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Georgia Public Library Service: Assistant State Librarian for Innovation and Collaboration

About Georgia Public Library Service

Georgia Public Library Service empowers libraries to improve the lives of all Georgians. We provide innovative, scalable library technology and services; staff training and best practices; grant administration, and more to create equity in library experience for patrons, no matter where they live. We also work with elected officials to ensure they understand the critical role that libraries play in meeting the immediate and long-term needs of citizens.

Georgia Public Library Service is the state library administrative agency and a unit of the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. We are located in Atlanta GA.

Job Summary

The Georgia Public Library Service is seeking a dynamic, experienced, committed professional for the role of Assistant State Librarian for Innovation and Collaboration. This executive-level role is a key member of the GPLS leadership team, assisting the Associate Vice Chancellor/State Librarian in creating policies and making decisions for both the agency and for the state’s public libraries. This individual provides guidance and information to library staff, trustees, supporters, elected official, and allied agencies. Specific areas of responsibility and expertise include resource-sharing, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant management, and interagency cooperation.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the activities of resource sharing, assigned agency departments, and inter-agency services.
  • Assists with the preparation and maintenance of the State and Federal Funds budgets and ensures compliance with applicable regulations and procedures.
  • Serves as coordinator of agency’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, including program requirements, reporting, and coordination of the agency’s five-year plan.
  • Represents GPLS in interagency groups and professional organizations as assigned.
  • Prepares and implements library trustee training sessions statewide.
  • Facilitates strategic planning as requested for public libraries statewide.
  • Maintains current knowledge around electronic resources and e-books. Participates in national efforts around these topics
  • Coordinates special projects and programs. Serves on special task forces, study committees, or other designated groups.
  • Coordinate special projects and programs. Serves on special task forces, study committees, or other designated groups.
  • Provides and supports division leadership by actively participating as a leadership team member to establish and accomplish division goals and objectives.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution required.
  • Five years of progressively-responsible public library experience and supervisory required.
  • State of Georgia Librarian Certification
  • Valid driver’s license.

Required Documents to Attach

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of public library management, practices, issues, and trends for all sizes of libraries; Knowledge of state library operations and services to libraries;
  • Knowledge of federal library grant programs and regulations;
  • Knowledge of budget and personnel administration;
  • Knowledge of technology and library applications;
  • Knowledge of public library construction and renovation;
  • Knowledge of legal issues affecting public libraries;
  • Skill in oral and written communication, including public presentations;
  • Skill in media relations;
  • Ability to provide leadership and vision to the state agency and to the libraries in the state;
  • Ability to build consensus with different groups and different types of libraries;
  • Ability to work effectively in a political environment;
  • Ability to think and act quickly;
  • Ability to delegate efficiently and effectively and
  • Ability to work well with others and build cross-level and cross-functional teams.
  • 7 March 2022
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