(20160415) Managing Librarian - Austin Public Library, Austin, TX

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Managing Librarian

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Managing Librarian



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Lib Branch Library Services

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$25.80 - $33.42





Incumbent or last person who filled position

Frank Schmitzer



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Not Applicable

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This position requires a criminal background investigation


City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

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. Develops long and short-term plans. Stays abreast of library and archives issues and trends.
2. Assists in development of budget and grant applications, may direct or monitor work unit expenditures.
3. Provides input into the development of policies and procedures for library. Coordinates system-wide library activities, such as collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, processing, mending, withdrawals, recycling of books, and circulation support.
4. Advises library staff on library procedures and issues, including selection, collection development, cataloging and classification, processing, intellectual freedom, and/or preservation.
5. Provides outreach services to the public. Directs and develops public relations for work unit activities. Conducts meetings, training, and public programs. Interprets and explains policies to public and staff. Represents the City of Austin and Austin Public Library to the public. Coordinates customer service hotline.
6. Selects library materials and develops collections for system, branch, or special collections. Provides original cataloging in all formats. Compiles bibliographies.
7. Plans, develops, and manages work-unit fund raising activities and administer spending of donations.
8. Oversees maintenance, security, and physical attractiveness of facility, grounds, and equipment.
9. Coordinates with other libraries and organizations concerning resource sharing and coordination of services.
10. Oversees cash handling and reporting. .Prepares reports, collects and monitors statistics.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling and recommendation for dismissal.

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 library procedures, systems, and techniques.
Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws.
Knowledge of city practice, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
Knowledge of reference tools and procedures.
Knowledge of current and retrospective literature.
Knowledge of archival issues and trends.
Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
Skill in using computers and related software.
Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
Skill in planning and organizing.
Skill in collection development.
Ability to plan and present effective programs and/or exhibits.
Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
Ability to stay current on archival issues and trends.
Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with other city employees and the public

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited university, plus four (4) years as a professional librarian, two (2) years of which as a lead or supervisor.
Licenses or Certifications:
May require a valid operator’s license and the use of a personal vehicle.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to stoop, bend, walk, and reach heights of up to six (6) feet.
Must be able to lift or pull book bags and equipment up to fifty (50) pounds.
Must be able to push loaded book truck up to three hundred (300) pounds.
Must have manual dexterity to operate computer keyboard.

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Preferred Qualifications

Spanish Language Proficiency is strongly preferred.

Experience working with culturally diverse populations.

Experience in providing direct customer service and resolving customer issues

Experience in resolving issues with employee performance

Experience working as manager or assistant manager of a public library facility

Experience working in a Civil Service environment.

Experience working in a City Council district environment.

Flexible and adaptive to changing environments.

Experience in resolving workflow and workload issues.

Experience in working in urban library environments.

Experience in working with high-need populations.


Terrazas Branch - 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78703

Days and Hours

Generally days, 9am-6pm; evening and weekend shifts are common.

Notes to Applicants

Terrazas Library serves a community which is undergoing rapid change. The neighborhood is being joined by new residents as part of the downtown Austin expansion. Tranquil residential streets are interspersed with an eclectic mix of businesses, restaurants and nightlife. Planning is underway to partner with local universities and organizations to provide a greater role in the community.

A detailed and complete job application is REQUIRED and helps us to better evaluate your qualifications. In completing your job application, please be sure to provide a COMPLETE employment history regarding any relevant experience that you wish for us to consider. This information will also be used to determine salary in the event you are selected for this position. NOTE: a cover letter and/or resume will NOT be used to substitute for an incomplete job application.

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Responsible Hiring Manager

David Inabnitt

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Thank you for your interest in this City of Austin position. The screening and selection process is currently underway and will continue until a successful candidate is chosen. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted.

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Thank you for your interest in this City of Austin position. Based on your responses to the questions on the employment application, you do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Please do not let this discourage you from applying for other positions that interest you.

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Posted Date: 
04/15/2016 to 05/15/2016