Employment

Porter County Library Employment Opportunities
Career Opportunities At Your Library

Interested in a career with PCPLS? Great! Our library is committed to serving our community. If you’re energetic, love books, and enjoy serving the community, then please take the time to fill out an application for a position below that you are qualified for!

Porter County Library Employment Opportunities
Career
Opportunities At Your Library

Interested in a career with PCPLS? Great! Our library is committed to serving our community. If you’re energetic, love books, and enjoy serving the community, then please take the time to fill out an application for a position below that you are qualified for!

Our Current Opportunities:

Hebron Public Library

TITLE: Branch Manager

DEPARTMENT: Hebron Branch

REPORTS TO: Director

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university.
  • Indiana Library Certification III or ability to obtain within a designated time frame.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of modern public library organization, automation, materials, services, programs, public relations and techniques.
  • Ability to plan, organize, supervise and evaluate work of others.
  • Social ease, public speaking ability and initiative.
  • Ability to work with people of all ages.
  • Flexible schedule; work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer and technology skills, including experience with current applications and devices relevant to position.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Discharging all duties imposed by the Director and recommending new and revised policies for the consideration of the Board of Trustees.
  • Planning and supervising on-the-job training of the branch staff.
  • Evaluating and rating branch staff and making recommendations regarding promotion, demotion, transfer, etc.
  • Preparing and forwarding monthly building and annual reports.
  • Prepare payroll and submit to Administration as required.
  • Planning, conducting and evaluating adult programming (in-house and outreach) to fit the needs of the community.
  • Supervising the use and maintenance of all files, materials, supplies and equipment, including the building security system.  
  • Handling patron complaints, patron/staff conflicts etc.
  • Provide a safe & comfortable environment for all patrons.  
  • Communicate with any contracted vendors as needed.
  • Keeping the Facility Management Services and/or Administration informed of needed repairs on the building and equipment.
  • Supervising and helping to provide assistance to patrons in selecting, locating and using materials and equipment.
  • Supervising and helping with answering reference questions.
  • Maintaining and supervising a regular schedule of inventory for all branch library collections.
  • Promoting cooperation and teamwork between the branch library staff.
  • Developing and maintaining the collection by selecting materials to be acquired, discarded, replaced or repaired, and supervising other branch personnel with collection development responsibilities.
  • Interviewing applicants for open staff positions and with the advice of the Director, selecting new staff members.
  • Facilitating communication between branch/department heads and Administration and interpreting established policy to the staff.
  • Assist in planning and participating in staff in-service training.
  • Providing budget input in the form of projected supplies, equipment, materials and personnel needs for the branch building.
  • Planning, promoting and conducting tours of the building to promote library use.
  • Supervising handling of all cash received at the library and forwarding it to the Administrative office.
  • Expending funds in accordance with the appropriations, policies, plans and needs of the branch library.
  • Accepting gift materials and evaluating them for inclusion in the collection.
  • Working with the Friends on book sales, programs and sale room activities.
  • Reading professional and reviewing publications, and keeping staff aware of developments in the field.
  • Participating in, collaborating with, and speaking to community organizations on behalf of the library.
  • Actively pursuing professional development opportunities as appropriate by becoming involved in local, regional, and state library associations/federations and attending their meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Overseeing all volunteers.
  • Assisting in all departments as needed.
  • Promoting the library and its programs to the community through displays, pamphlets, traditional and social media.
  • Assist patrons with econtent and devices.
  • Oversee meeting room reservations for the branch.
  • Assessing branch needs and planning its development.
  • Pursue grant opportunities as they are identified.
  • Adhering to all policies and procedures in the Policy and the Procedures manuals.
  • Cooperating as a team member in performing any professional or non-professional duties essential to the achievement of the library’s objectives.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings (as needed), systems meetings and conduct staff meetings.
  • Developing and annually reviewing emergency procedures with staff.
  • Weekly reviews of payment plans set up in the branch.
  • Work in various branches/departments as required.
  • Doing related work as required.

PHYSICAL TASKS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Lift up to 10 lbs. of books above head to shelve.
  • Stand on a stool to shelve books overhead.
  • Push or pull a book truck of materials weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Carry an armload of books up to 20 lbs.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Repetitive tasks.
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, adhesives, and toner.
  • Exposure to high stress situations.
  • Operate equipment:  Computer, copier, fax machine, typewriter, telephone, calculator, audio-visual equipment, printers and scanners.

Applications should be directed to:

Phyllis Nelson (pnelson@pcpls.org)
Assistant Director
Porter County Public Library System
219-462-0524

Portage Public Library

Part-Time (20 hours)

TITLE:   Clerk – Youth Services/Circulation Floater

DEPARTMENT: Youth Services & Circulation – Portage

REPORTS TO: Head of Youth Services/Head of Circulation

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to work with people of all ages.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest in working with children, caregivers and teachers.
  • Flexible schedule; work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Willingness to learn computer skills, applications and devices relevant to position.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Answers patron questions and assists them to find the materials they want and need, in person, on the telephone and email.
  • Answers patrons general and directional questions and directs them to appropriate staff when necessary.
  • Shelve, shelf reading and shifting of materials as assigned.
  • Assist with processing of new materials.
  • Recommending materials to improve the library’s collection.
  • Assists, instructs, and helps the public with computer and equipment use.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures as required.
  • Registers patrons.
  • Pull and Shelve holds.  Remove expired holds.
  • Assist patrons in all aspects of using the Youth/Teen/Adult Services collections.
  • Assists with in-house programs as requested.
  • Processes returned mail.
  • Sort through material donated to the library.
  • Maintain hardback and paperback replacement lists.
  • Assist with managing library information and public information boards.
  • Discard material.
  • Handling of all cash received in the department in an appropriate manner.
  • Attending library meetings, conferences, and in-service sessions as requested or approved by Department Head.
  • Handle patron complaints and direct to appropriate staff as needed.
  • Pull and shelve holds.  Remove expired holds.
  • Screen materials for damage and notify supervisor of any damage found.
  • Understand and perform the circulation functions of the ILS.
  • Assess emergency situations, act accordingly and file incident reports as necessary.
  • Clean AV material as needed.  Replace damaged media cases.
  • Search for missing, trace, lost and damaged materials.
  • Maintain paperback exchange.
  • Adhering to all policies and procedures in the Policy and the Procedures manuals.
  • Cooperating as a team member in performing any professional or nonprofessional duties essential to the achievement of the library’s objectives.
  • Doing related work as required.
  • Work in various branches/departments as required.

PHYSICAL TASKS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Lift up to 10 lbs. of books above head to shelve.
  • Stand on a stool to shelve books overhead.
  • Push or pull a book truck of materials weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Carry an armload of books up to 20 lbs.
  • May occasionally stoop, kneel, squat, and crouch.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Operate equipment:  Computer, copier, telephone, calculator, printers and audio-visual equipment.
  • Repetitive tasks.
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, adhesives, and  toner.

Applications should be directed to:

Kim Wiseman (kwiseman@pcpls.org)
Branch Manager
Portage Public Library
219-763-1508

Valparaiso Public Library

Part-Time (20 hours)

TITLE:   Clerk – Reference

DEPARTMENT: Reference – Valparaiso

REPORTS TO: Reference Department Head

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to work with people of all ages.
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of family and local history.
  • Flexible schedule; work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer and technology skills, including experience with current applications and devices relevant to position.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Answers patron questions and assists them to find the materials they want and need, in person, on the telephone and email.
  • Offering reader’s advisory.
  • Shelving, shelf reading and shifting of materials as assigned.
  • Keeping the Facility Management Services and/or Branch manager informed of needed repairs on the building and equipment.
  • Processing of new materials.
  • Recommending materials to improve the library’s collection.
  • Assists, instructs, and helps the public with computer and equipment use.
  • Create displays as assigned.
  • Indexing and abstracting genealogical information from various resources.
  • Filing of department correspondence and shelving of books, microforms, CD-ROM discs and all other materials in the department such as newspapers and periodicals.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures as required.
  • Handle patron complaints and direct to appropriate staff as needed.
  • Assess emergency situations, act accordingly and file incident reports as necessary.
  • Handling of all cash received in the department in an appropriate manner.
  • Attending library meetings, conferences, and in-service sessions as requested or approved by Department head.
  • Adhering to all policies and procedures in the Policy and the Procedures manuals.
  • Cooperating as a team member in performing any professional or nonprofessional duties essential to the achievement of the library’s objectives.
  • Doing related work as required.
  • Work in various branches/departments as required.

PHYSICAL TASKS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Lift up to 10 lbs. of books above head to shelve.
  • Stand on a stool to shelve books overhead.
  • Push or pull a book truck of materials weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Carry an armload of books up to 20 lbs.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Operate equipment:  Computer, copier, fax machine, typewriter, telephone, scanners and printers.
  • Repetitive tasks.
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, adhesives, and toner.

Applications should be directed to:

Inge Kokidko (ikokidko@pcpls.org)
Head of Reference
Valparaiso Public Library

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