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SENIOR LIBRARIAN (Reference Services Division) – City of Carlsbad

SALARY: $2,430.40 – $3,179.20 Biweekly
$5,265.87 – $6,888.27 Monthly
$63,190.40 – $82,659.20 Annually
OPENING DATE: 12/15/17
CLOSING DATE: 01/09/18 05:00 PM
Are you a librarian who embraces the library’s role in building communities and enriching lives?  Are you a results-oriented team builder who fosters collaboration and innovation?  If the answer is “yes”, then read on.

About the Library: The Library & Cultural Arts Department of the City of Carlsbad provides educational, informational, and cultural services for all community residents, and contributes to a high quality of life by supporting lifelong learning, the pursuit of knowledge, and an environment conducive to community gathering. The Library & Cultural Arts Department operates three public facilities that include the Carlsbad City Library, the Georgina Cole Library and the Library Learning Center, along with presenting public art throughout the community. The Carlsbad City Library is also home to the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, George and Patricia Gowland Meeting Room and the Cannon Art Gallery which support a variety of visual and performing arts programs, arts education and cultural arts services.

About the Position:
Positions in the Senior Librarian class are heads of major library divisions and administer a variety of special programs, resources, and services.  Incumbents are expected to perform advanced professional librarian duties and exercise creativity and analytical skills to not only oversee the day to day operations, but to also provide leadership toward continually improving department-wide services and processes.

The Library is currently seeking an enthusiastic and technologically ­savvy Senior Librarian to oversee Reference Services at all library locations.  This position is responsible for guiding and motivating a team of 9 full-time and 11 FTE of part-time professional and paraprofessional library staff in providing reference and outreach services to the community. The division is also supported by volunteers who help with outreach and program support.  This team provides services at six service points (currently) assisting patrons with library services, providing technology assistance, presenting programs and instruction, and leading the library’s new Exploration HUB technology center.

The ideal candidate will have proven leadership abilities and experience providing a variety of library services to teens and adults.  The Library is looking for a creative and inspiring professional to guide a strong team in managing new services and outreach initiatives.   In addition, the individual should enjoy and feel comfortable developing and maintaining relationships with patrons, the community, stakeholders, outside organizations and other city departments.

This opportunity comes in the wake of the Library’s $11 million modernization and renovation project targeted at meeting the changing needs of the community in today’s digital age. The ideal candidate would bring a strong vision for the future of this division.

The Oral Board Interview process for this position is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 22, 2018 (date to be determined and subject to change).

Plans, manages and administers professional library services.

Promotes libraries, library services and library programs.

Maintains an active role in the community, including schools, community groups, civic and other governmental agencies to promote library and city services.

May represent the service area or the library at meetings of library, city, community, and professional associations.

Maintains positive ongoing relationships with external groups in order to identify community needs and enhance public services.

Coordinates library-related activities with other city departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.

Manages the budgeting for a program, functional or specialized area or division.

Recruits, selects, schedules and trains, and assigns the work of full-time professional librarians, paraprofessional library employees, hourly employees and volunteers. May provide input into disciplinary matters.

Supervises the work of staff engaged in providing various library services to the community.

Participates and leads in providing same services:

Assists patrons in the use of the Library and ensures top quality user experiences.
Develops and manages library collections for all sites.
Recommends and locates library materials appropriate to library users’ needs.
Participates in the development of online resources and their delivery.
Provides instruction in the use of various print, electronic, and online resources.
Conducts instructional workshops for the public and staff.
Develops and delivers technology-based instruction and programs.
Assists patrons in making effective use of library facilities by answering questions and helping them use the library’s resources.
Manages programming; schedules, plans and publicizes programs and events.
Reads books and prepares book reviews; promotes and supports the book clubs for adults.
Responds to citizen requests for information.
Schedules, attends and/or presents training and education seminars, workshops and classes, for library-and city-related skills.

Manages the continued growth and development of digital and technology-based services.

Ensures quality and consistency of work; determines means and methods for assessing quality of programs and services and tracks statistics and feedback.

Prepares grant requests and implements grants related to program and collection development.  Monitors grant expenditures and prepares reports.

Participates and contributes to library projects.

Leads and participates on committees and teams.

Responds and prepares for challenging situations and emergencies.

Pursues continued professional and library-wide development and promotes participation in development efforts for those supervised.

Actively works with city and departmental communications staff to publicize and gain visibility for the services and programs.

Demonstrates leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

Prepares written reports and oral presentations, complex analysis regarding library service and personnel policies, and similar work.

Assists in providing a variety of staff assistance services to the Deputy Library Director, Library Director, Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and other support organizations.

Knowledge of:
Advanced principles, theories and practices of professional library work.

Advanced principles and management of research methods.

Standards and principles of supervision and employee management.

Standard reference materials and reference services.

Principles of public relations and community outreach and library programming.

Current and emerging library technology trends and practices.

Ability to:
Develop, implement, and analyze library programs and services applicable to the needs of patrons and the community.

Understand and keep abreast of developments in library services and management.

Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Perform technical and managerial library tasks.

Establish, maintain, and foster a positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, including direct reports, colleagues, potential donors, businesses, and community organizations.

Analyze problems, identify alternate solutions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.

Select, supervise, develop, and evaluate staff.

An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

Three (3) years of professional library work experience, including two (2) years of prior library supervisory experience.

Completion of a Masters of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited library school.

Experience in the areas of library services and supervision to meet the requirements and responsibilities of the position.


SENIOR LIBRARIAN (Reference Services Division) Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. “See resume” and “see previous answer” are not acceptable answers to the questions below. By completing this supplemental evaluation, you are attesting that the information you have provided is accurate. Any information you provide may be reviewed by the hiring manager. Please place your initials as an acknowledgement of your understanding.
* 2. Please specify your level of education:
Checkbox Master’s degree or higher
Checkbox Bachelor’s degree
Checkbox Associate’s degree
Checkbox High school diploma or equivalent
Checkbox None
* 3. Please list your area(s) of study:
* 4. How many years of professional library work experience do you have in a supervisory capacity?
Checkbox 3+ years
Checkbox 1-3 years
Checkbox Less than 1 year
Checkbox None
* 5. Please list each of your positions where you acted in a supervisory capacity in a professional library environment. Include the date range(s) when you served as a supervisor, the number of employees you oversaw, and indicate if you were responsible for staff, recruitment, training and/or performance evaluation. If you do not possess this experience, indicate “n/a”.
* 6. Please describe a successful leadership experience you had in one of the supervisory roles listed in Question #5. If you do not possess this experience, indicate “n/a”.
* 7. Please identify and describe an innovation effort or technology-based service you initiated, introduced, and implemented. If you do not possess this experience, indicate “n/a”.
* 8. Please describe a situation where you were involved in the planning, implementation, and tracking of a library project or program involving multiple stakeholders and participants. Provide information on the project goals, obstacles that had to be overcome, and the final outcome of the project. If you do not possess this experience, indicate “n/a”.
* 9. Please describe what you see as today’s most important trend or issue related to adult programs, services, and outreach in a public library setting.
* Required Question

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