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Douglas County 3360
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Pay Range GC19


This classification performs complex professional librarian duties and has supervisory responsibility for an operational unit within the County library system. Incumbents supervise professional and support staff and operations of the unit, serve on library management team and participate in development of goals.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Serve as supervisor of reference, adult and young adult services section handling complex requests of patrons, branches, bookmobile, and schools by defining needs and locating materials; conduct student tours; explain reference tools to patrons. Coordinate unit with other operations of the library; develop and monitor unit budget. Establish and interpret policy and procedures.

2. Serve as supervisor of children's section assisting children, parents, schools, and branch libraries in providing children's services. Coordinate unit with other operations of the library; develop and monitor unit budget. Establish and interpret policy and procedures.

3. Serve as program manager for ten branch libraries and one bookmobile by supervising and coordinating staff in providing branch and bookmobile library service. Provide professional librarian guidance to branch librarians; assist in system collection development. Coordinate unit with other operations of the library; develop and monitor unit budget. Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

4. Supervise and coordinate work activities of unit support staff of library technicians, branch and bookmobile librarian and headquarters librarians; offer assistance as needed. Assume responsibility for work performed within unit. Involved in selection, training and evaluation of staff. Establish and interpret policy and procedure. Direct activities of volunteers.

5. Determine needs development of system collection by meeting with publisher representatives, reading reviews, and awareness of community needs; select library materials.

6. Represent the library in speaking to community groups and schools, news conferences and workshop attendance.

7. Participate as member of library management team in establishing both unit and library system policy, procedures practices and goal setting and planning.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of professional library theories, objectives, principles and techniques which include selection, acquisition, bibliography and readers advisory service and reference and literature searching; thorough knowledge of collection development; considerable knowledge of personnel management, budget and fiscal management to develop, implement and evaluate library budgets, staff and programs; considerable knowledge of report writing as related to library services; reasonable knowledge of computerized reference resources, equipment and systems. Skill in: Use of automated library equipment and systems, particularly as related to reference resources. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; coordinate a variety of library programs assigning and supervising employees for each; supervise and lead support staff; direct volunteers; determine reader interest and select material for the collection; work within a team concept; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; adjust to priority changes, make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policy when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other libraries, publishers, news media, community groups, committees, advisory groups and patrons.

Education, experience and education: Master's of library science degree and two years of work related experience which includes program or supervisory experience OR seven years progressively responsible work related education, experience and/or training which includes two years in a specific area with supervisory experience. At time of appointment, must have valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the guidance of the library director. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established library policy and procedures; library-related reference materials, personnel rules, automated systems reference manuals. Considerable amount of seasoned judgment and initiative is used in independently interpreting these procedures for use within assigned unit of the library system.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Works is performed in an office environment; may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 20 pounds, pushing, reaching, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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