Senior Librarian – Ramsey County Library

Salary: $58,060.46 – $85,903.73 Annually
Location: All Suburban Ramsey County Library Locations, MN
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 65A01-PubLib/Admin
Job Number: 0838-19/01-001
Closing: 1/17/2019 4:30 PM Central

Basic Function
To oversee the operation of a small Library branch or a major function within the library system; supervise circulation staff; provide work direction and guidance to other librarians or may directly supervise them; develop and present programs and classes; provide reference and reader’s advisory services to Ramsey County Library patrons; work on or manage system wide projects; and to perform related duties as assigned.

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this job, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse list or search for a job description.

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

Examples of Work Performed
1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace.
2. Oversee the operation of a small branch library or a major function within the library system.
3. Provide work direction, guidance, and assistance to the other librarians at the branch.
4. Supervise the branch’s circulation staff, to include hiring, training, checking work, and writing and delivering performance appraisals. May supervise or provide work direction to other librarians.
5. Schedule work assignments, provide instruction, check work, and assist all branch support and professional staff.
6. Work on or serve as the manager of system-wide projects.
7. Oversee the materials collection at the branch to which assigned.
8. Select new materials in an assigned area for an individual library or for the whole library system.
9. Serve on the library’s Collection Steering Team to evaluate library collections, assign materials selectors, and distribute collections budget
10. Provide reference services to library patrons by analyzing their requests, searching the most appropriate information sources, and scheduling staff so reference service is available during all hours of branch operations.
11. Develop and provide children’s library services, including story times, school visits, and group programs.
12. Develop and provide library services for teens, including school visits and group programs.
13. Develop and deliver library instructional programs for adults on topics such as the internet, using the library catalog, or leading book clubs.
14. Stay current with Library technology, fostering the ability of staff to adapt quickly to a changing environment, and encouraging staff to research new technology on their own.
15. Represent the Library in the local community, including at public jurisdictions’ meetings.
16. Collaborate with departments, organizations, and agencies outside the library in the development of services and programs.
17. Create and maintain an attractive, inviting, and welcoming environment by ensuring that displays are eye-catching; the building, shelves, and displays look neat, organized, and uncluttered; and signage is clear and easy to read.
18. Provide input on the library budget by recommending branch or unit requirements based on staffing, materials, and equipment needs, and other operating expenses.
19. Provide input to the overall management of the library system by participating in the library system’s management groups
20. Lead or serve on committees and task forces, both internal and external, as assigned.
21. Conduct staff meetings in order to share information and solve problems.
22. Oversee the maintenance of the library building and grounds by troubleshooting building problems, reporting issues to property staff, bringing problems to the attention of the building services manager, and contacting the appropriate authorities when an emergency situation arises.
23. Pursue professional development by attending meetings and workshops and by on-going self-directed study.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification. Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,13, 15, 16, 17, 22

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science/Services from an ALA accredited school. (No substitution for education.)

Experience: Two years of (Full Time Equivalent) experience as a Librarian 1 or equivalent.
Exam/Screening Process Information

The examination process will consist of the following section weighted as indicated:

Training and Experience Rating …………….100%

Examination/Screening Process: The examination for Senior Librarian will consist of a training and experience rating, comprised of the questions in the attached supplemental questionnaire. The rating on this supplemental questionnaire will depend on the answers provided. A candidate must pass the training and experience rating in order to be advanced in the process.

Eligible List: The names of all applicants who filed a properly completed application and passed the examination/screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for an employment opportunity as a Senior Librarian. This list will be certified to the appointing authority which may use this list to conduct interviews to fill a vacancy. Candidates will remain on the list for three months or until hired, whichever occurs first. A notice will be sent to applicants at the time the eligible list is posted, informing them that the list has been posted and their rank on the list.

Veteran’s Preference: This is a classified position requiring an open, competitive selection process. Veteran’s Preference points will be applied after a candidate passes the examination process. Applicants who are eligible for veteran’s preference should update their veteran’s DD214, and other supporting documents, and submit them as an attachment at the time of application.

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.

E-Verify Participation:
Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.

To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.

For further information regarding this posting, please contact Mirian Simpson by email at or by phone at (651) 266-2711.

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