DATE ENTERED: November 26, 2018
POSITION: Librarian III - Materials Management  #26433
LOCATION: City of Virginia Beach Library Department, VA
APPLY BY: December 15, 2018

The City of Virginia Beach Library Department is seeing a Librarian III.  Under the direction of the Support Services Administrator the Materials Management Librarian III will:

Manage the overall library collection by recommending criteria and guidelines, implementing system-wide examination of the collection. Recommend collection policy and guidelines to the Support Services Administrator to keep pace with changing library practices and improve service; analyze library collections to determine circulation patterns, identify weak areas of the library collection and items to be weeded and/or redistributed in order to keep the collection current and responsive to customer needs; collaborate in the process for keeping the collection database accurate.

Lead, plan and evaluate selection and acquisition of print, non-print, digital and electronic information for the department to provide accurate, up-to date materials in a timely and cost effective manner.  Oversight of budgets for division operation and library materials to ensure resources are used effectively, negotiate and/or administer contracts and vendor agreements to ensure effective agency operation and quality customer service for the department.

Lead the Materials Management paraprofessional staff in creating and implementing annual goals and objectives reflecting City and Library Department vision in order to ensure quality customer service to internal and external customers.

Oversee and approve paraprofessional staff schedules and authorize leave; ensure equitable distribution of work and adequate staffing; prepare annual employee performance feedback to encourage, counsel, critique, and set goals for staff; identify and develop training opportunities that provide staff with the skills required to deliver quality collections and customer service; contribute to staff meeting agendas and lead discussions that explore continued improvement opportunities, solicit feedback, promote teamwork; develop criteria to interview, evaluate, and select candidates in order to hire the best applicants; document accident, personnel, and incident reports to comply with City, State, and Federal guidelines.

Foster a process improvement environment by encouraging ideas, identifying trends, and use data analysis for evidence based change; recommend new objectives and innovative procedures to improve the acquisition, organization, dissemination, and delivery of library materials.

Evaluate and respond to requests for information and materials from internal and external customers to meet their information needs.

Respond to internal and external customers as appropriate, identifying concerns or complaints by using good judgment, discretion, and negotiation skills to determine suitable outcomes.

Analyze expenditures and market trends to recommend budget allocations to the Support Services Administrator; identify, evaluate, and make recommendations on vendors, publishers, and producers of materials based on quality of service, discounts, fill rates and other performance indicators to reduce operating costs and enhance efficiency.

Work with the Friends of the Library to evaluate donated materials and to determine disposition of items.

Understand MARC bibliographic records for a variety of formats for inclusion in local and international networked databases providing local and worldwide customers with online access to library materials; address complex problems by applying understanding of bibliographic organization; and supervise paraprofessional staff in resolution of complex issues concerning the library’s catalog and collection.

Work with Technology Services staff to maintain the integrity of the local online integrated library system for accuracy and uniformity of access points and construct or create additions as needed to provide quality customer service.

Ensure appropriate training for entry level Materials Management staff, volunteers, and interns in the application of national bibliographic standards and/or cataloging resources, levels of catalog maintenance, collection development and processing.

Participate in state and national library association activities by attending workshops and serving on committees and boards to foster library activities and continuing education; read professional journals, participate in professional organizations and continuing education activities to maintain current knowledge of new technologies and resources in the library field.

Requires a Master of Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university, plus four  years of professional/administrative library work which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Salary Range:  $55,494.40 - $85,196.80 

For More Information and to apply on-line by 12-5-18 go to www.vbgovcareers.com  EOE