Careers at the Joplin Public Library

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We often have part-time or volunteer positions available.


Available Positions

POSITION AVAILABLE: Children’s Assistant

SCHEDULE: Part-time – 20 hours per week

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled, but first consideration given to applications received by Janurary 11, 2023
Applications available for pick-up at the Library or download an application at

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists patrons in finding information in person, on the telephone, and via email; Plans and conducts children’s programs in collaboration with the Children’s Librarian and other staff, both in person and virtually; Cleans and maintains order in the Children’s Department; Helps patrons locate materials in the collection; Opens and closes the Children’s department- evening and weekend hours are required; Provides readers’ advisory assistance; Assists patrons with the computers in the Children’s department; Creates marketing materials, brochures, and bookmarks; Enforces library policies; Instructs patrons in basic library use; Checks, shelves and changes status of new children’s book and magazines; Performs other duties as assigned by the Children’s Librarian.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Requires two years of college or equivalent experience; must enjoy working with the public, especially children and their families; must be able to maintain a cheerful demeanor under pressure; good communication and public relation skills; must be willing to present in-house and outreach library programs in person and virtually; must have a working knowledge of library automation system, basic computer programs and the Internet; must be comfortable with and able to use emerging technology to reach community members outside of the library; must possess a wide knowledge of children’s literature and interest in a variety of subjects

BENEFITS: Part-time position with an excellent benefits package including: vacation, sick and personal leave; holiday pay; health, dental, life and vision insurance available at COBRA rates

SALARY:  $13.0649 per hour.

For further information contact Christina Matekel-Gibson at (417) 623-7953 ext. 1038; or email

The Joplin Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Posted 1/4/23

The Library only accepts applications when there are available positions.


SCHEDULE: Part-time position (20 hours per week), with a combination of afternoons,
evenings and weekends required.

DEADLINE: First consideration will be Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. Position open until

  Under general supervision, performs a variety of
cleaning activities.

Graduation from high school or G.E.D. equivalent and
experience equivalent to one full year of custodial work. Basic e-mail, writing and verbal
communication ability required.

Benefits package includes a monthly accrual of sick and personal leave, a
yearly accrual of two weeks of vacation and ten paid holidays per year; health, dental,
and vision insurance available at COBRA rates.


Applications are available at the library, 1901 E. 20 th St., or download
an application at

  Lisa E. Brown at (417) 623-7953 ext.
1020, or email

The Joplin Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

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Volunteers are a valuable resource for public service organizations and we are grateful to our terrific volunteers who help support the Library. Volunteers generally straighten or shelve materials, perform clerical duties, clean toys, dust shelves, assist with program preparation, or work on other specially assigned projects.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Joplin Public Library please fill out our volunteer application by clicking the “Apply to Volunteer” button below. Library staff will review the application and contact you when a position is available. 

The Friends of the Joplin Public Library also use the services of its volunteers/members to run a book sale and staff a Library welcome table.  If you’re interested in helping them, visit