Lead Branch Librarian
Posted: November 15, 2016
Application deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 5 pm. Deadline Extended
Position Summary: Responsible for daily operations of the Oshtemo branch of the Kalamazoo Public library under the direction of the Head of Branch & IT Services. Duties to include the management of public service operations of the branch including circulation, adult and youth services, programming, collection maintenance and overseeing short and long term planning of these operations. The lead branch librarian is also responsible for training, scheduling and evaluating support staff assigned to the branch.
Duties and Responsibilities: The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
1. Manages the daily operations of the branch: monitors building conditions; expenditures; evaluates effectiveness of systems and workflow; supervises and directs the work of support and hourly staff assigned to branch.
2. Works with department head to establish branch and departmental goals, budget requests, staffing, evaluation of branch service and circulation.
3. Assists patrons at public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and readers’ advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.
4. Provides oversight of service to patrons by providing expedient access to Library materials; provides support to staff in the resolution of patron requests, problems and complaints.
5. Conducts ongoing review of customer service and circulation best practices and recommends strategies for improvement.
6. Trains, supervises and evaluates the work of support staff assigned to branch.
7. Manages the ongoing maintenance of the branch collection through routine collection weeding and the implementation of collection management tools.
8. Participates in the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of branch programming for adults, teens, tweens, and children, parents and caregivers.
9. Represents KPL at community and outreach activities and events within branch area; collaborates with schools, youth-serving organizations and other community groups to determine common areas of interest and promote library services and programs.
10. Monitors budget and expenditures for agency operations.
11. Assists with programs at other branches, Central library, and outside sites as assigned.
12. Monitors use of the community room.
13. Posts regularly to staff blogs and library social media sites.
14. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and library-related events.
15. Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned
Job Specific Knowledge and Skill: Demonstrates broad, in-depth, and up-to-date knowledge of pertinent fields and awareness of current trends in area of specialty. Acts as a resource to others; freely and willingly shares new trends and technology with others.
• Monitors emerging trends and applicable standards, laws and best practices specific to library practices.
• Possesses a working knowledge of Lean management techniques for libraries and can demonstrate application of principles and practices to current branch operations.
• Demonstrates a working knowledge of Sirsi Integrated Library System.
• Demonstrates an ability to translate patron needs and interests into effective and engaging library service and programs.
• Demonstrates a broad knowledge and appreciation of literature, periodicals, audiovisual materials, websites and other electronic media and other materials that contribute to a diverse, current and relevant collection.
• Keeps informed of trends in literature, library services and issues affecting all age groups.
• Keeps abreast of new materials and those for retrospective purchase by consulting a wide variety of reviewing sources and publisher’s catalogs, attending professional meetings and by reading, viewing and listening.
• Maintains knowledge of the diverse needs, preferences and resources of the community on a regular and systematic basis.
1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework pertaining to public library service.
2. Minimum of three years of successful experience in management/oversight of a library location or division to include hiring, supervision and evaluation of personnel
Physical demands and work environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office and patron areas of the library and in the communities served. In the work environments described below, the position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting and speaking for extended periods of time. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
• Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, library spaces, and in the communities served. Some local travel outside the library is required. While performing the duties of this job outside of the library environment, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
Schedule: 40 hours weekly to include Saturday rotations and possible evenings. Responsible for 6 Sundays shifts per year.
Salary: $59,365 Entry level (or closest step to current salary for transferring employee); health insurance with employee contribution; fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance; fully paid retirement; vacation, sick leave, and holidays
Interested applicants must submit a complete a KPL job application, resume and cover letter. Links to applications for employment can be found at the top of this page.
Application deadline: Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5 pm.