2090 Director of Library Services-West Plains


TITLE Director of Library Services-West Plains




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Dean of Academic Affairs

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Chancellor, West Plains


The Director of Library Services, West Plains administers and coordinates the management and operations of the Garnett Library, including budgetary aspects, services, collections, and planning, provides staff training and support of services and collection development to Barbe Library (Mountain Grove), and provides indirect supervision of the campus library at Dalian (People’s Republic of China). The Director of Library Services, West Plains works closely with faculty and students to provide reference support and user education, helps develop and organize library print and media resource collections, and contributes to internet services and resources. The Director of Library Services, West Plains provides oversight for circulation, reference, acquisitions and cataloging activities for compliance with Missouri State University Libraries and consortium policies and procedures.


Education: Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or a Master's degree in Educational Technology with a Library Science emphasis is required. A bachelor’s degree in education is preferred.

Experience: Professional experience in an academic or special library setting is preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred.

Skills: Knowledge of all library processes including classification, automated cataloging and circulation functions is required. Computer literacy is required with word processing, databases, spreadsheets, print and online searching, web page development, and the use of an Integrated Library System (ILS). Reference interviewing techniques, instruction and demonstration skills are required. The ability to function as a team member with library staff and willingness to update skills are required.

Other: Excellent oral and written communication and strong interpersonal skills are required. The ability to move equipment and materials weighing up to forty pounds is required. Attention to detail is required. The work environment may include occasional mold and dust from library materials. The position may require working evening and weekend hours on a regular basis. Hours of work may vary during inter-sessions and summer sessions.


1. Manages the Garnett Library by coordinating budgetary aspects, services, resources, collections, planning, and staffing, providing staff training and support of services and collection development to Barbe Library (Mountain Grove), and completing required reports to provide required information.

2. Provides reference support and user education by working closely with faculty and students.

3. Helps to meet the research needs of students and faculty by developing and organizing print and media collections and utilizing online services and resources.

4. Maintains library services by managing activities and priorities, such as library orientations, acquisitions and cataloging, preparing an annual acquisitions plan, maintaining functionality of collections, and promoting preservation and access activities in coordination with Missouri State University Libraries.

5. Represents Garnett Library by maintaining appropriate communications with the academic community, serving as liaison with the Friends of the Library, providing programs upon request, meeting with local public librarian on matters of related concern and to review the reciprocal lending agreement biannually.

6. Provides supervision for full-time and part-time Garnett Library staff by training, scheduling, monitoring and evaluating job performance and serving as a staff selection resource for Barbe Library, Mountain Grove.

7. Maintains statistics of acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and other services.

8. Teaches Library Science courses as required.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional conferences and professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Dean of Academic Affairs.

10. Helps to assure the overall success of the libraries serving students of the West Plains campus and Missouri State University Library Services by serving on campus committees and performing all other duties assigned.


The Director of Library Services, West Plains is supervised by the Dean of Academic Affairs and supervises library staff at Garnett Library including Assistant Librarian, Cataloger/Reference Librarian, Circulation/Shelving Supervisor, part-time staff, part-time student workers, and volunteers.

JULY 2008


Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 4 - 470 Points: Supervision of (a) a moderate number of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a small number of professional employees who exercise limited supervision of others, or (c) large numbers of student workers or graduate assistants, or some equivalent combination of the above. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and generally controls hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 4 - 1500 Points: Work involves the primary accountability for a smaller department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University. Work activities have a direct and substantial impact on the department. While work activities do have some effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center, departments, programs, or processes at this level represent a relatively minor function within the cost center. Employees in jobs at this level may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising the primary control over a relatively small budget.