Library Director – Job description

Paris Carnegie Public Library

Job Summary: Manage and supervise library operations under the broad policy guidance of the Board of Trustees, performing a variety of administrative and supervisory work and complex clerical work in planning, organizing and implementing the programs and services of the library.

Minimum Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and five years’ library experience, including two years supervisory experience. Master’s degree in Library & Information Science preferred. OR any equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage and supervise library operations under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Board of Trustees.
• Hire, train, evaluate, and schedule staff.
• Provide leadership and direction in the development of policies and plans.
• Coordinate local library services with Illinois State Library, Illinois Heartland Library System, city government and agencies, schools, and community organizations.
• Compile reports for and attend Board of Trustees meetings.
• Assist board in planning and providing for improvements in facilities and services.
• Promote interest in library programs and services.
• Plan, schedule, and conduct activities, tours, and programs with staff
• Gather data and prepare reports, grant applications, and policy recommendations.
• Administer budget. Maintain financial, statistical, and other operating records; expend funds for the library in accordance with established financial procedures. Work in cooperation with the city financial officer and city treasurer.
• Work with house committee to assure that library facilities are properly maintained; coordinate maintenance and repair functions.
• Oversee selection of library materials, general collection development, and interlibrary loan policies and procedures.
• Participate in ongoing continuing education to stay informed of trends and issues in library management and services.

Knowledge and Skills:
• Knowledge of principles and practices of modern library programs, classification and selection techniques, community library needs and resources.
• Ability to plan, organize, and implement a comprehensive library program.
• Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing and to establish and maintain working relationships with employees, board, other agencies, and the public.
• Ability to maintain computers and to troubleshoot computer and network issues.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described below are representative to those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Ability to work in an environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.
• Ability to work under stress from deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.
• Ability to view a computer monitor and/or operate a keyboard for extended periods of time.
• Ability to move and lift materials up to 25 pounds.
• Ability to stand, walk, bend, kneel, crawl, reach, climb, and sit as required.
• Ability to talk and/or hear; use hands to operate objects, tools, and controls; and reach with hands and arms as required.

Job descriptions are not meant to be all inclusive and are subject to change. Revised June 2022.

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