The incumbent in this position is chief administrator in the Library. The work involves carrying out broad policy as determined by the Library Board of Trustees. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate supervisors, including professional and clerical personnel. Does related work as required.


Directs and supervises the budgeting and expenditure of library funds and the collection of library revenues.

Develops and evaluates plans for library services, evaluating the effectiveness of the library's services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community.

Supervises the work of library unit heads and administers personnel policies.

Recommends appointments, transfers, promotions, and dismissals of personnel in accordance with Civil Service and Union contract rules and regulations.

Reviews and/or develops policies for the operation of the library; recommends adoption of policies to the Library Board.

Represents the library before governmental agencies and community groups in seeking financial resources for the library.

Reviews and/or develops new procedures for library services.

Administers personnel policies, prepares and/or reviews performance evaluations of staff members.

Conducts staff meetings.

Recommends and administers policies on the purchase of library materials.

Recommends and/or administers public relations programs.

Coordinates library program operations with municipal departments support services in areas such as personnel, legal, financial, public works and data processing.

Supervises the maintenance of library property and recommends repairs, alterations and new construction.

Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials.


Comprehensive knowledge of library administration practices.

Comprehensive knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services.

Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science.

Thorough knowledge of applications of computer technology to library operations.

Ability to train and supervise library staff in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to plan and implement budgets.

Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others.

Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others.

Ability to effectively interact with other individuals and to participate effectively in the cultural and intellectual activities of the community.

Ability to read and comprehend library research.

Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.



One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Assistant Library Director III.

Open Competitive A graduate library degree from a library school located within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and six (6) years of post masters professional level library experience, or its part time equivalent, two (2) years of which must have been in an administrative capacity.

Special Necessary Requirement

Possession of a valid New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department.

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