage all physical operations, including intake, sorting, pricing, storage, and transportation. This responsibility includes maintaining FLPL physical space in an orderly manner and supervising and training all volunteers.

5. Develop, maintain, and revise all organization handling procedures, including training volunteers in the current procedures as well as ensuring volunteer compliance with established standards.

6. Procure and maintain all equipment and supplies needed for program operations. An operations budget will be provided for this purpose.

7. Supervise all program operations, including all volunteer activities.

8. Schedule volunteer work activities as needed to accomplish program goals. This responsibility includes directly supervising some program activities that will not be done without staff supervision.

9. Be responsible for the disposal of all unwanted and/or unneeded donations.  This responsibility will include maintaining an active recycling program with the appropriate agencies as well as utilizing other disposal methods.

10. Develop and maintain detailed records of all program activities and share these records with the board at its monthly meetings.

11. Evaluate large donations for acceptance and handle these materials in the appropriate manner.

12. Maintain a current inventory of books available for sale and ensure these materials are stored in an orderly manner.

13. Establish pricing guidelines for Internet sales and physical book sales and ensure that volunteers adhere to those guidelines.

14. Develop and maintain volunteer position descriptions for each volunteer activity related to operations.

15. Attend all FLPL board meetings and all other FLPL functions requiring program manager participation.

16. This position description is subject to change by the FLPL board at any time based on the needs of the organization.

Administrative Assistant: The FLPL Board will provide the program manager with an administrative assistant.  The administrative assistant will maintain the membership database, write and mail semiannual newsletters, assist in volunteer management, take the minutes at board meetings and other FLPL functions, coordinate publicity for events, and act on the program manager’s behalf when he or she isn’t present.  Together they will develop training programs, conduct volunteer evaluations, and schedule volunteers.  This authority includes the ability to reassign a volunteer to another task or to discontinue using the services of a volunteer if that is necessary for the overall good of the organization.


1. Strong managerial skills with an emphasis on logistical aptitude.

2. Experience with supervising volunteers and developing volunteer performance criteria.

3. A working knowledge of, or experience with, online sales.

4. Ability to perform basic computer skills, including Word, Excel, and email.

5. Good interpersonal skills and an ability to maintain flexibility for changing conditions.

6. Retail management and sales or marketing experience highly desired.

7. A minimum of a high school diploma; college degree preferred.

8. Library experience and or bookstore experience preferred.

9. The ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating cooperatively with patrons, volunteers, board members, and library staff.

Desired attributes:

1. Highly supportive of the Lawrence Public Library and its mission.

2. Strong leadership skills, especially as related to volunteers and their needs.

3. The ability to work independently and to make and implement decisions.

4. The ability to create, nurture, and participate in a cooperative team environment.

Physical requirements: 

1. The ability to lift and maneuver 30 to 50 pound boxes repeatedly on a regular basis.

2. The ability to exert 50-100 pounds of force when pushing and pulling materials.

3. The ability to operate a pallet jack, book carts, hand trucks, and dollies.

4. The ability to work in areas that may contain book dust, mold, mildew, and insects.

5. The ability to climb ladders and stairs.

Work schedule: The position requires a certain degree of flexibility as to work schedule.

1. The position will average from 25 hour per week to a maximum 29 hours per week with more hours required around physical book sales.

2. Because of heavy volunteer participation and heavy donations the position requires work on Saturdays.

3. Although there will be some flexibility in work hours outside of sale periods, the program manager will be expected to maintain a regular and posted work schedule.   A regular schedule is particularly necessary because some volunteer activities will be undertaken only when the manager is available for oversight.

4. The starting salary will range from 13 to 15 dollars per hour based on qualifications.



SECURITY OFFICER — Full-time or Part-time

Lawrence Public Library will open a newly renovated and expanded state-of-the-art facility in the summer of 2014, and we are looking for a security officer to help us keep our beautiful new library a safe and welcoming place. If you like working with people at all ages and stages of life, communicate well with them, and have great conflict resolution skills, this could be the job for you.

Here’s what we’ll need you to do/be:

  • You are a people person (customer service experience or security work in a public setting
    gets you bonus points).

  • You keep a cool head in challenging situations.
  • You are a self-starter and have a strong work ethic.
  • You are a keen observer who thinks quickly on your feet to prevent problems and resolve conflicts.
  • You will develop good working relationships with library patrons, library staff, and local emergency services personnel.
  • You are a good listener with considerable patience.
  • You communicate well and can write clear and concise reports.
  • You will walk the building multiple times throughout the day.
  • You will need a high school education or equivalent.
  • You are CPR certified or can become so.
  • You value teamwork.
  • You believe a great city deserves a great library and won’t settle for less.

If this sounds like the job for you, please consider joining our team at Lawrence Public Library. This position requires some evening and weekend hours. We will consider full or part-time applicants. The hourly rate starts at $11.50 depending on qualifications and experience. Preference given to applications received by April 16, 2014. Email an employment application, cover letter, and work history to: Sherri Turner, Assistant Director, If you prefer snail mail, our address is Lawrence Public Library, 700 New Hampshire Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

A downloadable employment application is available at

The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Do you enjoy the thrill of the (book) hunt? Love the idea of cooperating with distant galaxies—er, libraries? Is excellent customer service something you were born to? Lawrence Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to be the lead person of our Interlibrary Loan service. The successful candidate will cooperate with other libraries to share resources and match materials up with the people who desire them.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has public library experience, preferably with OCLC and interlibrary loan service
  • 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
  • Appreciates the beauty of statistics and can effectively manage them
  • Is comfortable using online library catalogs, especially Innovative Interfaces
  • Has a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent education and experience

If you think you’d be a good fit for this job, please consider joining our team at Lawrence Public Library. The position is 40 hours a week, Monday-Friday daytime hours, no evenings or weekends. Salary starts at $24,000 and is commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits. Preference given to applications received by 5pm April 17, 2014. Email an employment application, cover letter, and resume to:

The Lawrence Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.