Position Title: Senior Library Manager

Company: City Of Alachua

Location: Gainesville, FL

Job Description:

This is administrative, managerial, professional library work supervising and coordinating the activities of a large branch or major library department within the Alachua County Library District.


  • Arranges for the maintenance and security of building including opening and closing.
  • Ensure patron compliance of all policies and procedures through effective communication and enforcement.
  • Plans, directs, controls and coordinates the activities of a large branch or major library department.
  • Analyzes impact of new technologies on library services and recommends action.
  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of subordinate supervisors and employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation.
  • Provides comprehensive bibliographic, reference and reader’s advisory assistance in person and by phone to library patrons, using printed materials, on-line services and referrals. This includes guiding library patrons in the selection, organization and interpretation of library materials, and in the effective use of technology and library facilities.
  • Coordinates, manages and reviews special projects and a variety of programs for the public.
  • Assists in establishing plans, priorities, and procedures and recommends changes in organizational structure and resource allocation to meet branch/departmental and District goals.
  • Serves as Library District liaison to the community, working with schools and organizations to provide services to the public.
  • Develops materials collections District-wide by recommending materials for acquisition, rotating materials to and from Headquarters and the branches and weeding materials from the collection.
  • Prepares operating budget and long range plan proposals for the department or branch.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Monitors the branch or departmental budget; recommends budget transfers.
  • Keeps informed of current trends and new professional techniques by reading professional
  • journals and publications, and through participation in professional organizations, workshops and conferences and communicates to appropriate staff.


  • Ability to effectively supervise and coordinate the activities of subordinate employees.
  • Ability to maintain complex records, perform in-depth research and prepare reports.
  • Ability to contribute to the growth and development of the branch or department, within the appropriate service-levels and to function as a member of a team.
  • Understand how and why Library policies and procedures were developed.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the community and library patrons.
  • Considerable knowledge of major fields of learning comprising the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
  • Knowledge of operating budget practices, procedures and methods for development.
  • Thorough knowledge of professional principles, practices, systems and techniques of public librarian-ship.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of management and supervisory techniques and the ability to apply them to create effective and efficient service.
  • Knowledge of technological, general and specialized references sources.
  • Considerable knowledge of available public library program/service materials and the ability to obtain them.
  • Ability to oversee the planning and administering of programs and public presentations of interest.
  • Ability to assist in analyzing library problems and to suggest practical solutions.
  • Knowledge of titles, authors and contents of books and other materials.
  • Ability to use, explain, and interpret library facilities, equipment, services, materials, and policies and procedures to patrons and staff.
  • Ability to use word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to use emerging technology for patron service.