Collection Development Librarian -- Mid-Continent Public Library -- Independence, MO

Position: Collection Development Librarian - Digital and Media Materials - Collection Development Department
Location: Independence, MO
Job Id: 1270
# of Openings: 1
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This position will be open until filled.

Position Overview:
The Collection Development Librarian is responsible for the analysis, evaluation, selection, and disbursement decisions required in creating an educational, entertaining, up-to-date, diverse and balanced collection of materials in a single, or multiple, formats for a three-county, multi-branch library system. Additionally, the Collection Development Librarians have a fiduciary responsibility and are accountable for documenting and expensing a significant materials budget within their focus areas.

Salary/Wage: $47,782.00 per year plus benefits
This is a full-time, overtime exempt position

Schedule: All scheduling is based on the needs of the department and is subject to change.

Reports to: Collection Development Department Manager

Employee Expectations:

  • Supports, promotes, implements, and makes decisions based on established Library policies, guidelines, and programs
  • Knowledge and support of the principles of intellectual freedom including the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement
  • Models excellent customer service attitude and delivery, supporting a collaborative and inclusive workplace
  • Consistently exhibits leadership qualities, professional attitudes, and behaviors
  • Consistently acknowledges and appreciates each Library employee’s contributions
  • Maintains regular and dependable personal attendance and punctuality based on commitment to the Library
  • Establishes and maintains supportive working relationships with co-workers and other departments/branches
  • Plans and allocates library resources systematically

Essential Job Functions:

  • Employs professional judgement in assessing the library collection and user needs to identify, evaluate, select titles, and manage disbursement decisions regarding materials in single or multiple formats for multiple branch libraries, serving rural, suburban, and urban communities of varying sizes and demographics.
  • Anticipates demand for materials and ensures that orders are submitted to Technical Services in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Utilizes online vendor suggestions and ordering tools, print reviews and other media/online sources to make selection decisions.
  • Continuously monitors each collection area and format for gaps, selecting appropriate titles to refresh and strengthen the collection.
  • Uses statistical data, reports, WorldCat and other tools to assess usage and popularity within the areas of responsibility for library system’s circulating collection.
  • Evaluates staff and customer requests to determine suitability for the collection, considering the collection development policy, date of published information, and product availability from library vendors. Responds to suggestions and requests in a timely manner.
  • Keeps current on literary and popular culture trends and notable events within the area of selection responsibility which may have collection development implications for the library system.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Directors of Public Services, the Branch Management teams and applicable Department Managers in system-wide initiatives.
  • Provides direction and support to the Branch Management teams in the implementation of the weeding schedule and guidelines for our multi-branch library system.
  • Contributes to the creation and revision of Mid-Continent Public Library’s Collection Development Policy and other policies effecting collection development.
  • Provides advice and guidance to branch staff with questions regarding collection development and maintenance and provides information and guidance to customers who contact the department with questions.
  • Collaborates with library staff to respond to specific resource or community needs and interests.
  • Monitors best practices, and developments in the field of collection development, shares knowledge and recommends improvements to department procedures and processes.
  • Maintains strong working relationships with vendors.
  • Utilizes statistical usage data and community demographics to determine annual collection development priorities to accomplish strategic plan initiatives.
  • Accountable for tracking and managing a significant budget; documenting, expenditures, applicable discounts for each collection area and format in order to ensure outcomes within 5% of target.
  • Participates in determining annual budget allocations for specific collection area.
  • Evaluates reconsideration requests to determine appropriate system-wide action and provides a written explanation to the customer.
  • Demonstrates professional, unbiased decision-making in order to build a library of materials that reflects the widest diversity of views to provide access to a balanced collection.
  • Possession of a valid driver license and a reliable personal vehicle for use in carrying out the duties of this position including transportation of materials and equipment(mileage reimbursed)

Essential Job Functions-Digital and Media Materials Emphasis:

  • Maintains an extensive knowledge of current, popular and classic film and documentary film titles and current and popular music across multiple genres and in multiple formats. Contributes to the development of local film and music collections.
  • Coordinates digital materials acquisition and collection maintenance for streaming and downloadable collections across all areas of the virtual collection for balance, age, and timeliness of information. Additionally, is responsible for contributing to the evaluation of the database collection and new content assessment.
  • Creates and updates content and promotion for the digital collection in partnership with the Adult, Children and Adult/Teen CDL's.

Non-Essential Job Functions:

  • Facilitate the creation of web content, social media content to promote the materials collection.
  • Attend and/or participate in department and branch staff meetings and in-services.
  • Provide peer education on formats, trends & topics pertinent to area of specialization.
  • Represent Mid-Continent Public Library at state or national conferences through workshops or presentations.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Fundamental concepts and practices of collection development and maintenance.
  • Principles of intellectual freedom and open access.
  • Popular and critically acclaimed titles, performers and artists in the film and music industries, trends in virtual library service, new media products, the limitations, requirements and specialized rules regarding e-books in libraries and/or the subjects and authors trending in the print publishing industry.
  • General budgeting and accounting processes and practices. General cataloging processes and practices.

Skilled in:

  • Utilizing library specific software; including, but not limited to, the Integrated Library System and the public interface of the ILS system.
  • Research using websites and databases.
  • Using Microsoft Office Products.

Ability to:

  • Prioritize and evaluate hundreds of title options per week and select those materials most likely to create the best customer experience, fill a community need or provide the maximum return on investment.
  • Use effective verbal, written, and discreet communication with management, coworkers, and the public.
  • Prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, work accurately and maintain confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational and planning skills and perform multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Complete all work accurately and with attention to detail.
  • Successfully resolve matters of conflict.
  • Lead and work within a team environment.
  • Balance the requests of local community branches against the needs and priorities of the library system.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited school.


  • Full or part-time experience in collection development.
  • 2 years Branch Management experience.
  • Knowledge of Sirsi/Dynix
  • Knowledge of WorldCat and OCLC
  • Fluency in a second language spoken within the Mid-Continent Public Library Service area.

Essential Physical Abilities to be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodation are:

  • Clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate effectively with the supervisor and other employees.
  • Vision which permits the employee to produce and review a wide variety of library materials, written correspondence, reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate a keyboard and any other assigned equipment.
  • Personal mobility which permits the employee to monitor, supervise, and perform assigned library operations, and to attend Library district, community, and public meetings at various locations.
  • Sufficient tolerance for dust and mold which permits the employee to work with books and other library materials as well as working in older buildings.
  • Must be able to transport oneself to other locations to perform work and/or work-related meetings, workshops or conferences.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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