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Lee County Library System, a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, is offering enthusiastic, community-minded candidates the opportunity to become a part of the team at the East County Regional Library. As Principal Librarian you will plan and administer a balanced program of public library services. You will supervise and evaluate staff, assuring proper workflow and staff scheduling, making recommendations about budgetary needs, preparing reports and presentations as needed, and managing the daily operation and upkeep of a fast-paced regional library facility and surrounding grounds. This position is responsible for a staff of twenty to thirty employees.
The East County Regional Library is located between Lehigh Senior High School and Varsity Lakes Middle School.
Southwest Florida’s Lee County is a growing, dynamic region, ideally situated along Interstate 75, just two hours from Tampa and Miami. Covering approximately 811 square miles, the county is home to over 800,000 residents. More and more families and businesses are choosing Lee County to call home. From sparkling white sandy beaches and lush golf courses to an exciting sports and outdoor recreation scene, Lee County’s nationally recognized public school system, low crime rates, and exceptional quality of life make it a great place to live, work, and raise a family. For more information, go to https://www.visitfortmyers.com.
The East County Regional Library is in Lehigh Acres, an unincorporated, fast-growing area of Lee County. This 31,000-square-foot library opened in 2001. Its patron base is varied and includes people of all ages and backgrounds. On school day afternoons, the library attracts many middle and high-school-aged youth from the neighboring schools.
Duties and Responsibilities
Relate positively to a diverse population, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and assist the public directly as an active member of the public service team at the branch.
Use considerable independent judgment and initiative along with established policies and procedures to assure a competent staff and high-quality service to the public.
Interact productively with staff from library administration, library processing, and other branches.
Provide technology training to staff and patrons.
Explain and administer library policies and procedures.
Actively seek and participate in professional development opportunities and stay abreast of emerging technology and trends.
Communicate and work effectively and tactfully with co-workers, sharing information and working cohesively as a team.
Develop and maintain communication and contacts with nearby schools and community organizations.
Work effectively with the Friends of the Library and other community groups.
Education, Experience, LicensingRequired Qualifications:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science, or a closely related field from a graduate library school program accredited by the American Library Association.
Two years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian in a public library system or a department/division of a main library or closely related experience.
Possession of a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
A Master's Degree in Library or Information Science from a graduate library school program accredited by the American Library Association.
Three years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian.
Two years supervising paid staff.
Two years of public library experience.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated leadership or management experience is preferred.
Knowledge of print and online sources and procedures used in reference and bibliographic research.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures, and techniques of library science and library administration and management.
Knowledge of a variety of reading interests of patrons of different ages and backgrounds.
Ability to make recommendations to supervisors about budgetary needs, which may include the Capital Improvement Plan and grant funds.
Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of professional and clerical personnel.
Ability to become proficient with existing technology systems, software, and computer equipment used by the library system, adapt to new technology developments and changes, and learn teaching skills to assist patrons with technology.
Ability to share new resources with staff and the public.
Spanish speaking is a plus.
Ability to relate positively to a diverse population, including children, teens, and speakers of languages other than English.
Ability to bend, stretch, sit, and stand for long periods of time. Ability to lift and carry objects up to 35 lbs.
Ability to operate a variety of equipment such as cash registers, computers, photocopiers, self-check machines, assistive devices, and automation equipment.
Additional Information:The County may require employees to make either a temporary, or long-term, permanent transfer to another library location to accommodate the organization's business needs.
This position is 80 hours bi-weekly; hours and days will vary to include evenings, Saturdays, and some Sundays.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES: All employees will be required to work before, during, or after an Emergency as needed. During an Emergency, employees may temporarily be assigned to work and perform duties outside the normal scope of their position, location, and work schedule to fit the needs of the County and its citizens.
Lee County is an equal opportunity and at-will employer, Veteran's Preference may apply. Apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/leecounty or in person at Lee County Human Resources, 1825 Hendry Street, 2nd Floor, Fort Myers, FL 33902. You may mail your application to Human Resources at PO Box 398, Ft. Myers, FL 33902. Your application must be received in Human Resources BEFORE the posting closes. If Human Resources does not receive your application BEFORE the posting closes, we will NOT be able to consider you for the position and your application will NOT be processed.