Principal Librarian, City of Coronado — Coronado, CA

The Principal Librarian directs, supervises and coordinates the Adult Services Division of the Library including acquisition of new materials and provision of reference services. We seek an innovative and technologically savvy librarian responsible for supervising and participating in the work of professional library staff, coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Library Services. This position is responsible for managing and overseeing the operations and collection of the Adult Services Division of the library as well as supervising the work of lower level Librarians and volunteer staff. May also serve as the Director of Library Services in his/her absence.

A completed City of Coronado employment application and resume must be received in the Human Resources Division on-line at (under the Quick Link to Employment) by 5:00 p.m. on September 5, 2014.

Key Responsibilities:
The following tasks are typical for positions in this classification. Any single position may not perform all of these tasks and/or may perform similar related tasks not listed here:
  • Assume management responsibility for the Adult Services Division of the Library including acquisition of new materials and provision of reference services.
  • Identify opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identify resource needs; review with appropriate management staff; implement improvements.
  • Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for assigned professional and technical library staff and volunteers; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate Library personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Participate in the preparation and administration of the assigned program budget; submit budget recommendations; monitor expenditures.
  • Conduct in depth research using the Library’s automated catalog system, the Internet and various electronic databases.
  • Coordinate the Library’s service program to shut-in patrons; establish contacts between patrons and library volunteers.
  • Approve or disapprove the purchase of books, periodicals, microfilm and electronic resources for the Adult Reference and Circulating Collections; ensure expenditures are within the approved budget.
  • Communicate with book publishing representatives to evaluate their printed and electronic products for addition to the Library’s collection; maintain awareness of trends in book and electronic publishing through reading appropriate library and related journals.
  • Review and approve recommendations for withdrawal of items from the Library collection; analyze subject areas on a regular basis to ensure adequacy and currency of materials.
  • Provide assistance to Library patrons; explain use of automated catalog systems, indexes and databases; recommend materials to patrons using standard bibliographic sources; locate materials on the shelf.
  • Determine patrons’ needs through the reference interview process; suggest resources from within the Library’s collection or from other libraries.
  • Coordinate the cataloging of government documents; research issues related to municipal government; respond to requests from the Department of the Navy and the State for special handling of documents related to environmental issues.
  • Promote Library services and resources through the use of outreach and the media; prepare informational handouts for public distribution including calendars and flyers.
  • Participate in the preparation of programs and activities including volunteer participation.
  • Operate a variety of office equipment including a computer, telephone system, copy machine, facsimile machine and other related equipment.
  • Serve as the Director of Library Services in the absence of same; resolve complaints received from patrons.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Minimum Requirements:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: At least six years of increasingly responsible professional librarian experience, including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Education/Training: Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited college or university.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License with a safe driving record.

Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

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