Librarian III, Head of the Louisiana Division – New Orleans Public Library – New Orleans, LA

About the Louisiana Division: The Louisiana Division of New Orleans Public Library is a multi-media reference division, housing the Library’s local history and genealogy collections, the African American Resource collection, as well as special collections and the City Archives, the official repository for the records of New Orleans municipal government.  The collection includes books; city, regional, and state documents; manuscripts, maps, newspapers, periodicals, microfilms, photographs, slides, digital assets, sound recordings, video tapes, postcards, and ephemera of every sort.  The City Archives comprises municipal records dating from 1769 to the present in both paper and electronic format.  Special collections also include the original records of the Orleans Parish civil (1804-1926) and criminal (1830-1931) courts.  The Louisiana Division provides reference service to a wide spectrum of patrons, including students from grade school to graduate school, genealogists, scholars, writers, government employees and citizens.

Job Description: Professional, supervisory and administrative work directing the day to day operation of the Louisiana Division. Duties include staff scheduling; attention to the physical facility of the division (located on three floors); coordinating and supervising ongoing projects, such as database management and digitization; overseeing the selection and maintenance of materials, including books and periodicals, microfilms, and technological resources, as well as microfilm equipment; processing original archival materials; and selecting, training, and evaluating Louisiana Division staff.

Illustrative Tasks:

·       Fulfills the Louisiana Division purpose of cultivating, educating, and providing access to resources through exhibitions, publications, programs, and collection

·       Develops goals, plans, programs, services and procedures for the division

·       Manages, supervises, and participates in all daily service and support operations within the division

·       Develops projections of resources and personnel necessary to meet established goals and objectives

·       Establishes and maintains effective relationships with City offices

·       Willingness to maintain existing partnerships and collaborations with a broad spectrum of organizations throughout the metro area as well as seeking out and creating new ones

·       Participates professionally in local, regional, and national library, genealogical, historical and archival organizations

·       Works with other supervisors and library management to ensure services are responsive to patron needs

·       Ensures the physical area of the division is maintained

·       Participates in committee work

·       Oversees collection development that fulfills the purpose of the Louisiana Division

·       Prepares reports and statistics for the division

·       Appraises employee performance and reviews evaluations of subordinates

·       Oversees the maintenance and preservation of the City Archives

·       Conducts outreach and programs that provide education and raise awareness of the Louisiana Division

·       Serves in the closing librarian and librarian-in-charge rotation for the Main Library

·       Performs other work as required

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

·       Knowledge of resources relevant to New Orleans and Louisiana history and culture

·       Knowledge of and experience with genealogical research sources and methodology

·       Knowledge of general principles of archives/special collections management

·       Familiar with Polaris (ILS) and Envisionware or knowledge of library automated systems and applications

·       Supervisory experience with knowledge of supervisory principles and practices

·       Ability to express effectively ideas and information verbally and in writing

·       Ability to supervise subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale

·       Knowledge of and positive attitude to customer service principles and techniques

·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with library patrons, employees, and supervisors

·       Ability to understand and implement library policy and procedures

·       Ability to travel as needed

Minimum Qualifications Requirements:

·       Master’s Degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited or approved equivalent graduate school (archival coursework and experience preferred)

·       Four years of full-time professional library experience, of which one year is of a supervisory capacity

·       Must be able to work nights and weekends

·       Must be able to stand for extensive periods of time during the work day

·       Must be able to lift 25 lbs

·       Must be able to work at any location in the New Orleans Public Library System

·       Complete mandatory drug screening

·       Fulfill the Orleans Parish residency requirement

Annual Salary: $46,306

Benefits include: Longevity Pay, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Health, Life, Dental, Vision Insurance and Pension Participation

How to Apply:

Email a resume and cover letter to Jason W. Johnson, Human Resources Director at