Resource Sharing Director Job Description

Massachusetts Library System (MLS)

 Job Description: Resource Sharing Director

A professional, supervisory position reporting to the Executive Director.

Identifies effective current and emerging trends in library resource sharing and access to eContent.   Coordinates MLS activities to provide the best possible access to patrons and staff of member libraries.  Supervises MLS Mediated ILL Center and its manager.  Member of MLS Management Team.

Expertise and responsibilities include, though are not limited to:

  • Develop strategies and direction for service delivery/integration, continuing education, advisory services, communications, support, and promotion of MLS services and planning as part of MLS Management Team.
  • Acts as eContent team leader
    • Works with members to identify and prioritize needs for eContent.
    • Works with staff, partners, and vendors to ensure delivery of high-quality services to members and end-users.
    • Manages eContent platform(s).
    • Responsible for MLS eContent purchases and member collaborative purchases.
    • Negotiates with vendors of eContent.
  • Manages resource sharing activities
    • Supervises ILL manager.
    • Ensures effective integration of mediated ILL, journal article document delivery and access to eContent with other MLS services.
    • Ensures effective practice of mediated ILL and journal article document delivery.
  • Responds to member enquiries and develops training and professional development and advisory services for members in related areas
  • Works with members, staff, committees, and representatives of partnering organizations, e.g., Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, automated networks, and vendors/contractors.

Represents MLS to partner organizations as assigned. Stays current in areas of expertise.  Other duties as assigned.

Position specifications:  Five years of professional (post-graduate degree) library work in related areas in a library or library service organization.  Demonstrable success in staff supervision.    Broad knowledge of library services, emerging tools and technologies, and management techniques; ability to train and consult with others on these topics.  Effective communications and collaboration skills to interact in speech and in writing, with MLS staff, library personnel, members of library governing boards and support groups, both individually and in groups. Strong customer service orientation. Ability to initiate, organize and work independently. Ability to work collaboratively with other MLS staff.

Desirable experience: Demonstrable expertise in the working with vendors and negotiating contracts for service.  Experience working in or with different types of libraries or cultural institutions. Experience with a variety of technologies to provide distance-learning opportunities.

Education: A Master of Library Science degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or eligible for certification as a Massachusetts Library Teacher.

Physical abilities required:  Light to moderate physical effort demanded when performing functions under typical office and computer use conditions.  Light to moderate physical effort and stamina required for frequent travel and transport of work related materials and equipment to meeting and training sites.

Position is based in the MLS Marlborough office.

Must be able to commute throughout the Commonwealth; may have the option of working from home in consultation with the Executive Director.

Must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License valid for use in Massachusetts and provide the means of transportation to fulfill job duties throughout Massachusetts and attend relevant meetings.

Must be legally eligible for permanent employment in the U.S.

Successful candidate must undergo criminal background check(s).

This position is exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Salary Range:  Depending upon qualifications, minimum $63,914 – maximum $89,478.

The Massachusetts Library System, Inc. is a state-funded not-for-profit corporation governed by its member libraries with offices in Marlborough & Whately, Massachusetts. | 508-357-2121

Send application, resume, and a writing sample that demonstrates effective communications by August 19, 2013 to:



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