Collection Development Manager

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Under direction of the Director of Collection Anywhere, provides leadership and direction for staff in the Collection Development Department; plans, organizes and manages all operations of Collection Development including supervising Collection Development staff; in collaboration with the Director of Collection Anywhere plans, organizes and develops the overall collection; evaluates the overall selection and management of materials for system libraries; assists in the development of policy recommendations, acts as the administrator on materials related issues in the absence of the Director of Collection Anywhere.

Our first application review will be Monday, June 25, 2018.

About the Metropolitan Library System: 

In 2015, the Metropolitan Library System (MLS) celebrated a milestone – its 50th anniversary of services to the residents of Oklahoma County. This large, diverse system of suburban, urban and rural libraries serves the nearly 800,000 residents of Oklahoma County through 19 libraries. The Library’s mission, “we grow smarter communities, one person at a time”, speaks to its vision “to be the community’s hub for critical thinking, creative problem-solving and lifelong enrichment". With exciting programs like “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma: Piecing the Quilt, Stirring the Stew: Ethnic American Women’s Voices”, resources for learning and job preparedness, family game fests, teen advisory boards and Lego robotics, the Library reaches out to serve the interests of people of all ages. The appointed Metropolitan Library Commission of Oklahoma County consists of 27 voting members who represent each municipality with a library or library extension located within its boundaries, as well as the Mayor of Oklahoma City and an Oklahoma County Commissioner. The Friends of the Library raise funds and advocate for the library. The Library Endowment Trust provides a means for private contributions to be invested on a permanent basis so that they can meet the future needs of the library.

This position will be assigned  to the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library at 300 Park Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The Ronald J. Norick Library is named after former Mayor Ron Norick. Norick was a visionary and the champion of the “MAPS” project which voters passed to provide funding for nine new building projects in the downtown area. The library opened in 2004 in the new four-story, 114,130 square foot facility.


About The Oklahoma City Metro Area: 

The Oklahoma City (OKC) Metro Area is vibrant, progressive and friendly. A strong and growing economy combined with low housing prices and cost of living attracts people of all ages.

In 2015, Oklahoma City was chosen as one of the first two pilot cities for the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking by the Brookings Institute and Project for Public Space. The area surrounding the Oklahoma Health Center will be a place for business incubator projects, the city’s bioscience sector and future developments.

Major revitalization efforts in downtown OKC are creating exciting cultural and sports venues as well as a strong business center. The Bricktown Entertainment District, Film Row, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum attract residents and visitors alike. The new American Indian Cultural Center and Museum will open in 2022.

Dubbed “Loud City”, sports fans cheer on the NBA basketball team, the Oklahoma City Thunder and its developmental league team, the Oklahoma City Blue.  Baseball and soccer fans enjoy the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A baseball team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the United Soccer League team, OKC Energy FC. 

With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, outdoor activities are plentiful and families can enjoy rowing, canoeing, and kayaking on the Oklahoma River, which is home to a high performance training center for Olympic athletes. Hiking, biking and picnicking are also right out the back door. The urban downtown center and adjacent lovely suburban communities give singles, couples and families a great range of living choices.



Education and Experience:

  • Master's degree in Library Studies/Information Science from an ALA-accredited college or university; and
  • Four to six years of progressively responsible related experience in a public library involving collection development responsibilities, with a minimum of two years of supervisory experience

Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and practices including goal setting and program budget development and implementation.
  • Administration of staff and activities, either directly or through subordinate supervision.
  • Extensive knowledge of library practices, policies, procedures and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of library science, technology and management.
  • Library materials, in a variety of formats, and publishers.
  • Basic budgetary principles and practices.
  • Applicable state, federal and local ordinances, laws, rules and regulations.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
  • Outcome-based planning and evaluation.
  • Evidence based selection.
  • All computer applications and hardware related to performance and the essential functions of the job.

Skill in:

  • Planning, organizing, assigning, coordinating, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing a variety of informational and statistical data and materials.
  • Using tact, discretion, initiative and independent judgment.
  • Analyzing and resolving office administrative situations and problems.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, meeting critical deadlines, and following up on assignments with a minimum of direction.
  • Using critical thinking-logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Communicating ideas and thoughts clearly and effectively to ensure understanding.
  • Using exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills that build and maintain strategic relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Hiring, motivating, developing and directing staff in a collaborative team environment.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Maintaining professional objectivity when making decisions on materials dealing with controversial issues or when handling customer comments about library materials.

Mental and Physical Abilities:

  • Analytical abilities are required to integrate and interpret data from various sources and to plan, develop and implement strategies.
  • Ability to analyze complex technical, scientific and/or administrative problems, evaluate alternative solutions and adopt effective courses of actions.
  • Mental/visual endurance to sustain periods of concentration while working under pressure or deadlines and constant interruptions.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, speak and hear, and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Salary and Benefits: 

The hiring salary for this position is: $65,915.20.  This is a full-time position working 40 hours per week.  This position is exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Candidates must be available to work during library operating hours which may occasionally include evenings and weekends.*

*Hours are subject to change according to the needs of the library.

Full time benefits

  • Health benefits that include medical, dental and prescription coverage
  • Vision coverage paid in full
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Vacation Leave @ 8 hours per month
  • Sick leave @ 8 hours per month
  • Eleven paid holidays (subject to date of hire)
  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan
  • Scholarship reimbursement opportunities
  • Life and AD&D Insurance paid in full
  • Voluntary dependent life insurance
  • Long Term care paid in full
  • Voluntary Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability paid in full


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