MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL SYSTEM

JOB DESCRIPTION COLLECTION

 

                                                      SHREWSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASSISTANT LIBRARY DIRECTOR/HEAD OF TECHNICAL SERVICES

 

Definition

Professional, administrative and supervisory work assisting the Library Director to administer the programs and operations of the public library; responsible for the cataloging, classification and processing of all library materials; all other related work, as required.
 

Supervision
Works under the administrative direction of the Library Director.

Complex and responsible duties require initiative and independent judgment to establish work plans and priorities, using and/or modifying established procedures to complete the work in accordance with established departmental policies and standards; unusual situations are referred to the Library Director.
 

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises 14 full-time employees, as well as part-time staff and volunteers.
 

Work Environment
Work is performed under typical library and office conditions; the workload is subject to minor fluctuations; regular library schedule requires evening and weekend work.

The employee operates standard office and library equipment, including fusion binding machine.

The employee has regular contact with the public, vendors, library organizations, other librarians and community groups.

The employee has access to personnel records and confidential patron records.

Errors could result in delay or loss of service and monetary loss.
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Assists the Library Director in the development of goals and objectives for the library; assists with development of policies for presentation to the Board of Library Trustees; develops community programs; assists with analysis of operating budget; assists in hiring personnel.

Represents the Library Director at meetings and workshops; assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Library Director, in his or her absence.

Responsible for supervising and scheduling Technical Service staff, including pages and volunteers; provides training and assistance to staff.

Responsible for the cataloging, classification and processing of all print and other library materials; supervises the processing of all items, including creation of shelf list, conversion of on-line system, processing for circulation and repair.

Supervises bibliographic maintenance, collection development and deletion.

Participates in the evaluation, selection and acquisition of adult fiction materials.

Verifies all invoices for accuracy, breakdown of statistics and application of funding; purchases and maintains inventory of supplies.

Assists at the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk and ChildrenÂ’s Room, when required.

Performs other similar or related duties, as required or as situation dictates.
 

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
Master's Degree in library science; three years of progressively responsible administrative and technical service experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Knowledge, Ability and Skill
Knowledge of library policies and procedures, including automated circulation systems and information technology. Knowledge of the organization and management of library operations. Knowledge of acquisitions, cataloging, and classifications of library materials; experience in the preparation and preservation of library materials.

Ability to direct the work of professional and non‑professional staff. Ability to interact tactfully and appropriately with library patrons. Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and manage numerous, diverse tasks. Ability to develop and implement policies and programs.

Good planning and organizational and management skills. Excellent customer service and communication skills. Computer skills.
 

Physical Requirements
Minimal physical effort is required to perform most duties. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit speak, hear, and use hands to operate equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine documents and use a computer.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.