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JOB BANK ENTRY – FULL-TIME                                                            
Opens: 03/19/2018 Closes: 04/02/2018

This is a professional library position requiring knowledge of library principles, practices and policies, attention to detail, sound judgment, strong communications skills, and supervisory experience. Plans, directs and manages aspects of technical services including acquisition, cataloging, classification, processing of library materials, interlibrary loan and supervising personnel. Strong customer service skills and an excellent service philosophy are required. Employee must have the ability to substitute at other library locations as needed. Work is reviewed through conferences and on the basis of results achieved.  Works under the general guidance and direction of the division head.

• Reports to the division head for assigned department.
• Supervises assigned technical service staff members including conducting employee performance reviews, handling employee performance issues, provides training opportunities and general employee development.
• Responsible for the details of the daily administration of the assigned department by setting goals, reviewing and scheduling work assignments, workloads, and utilization of resources to maximize efficiency and productivity.
• Prepares departmental budget recommendations and manages budget in a timely and efficient manner; prepares various departmental reports, documents and correspondence and maintains departmental statistics.
• Recommends the adoption of bibliographic maintenance standards and authorities in an automated environment; develops procedures for processing all library materials.
• Develops procedures to standardize quality control and verify accuracy in bibliographic databases and library acquisitions.
• Monitors budgets for purchasing of library materials.
• Provides training to staff as needed on use of the library cataloging systems and methods.
• Assists in all facets of technical services, including cataloging, interlibrary loan, acquisitions and collection development, as required.
• Handles and resolves staff and patron complaints and problems regarding purchasing and classification decisions according to library policies and practice.
• Attends various department and system wide meetings, serves on system wide committees and task forces.
• Performs other related work as required.

  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service skills and ability to establish cordial and effective relationships with associates and patrons.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computers and various computer software applications, peripherals, online databases, online searching, and the Internet.
  • Knowledge of contemporary bibliographic-maintenance standards and practice including Resource Description and Access, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library of Congress subject headings, MARC, electronic ordering, resource sharing and library automation.
  • Knowledge of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies as well as emerging library applications (e.g. BIBFRAME).  
  • Ability to maintain cordial and effective relationships with associates and the public.
  • Ability to direct the work of nonprofessional staff, interns and volunteers
  • Experience with OCLC and Innovative Interfaces Inc.
  • Excellent written oral and communication skill.
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and understand information from microforms and PC monitors, and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to stoop, twist, turn and move materials from place to place in the library.  Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.

A master’s degree in library and information science (MLS, MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution.  A minimum of two years’ experience in a professional library position working in a supervisory function is required. Background check is required.

80 hours biweekly, Grade 25, with beginning salary range from $48,484.80 to $58,926.40 annually. All positions may include morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours, including Sundays.  Employees may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs.  Vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, group medical and dental coverage, life insurance, pension plan, and other excellent City of Birmingham benefits.

Instructions for applying can be obtained at Applications will be forwarded to the Personnel Officer of the Birmingham Public Library.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the library Personnel Office. A resume, cover letter and college transcript must be submitted prior to the interview.  Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview. You must pass a pre-employment health screen before you may be employed by the Birmingham Public Library. Position available immediately.
This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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