The Chief of Collections and Technical Services serves as an integral part of the San Francisco Public Library Executive Team. Under general direction from the City Librarian and Deputy City Librarian, the Chief is responsible for directing and implementing programs related to the purchasing, licensing, and management of Library Collections in all formats; preparing and administering an annual budget of $22 million; expending an over $14 million materials budget; cataloging print and electronic materials for the Library’s online catalog; preparing materials for use by the public; and preserving historic items. The position provides leadership and directs the operations of Collections and Technical Services which consists of 61 FTE and includes the functional areas of Acquisitions, Cataloging, Collection Development, Preservation and Processing.
Essential Functions of the Position: Formulating, monitoring and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of policies, practices and procedures related to Collections and Technical Services operations; ensuring that expenditures, policies and procedures provide the best possible user experience and service excellence for San Francisco’s diverse user base; fostering dialogue and feedback with other divisions and units of the Library, City departments, Library partners, and the public while building an understanding of the Collections and Technical Services Division; overseeing, planning and implementing systems and workflows relevant to collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, processing and preservation of library materials; and performing other job-related duties.
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0952 Chief of Collections and Technical Services
1. Possession of a Master’s Degree in library and information studies (MLS/MLIS) from a college or university program accredited by the American Library Association; AND
2. Four (4) years of verifiable managerial experience (which must include supervisory) in a large urban library.
• Experience with technology conversion and modernization efforts to lead circulation and collections infrastructure improvements including the implementation of RFID technology.
• Passion for the role of the public library, able to advocate and articulate the Library’s mission.
• Current knowledge of public library trends and forward-thinking vision for library services.
• Collaborative leadership style; creative problem-solver who can foster an environment of teamwork, respect and continuous improvement in library operations.
• Experience in designing and implementing new initiatives; ability to lead and engage staff to embrace change for positive organizational development.
• Excellent management skills and keen political acumen. Strong analytical ability for evaluating library services.
• Familiarity with library acquisitions operations and systems. Awareness of cataloging and metadata standards, trends, and authority control services.
• Awareness of book conservation and preservation procedures and practices.
• Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Sierra ILS system.
• Knowledge of the library vendor landscape for collections in all formats, with proficiency in eBook, eMedia and eLearning platforms.
• Effective communicator, both oral and written communications, with expertise in delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
• Strong computing skills and experience creating, implementing and/or using budget management tools.
• Commitment to public service and delivering exemplary customer service.
Application Process and Deadline
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé and three (3) work related professional references via email to Vivian.Yeung@sfpl.org.