MANAGERIAL COMPETENCIES FOR SMALL AND ONE PERSON
Governance and Structure
- Understand the role of the library
in the political process and demonstrate how to work effectively with elected
officials and/or parent organizations.
- Define the roles and
responsibilities of staff and board.
- Develop and maintain an informed
lay board/advisory committee.
- Understand how individual
libraries participate in information systems and networks, specifically
Minnesota multi-type and regional public library systems.
- Demonstrate a thorough
understanding of Minnesota statutes pertaining to library service.
- Understand the process used to identify community needs,
develop library service programs and the necessary policy documents for board
review and approval.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop strategies promoting
library goals and objectives and to implement policies and procedures.
- Understand the need to review policy documents regularly and
revise as needed.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with various
library related organizations.
- Develop and maintain collaborative partnership with other
- Develop, review, and revise written job descriptions for all
- Recruit, select, and train new staff.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of relevant state and federal laws
pertaining to employment and personnel practices.
- Understand and use participatory management skills.
- Conduct annual job performance reviews.
- Provide opportunities for and encourage participation in
- Develop, review, and maintain procedures manuals.
- Develop and practice time management skills.
- Develop and practice effective communication skills.
- Recruit, select, train, and supervise volunteers.
- Collaborate with auxiliary organizations.
- Understand the budget process, including its development,
approval, and implementation.
- Promote budget approval with funding authorities.
- Administer budget once approved.
- Understand the grant process, demonstrating an ability to
organize, administer, and evaluate a grant program.
- Maintain accepted accounting practices and procedures,
complying with state and city audit requirements, and file necessary fiscal
Planning and Evaluation
- Analyze existing data and community information needs.
- Conduct community analysis and user surveys.
- Develop vision and mission statements that recognize
challenges and future potential for the library in cooperation with the library
board, patrons, and appropriate administrative units.
- Develop short range and long range planning documents which
include measurable goals and objectives.
- Incorporate new technology as appropriate and fiscally
- Understand the existence of regional, state, and national
standards, and their relationship to local operation.
- Write annual reports.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of marketing
and public relations.
- Supervise daily the site and building to insure safety of
staff and library users.
- Work with appropriate agencies responsible for maintenance,
repairs, and capital improvements.
- Modify library layout as necessitated by changes in
programs, technology, or use.
- Understand the need to comply with all relevant national,
state, or local building codes.
on the manual, Managing Small and One Person Libraries
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