• Library Materials Selector

    First Regional Library
    Job Description
    The Library Materials Selector, under the supervision of the Director, identifies, evaluates, and selects diverse materials in a timely manner, while adhering to the budget and the First Regional Library Collection Development Policy. The Library Materials Selector is expected to support fourteen branches in meeting the needs of the communities they serve. This position will work both independently and with other branch Head Librarians and their staff to meet the needs of the library system. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively with the Collection Development Manager and departmental staff. Supports the Library’s mission, goals and strategic plan; assumes responsibility for how the Library is perceived by staff and the public.
    • Researches and evaluates various collection development models and trends to

                       determine what approach best meets the needs of the Library service area.

    • Acquires and uses knowledge of Technical Services processes, policies and procedures.

    • Identifies materials for purchase by reading reviews, reviewing bestseller lists, customer requests, staff suggestions, and collection analysis results.

    • Exercises professional judgment to anticipate and meet demands, address customer and staff requests, and respond to community and collection needs.

    • Participates in determining annual budget allocations for collection development materials, and tracking budgets through provided reports.

    • Creates or requests needed reports to analyze statistical data in order to determine collection improvement strategies.

    • Makes collection decisions for lease plans, standing orders, continuations, back orders, and cancellations, and works closely with the Collection Development Manager who monitors these. 

    • Communicates with branches for collection input, ordering deadlines, patron requests, and status of funds.

    • Serves on Director’s Administrative Team.  Assists in the overall planning of library activities especially as related to the materials collection. Assists in strategic planning for the development of the collection. 

    • Submits orders for new materials to the Collection Development Manager.

    • Expends funds systematically and in a fiscally responsible, strategic, and timely manner.

    • Travels to all branch locations for collection assessment, maintenance, and evaluation.

    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Master of Library and Information Science degree 

    • Three (3) years of professional librarian experience.

    • Two (2) years of public service experience.

    • Ability to work well with the public and library colleagues.

    • Excellent organizational and communication skills (written & verbal).

    • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

    • Proficient in Google GSuite (Gmail, Docs, and Sheets).

    • Experience ordering library materials from major library vendors/jobbers. (preferred)

    • Experience ordering for multiple locations in a multi-branch library system. (preferred)

    • Bilingual/Spanish desired (preferred)
    Starting salary $40,000 to $45,000 dependent upon experience.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision & life insurance; participation in PERS of Mississippi Retirement Plan.

    Master of Library and Information Science degree

    For more information apply online at firstregional.org
    Email online application to mwickham@firstregional.org

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