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Under general supervision, plans, organizes and directs activities required to implement specialized system wide ongoing library service activity; performs related work as assigned
The Senior Librarian is the lead and specialist level in the professional Librarian series. This is not considered a supervisory class in that the selection and evaluation of employees is not assigned at this level. Incumbents are responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating and administering activities and staff required to accomplish major system wide library services programs, including but not limited to information and referral, public presentations and
events. Primary responsibilities involve system wide program development and implementation, and coordination and direction of staff to ensure success of an assigned program or activity. This class is distinguished from Supervising Librarian in that the latter is the full first supervisory level with branch supervision responsibilities.

The following list of duties is intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed and the level of technical complexity of the assignment(s) and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the concept of the classification, or is similar or closely related to another duty statement.
• Plans, organizes, directs and reviews the work of professional and support staff as assigned to the specific program area;
2. Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for assigned program;
3. Develops, coordinates and implements system wide, ongoing programs in such areas as information and referral and cataloging resources;
4. Performs studies and makes recommendations for improved service delivery;
5. May participate in staff meetings and acts as a liaison between library management and branch staff in assigned area;
6. Develops activity budget requirements;
7. Serves on various library committees, both within and outside the library and collaborates with library management staff in service assessments;
8. Coordinates and provides specialized reader's advisory/reference services to patrons and branches;
9. Conducts system wide event planning and coordinates outreach and promotional efforts for assigned activity;
10. May act as the lead professional in collection development and classification of materials and services;
11. May represent the Library in meetings with the public, citizens groups and other agencies;
12. Performs related work as assigned


Note: The level and scope of the knowledge and skills listed below are related to job duties as defined under Class Characteristics.
Knowledge of:
1. Principles and practices of public library services and administration, including service objectives, organization and procedures;
2. Principles and practices of program and budget development and implementation;
3. Basic supervisory principles and practices;
4. Automated library systems, equipment and software.

Skill in:
1. Developing, coordinating and implementing system wide library service specialty programs;
2. Planning, organizing and directing the work of assigned professional and support staff and training others in work procedures;
3. Analyzing complex administrative problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending effective courses of action;
4. Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials;
5. Establishing and maintaining effective working relations with a variety of individuals and groups, including library staff, patrons, community groups and service providers;
6. Selecting a variety of library material for patron use.


Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with a Master's degree in Library Science and three (3) years of experience as a professional librarian. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college coursework on a year-for-year basis.

A valid California driver's license is desirable. Must be able to work evenings and weekends.
Berkeley CA USA


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