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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Head of Adult Services, Tappan Library (NY)

Head of Adult Services, Tappan Free Library – NY

Tappan Free Library, located in Rockland County, NY, seeks a Head of Adult Services. The application deadline is September 30, 2014.

Newly expanded and renovated building serving approximately 6,800 in the historic hamlet of Tappan in Rockland County, NY is seeking an innovative, technically savvy candidate who thrives on making community connections. Ideal candidate is motivated, self-directed, creative and enjoys serving the full spectrum of patron ages. Join us and help chart the course toward our future in our newly expanded building.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Responsible for identifying and interpreting user needs; providing reference, readers’ advisory, database and referral services to Library patrons directly and via phone, text and email; assisting patrons of all ages in material selection; maintaining our on-site computer workstations, laptop and other devices; and planning and coordinating programs of interest for the community.

SCHEDULE: Our regular operating week is 7 days a week (Sunday-Sunday), except during summer months. Candidate must be able to work at least one night per week and a weekend rotation consisting of at least one Saturday and one Sunday per month.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general direction of the Library Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Directly supervises the Reference staff and, as assigned, other library staff. Directly supervises part-time Professional Reference Librarians.

  • Regular & punctual attendance
  • Provides reference, readers’ advisory, and referral services to patrons of all ages via phone, text and email
  • Manage our in-house network of and computers and other devices
  • Plans and coordinates programs and public relations activities designed with an eye to educate and entertain adults in our community.
  • Performs routines and procedures related to interlibrary loans and other referral services
  • Collection development in all areas of the adult collection including print, e-content, and databases
  • Supervises all PT reference staff other personnel as assigned in the absence of the Library Director
  • Schedules all PT reference staff ensuring coverage for all shifts
  • Explains basic library functions, services, and resources to the public
  • Operates and maintains library equipment
  • Collects data for statistical analysis and reports
  • Prepares monthly reports for submission to the Library Director
  • Keeps informed of current events and of developments in the library field
  • Introduces new technologies and services to the community
  • Maintains current knowledge of library technology
  • Manages collection and programming budget, seeking appropriate alternative funding sources—private donations or grants
  • Takes advantage of local opportunities for continuing education to keep knowledge of library practices and procedures current
  • Represents the library at professional and community meetings
  • In the absence of the Director in charge of security of the building
  • On occasion employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Performs related work as required and assigned
  • Thorough knowledge of professional library methods, reference resources and practices; knowledge of books, authors and reader interests
  • Skilled in the operation of computer systems
  • Skilled in applying library research methods and practices
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral expression
  • Ability to interact with the public in a professional and courteous manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective supervisory and working relationship with co-workers
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with PCs, LANs, Wireless, and the Internet, including but not limited to knowledge of Windows Vista through Windows 8 operating systems, MAC proficient and all internet browsers
  • Ability to troubleshoot workstations, laptops, and other devices
Preference will be given to candidates possessing working knowledge of Sirsi’s Symphony ILS, Envisionware, Adobe Creative Suite software, HTML, Libguides, with a strong familiarity with Youth Services and collection
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Bachelor’s degree plus a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution. 3-5 years of experience in a professional supervisory/management library position. High level competency in technology knowledge.
This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities falling within the scope of responsibilities of this position.
Interested candidates please send letter of interest, resume and salary requirements, no later than September 30, 2014 to Salary commensurate with experience. Please make sure to enter JOB POSTING in the subject line.
No phone calls please.