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Collection Development Librarian - Douglas County Libraries

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Collection Development Librarian - Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO

The Collection Development Librarian position is responsible for building a relevant, high-interest collection across formats, platforms and levels. This position exercises professional judgment and expertise in the selection of appropriate materials and online resources to serve the needs of our community.  Cross-departmental collaboration is required to efficiently deliver a premium experience to internal and external customers.  Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative.

Examples of Duties
  • Utilizes vendor services and professional tools to evaluate and select materials and resources in various physical and digital formats across age groups.
  • Responds to collection requests from patrons and staff. 
  • Assures that items are ordered in a timely manner and in quantities that meet demand.
  • Participates in determining annual budget allocations.  Responsible for tracking expenditures and managing assigned budget.  
  • Provides onboarding training for staff members in collection development processes and practices.
  • Responsible for budget allocations and purchases of books, digital content, databases, and other educational resources for the annual State Grants to Libraries. Reports total expenditures and community outcomes.  
  • Works with branch staff to analyze existing collections, community trends and library data to improve collection performance.
  • Monitors library and publishing trends, best practices in collection management, and developments in the profession. Shares knowledge and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Regularly contributes reviews of new titles to promote library collections to patrons and staff.
  • Manages additional projects including opening day collections, collection refreshes, and collection renovations.
  • Develops and implements District-wide collection guidelines for staff use.
  • Creates collection reports to support branch staff collection management. Acts as an advisor on branch collection management issues.
  • Responsible for electronic resource management, including setting up trials, negotiating prices, evaluating use, and maintaining relationships with vendors.
  • Establishes ad hoc committees to explore new products or services, improve cross-departmental communication and/or establish new procedures.
  • Identifies and manages materials appropriate for standing orders
  • Explores new collection development tools and vendor services that will improve or streamline processes.
  • Collaborates with and supports our volunteers, enabling the organization to achieve our goals and fulfill our mission/vision.
  • Creates positive experiences for library patrons by effectively and efficiently performing job tasks; presents a positive image of the library in attitude, communications and appearance while performing duties in both the public and staff areas.
  • Demonstrates a professional, positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with staff, coworkers, and volunteers.
  • Stays current on DCL policies, processes, procedures and technologies required to perform work duties.
  • Promotes DCL's culture of safety by following library safety policy guidelines and safety rules. Practices effective personal and branch safety.
  • Performs other work duties as assigned.

  • Working knowledge of the elements that make up a relevant, popular, high-interest public library collection, including broad-based collection development practices and current trends in selection, ordering, patron driven programs, and vendor services. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization to improve library service delivery to the public is required. Ability to work in a pleasant, professional and effective manner with patrons, staff, coworkers, other departments and library branches is required.
  • Proficiency with the library catalog and familiarity with online ordering tools is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to meet inflexible deadlines is required.
  • Skill in interpreting data from many sources in analyzing collection needs.
  • Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in functions required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or as part of a team to complete tasks as assigned.
  • Must exhibit effective communication skills, interpersonal skills and flexibility when collaborating with library branches, and when working with vendors, distributors and the public.
  • Strong analytical, negotiating and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility.
  • Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in functions required to  perform job duties, working effectively independently or as part of a team to complete tasks as assigned.
  • Must communicate effectively using English. Must read, write and understand English at a level appropriate to the position.
  • Computer Skills: Must demonstrate competency in computer use including internet, email, Microsoft Office Products (or equivalent). Keyboard skills required at an equivalent of typing 50 words per minute with minimal errors. Must be able to learn and become proficient with equipment and software programs as required to effectively and efficiently perform assigned duties.
  • Physical Abilities: Must have the physical ability, stamina, mobility and manual dexterity to: Stand, walk, bend to floor level, reach to a height over 70 inches, read a minimum 8 point font, and work at computer stations frequently. Handle materials, push/pull carts/bins with a force of up to 35 pounds, carry 15 pounds, lift up to 35 pounds, grip up to 15 pounds, kneel, squat and climb, on a regular basis.

Supplemental Information

Education: Masters Degree in Library Science is strongly preferred.
Experience: Two (2) years of professional related experience is required.

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