Librarian III or Library Assistant Manager -- Austin Public Library -- Austin, Texas

Librarian III or Library Assistant Manager
Austin Public Library – Austin, Texas
$23.65 – $30.12

The Austin Public Library is looking for a forward-thinking and community-focused librarian or library manager to lead a customer-service oriented staff. The ideal candidate will work to shape and enhance the libraries’ role as a neighborhood focal point.

We are especially interested in candidates who have experience working in urban environments, who have prior experience managing large workloads, and experience in interacting with a wide and diverse customer base.

Librarian III

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of public library issues and trends.
  • Knowledge of reference tools and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software, including Microsoft Office products.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Ability to stay current archival issues and trends.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Explains policies and procedures to public, staff, and client public libraries. Interprets state and federal library laws and rules to citizen advocacy groups and governing bodies.
  2. Investigates and resolves complaints involving staff and public.
  3. Contributes to preparation and monitoring of division budget. Prepares grant applications for the division or for client public libraries.
  4. Compiles bibliographies, reference guides, newsletter articles, statistics and written reports and other materials for the library patrons.
  5. Processes new and incoming books and assesses collections on a regular basis to ensure a proper collection.
  6. Serves on division's management team and on library-wide committees and task forces.
  7. Engages in long and short-range planning for the work unit or for client public libraries.
  8. Provides direct reference service to the public or to the management and staff of public library clients.
  9. Researches, appraises, selects and orders materials for assigned section(s) of the library collection or professional library collection of the work unit.
  10. Appraises, organizes and processes special archival collections. Provides basic conservation of archival materials.
  11. Researches, appraises, selects and orders materials for assigned collection (2) of the library collection or professional library collection of the work unit.
  12. Conducts meetings, training sessions and public programs. Manages outreach and promotions for library system for branch.
  13. Manages outreach and promotion for library system or branch.
  14. Trains and consults with client library staff on collection development public library management, specialized services to library users, and utilization of electronic resources.

Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal.

Library Assistant Manager

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of electronic databases, internet resources, bibliographic sources, reference materials, circulation software, and library automation systems. Knowledge of library procedures, systems, and techniques.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.
  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and methods.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software, including Microsoft Office products.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Ability to plan and present effective programs.
  • Ability to stay abreast of library trends.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to facilitate discussions and resolve issues.
  • Ability to stoop, bend, walk, and reach heights of up to six (6) feet.
  • Ability to lift or pull book bags and equipment up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Ability to push loaded book truck up to 300 pounds.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Provides customer service by staffing public service desk, checking materials in and out, pulling holds, re-shelving items, assisting with customer technology questions, explaining policies, and creating displays.
  2. Creates and implements programs, including outreach engagement, based on community needs and City and department's strategic priorities.
  3. Responds to customer inquiries and requests for information in-person, by phone or online, and refers complex inquiries and requests to professional librarians, facilities, and technical staff.
  4. Provides administrative support including scheduling and coordinating meeting and room reservations, responding to phone calls, distributing mail, ordering supplies, and completing cash handling, reporting, and reconciling tasks.
  5. Investigates and resolves complaints involving staff and public.
  6. Serves on library-wide committees and task forces.
  7. Engages in long- and short-range planning for the work unit.
  8. Develops work schedules and monitors time sheets and payroll for administrative and volunteer staff.

Minimum Qualifications

Librarian III

  • Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited university plus three (3) years as a professional librarian, one (1) of which was in a lead/supervisory capacity.

Library Assistant Manager

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, plus four (4) years of relevant experience, including two (2) years of which were in a lead or supervisory capacity.

Or

  • Graduation with a Master's degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for two (2) years of the required work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  2. Experience working in a position with extensive customer contact.
  3. Experience working as a manager or assistant manager of an urban public library facility.
  4. Experience monitoring and directing workflow.
  5. Spanish or other foreign language proficiency.
  6. Knowledge of collection management and experience performing collection management tasks.

Job Close: October 24, 2019

Company website: http://library.austintexas.gov/

To Apply: http://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/77651

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