One part library leader, one part 21st century collections expert (print and digital) and one part consummate professional—that’s the blend the Indianapolis Public Library, http://www.imcpl.org/, is seeking in its newly created Director of Collection Management position. The successful candidate will be capable of thinking strategically and acting tactically to ensure this major urban Library’s collections and technology applications provide reliable access and become that equalizing factor for learning within the community.
The award-winning Indianapolis Public Library is an exciting work environment—as an independent library district with a permanent tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library services—the Library staff (400 FTEs) and almost 500 volunteers serve the 800,000+ citizens of Indianapolis and Marion County through 23 locations, including the stunning new Central Library, the Children’s Museum’s InfoZone, and an active bookmobile. Named a Four-Star library by Library Journal for the past three years, the Library celebrated 3.9 million patron visits and a 14.6 million circulation in 2011. The Library has a $49 million annual budget—a $5.5 million materials budget–and the Library Foundation provides substantial support for programming, materials and technology.
Indianapolis, http://www.indy.gov/, the state capital and county seat of Marion County, is Indiana's largest city, the 12th largest city in the U.S., the second largest city in the Midwest, and one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Historically focused on government and industry, Indianapolis today offers a diversified economy in the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy—the City plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. The region boasts rich cultural amenities and offers excellent recreational activities—all contributing to an outstanding quality of life. Additional information on the Library and the area can be found at Indianapolis Links, http://www.gossagesager.com/IMCPLlinks.htm.
Responsibilities: The Director of Collection Management will be responsible for strategic leadership, management and planning for Library-wide collections including centralized selection, acquisitions, and processing and cataloging of all formats. Utilizing trends in electronic licensing, access, copyright, and traditional collections, the successful candidate will work with library leadership to develop policies and carry out tactical directions for maintaining the Library’s collections—including cataloging and metadata, digital collections, product development and print acquisitions. Duties will also include management of the Library’s shared catalog with local schools and museums in the Partner’s Program; negotiating vendor contracts; performing analysis and evaluation of present or proposed procedures and computer-based solutions to library issues.
Qualifications: ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain an Indiana Librarian Certificate 1; and a minimum of six years of professional experience including three years of supervisory experience. The applicant must have broad knowledge of the principles and practices of public libraries particularly multi-branch systems; understanding of library collections, selection, publishing and acquisitions issues; knowledge and understanding of issues related to electronic resources; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
The full job description, http://www.gossagesager.com/collmgrjobdesc.pdf, has additional details. Ten years of library experience with at least six years of collection management responsibilities is preferred.
Compensation: The hiring salary range is $75,000-$100,000 with a competitive benefits package.
For further information or to apply, contact Jobeth Bradbury, Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, JobethBradbury@gossagesager.com. A cover letter and current resume as Word (or pdf) attachments will start the application process. This position closes September 16, 2012.