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DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY INFORMATION SYSTEMS
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating operations of the System Services division of the Onondaga County Public Library. This position combines the principles of library administration with the abilities of computing technology. The incumbent must possess thorough knowledge of computer applications used in a library setting and is also responsible for the operations management of the System Services division of the County Library. General direction is received from the Library Director with considerable leeway allowed for independent judgment concerning the administration of duties. General supervision is exercised over professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Supervises and coordinates departmental operations and staff engaged in the planning, design, development; budgeting and implementation of automated systems;
Recommends library policy, services and changes;
Ensures all library automation is compliant with state, federal, and professional standards;
Manages daily operation of local systems and prioritizes and coordinates assignments given to computer department staff; runs special request programs and manages daily print output;
Advises Library Director on areas of potential automation;
Confers with member library managers and other library staff in defining the nature and scope of proposed automation projects;
Establishes long-term needs for information systems, and plans strategy for developing systems and acquiring hardware to meet application needs;
Coordinates activity with multiple vendors for optimum service to library public;
Reviews and assesses library contracts related to technology and automation services with vendors;
Coordinates network design, service delivery, server maintenance, desktop services and integrated library system topologies;
Writes annual report, grants, and prepares budget requests regarding information technology in the library;
Oversees E-Rate federal reimbursement program;
May consult with County Information Technology Department on library automation planning.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the applications of computer technology to library operation.
Thorough knowledge of planning, design, implementation and use of automated systems in a library environment.
Good knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services.
Good knowledge of microcomputer systems, software development, various operating systems, and application of library automation software.
Working knowledge of standards appropriate to library applications such as MARC (machine-readable cataloguing), HTML, Z39.50, etc.
Critical thinking skills.
Ability to analyze various software packages and hardware configurations to determine which will meet the demands of the organization.
Ability to concurrently manage multiple projects, administer systems, troubleshoot computing problems, plan and manage change in the library’s computing environment and act as liaison with other information technology professionals.
Ability to make oral presentations and support recommendations and policies both orally and in writing.
Ability to analyze information gathered for the purpose of developing recommendations and/or making decisions.
Ability to supervise, coordinate and plan the work of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to be a creative leader committed to the exploration, design and implementation of innovative digital library collections and services.
Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others in creating innovative user-response electronic services.
Ability to work effectively with teams, committees, and working groups.
Ability to represent library interests to internal and external committees
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Masters Degree in computer science, information technology, library science, or a closely related field and three (3) years of professional level work experience, or its part-time equivalent in information technology administration or library science administration; or,
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Baccalaureate Degree in computer science, information technology, library science, or a closely related field and five (5) years of professional level work experience, or its part-time equivalent in information technology administration or library science administration.