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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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JOB BANK ENTRY—FULL TIME                                                                                            
LIBRARIAN III/COORDINATOR OF COLLECTION MANAGEMENT, WEB ACCESS AND DELIVERY SERVICES
CENTRAL LIBRARY/BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Opens: 01/29/2016 Closes: 02/12/2016
 
 
DESCRIPTION
Administers, plans and coordinates day-to-day operations of the Collection Management Division (36 employees) which consists of Acquisitions, Page Room and Delivery Services, Web Access and Catalog departments; performs all personnel functions for assigned staff; develops policies and procedure recommendations, and develops system-wide operational budget for all library materials. Manages Collection Development functions including digitization and materials preservation projects for the Birmingham Public Library System.  Supervises IT staff that develop software and local databases, and the library’s websites and social networking activities.  Responsible for the system-wide/cooperative functions of the Page Room, Delivery Service, and the Catalog and Acquisitions Departments.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
  • This position reports to the system’s Deputy Director.
  • Manages Collection Development and the budgets for the Central Library and the 18 branch locations.
  • Meets and negotiates with book and non book library information and materials vendors to receive the best price for materials purchased.
  • Administers, plans and coordinates operations of the Acquisitions Department, Web services, Page Room, Delivery Services, and Catalog Department.
  • Develops, coordinates and interprets policies and procedures for assigned departments; prepares operational budget recommendations, monitors expenditures and revenues.
  • Performs all phases of personnel functions for assigned staff to include interviewing, hiring, recommending promotions and merit increases and maintaining appropriate personnel records. 
  • Directly supervises department heads to include training, monitoring and evaluating work.
  • Provides support and guidance in performing their day-to-day personnel and operational functions.
  • Attends various administrative meetings to recommend new policies and procedures, discuss operation or personnel problems, and implement new practices for improving library operations and services.
  • Conducts staff meetings to implement new policies and procedures and resolve operational problems.
  • Conducts monthly training programs for staff development. 
  • Performs various public relations functions to include developing and initiating programs to promote the library; represents the library in outside agencies and organizations.
  • Prepares various reports, documents and correspondence and maintains adequate records and files.
  • Performs other related work as required.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and policies relevant to library operation and personnel administration.
  • Outstanding management skills.
  • Current knowledge of relevant and emerging issues, including involvement with local and state library associations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and creative problem solving ability and ability to use these in responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • The ability to lead effectively by example, inspire staff and promote enthusiastic teamwork and collaboration throughout the system.
  • Skill in directing, planning and evaluating library operations and staff to resolve problems and improve library services to the public.
  • Skill in coordinating various projects and delegating responsibilities appropriately.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Knowledge of and proven experience applying effective management practices and principles in a public library setting including personnel administration, budget development, financial management, strategic planning and project management.
  • Knowledge and skill in operating computers and general office software such as Microsoft Office applications and understanding of and experience in library automation preferably Innovative Interfaces.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and the ability to understand information from microforms and PC monitors and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to maneuver loaded books trucks weighing at least 100 pounds; ability to stoop, twist, turn, and move materials from place to place in the library; ability to lift moderate weight of up to 50 pounds is required. Must work nights and weekends as required.
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Graduation from a graduate library school program accredited by the American Library Association and seven years of professional level librarian work including three years of management/supervisory experience. Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and the ability to understand information from microforms and PC monitors and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to maneuver loaded books trucks weighing at least 100 pounds; ability to stoop, twist, turn, and move materials from place to place in the library; ability to lift moderate weight of up to 50 pounds is required. Must work nights and weekends as required. The applicant must have a valid Alabama driver’s license and be able to safely operate library vehicles as needed.
 
BENEFITS
Full-time position working 80 hours biweekly. Grade 29, with starting annual salary range of $57,761.60 - $63,544.00.  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.  Benefits include major medical health coverage, dental and life insurance, pension plan, paid vacation and sick leave, along with 12 paid holidays per year.

METHOD OF APPOINTMENT
Applicants must contact the Alabama Career Center (https://joblink.alabama.gov/ada/) for an application.  A resume and college transcript must be submitted with application. The application will be forwarded to the Birmingham Public Library Personnel Officer.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the Library Personnel Office. 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.  Background check is required. 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.
 
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