Public Service Specialist, Bookmobile

Are you committed to taking the library’s resources to the customer?  Do you have a sense of adventure?  Can you hold the attention of a classroom full of curious children?

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a library committed to doing what matters most to our customers, our community.  If the idea of connecting our citizens with the information they want and need to live more enriched and informed lives, submit your application today.

DUTIES:  Safely operate library vehicles such as bookmobiles, trucks and vans. Provide information and materials to the public including assistance in locating library materials, information and use of equipment.  Present programs in a variety of formats in elementary classrooms and other venues.  Plan and execute displays, compile information for bibliographies and other programming. Create content for Digital Branch. Assist patrons inquiring about Community Information Services, periodicals, databases, files, interlibrary loans and other information.  Assemble and compute statistical information essential to department. Recommend materials for collection development.  Assist in the care of animals used in programs. 

REQUIREMENTS/DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and customer service experience. Desired qualifications include previous Library experience and experience working with children’s activities or programs.  A valid Commercial driver license with insurable driving record is required (must be obtained within 90 days of date of hire) along with the ability to safely operate the library’s vans, trucks, and bookmobiles in all weather conditions and at night. Knowledge of City/County streets is helpful.  This medium work position requires bending, lifting/carrying at least 20 pounds, ability to exert 20-50 pounds of force when pushing/pulling materials, reaching, and the ability to climb stairs, talking on the telephone, basic computer knowledge and stationary work at a computer terminal. Height limitation due to low ceilings is 6ft 4in.  A pre-and/or post-employment drug screen, criminal history record check, and physical capacity testing are required as a condition of employment.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Pay range starts at $15.35 per hour. Position is full time including day, evening and weekend hours. Excellent benefits include health & dental insurance, vacation, sick leave, retirement plan, cafeteria plan, group life, disability coverage and accidental death benefits.  Other optional benefits available at employee’s expense include life vision, short term disability, accident, critical illness, and cancer insurance and a deferred compensation plan.

CLOSING DATE: First review of applications will begin November  30, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

TO APPLY:  A completed and signed TSCPL job application is required for consideration for each position. Application forms are available online at, or in the Library at the Customer Service Desk or in Human Resources. First review of applications will begin on November 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials may be mailed, handed in, faxed, or emailed.

Mail completed and signed job application materials to:

Human Resources Director
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604

Application materials may also be handed in at the Human Resources Office on the second floor of the library. Human Resources office hours are M-F, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If the HR office is not open, applications may be dropped off at the Customer Service Desk.

Application materials may be faxed to 785-580-4496.

Application materials may be emailed to Please put “Bookmobile Public Service Specialist” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Human Resources at: 785-580-4492 or send e-mail to:   EOE

Stephen is the Human Resources Director at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library