Help Wanted: Librarian (Head of Information Services)


LIBRARIAN-III (Head of Information Services)
M-9 $56,362 – $68,749/yr

Manages, creates and/or delivers exceptional programming and educational opportunities within the library, through community outreach and virtually. Teaches and collaborates with patrons, staff and a variety of organizations to create content, be effective consumers of information and provide lifelong learning experiences. Answers reference and information questions and performs advisory services, including reader’s advisory and programming, for all patrons with an emphasis on adults. Recommends, reviews and selects materials for purchase. Assesses and weeds the adult non-fiction and reference collections. Trains library users to search for information by following appropriate inquiry processes, using books and/or electronic resources. Supervises the daily operation of the Reference and Technical Services section at the Main Library, including providing direction to library staff and volunteers. Maintains records and reports as required by the Library Director. Applies for and coordinates grants as required by the Library Director. Represents the library at appropriate SAILS meetings and informs staff of updates of procedures and policies. Visits appropriate community agencies to inform them of available library services and special projects. Strives to meet the objectives of the library as established by the Board of Trustees. Administers assigned area of library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes work loads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. Provides professional advice on library issues to the Library Director and makes presentations when required. Ensures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to ensure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests in assigned area; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. Assists with various special library activities, such as book sales, displays and reading programs. Assists staff in performing duties; corrects errors and resolves complaints. Performs other related duties as required. The above covers the most significant responsibilities of this position. It does not, however, exclude other occasional duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.

Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university required. Experience with public programming creation, project management, outreach and strategic planning preferred. Some library experience in a reference department required. Supervisory experience preferred. Commitment to customer service principles and practices with dedicated emphasis towards excellence in service delivery.
Current and emerging models, practices and tools used by public libraries for the access and discoverability of resources. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs; thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection tools and techniques; working knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system; working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision.

Effectively plan and carry out programming. Provide leadership, innovation, collaboration and effective change solutions. Familiarity with an automated library system and the ability to assist patrons and staff on mobile devices and computer/internet usage. Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies, and Integrated Library Systems (ILS) software.

Ability to work flexible schedule including evenings and Saturdays. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Skill in analyzing and utilizing a variety of reports and records. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, employees, supervisors, other agencies and the general public.

For application/complete job description, please visit or contact the Personnel Dept., 133 William St., Room 212, 508-979-1444. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. EEO

New Bedford has a residency requirement.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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