Thursday, October 29, 2015

Carlsbad City Library - Senior Librarian (Genealogy and Local History Division)

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 11/02/15 11:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $2,430.40 - $3,179.20 Biweekly; $5,265.87 - $6,888.27 Monthly; $63,190.40 - $82,659.20 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

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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 technologically-savvy Senior Librarian to oversee its Genealogy and Local History division.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced genealogist, archivist and preservationist with demonstrated experience in managing digital-archival projects, and a deep understanding of digital asset management systems and processes. In addition, the individual should enjoy and feel comfortable developing and maintaining relationships with patrons, the community, donors, outside organizations and other city departments.

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 ideal candidate would bring a strong vision for the future of this division.

The Oral Board Interview process for this position is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (date subject to change).

The Senior Librarian under general direction, will perform advanced professional librarian duties in support of the Genealogy and Local History division of the Carlsbad City Library. The position is primarily responsible for collecting and preserving local information for future generations and maintaining and developing the well-respected genealogy collection and services. Other responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and supervising services and programs; supervising the work of library employees; maintaining relationships with supporting organizations; and other related work as assigned. Positions in this class are heads of major library divisions and administer a variety of special programs, resources, and services.

We view the library's Genealogy and Local History division as a vital link in the way our communities understand themselves and each other, through an understanding of our history and evolving present-day.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides reference assistance at a public service desk to those doing research in genealogy and local history.
  • Assists patrons in making effective use of library facilities by answering questions and helping them use the library’s resources.
  • Plans, organizes and directs a variety of library services, related to the genealogy and local history division.
  • Supervises and coordinates the selection and cataloging and organization of library materials, performing a variety of other professional library work requiring a thorough knowledge of library materials and resources, supervises and participates in the preparation of reference and instruction resources for the public.
  • Manages the continued growth and development of digitization projects and implements new projects as they arise.
  • Ensures quality and consistency of digital records and metadata; determines means and methods for assessing production quality and tracks statistics and feedback.
  • Recruits, selects and trains professional librarians and genealogy and local history assistants.
  • Trains and supervises assigned library staff; assigns work priorities, manages and provides input for disciplinary matters.
  • Demonstrates leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Selects materials that support the scope of the collection.
  • Develops, maintains, and preserves the local history collections and archives.
  • Evaluates materials for rebinding, mending and replacement.
  • Promotes and organizes the collection donation process; evaluates gifts for condition and usefulness; maintains records of donations and provenance.
  • Maintains specialty collections.
  • Accessions, arranges, presents and preserves materials.
  • Oversees conversion of historical documents to new formats with an emphasis on access.
  • Plans, organizes, schedules and implements library programs such as instructional programs, visits by community and school groups, and informational programs for general public.
  • Conducts workshops in genealogy and local history research.
  • Actively works with city and departmental communications staff to publicize and gain visibility for the services and programs.
  • Reads books and prepares book reviews.
  • Responds to citizen requests for information.
  • Represents the Library in the community and at professional meetings.
  • Develops contacts in the community as a means of locating materials and promoting partnership and outreach opportunities.
  • Participates in departmental team and committee work.
  • Assists in providing a variety of staff assistance services to the Deputy Library Director, Library Director, Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and other support organizations. 
  • Prepares written reports and oral presentations, complex analysis regarding library service and personnel policies, and similar work.
  • Maintains positive ongoing relationships with external groups in order to identify community needs and enhance public services.
  • Coordinates library-related activities with other City Departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.
Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles, theories and practices of professional library work.
  • Advanced principles, and management of archiving and preservation techniques and trends.
  • Genealogy and local history research methods.
  • Standards and principles of supervision.
  • Tools and practices in processing library materials.
  • Standard reference materials.
  • Principles of public relations and community outreach.
  • Appropriate library technology, including specialized archiving and cataloging systems and techniques, including DACS, EAD, MARC, and Dublin Core.

Ability to:

  • Develop and implement library programs and services applicable to the needs of patrons and the community.
  • Understand and keep abreast of developments in digital and manuscript archives management, and digital and physical preservation techniques.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Perform technical library tasks.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster a positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including potential donors, businesses, and community organizations.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternate solutions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.

Experience & Education:
An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

Three (3) years of professional library work experience, including two (2) years of prior library supervisory experience. Completion of a Masters of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited library school.

Experience in the areas of genealogical and archival collections to meet the requirements and responsibilities of the position.

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