Library Employment Opportunities



Current Library Job Opportunities in Southeastern Wisconsin

Current Library Job Opportunities in Southeastern Wisconsin

Find current library job opportunities at Bridges Library System, its member libraries, and libraries in the southeastern Wisconsin area.

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Adult Services Librarian — Elm Grove Public Library

The Elm Grove Public Library is accepting applications for an Adult Services Librarian.  Responsibilities include providing reference service, computer assistance and readers’ advisory services to patrons at the reference desk, as well as assisting with digital materials and electronic devices. This position is also responsible for performing collection development in assigned areas.

Elm Grove is a beautiful village in eastern Waukesha County, with a lovely park, pond and walking trails immediately outside the library’s front door. The library is known for its strong customer-service focus and community relationships.

Starting wage is $18.50 per hour.  This 15 hour/week position includes daytime shifts, one evening shift per week and approximately one Saturday per month.  

Master of Library Science degree from an accredited program is preferred, but we will consider candidates who are in the process of completing their MLS degrees.  Public service or library experience preferred.  A successful applicant will be required to undergo a drug screening and a background check. Deadline for applications is August 26, 2022. Please send resume, cover letter and application form to the Elm Grove Public Library, Attention: Sarah Muench, 13600 Juneau Blvd., Elm Grove, WI 53122, or email materials to Sarah Muench at muench@elmgrove.lib.wi.us.

Children’s Services Librarian — Menomonee Falls Public Library

Are you passionate about providing excellent library services to children and their families? Do you enjoy developing early literacy programming and helping the youngest patrons find their new favorite book? Menomonee Falls Public Library is looking for our next full-time Children’s Services Librarian to enrich the community with dedication to promoting early literacy skills and creating a vibrant Children’s department.

MFPL is seeking someone friendly, enthusiastic, creative, and organized with excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate enjoys working with all people and strives to provide high-quality, fun, and innovative library service for children and families.

The Children’s Services Librarian is responsible for collaborating with the Youth Services team to develop children’s programming and services. Serving children ages 0 – 12 and their caregivers, the Children’s Services Librarian will also participate in collection development and assist patrons at our reference desks.

Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or be graduating with their degree in December 2022. Library experience is strongly preferred but not required. Applicants should have extensive knowledge of children’s literature, entertainment resources, and reference sources, a strong understanding of child development and psychology, and experience working with children and families.

Salary ranges from $44,720 – $51,979. Excellent benefits package.

For more information and to apply, visit the library’s website.

IT Library Associate — Waukesha Public Library

The Waukesha Public Library seeks a friendly, creative employee to provide excellent technology assistance throughout the Library and in our Library’s makerspace, Studio 321. The Library is seeking a candidate whose talents, knowledge and customer service skills can take our services to the next level. We would love to hear from candidates who embrace change while focusing on evolving community needs. This position will provide IT support for Library staff and guide patrons as needed in using Studio 321 and its equipment. The ideal candidate is customer-service focused, organized, and enjoys helping others to use technologies to achieve their goals.

WHY JOIN OUR TEAM: This is an amazing opportunity to work at an exceptional public library. Join us as we work to achieve our vision of championing the power of reading and learning to enrich, empower, and engage all in our community. We are recognized as a downtown community hub and a valuable community partner. The Library offers an inclusive work environment and a competitive salary. The 2022 yearly salary range is $48,940 to a maximum of $66,070 achieved through merit increases for full time employees, prorated for part time.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

THE POSITION: The Waukesha Public Library is seeking a self-motivated employee to work in the Library’s Technology Department to support the technology needs of patrons and staff at WPL. We are looking for a well-rounded tech that has the right skill set, a willingness to learn, the right attitude and understands the transformative value a library brings to its community.

The individual in this position will:

  • Maintain established public open hours.
  • Skillfully operate all Studio 321 equipment.
  • Training staff, patrons, and volunteers on technologies used in Studio 321.
  • Maintain safety standards for volunteers and public users.
  • Provide technical guidance on a variety of equipment—including, but not limited to, 3D printers, laser cutter, sewing machines, recording equipment, and vinyl/paper cutting machine—with staff, patrons, and volunteers.
  • Track equipment and inventory materials.
  • Track patron use of Studio 321.
  • Basic troubleshooting of Studio 321 technology.
  • Develop and lead technology classes and workshops.
  • Promote the use of the makerspace and facilitate ongoing activities.
  • Manage 3D printer queue and perform basic maintenance.
  • Aid in updating in-house procedure documentation for common tasks.
  • Troubleshoot meeting-room technology as needed.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate Degree and major coursework in computer operations, and at least 1–3 years of related experience, with some public library experience preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, ability, and skills:

  • Proficiency in the operation and repair of computer hardware and software, including peripheral devices and equipment as well as network operating and communications systems.
  • Knowledge of current security methods and procedures used to protect computer systems and data, along with regulations regarding the proper disposal of computers and other equipment.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, multitasking and prioritizing workload.
  • Ability to analyze problems, troubleshoot and implement solutions.
  • Ability to identify and recommend necessary policy and procedure changes to eliminate or reduce the risk of hardware, software, and data loss.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and the public

Schedule includes weekdays, evening, and weekend hours.

Please attach a résumé and letter of interest to Bruce Gay, Library Director as part of the online application. Deadline to apply: 4:30 pm, Friday, August 5, 2022. 
 
Applications may be filed online on the City of Waukesha’s website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/waukesha
 
Explore the City’s benefits here:
https://cms8.revize.com/revize/waukesha/Document_Center/Government/Human%20Resources/2022%20Employee%20Benefits%20Guide.pdf

Public Services Manager — Waukesha Public Library

Starting Salary: $77,045

Opening Date: Friday, July 15

Closing Date: Friday, August 12 at 4:30PM

Waukesha Public Library is seeking a highly motivated, talented, and experienced professional with a forward-thinking mindset to serve as the Public Services Manager. The Library is seeking candidates whose talents, knowledge and customer service skills can take our services to the next level. We would love to hear from candidates who embrace change while focusing on evolving community needs. These individuals will possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills, are self-motivated, and are dedicated professionals with a welcoming personality who understand the transformative value that a library brings to its community. The Waukesha Public Library’s Service Values guide our work and our commitment to serve everyone.
 
THE POSITION: Under the general direction of the Library Director, this managerial position is responsible for the strategic implementation of all aspects of public service operations according to the policies set forth by the Library Board and in alignment with the organizational vision, mission, service values, and goals. The Public Services Manager is responsible for developing an environment that cultivates and ensures consistent, courteous, and responsive service to all internal and external contacts; coordinates the daily operations of the Public Services department including circulation and all public desk staff, maintains building security, and oversees the operations of library customer service initiatives.  This individual plays a key role by contributing to the planning, evaluation, development and implementation of public services objectives and policies in the library and establishes standards of excellence and procedures by prioritizing the needs of the community and library patrons.

The successful candidate will possess a commitment to and passion for WPL’s vision and mission and keep abreast of current trends impacting libraries. They will have proven success aligning people, processes and resources delivering results in a high-performance environment. This individual will also be a team player, and able to effectively collaborate with management, partners, community stakeholders, and all levels of staff. Ideal candidates for this position actively demonstrate an ability and desire to manage day-to-day procedures of the Public Services department, develop employees’ skills, engage with the public, and advance the library’s day-to-day operations and mission.

WHY JOIN OUR TEAM: This is an amazing opportunity to work at an exceptional public library.  Join us as we work to achieve our vision of championing the power of reading and learning to enrich, empower, and engage all in our community. We are recognized as a downtown community hub and a valuable community partner. The library offers an inclusive work environment and a competitive salary. The 2022 starting salary is $77,045.

Education Requirements
Graduation from an ALA accredited college or university with a master’s degree in Library Science and at least 3 to 6 years of library work, including library management experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and ability to:

  • Hire, train, supervise, motivate, evaluate, and discipline employees; delegate and assign work effectively, and maintain high standards of library service.
  • Encourage growth, recognize skills, and foster improvement when needed; provide and accept regular performance feedback. 
  • Provide quality leadership and management through assessment, improvement, and follow through.
  • Problem solve by identifying and resolving problems efficiently, gathering and analyzing complex information objectively and thoroughly.
  • Communicate information regularly and effectively; managerial resolve to communicate concerns and problems that need to be addressed.
  • Provide strong leadership; actively cultivate positive working relationships. 
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communications; speak clearly in positive and negative situations; demonstrate group presentation skills and conduct productive meetings.
  • Display strong interpersonal and team building skills; de-escalate conflict, remain calm in difficult situations, collaborate with Management Team in lead and support roles.

Schedule includes weekdays, evening, and weekend hours.

Please attach a résumé and letter of interest to Bruce Gay, Library Director as part of the online application. Deadline to apply: 4:30 pm, Friday, August 12, 2022.
 
Applications may be filed online on the City of Waukesha’s website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/waukesha.

Circulation Clerk — Mukwonago Community Library

Position Title: Circulation Clerk

Hours: Current requirement is an average of 10-15 hours per week and will include day, evening, and weekend hours. Must be able to work Thursdays. Flexibility in scheduling is required.

Pay rate: $11.77 an hour

The Mukwonago Community Library seeks a dependable, customer-service oriented person to work in our circulation department. Duties include helping customers check out items, registering new library cards, sorting materials for delivery, emptying book drops, and shelving. Must be friendly, cooperative, and able to work independently.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED is required.
  • Basic keyboarding skills and general office experience are needed
  • Ability to meet the physical needs of the job including pushing carts, bending, carrying, and standing
  • All applicants are subject to fingerprinting and a background check. Employment is contingent on passing those assessments.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out an employment application found on the village website or picked up in person at the circulation desk in the library
  2. Applicant must provide at least two references on the employment application.
  3. Deliver the application in person to the library or email it to the library director, Abby Armour: aarmour@mukwonagolibrary.org
  4. Position open until filled, so please apply early.

Library Customer Service Specialist — Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

This part-time position is responsible for performing a variety of library-specific clerical tasks to facilitate the use of the library and services by patrons from the library’s service populations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as
management may deem necessary.

  • Perform circulation procedures, to include checking materials in and out; registering new patrons; keeping daily service record;
    shelving returned materials; assisting patrons in selecting materials; accepting interlibrary loan requests; collecting fines and replacement charges; notifying patrons when interlibrary and reserve requests are available; answering the telephone; other related duties.
  • Sort incoming mail and periodicals.
  • Assist patrons in use of electronic databases and public use computers.
  • Process requests for materials from consortium libraries, to include pulling materials from collection; processing requests through the database; other related duties.
  • Quality-check audiovisual materials.
  • Photocopy material as requested.
  • Mend and repair library materials.
  • Inventory collection and read shelves.
  • Cover new books and prepare for circulation.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Respond to alert from security system, as needed, if domicile is within ten miles of library building.
  • In the absence of library administrative staff, may be assigned responsibility for the facility and its operations in the event of an
    emergency, such as fire or tornado or a network outage.
  • May assist with children’s activities and programs on a limited basis.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Actively support the Library’s mission;
  • Maintain patron confidentiality and library rights;
  • Adhere to the City of Whitewater Employee Manual;
  • Adhere to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Code of Ethics, Freedom to Read Statement and Freedom to View Statement;
  • Convey a courteous and professional attitude;
  • Maintain contemporary knowledge of library practices;
  • Foster and maintain positive public relations for the Library within the community.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Basic computer skills required. Successful completion of computer competency test will determine if this requirement is met.
  • One (1) year of library, clerical or customer relations experience preferred.

Language Skills

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to advise and interpret how to apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to perform cashier duties accurately.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle stressful situations, to organize work and set priorities, managing time and resources to meet deadlines and changing demands within the entire operation of administrative services, perform duties with a minimum of supervision.

Other Qualifications

  • Proficiency in typing, electronic data processing and a working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively meet and deal with the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in cooperation with fellow employees as a member of the staff team.
  • Ability to work in and maintain an environment that deals with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Broad-based familiarity with authors/subjects desirable.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND/OR EXERCISED

  • Work under general supervision of Assistant Library Director, or, (in absence of Assistant Library Director) Library Director, or, (in
    absence of both Assistant Library Director and Library Director) Youth Educational Services Librarian, however, perform recurring
    job duties independently.
  • Some opportunity exists to vary work steps and in deciding appropriate procedures, guidelines and methods.
  • Supervised less closely during execution, but end results are still reviewed.
  • Incumbents prioritize their own work to some degree, manage their time effectively and respond to some questions independently.
  • No formal supervisory responsibilities.

The City of Whitewater is an Equal Employment Opportunity. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City
will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Nothing in this job description reflects management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at anytime. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
http://www.whitewater-wi.gov
312 W. Whitewater St.
P.O. Box 178
Whitewater, WI 53190
262-473-0150
262-473-0500
JAtkinson@whitewater-wi.gov