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Library Supervisor Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Manages the daily operations of multiple library units and maintains and monitors budgets for a library department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Library Supervisor in that Library Supervisor Seniors exercise more autonomy and final decision making authority, coordinate areas with a wider scope and complexity, which creates greater impact and exposure. This classification is given a larger fiscal responsibility than the Library Supervisor. The Library Supervisor Senior's responsibilities are primarily managerial in nature. This classification may supervise a Library Supervisor. This classification reports to a Department Head or an Assistant University Librarian.

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.
  • Supervises activities of staff and student employees in multiple specialized library units; coordinates and supervises a specialized service for the library department.
  • Participates in planning department goals and objectives.
  • Consults and advises library staff and users to provide technical advice, problem solving assistance, answers to questions, and interpretation of policies and procedures for the library unit and department.
  • Oversees and coordinates budgets for other units in a department and apprises units of budget status through periodic reports; manages and controls expenditures within the departmental budget; initiates and manages complex multiple accounts with other libraries.
  • Ensures library compliance with state and federal law.
  • Coordinates special programs or projects among library departments; may serve as a liaison from the library to university programs or departments and non-university clients, organizations, and programs.
  • Advises university and community users, vendors and libraries in matters of policies and procedures to facilitate a specific library service.
  • Interprets and enforces library and university policies and recommends and implements changes.

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.
  • Knowledge of management, administrative and leadership practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of budget and accounting principles.
  • Skill in budget and accounting principles.
  • Skill in organizing the work of self and others.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree AND four years' progressively responsible library experience, which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Eight years' progressively responsible library experience, which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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