Brooklyn Public Library

  • Central Library Director

    Posted Date 1 week ago(2/14/2020 3:48 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Customer/Public Service
    Location Name
    Central Library Admin.
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library’s landmark Central Library is one of the borough’s foremost cultural, civic and educational institutions, and is responsible for serving all of its 2.6 million residents. Currently, Central Library is undergoing the most significant renovations in its nearly 80-year history. The Central Library Director must have a passion for creating an environment of teamwork that both values traditional librarianship but also embraces and manages the changing role of a Central Library as its spaces undergo substantial changes. He/she should possess effective management skills and experience and be knowledgeable about the administrative and programmatic operations of public libraries in an urban setting.


    With a staff of approximately 90 FT/PT and visitor count of almost 1.25 million per year, the Central Director represents the library in the community and establishes networks with colleagues and other library and cultural institution professionals.  The Central Library Director is a member of the Executive Management Team, working collaboratively with other BPL departments on strategic goals.


    This position reports to the Chief Librarian/Executive Vice President for the Library.  


    • Manage and motivate a large team to provide excellent customer services
    • Build dynamic collections, with emphasis on expanding the Library's ability to deliver information services in a digital age
    • Represent library staff and patrons in design and planning around Central Library renovations
    • Develop and monitor the Central Library budgets
    • Develop and monitor Division work plans for Central’s subject divisions, Information Commons, Brooklyn Collection, technology services and clerical operations
    • Collaborate with other public service departments and service points housed at Central (Youth Wing, Literacy, etc.)
    • Work closely with the Office of Capital Planning & Facilities Management to ensure capital projects are monitored and status communicated to staff as warranted
    • Work collaboratively with support departments to maintain and improve library operations.
    • As part of Senior Public Service Managers team, collaborate on all initiatives that impact public service, identifying new projects for consideration
    • Create, cultivate and manage partnerships with other organizations and city agencies
    • Participate as a member of system-wide cross-functional teams



    • MLS from an ALA accredited library school
    • Five years supervisory or administrative experience in a public or academic library
    • Substantial experience working in a multicultural urban environment, and collaborative work with community groups and organizations
    • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication including the ability to make a presentation to a community group or other audience
    • Proven ability to interpret and apply library policy; to analyze and solve problems; to generate new ideas; to organize and manage complex activities; and to formulate and carry out a coordinated plan of effective service
    • Flexibility and the willingness to learn, adapt, and a commitment to professional development. Willingness to participate in professional activities and to expand on professional knowledge; awareness of library trends, directions, and best practices
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Working knowledge of Integrated Library System to manage circulation and user information as well as familiarity with e-resources and key Microsoft applications
    • Demonstrated experience working with professional organizations on committees, projects and initiatives
    • Excellent leadership and management skills
    • Successful track record of supervising and collaborating with staff in a manner that is flexible and supportive yet ensures accountability
    • Demonstrated project management skills
    • Demonstrated ability to initiate and implement change


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