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Librarian I (Branch Manager), Grand Rapids Public Library Main Library (apply by Nov. 8)

Librarian I (Branch Manager)



$53,564.00 - $67,176.00 Annually


GRPL Main Library 111 Library St NE GR MI, MI

Job Type



Library Services

Job Number





11/8/2017 9:00 AM Eastern

Nature of Work


This position has an emphasis on working in a branch manager capacity and participates in GRPL's Management Team and strategic plan functions.  In addition to the examples of work, applicants will need to demonstrate supervisory capacity, enjoy managing a small team in a branch setting, and possess exemplary customer service skills as well as knowledge and experience as a working librarian.  An interest in community engagement is essential.  An interest in and capacity for performing storytimes and engaging children and caregivers is preferred. The ability to communicate effectively both in Spanish and English is preferred.

This position will be primarily located at the Madison Square Branch.

Examples of Work:

  • Provides excellent public service; answers reference questions; provides readers' and media advisory; performs database searches; assists patrons with computers.
  • May direct other staff and give input to their work evaluations; may train personnel in use of a specialized collection; may contribute to planning and development of continuing education programs and community affairs programs; may prepare and present programming to varied ages, individually or as a part of a team.
  • Attends professional conferences, meetings, and trainings; keeps current with developments in library science.
  • Contributes to selection, development and evaluation of materials in specialized or assigned area; recommends items to be added or withdrawn from the library collections.
  • Leads library tours.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Training and Experience


Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Eligible for certification from Library of Michigan.


Other Necessary Qualifications


  • Knowledge of library principles, professional methods, practices and techniques.
  • Ability to plan and deliver programs.
  • Knowledge of library resources, services, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the community and its characteristics; awareness of current trends in patron interests and needs.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for library work; including the ability to access and utilize Internet resources and office software applications.
  • Ability to supervise a small staff.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse public in identifying and satisfying individual interests.
  • The employee must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time in the performance of the duties associated with this position. Lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds without assistance is also required. The ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer is essential to this position.


Other Information


This position is open to the general public.

Please note the following:

  • Please include a cover letter and resume in pdf format with your application.
  • All communication regarding this position will be done via email. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email address is up-to-date on your account profile.
  • If you are submitting an application that was used for job openings in the past, please verify your information is current before submitting this application.

Visit the library's jobs page for more information about this position or Grand Rapids Public Library.

All inquiries related to this posting should be directed to:

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503