Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Paso Robles City Library - City Librarian

Closing Date: Dec. 21st, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Salary: $101,628 – $129,144

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Under the general direction of the Director of Library and Recreation Services, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Paso Robles Public Library.

Typical Assignments/Duties

  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs.
  • Investigates and analyzes the library information needs of residents, now and in the future.
  • Develops, coordinates and implements plans for new and emerging technologies in library services.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned staff; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Participates in the development and administration of the library’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
  • Oversees and participates in the full range of public relations and communication activities.
  • Participates as a partner and serves on the Administrative Council in the joint powers Black Gold Cooperative Library System, a three-county cooperative. The Council determines the overall direction of the cooperative as well as a shared ILS and values strong support of resource sharing and reducing barriers to sharing as key principles.
  • Identifies and develops collaborative relationships with strategic community and City partners to complement the organization and to support the achievement of mutual goals.
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and materials to become and remain current on principles, practices and new developments in public library organization.
  • Serves as staff to, advises, and/or facilitates the operation of the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.
  • Sets and maintains customer service standards.
  • Analyzes available print, media, and digital technologies and supervises the selection and acquisition of all library materials.
  • May act as Director of Library and Recreation Services in her absence. 


The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a strategic and creative thinker who thrives in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should be individuals who are accountable for their success. The ideal candidate will be an effective leader capable of educating and motivating internal staff and the community. The candidate should possess:

  • Excellent skills in communication and conflict resolution.
  • The ability to manage, direct, coordinate, and perform complex tasks, often with competing objectives.
  • The ability to work independently and in teams.
  • The ability to research and analyze technical, legal, and environmental issues and take or recommend appropriate actions.

Knowledge of:

  • Public library organization, objectives, trends, materials, services, programs, and practices; 
  • principles and practices of supervision, training, and personnel management; 
  • principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; 
  • current library systems; 
  • bibliographic databases, online public access catalogs, and integrated library systems; 
  • principles of selection, de-selection, and evaluation of library collections; 
  • marketing and promotion of library materials and programs.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; 
  • enthusiastically promote community interest in library services; 
  • demonstrate tact and diplomacy; 
  • employ management techniques effectively in directing, planning, organizing, staffing coordinating, budgeting and evaluating the library’s operation; 
  • recommend plans for modifying or extending library services, programs, and activities to meet community needs and requirements; 
  • operate modern office equipment including computer hardware and software related to office and library management systems; 
  • exercise independent judgment within established guidelines; 
  • demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community; 
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including community leaders, pubic officials, public groups, library staff, and the general public.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be

  • possession of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited graduate degree program
  • ten years of library experience, with five years of progressively responsible professional library experience including senior level library management

Special Requirements:
Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.

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