Director of Library Services

DATE: July, 2000

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: All personnel of the Owatonna Public Library and the Blooming Prairie Branch.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American library Association accredited institution, plus five years of professional library experience (three of which are in an administrative capacity).

NATURE OF WORK: Plans, organizes, and manages all operations of the Owatonna Public Library and the Blooming Prairie Branch Library. Provides leadership and coaching for staff in a self-directed team environment.

I. Serve as a City Department Head:

  1. Perform such tasks as assigned by the City Administrator.
  2. Coordinate interdepartmental cooperation as it affects library service.

II. Responsible for assessing and determining public needs for library services, including:

  1. Maintaining close public contact through meetings, hearings, etc.
  2. Developing information regarding library services for dissemination to the public.
  3. Noting feedback from the public, both positive and negative.

III. Responsible for developing long-range and strategic plans and programs to fulfill anticipated public needs through:

  1. Maintenance of existing services.
  2. Improved utilization of resources.
  3. Improved and new services
  4. Technology and automation services.
  5. Development, implementation and evaluation of internet use policy.

VI. Direct and administer the operations of the library, so as to provide the needed level of professional service to the public, including:

  1. Personnel staffing and administration: hiring, evaluating, training, scheduling, counseling, and discipline of employees.
  2. Operational administration: communications with staff, problem solving, decision making.
  3. Library professional services: adult collection development, reference and information services.
  4. Technology plan administration and coordination.

V. Maintain the physical plant and provide for its security, including:

  1. Developing and coordinating a capital improvements plan for library services.
  2. Building and grounds management.
  3. Building security management.
  4. Custodian supervision.
  5. Property management: three parking lots, two apartments and one house.

VI. Ensure adequate financial support of library services through:

  1. Financial planning and budget preparation.
  2. Monitoring expenses.
  3. Approving major expenses.
  4. Securing and altering of trust funds. Serve as executive secretary/treasurer of Owatonna Public Library Foundation.


  1. Represents the library in the eyes of the public, formally and informally.
  2. Chief spokesperson for the library and the library board.
  3. Settles complaints and disputes by the public concerning library policies and operations.

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license.

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL OPERATION: Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include, but may not be limited to: motor vehicles, computers, copy machines, FAX machines, audiovisual equipment, public address system and calculators.


  1. The normal workday shall be eight (8) hours and the normal work week forty (40) hours.
  2. Indoor working environment with frequent contact with the general public.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical
and Environmental Demands
This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying of objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of forty (40) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.