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Managing Librarian

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Managing Librarian
Job Requisition Number COA076961
Position Number 102285
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Lib Branch Library Services
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.

Notes to Applicants

Austin Public Library is looking for a forward-thinking and community-focused librarian to lead a staff of eight and to continue the library’s role as a neighborhood focal point.

Located in the heart of the northeast Austin’s Windsor Park neighborhood, this branch has both a strong youth services component and a strong adult programming component; the branch has partnered with KLRU to screen PBS’s Independent Lens films and has presented highly popular Star Wars and Star Trek-themed programs, comic book swaps, and live music concerts. The midcentury Windsor Park neighborhood is only 6 miles from downtown Austin and has transformed from a sleepy, almost forgotten district into a place where families are putting down roots. The branch also serves the Mueller neighborhood which is a modern community of young professionals and retirees.

Please note that you must show that you have received your Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited university prior to August 2013.

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 that you are selected for this position. NOTE: A cover letter and/or resume will NOT be used to substitute for an incomplete job application

Pay Range

$27.34 – $35.41


Generally Days, 9am – 6pm.

  • Evening and weekend shifts are common.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Library
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 5833 Westminster Dr., 78723 (Windsor Park Branch)
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Spanish or other Foreign Language Proficiency.
  2. Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
  3. Experience in providing direct customer service and resolving customer issues.
  4. Experience in resolving issues with employee performance.
  5. Experience working as manager or assistant manager of an urban public library facility.
  6. Experience working in a Civil Service environment.
  7. Experience working in a City Council district environment.
  8. Flexible and adaptive to changing environments.
  9. Experience in resolving workflow and workload issues.
  10. Experience in working in a high-circulation public library environment.

*Please note that you must show that you have received your Master’s degree in Library and Information Science before August 2013.

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 computes 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

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? 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.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires a 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 were in a lead or supervisory capacity. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please describe how you meet the preferred qualifications for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your management experience. Please include how long you have managed others and include the largest number of direct and indirect reports you have been responsible for. Detail your experience hiring, training, assigning work, counseling and managing staff performance.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * This position has heavy public customer contact with adults and children. Please describe your work experience in this area.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience in resolving issues regarding staff behavior and performance.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience in resolving issues regarding workflow and workload.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your experience working in a high-circulation library environment.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Although the basic work schedule for this position would be days, there will be times when you will be required to work evenings and weekends, to accommodate for the business needs of the organization. Can you work a varied schedule as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * This position requires traveling to various sites around the City of Austin. Can you provide an insured vehicle and a valid Texas driver’s license to travel on City of Austin business by the start of your employment?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Please describe your experience managing and/or supervising a diverse staff.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Do you have Spanish or other foreign language proficiency? If so, please describe your ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish and/or another foreign language.

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents