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Library JobsThe Dayton Metro Library is an Equal Opportunity employer dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse work force.  We recruit and hire the most qualified applicant without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Letters of applications and resumes may be emailed to Jennifer Kadel at, or they can be mailed to the Main Library at:

Attn: Jennifer Kadel, Human Resources Manager
Dayton Metro Library
215 East Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

You may also apply in person at the Ask Me Desk at the Temporary Main Library (located at 120 S. Patterson Boulevard) or any branch library location during standard business hours, or you may fax your resume to 937.496.4302.

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Audio Visual Systems Manager

Dayton Metro Library’s $187 million bond issue is delivering 17 new or renovated spaces to the communities that we serve, creating exciting opportunities to expand our potential to offer a high-tech, multimedia experience to our users.   As such, the Library has created a new Audio Visual Systems Manager position to help us manage the AV systems for the greatest benefit to our users in these new spaces.  All new locations have systems with projectors, large monitors, sound systems, listening assisted transmission, portable audio recording and editing equipment that are above and beyond what we have had before in our libraries.  And the Main Library will have a flexible performing/viewing/experience forum with 2 sound systems, a video wall, a 4k projector, a grand piano, and lighting systems.  Additional enhancements and opportunities for innovation are expected. The AV Manager will manage these systems, provide training and support to staff who use them for programming and events, and explore ways to expand how they are used.  The successful candidate will possess in-depth knowledge of audio visual operations and emerging technologies in the field.  

Essential Job Duties

  • Works with the Assistant Director for Information Technology Services to establish goals and objectives for the Information Technology Services Office which support the Library’s mission.
  • Hires, supervises, and monitors the development and work of direct reports. 
  • Recommends and develops plans for providing AV technologies for the enhancement of the user experience. 
  • Gathers information to identify AV technology needs and requirements, provide solutions, and evaluate usage.  Establishes policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines for AV services. Meets and communicates regularly with colleagues from Events Management, Public Services, External Relations, Facilities, and other departments to ensure the AV technology needs of the Library and its customers are met.
  • Develops strategy and timetable for implementation of initiatives to continue enhancing the AV experience in Library spaces. Participates in the planning and design of AV systems. Manages contracts with vendors and coordinates implementation with vendors, contractors, management, and staff.
  • Coordinates with the Staff Development Coordinator to ensure staff training of new AV technologies.
  • Coordinates with the Systems Manager and other IT staff to ensure new technologies’ integration into the larger IT systems environment.
  • Keeps up-to-date with changes in the AV technology environment. Continually watches for emerging integrated technologies.
  • Assists with preparing and monitoring the AV portion of the department budget.

Job Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of audio visual operations and systems hardware/software including sound systems, interactive and non-interactive monitors, listening assisted transmission, control systems such as Crestron and Extron, ceiling and interactive short throw projectors, theater lighting and video walls. 
  • Knowledge of available and emerging audio visual technologies. Experience with management of audio visual implementation projects.
  • Ability to plan, schedule and oversee department personnel and operations.
  • Ability to prepare and administer budgets.
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license, acceptable motor vehicle record, and continuous insurability required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or four years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in an audio visual technology-related field.
  • Occasional on-call support required.
  • Managerial experience is a plus!

Compensation and Benefits:  Pay range minimum is $63,985 annually with a full benefits package that includes paid holidays, vacation/sick leave accruals and professional development opportunities.  

Application Process:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Kadel at

Older Adult Services Librarian

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking an Older Adult Services Librarian who is responsible for the system-wide planning and support of services to older adults, their children, care givers and activity directors.  This position is based at our Outreach Services Department and works with outside agencies to establish and maintain contacts with the older adult community in Montgomery County, Ohio.  The successful candidate will be team-oriented, flexible, highly self-motivated and have a passion for this type of work.  
Essential Job Duties

  • Coordinates the development of programs for older adults system wide. Plans, implements and evaluates on-going programs and services and works with External Relations to prepare publicity.
  • Provides service and maintains liaisons with retirement communities, senior centers, and community agencies, attends community meetings, gives presentations.
  • Develops recommendations for senior services and provides input into policies affecting older adults including technology training and lending.
  • Establishes and maintains mechanisms for obtaining feedback from older adults.
  • Provides advice and recommendations to public service staff for developing and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for older adult patrons.
  • Displays knowledge of the psychology of older adults and keeps up with current trends.  Provides system-wide training which increases awareness and understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of older adults.
  • Sets and maintains guidelines and objectives for library staff who work with older adults. Conducts meetings, trains, and provides instruction and assistance for staff.
  • Performs daily pre-departure check of vehicles for proper operation.  Drives all department vehicles to appointed stops and parks unit in a position to ensure patron and staff safety.

Job Qualifications

  • Knowledge of professional library principles, methods, techniques and procedures. 
  • Knowledge and appreciation of older adult literature, periodicals, audio-visual materials, websites and other electronic media, and materials. Knowledge of available older adult materials and reader’s interests.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs to support older adults.
  • Knowledge of available and emerging technologies and their application to older adult services. Knowledge and understanding of the psychology of older adults. 
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license appropriate for driving all department vehicles, acceptable motor vehicle record, continuous insurability and proven competency operating and maintaining the Bookmobile and all other Outreach vehicles required.
  • MLS/MLIS (preferred) or its equivalent in education and experience is required.  

Compensation and Benefits:  Starting hourly wage is $21.55 with an exceptional benefits package.

Application Process:  Please send your cover letter and resume to Jennifer Kadel at

Branch Manager, Wilmington-Stroop Branch

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking an energetic, team-oriented Branch Manager for our busy Wilmington-Stroop Branch, which serves Kettering, Ohio and its surrounding diverse communities.  We are seeking a leader who is enthusiastic about serving the citizens of these communities by delivering top-notch customer service that will make a difference in the lives of our Library users.  Be a part of a passionate, patron-centric team of librarians and support staff who represent the Dayton Metro Library’s commitment to inform, enrich, and inspire those we serve!  

Essential Job Duties

  • Demonstrates and models excellent internal and external customer service.  Maintains frequent personal presence in public areas to ensure outstanding service. 
  • Establishes and implements goals and objectives for branch service which support the Library’s mission.
  • Directs all branch services such as reference assistance, readers’ advisory, outreach, circulation, and programming.
  • Hires, manages, evaluates, and schedules employees in assigned branch.  Oversees branch volunteers.  Serves as liaison between administration and branch staff. Communicates with administrative team on policy, patron, and staffing issues. 
  • Manages branch collections, oversees evaluation and processing of donated materials, and manages branch book sale.  Ensures the collection is responsive to community’s information, recreational, and educational needs. 
  • Promotes community awareness of the Library and establishes effective communication with community groups, organizations, and individuals.
  • Prepares budget requests and monitors branch facility and security needs.

Job Qualifications

  • Ability to plan, schedule, and oversee branch operations and personnel.
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, theories, concepts, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of literature, periodicals, web sites, social media, and other electronic media which constitute a diverse, current and relevant collection.
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with community officials, leaders, organizations, the public and the staff.  Ability to present information and respond to questions from staff, patrons, and members of the community individually and in a group setting.  Ability to deal effectively with confrontational individuals and/or challenging situations.
  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program, minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public library setting at a professional level, and supervisory experience preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:  Starting salary is $63,985 annually with an exceptional benefits package.

Application Process:  Please send your cover letter and resume to Jennifer Kadel at

Assistant Director for Public Services

It is an exciting time to be part of the Dayton Metro Library Team!  DML is in the process of renovating or replacing all branch facilities and the Main Library thanks to a $187 million bond issue.  We are seeking an enthusiastic, collaborative, self-aware, professional leader who values and understands the Library’s contribution to our communities.  The successful candidate will possess excellent communication, management and advocacy skills.  This leader will have a superb track record of building and sustaining effective teams and leading them through change.  We invite you to explore our website to discover all of our amazing initiatives and activities!  
Essential Job Duties

  • Establishes goals and objectives for public service and public services managers which support the Library’s mission.
  • Hires, supervises, coaches, and monitors the development and utilization of public service managers as assigned.  Prepares annual performance appraisals as scheduled.
  • Regularly meets with direct reports and visits agencies to provide leadership to managers and staff, to evaluate services, and to ensure the efficient, effective delivery of services to patrons.  Analyzes requests and problems and presents recommendations to Deputy Director.  Serves as the primary channel of communication between the Deputy Director and public service staff.
  • Acts as a leader to facilitate change.  Works with public services managers to create positive change management.  Maintains a current knowledge of operations.
  • Develops and maintains rapport with community organizations.  Serves on local committees and acts as a liaison to community organizations.  Identifies library needs in the community, and works with public services managers to establish priorities and programs for diverse populations to meet these needs.

Job Qualifications

  • Ability to plan, schedule, and oversee operations and personnel of the assigned locations.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional principles, practices, and methods of library science and administration.
  • Knowledge of management principles required to coordinate a system-wide function. 
  • Ability to hire, train, evaluate, motivate and lead staff.
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program.  Four to ten years of increasingly responsible experience at a professional level that includes work in branch and extension services with a minimum of three years supervisory experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Compensation and Benefits:  $89,894 annually with an exceptional benefits package

Application Process:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to

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