This is a professional position responsible for providing leadership in the planning, development and improvement of library service for the blind and physically handicapped citizens in Maryland and to facilitate statewide library partnerships. Directs and coordinates all program activities for the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), an essential function of the Maryland State Library (MSL). Responsible for the management of a 55,000 square foot building, including all personnel, ongoing and emergency facility maintenance, procurement of contracted services, computer network and building operations. Identifies needs for capital improvement of the facilities and oversees large scale capital improvement projects, working with the Department of General Services (DGS) on planning and implementation. Responsible for the information technology infrastructure for LBPH and MSL including oversight of the computer network specialist and the Integrated Library System (ILS). Oversees the Maryland Accessible Textbook (MAT) program. Directly supervises the managers of various library functions. Ensures high quality library services to eligible individuals with disabilities through effective planning, analysis, and creative program development. Develops and implements regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines for LBPH and monitors and evaluates their effectiveness before reporting in the annual Managing for Results report. Develops and implements strategies to ensure measurable achievement in this critical program providing information resources to the print disabled citizens of Maryland.
Establishes library policies, standards, goals and procedures; provides fiscal oversight of State and Federal budgets and grants; oversees the Instructional Resource Center (IRC) Maryland Accessible Textbook (MAT) program charged with coordinating statewide availability of textbooks and supplementary materials in electronic format to eligible students who are blind or have visual impairments and are enrolled in institutions of higher education and institutions of post-secondary education in the State; manages the operations of a 55,000 square foot building, including facility maintenance and repair, procurement of contracted services; acts as liaison to the Enoch Pratt Free Library for security, planning, and other activities involving both libraries; provides leadership and support to public libraries in developing improved and innovative library services for persons with a disability that can be offered at the local level throughout the State.
EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Library Information Science or School Library Media from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.
EXPERIENCE: Six years of professional experience in library administration, management, and supervision to include experience serving persons with disabilities.
PREFERRED: Knowledge of library operations and the provision of library services for citizens who are blind, have visual impairments or have a disability; knowledge of disability legislation; knowledge of publishing industry and processes for obtaining instructional materials in alternative formats; knowledge of online integrated library systems and software used in library environment; skill in planning, organizing, and completing effective and creative presentations; ability to research information; ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with diverse clientele and staff; ability to work effectively as a part of a team; ability to exercise good judgment and tact when dealing with various populations; ability to communicate effectively.