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OPENS: 03/19/2018 CLOSES: 04/02/2018

This is a professional position requiring knowledge of library principles, practices and policies along with two years of supervisory experience in a professional library position. The position involves performing a wide range of professional library work including but not limited to public service, planning programs and events, collection development and supervising personnel.  Employee must have the ability to substitute at other library locations as needed. Work is reviewed through conferences and on the basis of results achieved. Works under the general guidance and direction of the regional coordinator.

  • Reports to Coordinator for assigned region.
  • Oversees collection management for the branch and ensures compliance with the Birmingham Public Library Collection Development Policy.
  • Ensures that library materials are circulated accurately and according to library policies and procedures and that these policies are carried out in a manner that ensures excellent customer relations.
  • Prepares branch budget recommendations and manages budget in a timely and efficient manner; prepares various branch reports, documents and correspondence and maintains branch statistics.
  • Conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations for branch staff positions.
  • Plans and oversees projects, evaluates workloads and adjusts staff assignments accordingly; monitors and orders branch supplies.
  • Plans programs for children, teens, and adults.
  • Organizes and provides outreach to neighborhood associations, schools, and other library partners. Works with elected officials and organizations in the community to promote library services.
  • Assists in providing training to staff in policies and procedures, and training to staff and patrons in the use of library automated systems. Performs reference and bibliographic services for the public.
  • Attends BPL and JCLC meetings (i.e., Collection Management and BPL and JCLC Youth Services, Reference Roundtable, etc.).
  • Supervises and manages physical plant maintenance for the branch.
  • Under the direction of the Coordinator sets goals and plans procedures for effective branch operations.
  • Related work as required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of practices, policies and procedures related to library operations and services.
  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service skills. Ability to establish and maintain cordial and effective relationships with co-workers and patrons. 
  • Knowledge of and experience with computers and various computer software applications, peripherals, online databases, online searching, and the Internet. Understanding and knowledge of automated library circulation technology and procedures (experience with Innovative Interfaces is a plus).
  • Ability to interpret library policies to the community groups and to the public.
  • Ability to use independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Ability to be flexible, responsive, collaborative, and self-directed.
  • Ability to supervise and motivate work teams by instruction and personal example.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and understand information from microforms and PC monitors, and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to stoop, twist, turn and move materials from place to place in the library.  Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.

A master’s degree in library and information science (MLS, MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution.  A minimum of two years’ experience in a professional library position working in a supervisory function is required. Applicants with previous children’s experience desired.  Background check is required. Possession of a valid State of Alabama driver’s license is required.

80 hours biweekly, Grade 25, with beginning salary range from $48,484.80 to $58,926.40 annually. All positions may include morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours, including Sundays.  Employees may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs.  Vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, group medical and dental coverage, life insurance, pension plan, and other excellent City of Birmingham benefits.

Applicants must contact the Alabama Career Center ( for an application.  The application will be forwarded to the Birmingham Public Library Personnel Officer.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the Library Personnel Office. A resume must be submitted prior to the interview. Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview.  You must pass a pre-employment health screen before you may be employed by the Birmingham Public Library.  Position available immediately.

This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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