700 Boylston Street
Under the general direction of the Chief Operating Officer, coordinates all aspects of system-wide collection development, building collections that address the full range of public needs and interests. Supervises and oversees Collection Development. Formulates collection guidelines and oversees the selection and deselection of all formats of material for the system. Participates in managing, monitoring, and advising in the formulation of the total materials budget. Works with all parts of the organization to ensure a smooth progression for getting materials into the hands of the public. Provides system-wide leadership regarding collection issues. Member of the Senior Management Team.
Bachelors degree from a recognized college or university and a masters degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school.
10 years of related library experience, including a minimum of five (5) years senior supervisory and/or management experience in one or more aspects relevant to collection development and ordering experience.
Working knowledge of all of the elements that make up a great library collection; broad-based collection development practices, including current trends in selection, ordering, patron driven programs, and vendor services; library automated systems; practices of the national and international book trade; budget and fund accounting practices; national standards; and licensing of electronic resources. Proven ability to work with staff to analyze workflow and to implement changes to improve service delivery. Proven ability to provide leadership in a team environment, and to work with staff to effectively plan and manage the work of the department.
Knowledge, Skills Abilities Required:
1. Experience selecting and ordering library materials in a large public service organization with a wide range of constituent use from popular reading to scholarly research.
2. Demonstrated love of reading; keen intellectual curiosity and love of scholarship; appreciation for popular culture and society trends
3. Demonstrated ability to analyze public service needs and to develop work processes designed to respond effectively.
4. Ability to act as team leader and to work as part of team. Demonstrated ability to work in team environment and to be responsive to stakeholder needs.
5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all library units to improve library service delivery to the public.
6. Thorough knowledge of best practice collection development and related work processes. Skilled and knowledgeable readers advisor.
7. Excellent written, oral, and personal computer skills.
8. Thorough knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, select, and implement emerging technologies and processes designed to enhance ordering and selection process and procedures.
9. Initiative, creativity, and flexibility. Ability to be a change agent.
10.Initiative in generating new ideas; a proven ability to work well under pressure and to meet inflexible deadlines.
The Boston Public Library offers a generous benefits package including up to six weeks of vacation, fifteen sick days, personal time, group health which is 90% employer paid, 100% employer paid dental/vision plan, guaranteed pension plan, deferred compensation opportunities, and professional development.
Requirements: Must be a Resident of the City of Boston upon first day of hire.
How to apply:
Please send letter of application (indicating where you located this vacancy), resume, and references to Boston Public Library, Attention: Human Resources, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Fax 617 / 266 4673. Email email@example.com. Or apply in person at the Human Resources Office - 3rd floor.
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