Collection Development Professional


Collection Development Professional

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library seeks a forward-looking information professional to proactively develop and manage library collections. With a focus on juvenile and young adult materials, this work includes the selection, materials management and promotion of library collections. The work of a collection development professional supports the library’s goal of creating an engaged community of readers.

As a Collection Development Professional, you will:

  1. Manage Collections: Develop, maintain and evaluate specific juvenile and young adult fiction collections in order to provide current, high-quality, balanced collections that meet the community’s informational, educational and recreational needs. Collections include physical and digital library materials.
  2. Manage the Selection Process: Monitor expenditures and encumbrances for your specific collections to ensure that budgeted funds are spent at an appropriate rate throughout the library’s fiscal year. Scan reviews in vendor databases, journals, catalogs and websites on an ongoing basis in order to identify potential additions to the collection. Order adequate quantities of materials so that items are on-order or available to meet demand. Verify the availability of materials and accurately complete the selection process.
  3. Connect with Customers: Communicate with customers and library staff regarding purchase suggestions. Provide direct customer service by working at a public service information point four or more hours per week.
  4. Promote Library Collections: Work directly with Communications & Marketing, your supervisor, and/or other library staff to promote library collections in library-produced print and digital publications and social media. Proactively curate your collections for discoverability by library customers.
  5. Lead: Participate in the librarian leadership team to develop and facilitate the library’s community impact goals. Participate in project teams for work related to collection design, programming, and promotion. Working with your supervisor and others, provide leadership and self-initiative in helping the Library fulfill its community impact goals, particularly those focused on reading and preparing children for kindergarten. Leadership opportunities may include attending conferences, creating presentations and actively engaging with other collection development professionals in the public library community.

Position Requirements/Preferences


  • A Master’s of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited university with one year of work experience in a public library, or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and three years of experience working in a public library.
  • Knowledge of reader’s advisory and collection development principles and practices.
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office products, library ILS system software, vendor websites and products, and online searching.
  • Excellent communication skills and strong public service orientation.
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to perform detailed work with accuracy.
  • Ability to create reports and respond to written and visual data from products including Excel and the library’s ILS.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
  • This position requires bending, lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing materials weighing up to 100 pounds, reaching, the ability to climb stairs, talking on the telephone and stationary work at a computer terminal.


Spanish language fluency

PAY & BENEFITS: Salary range begins at $42,500 annually. Excellent benefits including health & dental insurance with pre-tax premiums, and a retirement plan (KPERS). Group life, disability coverage and accidental death benefits are also provided. Other optional benefits available at employee’s expense include vision, life and cancer insurance and a deferred compensation plan.

HOW TO APPLY: A completed and signed 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 the week of October 1, 2018.

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

Mail completed and signed job application materials to:
Human Resources
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 Resource office hours are M-F 9:00am-4:30pm. 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 the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Human Resources at: 785-580-4491 or send e-mail to:


Jesse Maddox

Jesse Maddox is the Human Resources Director. He leads the staff responsible for recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce of employees and volunteers, employee compensation and benefits plans, organizational culture, employee engagement, employee relation, and legal compliance. Jesse likes to spend time with his family and attend sporting events.