Library Branch Manager, Springfield City Library, Springfield MA

SALARY:            $49,829.04 - $64,802.64 Annually


OPENING DATE: 08/06/13


CLOSING DATE: 08/21/13 11:59 PM




Responsible for administrative and professional work in the management of personnel, services and operations of assigned branches. Develops and maintains collections; develops programs and services; plans branch goals and objectives; and other similar duties. Work is performed with professional independent administrative judgment and decision in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Library Department, with review by the Library Director through reports and conferences. Supervision is exercised over other employees as assigned.




  • Establishes branch goals and objectives to best serve the community within the overall policies of the Springfield Library system.  Provides feedback and makes suggestions concerning system-wide goals, objectives and activities.
  • Plans, develops and implements programs, events and services to meet the needs of a particular neighborhood.
  • Maintains responsibility for branch collection selection, development and maintenance within approved budgetary limitations. Analyzes circulation trends and makes appropriate recommendations; reviews selection and monitors budget performance; evaluates branch collection; removes outdated or unused materials; reorders replacements; and orders materials to supplement collection.
  • Evaluates the services, programs, methods and practices used in the branch; determines adequacy; modifies or adapts services to meet new or unusual patron requirements within the limits of established policy; and prepares and submits appropriate reports to the Library Director.
  • Provides patron assistance at the reference or circulation desks as required.
  • Trains, directs, assigns and checks the work of subordinates on organization policies and procedures, methods and practices, standards of performance, and other matters affecting their work. Detects substandard performance and takes corrective action within the limits of established Library policy.
  • Evaluates performance of staff members, maintains good personnel relations and consults with supervisor regarding personnel or other matters effecting subordinates.
  • Oversees and participates in adult and/or children's services in assigned branches. Oversees and participates in system-wide adult and/or children's activities, such as school visits, summer reading club, book discussion groups, and outreach activities.
  • Monitors building repair or maintenance needs, and submits requests to appropriate authority.
  • Represents Library within the community to various agencies, businesses and groups.
  • Writes grant proposals to fund projects or programs.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and technological advances in the library field, current events, popular reading interests, and other issues necessary to maintain awareness of public information needs. Conducts informational training of other personnel to increase awareness of methods and procedures.
  • Performs related work as required.




  • Demonstrated ability to plan, assign, coordinate and supervise the work of a library branch.
  • Extensive knowledge of library programs, functions, operations, polices and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, laws and ordinances governing the work performed.
  • Thorough knowledge of the practical application of computer operations.
  • Ability to assemble, develop, evaluate, and analyze data in special administrative areas and to make recommendations affecting polices and procedures based on this work.
  • Ability to plan, assign, supervise and review the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to make independent work decisions in accordance with governing policy, law, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, subordinates, and the general public.
  • Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely orally and in writing.




  • Bachelor's degree with major course work in library administration plus completion of the American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science.
  • Five years library experience with some experience in library administration.

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