Supervising Librarian

Position Type: Professional

Library Type: Special


This is professional services work of a managerial nature in directing and overseeing the activities of a major division of the Maine State Library. Responsibilities include managing all division operations, including personnel and budget administration, long-range planning, developing goals and objectives, and coordinating and implementing programs and services. Supervision is exercised over a large staff of professional, technical, and clerical employees. Work is performed under administrative direction.

Representative Tasks:

(A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

  • Develops division goals and objectives in order to provide program direction.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and controls division operations in order to ensure program objectives are attained and are congruent with overall library goals.
  • Determines and requests library staff, material, and equipment in order to assist in the formulation and justification of agency budgetary requests and work plans.
  • Develops performance evaluation standards and procedures in order to provide work performance information to subordinate staff and ensure complete and objective appraisals.
  • Develops and recommends new and revised laws, rules, policies, and procedures in order to respond to changes in program needs, objectives, and priorities and improve effectiveness of division operations.
  • Advises local and staff librarians in order to provide assistance in development of effective statewide library services.
  • Represents the State Library at national, state, and local conferences and meetings in order to explain and promote library services.
  • Writes informational material in order to promote public awareness of Maine State Library programs.
  • Confers and corresponds with staffs of all types of libraries in order to develop cooperative resource sharing programs.
  • Compiles and analyzes data in order to provide statistical information regarding libraries and library services in Maine.
  • Coordinates library programs that cross local library, district, and state lines in order to provide statewide library services.

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities Required:

(These are required to successfully perform the work assigned). - Knowledge of professional library principles, methods, materials, practices, and procedures, including library automation. - Knowledge of state budgeting procedures. - Knowledge of the legislative process. - Knowledge of modern management principles, practices, and techniques. - Ability to direct and coordinate multiple programs. - Ability to plan, assign, and coordinate the work of a large staff. - Ability to plan, develop, and implement policies, goals, and objectives.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Minimum Qualifications:

(Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

A Masters Degree in Library Science and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in professional library work which includes at least two (2) years in an administrative and/or supervisory capacity. A six (6) year combination of directly related education and/or experience may be substituted for the Masters Degree requirement.

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).


Exam Plan:

(This must be successfully completed by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Will consist of a numerical evaluation of Training and Experience (100%).