Wednesday, May 20, 2015

City of Carlsbad - Lead Librarian

Lead Librarian - Circulation Services

$2,200.00 - $2,877.60 Biweekly
$4,766.67 - $6,234.80 Monthly
$57,200.00 - $74,817.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 05/19/15
CLOSING DATE: 06/08/15 11:00 PM


Are you a librarian who embraces the library's role in building communities and enriching lives?  Does your mind buzz with ideas when asked how libraries can evolve from transaction-based services to interactive customer engagement?  If the answer is "yes", then read on.

Carlsbad City Library is seeking an enthusiastic and forward-thinking library professional for its newly created Lead Librarian - Circulation position.  The ideal candidate will be a creative collaborator who can work with staff across multiple divisions  to envision and implement new ways of serving the public.  This opportunity comes in the wake of the Library's $11 million modernization and renovation project targeted at meeting the changing needs of the community in today’s digital age.

  • The Oral Board Interview process for this position is tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2015 (date subject to change).
  • This position performs professional library work independently or under direction of a Deputy Library Director or designee to plan, organize and administer library circulation services across City libraries. This assignment may be an individual contributor or lead or supervise others in addition to utilizing their underlying knowledge, skills and abilities in circulation services.

  • Assists patrons in the use of the Library and ensures top quality user experiences.
  • Plans, manages and administers professional library services.
  • Recommends and locates library materials appropriate to library users’ needs.
  • Provides instructions in the use of various print, electronic, and online resources.
  • Promotes libraries, library services and library programs.
  • Manages programming, schedules, plans and publicizes programs and events.
  • Participates in the development of online resources and their delivery.
  • Maintains an active role in the community, including schools, community groups, civic and other governmental agencies to promote library and city services.
  • Prepares grant requests and implements grants related to program and collection development. Monitors grant expenditures and prepares reports.
  • Catalogues and classifies library materials.
  • Maintains the integrity of Library records.
  • Manages the budgeting for a program, functional or specialized area or division.
  • Develops and manages library collections and circulations for all sites.
  • Develops and delivers classes and instruction on technology and computers.
  • Prepares reports based on the collection and analysis of relevant data for library activity.
  • Participates and contributes to Library projects.
  • Leads and participates on committees and teams.
  • Responds to challenging situations and emergencies.
  • Recruits, selects, schedules and trains full time professional librarians, para­professional employees, hourly employees and volunteers.
  • May approve timecards.
  • Supervises the work of staff engaged in providing various library services.
  • May provide input into disciplinary matters.
  • Schedules, attends and/or presents training and education seminars, workshops and classes, for Library and City related skills.
  • May represent the service area or the library at meetings of library, city, community and professional associations.
  • Pursues continued professional and Library wide development.
  • Works weekends and evening hours as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Complexity and Scope
  • Fully qualified library professional assigned to a specific functional program and an increased span of control.
  • Requires full use and application of standard library principles, theories, concepts and techniques used, and a solid understanding of the Library’s relevant policies and procedures and the specialized functional program area and/or system wide program area of the library.
  • Independently completes complex librarian projects and tasks. Work is thorough, accurate, timely, and on­ budget.
  • May initiate and conduct innovative research, as it is relevant to the Library’s objectives.
  • Problem Solving, Innovation & Creativity
  • Proactively identifies and provides solutions to a wide range of difficult and complex problems in a through and innovative, yet practical manner.
  • Exercises initiative in the improvement and development of functional program area and/or system wide program area.
  • Responsible for key technical decisions in area of expertise.

Applies sound business and technical judgment to problems.
  • Identifies possible project or program ideas that impact existing services and the direction of library division.
  • Provides and implements creative solutions that create value and meet organizational needs.
  • Demonstrates a strong capability in the area of creativity and innovation.
  • Thinks “outside the box” and originates change.

Discretion and Impact
  • Independently exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies, selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Such areas of discretion and impact include but are not limited to functional programs and/or system­ wide programs, purchases and/or budget allocation, evaluation of full time, hourly employee’s or volunteer’s performance, implementing emergency procedures and dealing with challenging patrons or issues.
  • Incorrect decisions or recommendations, or failure to achieve objectives would normally have a serious effect upon the organization’s results and citizen/patron relationships and experiences.

Contact and Communication
  • Frequent direct contact with citizens/patrons, developers, contractor/suppliers, external agencies to understand issues and plan and implement solutions.
  • Frequent cross functional contact and coordination.
  • Skilled and effective communicator, with both written and oral presentations.
  • Highly developed technical writing skills.
  • May train other librarians or para­professionals in the use of tools, systems, and policies.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Communicates with other departments to accomplish objectives.
  • Supervisor and effective team leader and coach. Actively contributes to creating an environment which sustains motivation and the introduction/sharing of new ideas.
  • May present to the Library Board or Friends of the Library and/or City Council.
  • May represent the organization within the community and at professional meetings.

Supervision Given or Received
  • Works under very general direction. This position typically reports to a Senior Librarian or in certain assignments a Deputy Library Director.
  • Receives assignments in the form of overall objectives and proposes goals and approaches to meet objectives.
  • Independently determines approach to most problems or projects.
  • May supervise, schedule, evaluate and/or direct and coach the work of professional librarians, para­professional or clerical staff and/or volunteers.
  • Recruits, selects and trains professional librarians and others.
  • Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting objectives.
  • Leads functional problem solving teams and chairs committees.

Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office Suite, integrated library systems, research databases, public computer authentication and print systems, digital scanners, microfilm/fiche machines, eBook readers and portable devices and others specific to job duties.
  • Technical, Organizational, and Business knowledge
  • Requires an advanced understanding of:
  • Principles, practices of professional library work.
  • Use of standard library tools and practices in processing library materials.
  • Current consumer technologies.
  • Automated library systems and databases.

Principles of supervision.
  • Methods for effective of community outreach and public relations.
  • The basics of the City’s Vision and Strategy, and annual operating goals, and how their area and work supports the Vision/Strategy/Goals.
  • The organizational structure of the City and the roles and responsibilities of functions related to their position.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to:
  • Mentor others in fostering excellent customer service.
  • Use automated library systems, databases and Internet in performing technical library tasks.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate others involved in related activity.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:
  • A Masters of Library Science or a Masters of Library and Information Systems from an American Library Association Accredited library school.
  • Two years of professional library work experience is required to qualify for the Lead Librarian level, including a minimum of one year of prior library supervisory experience and exercised knowledge of library circulation functions.

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