Monday, November 24, 2014

Santa Barbara Public Library System - Senior Librarian

Closing Date/Time: Thu. 12/04/14 5:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary:   $70,188.36 - $85,314.36 Annually
Location: Main Library, 40 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, California

Under direction of the Library Services Manager, coordinates and supervises the operations of Patron Services for the Santa Barbara Public Library System (SBPL). This position manages, supervises, trains, and evaluates a team of paraprofessional and clerical staff.  Professional library work will include overseeing all circulation functions for the system, collection development and evaluation, project management, and serving on a Black Gold committee.  Other professional responsibilities may include: cultivation and maintenance of community contacts; public presentations; development of specialized collection(s) materials and evaluation of collection/customer needs, interests, and requests; and other work as required.  An availability to work some evening and weekend hours is required.  An ideal candidate should have public library experience in the area of circulation, two (2) years of supervisory experience, and experience in collection development and managing a collection budget. The ability to communicate in Spanish is highly desirable.

Knowledge of: Public library services, organization, and equipment, program development, promotion and implementation; methods and principles of supervision and leadership; methods of collection development; and general and specialized reference techniques and resources, including online search techniques;
Skill in: Leading professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff; working with the public, staff and management; performing professional library work; library program planning; organizing a work unit; collection development; technical reference work; using and maintaining library equipment and tools.
Ability to: Effectively lead a work unit to provide quality public service; coordinate reference services; assist in meeting the needs of library clientele; assess community needs for library services and encourage participation in new and established programs; develop, monitor and evaluate collection(s) for quality and program effectiveness; perform difficult reference searches and readers advisory assistance; communicate effectively in oral and written form with library staff and patrons; prepare and conduct oral and media presentations; write letters and statistical/narrative reports; use online databases; supervise staff; explain rules, regulations, procedures and work effectively with a variety of library patrons; make library procedures and policy decisions in accordance with manager's guidelines.
License Requirements: California driver's license at time of appointment.
Education: Equivalent to a Masters degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in library or information science or a related field.

It is important that your application and supplemental questionnaire show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess which qualifies you for this position.  All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and applications will be reviewed.  Those candidates that meet minimum qualifications will have their names placed on an eligible list for this classification and have their names referred to the Library management staff for a selection interview.

Senior Librarian Supplemental Questionnaire
*1.          Describe your experience in managing a work unit.
 *2.         Describe the two functions of public library work that you have the most experience in.
 *3.         Describe your customer service experience in a public library.
 *4.         This position has collection development responsibilities, what actions would you take to evaluate and improve your assigned area of the collection?
 *5.         Tell us about implementing a major service change in a library, was it successful, what did you learn and what might you do differently?
 * Required Question

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