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Library Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, and supervises a section of library employees whose duties are specialized and technical, and involves varied procedures and methods, and has direct responsibility for subordinates including hiring, training, evaluating, monitoring work performance, setting performance goals and providing an environment in which goals can be achieved and career development is fostered. The Library Supervisor manages the work and resources of the unit including planning, organizing, allocating, and prioritizing both work and resources to meet the goals of the unit, department and library. The classification's responsibilities are primarily supervisory in nature.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the first in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Library Supervisor Senior in that this classification does not supervise multiple library units. This classification reports to a Library Supervisor Senior, Librarian or Department Head.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Plans, schedules, and organizes work activities to meet unit goals and objectives.
  • Develops, implements and revises work methods, policies, and procedures for the library unit.
  • Establishes, monitors, and ensures adherence to quality and quantity standards.
  • Recommends policy development and revision to library department head; recommends organizational adjustments to efficiently and effectively accomplish department and library objectives.
  • Maintains records and prepares statistical reports relating to the responsibilities and operations of the unit.
  • Maintains responsibility for selecting, implementing, and reviewing the use of microcomputer software related to the work of the library unit, and for training staff and student employees in the use of these systems.
  • Coordinates complex projects with other library sections and departments.
  • Plans, prepares, and monitors budgets for the library unit and determines budget spending.
  • Reviews and negotiates requests for exceptions to policy from library users for the library unit.
  • Maintains responsibility for initial handling and reporting of library's central building and personal security problems.
  • Interprets and enforces library and university policy and recommends changes in library policy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of complex library issues and procedures such as cataloging, acquisitions, reference, circulation or bibliographic control procedures.
  • Knowledge of automated library functions.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in coordinating work of self and others.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree AND three years' progressively responsible library experience; OR, Seven years' progressively responsible library experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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