Profession library manager

Library managers plan, direct coordinate and evaluate the provision of specialized professional and technical services for libraries.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Investigative

Related professions library

  • Archivist
  • Documentalist
  • Librarian
  • Library clerk
  • Library technician

Knowledge

  • Project management

    Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.

  • Literature

    The body of artistic writing characterized by beauty of expression, form, and universality of intellectual and emotional appeal.

  • Collection management

    The process of resource evaluation, selection and life-cycle planning to create and promote a coherent collection in line with the developing needs of the users or customers. Understanding legal deposit for long-term access to publications.

  • Types of literature genres

    The different literary genres in the history of literature, their technique, tone, content and length.

Skills

  • Confer with library colleagues

    Communicate with colleagues and community members; make collection decisions and determine present and future library services to offer.

  • Provide library information

    Explain the use of library services, resources and equipment; provide information about library customs.

  • Supervise work

    Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of subordinate personnel.

  • Coordinate operational activities

    Synchronise activities and responsibilities of the operational staff to ensure that the resources of an organisation are used most efficiently in pursuit of the specified objectives.

  • Supervise daily library operations

    Supervise daily library processes and operations. Budgeting, planning, and personnel activities such as hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations.

  • Liaise with colleagues

    Liaise with fellow colleagues to ensure common understanding on work related affairs and agree on the necessary compromises the parties might need to face. Negotiate compromises between parties as to ensure that work in general run efficiently towards the achievement of the objectives.

  • Negotiate library contracts

    Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, maintenance and equipment.

  • Hire new personnel

    Hire new personnel for a company or organisation payroll via a prepared set of procedures. Make staffing decisions and direct selection co-workers.

  • Train employees

    Lead and guide employees through a process in which they are taught the necessary skills for the perspective job. Organise activities aimed at introducing the work and systems or improving the performance of individuals and groups in organisational settings.

  • Buy new library items

    Evaluate new library products and services, negotiate contracts, and place orders.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Manage digital libraries

    Collect, manage and preserve for permanent access digital content and offer to targeted user communities specialised search and retrieval functionality.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

Optional knowledge and skills

analyse library users' queries manage digital archives classify library materials draw up professional texts apply for library funding participate in school programs on libraries assess informational needs manage human resources manage fundraising activities evaluate library materials apply change management copyright legislation music and video industry organise information

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