Library Operations Manager, Alabama Public Library Service

Position Overview

APLS is seeking a self-motivated and organized professional who is enthusiastic about libraries and the role they play in educating and enriching their communities. The Library Operations Manager will oversee the Library Development Department through staff oversight, consultation to public libraries and development of collaborative goals to facilitate professional development services based on the location, size and need summaries of the public libraries in the state.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Communicate Effectively

  • Speak and write effectively to a broad range of audiences.

Create and Maintain a Professional Network

  • Cultivate relationships to facilitate prompt and relevant responses to promote and meet state library needs.
  • Promote an approachable environment to build cooperation and mutual trust among staff and supported libraries.

Manage Effectively

  • Work effectively in a team environment.
  • Motivate self and staff to provide the highest quality service.

Identify and Work to Meet Member Needs

  • Exercise independent and sound judgment to initiate recommendations for improvements in services.
  • Understand the myriad of challenges of varying size and types of libraries and patrons.

Education and Experience

MLS, MLIS, or MSLI from an ALA-accredited college or university.

Five years of specialized professional library experience, preferably in a public library.

Minimum three years progressively responsible supervisory experience over a staff of professional, para-professional, technical and/or clerical employees.

Essential Duties of the Position

Plan, organize, and manage the Library Development Department. Coordinate the work flow, conduct regular project collaborative meetings, provide leadership and mentoring, establish communications regarding projects and troubleshoot potential issues.

Conducts ongoing research regarding state and national library issues, practices, and trends. Networks among state and national peers to create effective partnerships.

Works collaboratively with members of the Library Development Team and public libraries to support professional development and to provide workshops, training in various formats to include, face-to-face, instructional videos or other forms of current technology.

Develops long and short range plans, including benchmarks and standards, to measure the effectiveness of the APLS Library Development.

Identifies Alabama public library needs by size, location and sum-maries.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation: Salary ranges from $50,119.20—$76,348.80 based upon education and experience. Salary is paid semi-monthly.

Benefits Include: Annual and sick leave; thirteen paid holidays; low cost insurance; retirement plan; deferred compensation plans; and flexible employee benefit plans.

How to Apply

Applicants must:

1. Complete a State of Alabama application form, located at, and submit the application to the Alabama State Personnel Department, 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130 to be placed on the state merit system register; and

2. Submit a .pdf cover letter, resume and three professional references to the attention of Wanda Chrietzberg, HR Officer, at

Interviews will be conducted by appointment only. Applicants must travel to interviews at their own expense.