Library Director, Keene Memorial Library

By IS Lab February 14, 2021

Keen Memorial Library

Work involves responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating all activities of the Library Department/Keene Memorial Library. Subject to the general policies established by the City of Fremont, the employee in this class is responsible for planning the long-term development of the library program. An employee in this classification is expected to exercise considerable independent judgement. Considerable authority for performance of administrative activities is delegated to this employee and the major emphasis for the work is for the overall administration and coordination of library services and activities. The employee in this classification acts as the chief administrative officer for the Library Board. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, para-professional, clerical, and semi-skilled employees. Supervision is received from the Assistant City Administrator.

Job Duties

  • Plans, organizes, and directs library services and programs that are provided to the community.
  • Works with Library Board and Assistant City Administrator to determine long term strategic plan and identify library service goals and objectives.
  • Prepares the library budget; exercises purchasing and budgetary controls; prepares specifications for library equipment, supplies, and materials; monitors contract compliance; expends gifts and trusts as directed or approved by donors,
  • Oversees collection development, working with library staff to build & maintain appropriate collections of print, non-print and electronic materials for the library.
  • Responds to customer inquiries about the collection.
  • Evaluates results and recommends policies, procedures, and actions to achieve program goals and ensures that they conform to municipal, state, and federal laws and accepted library ethics, principles and best practices.
  • Prepares statistical reports, surveys and an annual report for submission to the city and state bodies.
  • Selects, hires, schedules, supervises, either directly or indirectly, all employees of the library system;
    evaluates library and employee performance.
  • Works with Human Resources Department on hiring, training and disciplinary procedures.
  • Ensures compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, personnel policies and departmental regulations; takes corrective action when necessary.
  • Monitors, plans for and implements facilities and grounds care and maintenance.
  • Determines capital budget needs and makes requests, prepares specifications and obtains bids for products and service agreements.
  • Confers with other state, county, municipal officials, citizens, clubs, and other community organizations.
  • Makes presentations, explains library objectives, policies, and services.
    Participates in community activities and programs, presenting lectures and talks about
    library services.
  • Acts as liaison to library support organizations and trusts; provides guidance, communicates library needs and assists and supports these groups.
  • Plans for, implements and evaluates library marketing efforts, communicating available services, materials and programs to the public.
  • Works with library staff to prepare appropriate information publications, signs, mailings, website and social media postings to promote library services and programs.
  • Maintains awareness of current library applications of technology.
  • Plans for the purchase, implementation and use of computer technology, software and internet applications to support library programs and services.
  • Performs other work which is consistent with the essential functions of the job.

Job Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in liberal arts or related field supplemented by a completion of an accredited master’s degree in library science; and thorough experience in professional library work in a supervisory capacity, experience in developing and monitoring budgets and experience in dealing with building and grounds issues or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the desirable knowledge, abilities and skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, methods and best practices of library administration.
  • Extensive knowledge of community needs and interests in relation to library services including sensitivity to a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of reader interest levels, of books, authors, non-print materials and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of the book publishing and distribution industries and library service providers.
  • Knowledge of library computing technologies, internet and social media applications and standard office productivity and communication software.
  • Thorough knowledge of sound methods of management in relation to the operation of a growing public library.
  • Knowledge of municipal, state, and federal ordinances and statues pertaining to public libraries their services.
  • Ability to lead in times of significant change.
  • Ability to analyze library needs and to evaluate library services.
  • Ability to speak and to write effectively.
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals in government, on staff and from the public in a positive and professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain positive staff morale.

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