Madison Public Library seeks a dynamic leader to oversee the operations of the Goodman South Madison Library and to be part of an innovative public services team.  You will support and motivate staff to actively engage the community.  You will guide staff to develop sustainable programming that utilizes staff and community expertise.  You will build relationships and establish collaborative opportunities guided by Madison Public Library’s mission, vision and strategic direction. You will provide direct service to the public and ensure that your staff members embody the high-level of customer service that defines the Madison Public Library.Library Supervisors promote and plan for delivery of library services to significant underserved populations, requiring special attention to cultural and social diversity.  You will participate in Neighborhood Resource Teams, coordinating services with other city agencies; you will partner with non-profits, businesses and other community organizations.

Madison Public Library is an exceptional organization that encourages staff to explore opportunities and to try new services and programs.  Our Library Supervisors bring their creativity, innovation, imagination and commitment to public service to every interaction or endeavor.For more information about the Madison Public Library and its programs, please visit:
http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/
http://madisonbubbler.org/.

IMPORTANT: THERE ARE SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAY QUESTIONS ON THE JOB POSTING.  YOU MUST ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND ATTACH YOUR WRITTEN RESPONSES IN THE ATTACHMENT SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

**APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE RESPONSES WILL IMMEDIATELY BE ELIMINATED FROM CONSIDERATION.**

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Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop and lead the implementation of major library program(s).
  • Analyze and problem-solve.
  • Develop and implement evaluation metrics to monitor success.
  • Ensure effective use of resources by planning, organizing, monitoring and evaluating all operational activities.
  • Be creative and proficient in the utilization of technology for the delivery of library services.
  • Model, enable and promote excellent customer service.  Assume responsibility for how the library is perceived.
  • Assess staff development needs and direct staff to relevant training opportunities.
  • Support a culture of learning and discovery to ensure that community needs are met and anticipated.
  • Establish and maintain community collaborations and partnerships.
  • Spearhead outreach opportunities that promote and deliver library services to underserved individuals and communities.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of cultural, technology and social trends and issues:  local, regional and beyond.
  • Advocate for the value of public libraries.
  • Participate in local, state, and national conferences and meetings to acquire and share best practices.
  • Maintain a welcoming neighborhood library environment.
  • Listen attentively and communicate tactfully.  Facilitate open sharing and communication.
  • Embrace a commitment to equity and diversity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four years of experience performing responsible professional library work as a librarian, including experience performing a wide variety of library-related tasks.
  • Master’s degree in library or information science.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:Four years of experience in applying the following:

  • Library science theories, principles, practices and terminology applicable to a public library.
  • Automated and manual library systems.
  • Professional library reference and collection development strategies and resources.
  • Computer software applicable to the duties of the position.

The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.  

For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the Librarian 3 class spec.Special Requirements

Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to meet the transportation requirements of this position.
Physical Requirements:

Employees in this position must be able to lift/carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds (equivalent to a bucket of books) and must be capable of pushing wheeled carts of books and other materials weighing up to 200 pounds onto and off elevators and across carpeted areas. In addition, they must be able to frequently stand, walk, bend, kneel, stoop, reach overhead, and repeatedly lift books weighing as much as three pounds.

*The payroll title for this position is Librarian 3.