CLASSIFICATION NO. 259
Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the library and library branches providing services to residents in unincorporated areas of the County; and to do other work as required.
The Library Division of the Department of Business and Community Services provides patron services at library branches in various locations throughout the County. The Library also cooperates with the Metropolitan Interlibrary Exchange which provides checkout and return services between several libraries in the regional area.
The Library Director is responsible for the management of the patron library services operated by the County. In coordination with the Board of Library Trustees, the incumbent formulates, revises and implements policies to meet the long range goals of the library system.
The Library Director differs from the Library Network Manager who is responsible for the network automation, the calculation of the tax levy distribution formula and the disbursement of funds to participating jurisdictions. It also differs from the Library Operations Supervisor who oversees library branch operations, but is not responsible for library policy or budget development and monitoring.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Plans, coordinates and implements library patron services for County operated libraries; determines nature and extent of library programs, collection development and acquisitions and specific services provided to the public.
- Prepares annual budget and work plan; plans, implements and monitors budget expenditures; researches and initiates proposals for grants and other funding resources; supervises and monitors purchases and contracts conducted by library staff.
- Directs the management of County operated libraries; establishes methods and procedures for daily library operations; sets general staffing schedules and library hours of operations.
- Hires and supervises professional and clerical staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommend and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide quality service to citizens.
- Participates in cooperative programs and services with other libraries, County departments, businesses and other agencies; establishes level of County participation in auxiliary activities; represents County library and the Department of Business and Community Services on committees and advisory boards and at meetings and conferences.
- Promotes community awareness and support of library programs; represents County library with community and social service organizations; maintains public relations contact with local media; develops volunteer programs and supervises volunteer recruitment and training.
- Provides staff support to the Board of Trustees; researches and provides statistical and written reports as requested; compiles data for special federal and state reports.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public library administration, collection development, reference and circulation systems and cataloging; principles and practices of public administration, personnel management, program planning and budget/grant administration; public relations techniques.
Skill to: Identify and coordinate County library service needs; develop effective library systems and procedures; supervise and train personnel in library procedures; direct and coordinate a variety of library programs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, advisory board personnel, government officials and other library professionals; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including public speaking; direct and work within a team management approach; organize and maintain record systems; interpret and implement local, state and federal laws related to library operations; research, analyze local citizen library service needs and appropriate reading materials; apply research, budget and other data to develop the long range plan.
Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
A Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS), with additional education, training or experience in public library administration OR any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.