Now Hiring – Public Services Assistant

Position Open: Public Services Assistant I, Part-time
15-20 hours per week 

Duties:

  • Provide public desk services: check-in/check-out, renew materials, place holds, issue library cards, assist patrons with catalog searches for print, audiovisual and digital resources using the Evergreen Indiana Integrated Library System
  • Answer patron questions about the Library’s public computers, printing, faxing, copying and other library services 
  • Shelve books, magazines, and audio/visual items as needed
  • Handle cash
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements include:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent; Some college preferred
  • Able to work weekend and evening hours and during school/college calendar breaks
  • Proven customer service experience
  • Excellent communication skills, phone etiquette; fluency in English
  • Ability to work with a diverse Library patron population
  • Ability to work independently and with other Library staff as required
  • Proficiency in and the ability to assist patrons in the use of computers, tablets, mobile devices, apps, and applications; Experience with Google Apps (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented, strong problem-solving skills
  • Physical labor: lifting boxes of books, pushing book carts, bending & stooping, ability to lift and carry at least 40  pounds 
  • A background check will be required by the Library
  • Familiarity with the West Lafayette community, public libraries, and proficiency in multiple languages a plus

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $12/ hr
  • No  health benefits are provided for this position
  • Paid holiday time off available.

For more information and to apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to Ashley Meyer at ameyer@wlaf.lib.in.us

The West Lafayette Public Library does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Now Hiring – Public Services Manager

Position Open: Public Services Manager, Full-time
(Position open until filled)

The Library is hiring a full-time Public Services Manager (40 hours per week)

Duties:

  • Provide public desk services: check-in/check-out, renew materials, place holds, issue library cards, assist patrons with catalog searches for print, audiovisual and digital resources using the Evergreen Indiana ILS
  • Answer patron questions about the Library’s public computers, printing, faxing, copying and other library services 
  • Assist in scheduling the Adult public service desks
  • Assist in creating training resources and providing hands-on training for staff
  • Shelve books, magazines, and audio/visual items as needed
  • Collect returned materials from library book drops as needed
  • Handle cash
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements include:

  • Associates degree required, MLS coursework a plus
  • Ability to achieve and maintain Library Certification level five (5)(1) or higher within 3 years 
  • Proven customer service experience
  • Excellent communication skills, phone etiquette; fluency in English
  • Able to work weekend and evening hours and during school/college calendar breaks
  • Ability to work with a diverse Library patron population
  • Ability to work independently and with other Library staff as required
  • Proficiency in and the ability to assist patrons in the use of computers, tablets, mobile devices, apps, and applications; Experience with Google Apps (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented, strong problem-solving skills
  • Physical labor: lifting boxes of books, pushing book carts, bending & stooping, ability to lift and carry at least 25 pounds 
  • A background check will be required by the Library
  • Familiarity with the West Lafayette community, public libraries, and proficiency in multiple languages a plus

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $30,700 – $35,000
  • Benefits include participation in the employer-sponsored health insurance program, paid time off (PTO)

For more information and to apply for this position please send a cover letter and resume to Scott Tracey, Assistant Director stracey@wlaf.lib.in.us

The West Lafayette Public Library does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

(1)LC 5: 60 hours of college course credit +9 hours of college-level library science credit

Courses must cover any 3 of the following 5 topics:  

  • Collection Development (aka Selection & Evaluation of Materials)
  • Reference and Information Sources
  • Library Management and Administration
  • Cataloging and Organization of Materials
  • Children’s Services (aka Materials for Youth)

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September Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The WLPL is not offering programs for children and their families at this time. We do offer limited days and hours of service and curbside collection of holds.
Current schedule of the days and times the library is open:
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: Open noon to 4 + Curbside collection of holds available from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. + Curbside collection of holds from 4 to 6 p.m.
Sundays: Closed

Reminders:
Patrons should enter the library through the doors on Columbia Street, which is on the south side of the library (the side that faces the garage).


The gates at the garage are now operating, so if you park in the garage, you will need to take a ticket to raise the gate. You will then get one free hour of parking.


Masks for all patrons age 3 and older are required. If you forget a mask, we have disposable masks at the door.
Visits are limited to 30 minutes.


Check the library’s website before you make a trip to the library. Because of the pandemic, we might need to change hours of service or close the library for a few days for extra cleaning.


We encourage patrons who do not feel comfortable being in the library to place desired materials on hold and collect them from the library during the curbside collection hours. Call the library after you arrive and then collect your materials at the table in the vestibule of the Columbia Street entrance. The materials will already be checked out to you, so there is no need to show your library card.


We will offer craft bags again in late September. We will also provide craft bags for Halloween and other fall and winter holidays, since we will not be able to offer our special holiday crafts events.

Library Reopening Information

The West Lafayette Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7th with new hours and safety procedures in place.

Coming soon: watch for our video explaining our reopening details!

We’re happy to have you back! Please do your best to adhere to the following safety standards.

While you are visiting the Library, please limit your visits to 30 minutes or less. This allows staff to maintain a clean environment between patron visits.

Masks are REQUIRED to be worn for the entire duration of your visit. We will have a limited quantity available if you do not have one.

If you are not feeling well, we ask that you do not visit the Library until you are feeling better. In the meantime, we encourage you to look into our digital resources or curbside pickup options.

Contactless Pickup (Curbside Service)
We understand that not everyone is ready to enter the Library again; that’s okay! Curbside service will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

To use this service, place holds on items you wish to check out either online through the Evergreen catalog or by calling the Library. Your items are ready once you receive a Hold Notification email. You then have one week to pick up your items during our curbside hours.

Please note: we will check out these items to you ahead of time.

When you arrive at the Library, call us to let us know you are here. Your items will be bagged and distributed contactlessly through our Columbia St. vestibule.

Holds may also be picked up at the circulation desk during open hours.

Safety and Cleaning Measures
We want everyone to be safe and feel comfortable while using the Library. As such, we have enacted the following practices.

The Building:
In addition to our normal cleaning service, the Library has hired additional staff to clean and sanitize all public areas while we are open to the public. Special attention will be given to high traffic areas and the Children’s Department. Public computers will be cleaned by staff after each patron use.

Library furniture has been rearranged to allow for optimal social distancing and will be cleaned routinely during public use.

Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building for public use.

The Materials:
All items that are returned will undergo a quarantine of at least 72-hours before being handled by Library staff. If you receive overdue notices for material you’ve already returned, don’t worry; the Library does not charge overdue fines. The quarantine process will not cause fines to accrue on your account.

Likewise, any incoming Evergreen Indiana, SRCS, or InterLibrary Loan materials will undergo the same quarantine. If you’re wanting an item from another Library, please keep this short delay in mind if the item is needed by a particular date (for book clubs, etc.)

The Staff:
All Library staff are required to complete self-assessments of health before reporting to work each day. While working in the building, staff will wear face masks and those working on public desks will be stationed behind plexiglass screens.

Meeting Rooms
Until further notice, all meeting rooms are closed. All meeting room reservations have been canceled.

Library Programs
Recurring in-person Library programs (such as storytimes, craft days, etc.) have been canceled.

Our librarians are working hard to provide you with alternate programs through virtual or take-home activities. This includes programs being held as part of our Summer Reading Program. For more information on these, please visit the News page.

Public Computers
Public computers are available for use with a 30-minute time limit per day.

Please note: there are no computers available in the Children’s Department. If a child needs to use a computer, they may use those available in the adult areas.

The Library offers mobile hotspots for checkout. If you are able to use one of these at home, we highly encourage you to do so! Hotspots may be checked out at the first floor circulation desk and can be checked out for one week at a time.

Printing/Faxing Service
If you need documents printed, feel free to email the files to us at refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us. Staff will print the documents before your arrival and have them ready for pickup. You may pick up your documents during curbside hours, if you prefer.

If you need documents faxed, you may also email the files to us at refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us, if you are able. Staff can fax the pages and then email the confirmation page back to you.

If you cannot email the documents that you need printed or faxed, you may still use our self-service processes while the Library is open. We can also offer staff assistance with this during curbside hours.

Currently, there is no charge for printing (black and white, up to 20 pages).

New Parking Garage Instructions
The Library’s new parking garage gate system will be active beginning July 7th. When you arrive at the garage, take a ticket from the entry gate.

You have one (1) hour of free parking, regardless of your destination. Present your ticket at the exit gate and you will not be charged for parking.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were in the Library for all of that time, your parking is free. See a staff member to have your ticket validated before leaving the Library.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were visiting the surrounding area, you will charged at a rate of $3/hour (maximum $10/day).

The Library will not validate parking used while the Library is closed.

No monthly parking passes are being sold at this time.

Coming soon: watch for our video explaining the new garage gate process.

Donations
At this time, we can accept small donations. You may bring these to the circulation desk during open hours.

Large donations or donation pickups are handled by the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library. Please contact the Friends for more information.

Questions?
Things have drastically changed and we know it’s a lot to take in. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 765-743-2261 or email refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us. Our phone/email hours are Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm.

Anti-Racism Reading

As we watch events around the country and the world unfold, the West Lafayette Public Library joins others in expressing our support of those fighting for social justice. 

As a public library, it is our duty to create free and equitable access to materials that encourage our community members to learn, grow, and seek the truth — even when it’s challenging. We begin our efforts by increasing the visibility and availability of materials that shed light on the impact that economic injustice and systemic racism play in our lives.

We hope that we can play a role in fostering understanding and change. We are developing a resource list of library materials to help. These lists are just a beginning, so please join us in exploring these important materials and discovering more. 

Thank you to the Purdue Black Cultural Center for their time and to other members of the community who have helped us build this list.

Adult Non-Fiction

YA Non-Fiction and Fiction

Children’s Materials

Conversations About Race – Hoopla Collection

Anti-Racism Reading – Overdrive/Libby Collection

Black Lives Matter – Resource Guide from Purdue University Libraries

The West Lafayette Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity grant. Indiana Humanities created the grant opportunity after the death of George Floyd with the intention to “help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.”

The grant award has allowed us to purchase 62 items including feature films, documentaries, Adult non-fiction, and Young Adult and Children’s fiction and non-fiction. The books were chosen from a list provided by Indiana Humanities and determined by library staff to best fill gaps in the library’s collection around racism and social justice issues.

Please find a catalog list of our selections below:

Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity Collection

August Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The library will be continue to be open with limited hours Tuesday through Saturday. We will also be filling requests for materials. Read about Contactless Pickup to learn when and how you may collect held items for your family.
August hours: Tuesday through Friday: Open from 12:00 to 4 p.m
Saturday: Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curbside collection of holds: Tuesday to Saturday: 4 to 6 p.m.,
Library closed Sunday and Monday, with no curbside holds collection.
If we need to reduce the hours we are open for any reason, we will post it on our website. As always, please call the library before you visit, if you have any questions about our hours.

Parking Garage: The gates on the parking garage on Columbia Street are now operating.
1. Take a ticket from the machine as you drive into the garage. Everyone who patronizes the library and area businesses gets one hour of free parking per day. People who are in the library get free parking for their visit, but they must get their ticket validated before they leave the library.
2. Ask a staff member to validate your ticket at a customer service desk as you leave the library if for some reason you are at the library for longer than the current 30 minute visit limit.
3. Scan the ticket at the exit as you leave the garage.
4. Please note: If you use the parking area during the hours when the library is not open, you will need to pay $3/hour. (Credit/debit cards only. No cash payment is possible.) If you have any problems exiting the garage, there is a call button to press to speak to a garage service employee,

We are excited about seeing our families again. However, we need to give you a little more information to prepare your children for their visits. In order to be able to clean the building carefully every day and keep things germ-free, we have made some changes.
Masks will be required for all adults and for children older than 2.
Visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
Early Learning & internet computers will be turned off.
One self-check station and one catalog computer will be available in the children’s area. There will also be 1 to 2 staff members to assist you at our information desk.
The castle area will be closed, as it would be impossible to clean it after every child plays there.
No puzzles or coloring pages.

Craft Bags
Since we are not allowed to have our usual programs, we will be sending home crafts for children to complete at home. Craft bags will be available for families on the days we are open and during the “contactless holds pick up hours.” There will be a limit of one bag per child per week. The bags will be on a table in the vestibule of the Columbia Street entrance, next to the table with held items to be collected, and on tables in the children’s area when the library is open. Bags from previous weeks will also be available, as long as the supplies last.

The craft bags will be available weekly until August 15. From September through December, there will be craft bags two times per month. The theme for August 10 – 15 will be Mystery Week. Children will make a paper magnifying glass and complete a scavenger hunt at home. After they have found all the objects in the hunt and drawn pictures of them on the scavenger hunt game board, they may bring the game board to the library and collect a small prize during the hours the library is open. Children may collect their scavenger hunt prize until Saturday, September 5.

May Children’s Department News

Dear Parents:
Happy Spring! The children’s department staff misses our families and hope that you are all healthy and coping with staying in your homes, instead of enjoying your many activities, including visiting the library.
We have been busy ordering and processing new books for your children, creating materials for our summer reading club, making room on the shelves for new books, and working with the architects to finalize the plans for the construction of the new children’s area in the library.

Bad news: We do not yet know when the library will be opening again. We are planning a contactless “curbside pickup” of reserved items and intend to start that service on May 20. (Please see Nick’s announcement about this on the website.) We are developing plans for reopening the library at some time in the summer, too.
We will not be able to offer the “Lap Sit”, “Time for Twos”, “Music & Fun”, and Preschool Story and Craft programs until late summer or possibly early fall. Instead of lego builders club meetings and craft and science events during the summer, we will be creating weekly craft bags for children. (More information about the craft bags will be available when we open again.)
Good news: We will be offering summer reading clubs for children, teens, and adults. They will just be a little different this year …..

Our Children’s Summer Reading Club is for children who are ages 1 through 12. (Students who are entering 7th grade may participate in the children’s department club or the teen club.)
The program is for listeners as well as readers.
Children are not required to have a library card, but the registering adult must have an email address.
Children will have the choice of recording the number of pages, books, or minutes read.
Everyone will be able to register online. Parents will need to register their children. Check our newsletter and the library website in June to learn how to register your families.

Register: June 15 to July 26
Read: June 15 to July 26
Collect Prizes: Dates to be announced after July 1

IF the library is able to reopen during summer reading time, children may register in person at that time, if they prefer to use the paper forms to record their reading activity. Also, all children who register, either online or in person, will be able to collect their summer reading bags as soon as the library opens.
We will announce the dates of prize collection after we know when the library will be open again.
Happy Reading!