OPPL Virtual Services Manager


The Oak Park Public Library has an exciting full time opportunity for an experienced librarian to provide visionary leadership of our virtual services efforts. The Virtual Services Manager will manage the design and implementation of the library’s website and ensure that all online services and resources are integrated and designed for the ease of use and convenience of the public. The Manager will identify and implement emerging technologies to enhance the delivery of services.

In the coming year the Virtual Services Manager will lead the Library’s efforts to launch a new website in Drupal. On an ongoing basis, the Manager will lead and train staff and provide direct customer service both in person and online. The Manager will serve on the Library’s Senior Management Team to develop and integrate virtual services efforts into the overall strategic plan of the Library.

Innovation, collaboration, strong communication skills, and strong project management skills will be keys to success in this position. The successful candidate must possess a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (ALA accredited) and a minimum of 2 years current public library experience. The preferred candidate will demonstrate strong working knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, and Drupal as well as working knowledge of web-related technologies including blogs, wikis, online gaming environments, podcasting, and RSS. Relevant experience leading collaborative projects and experience with technology training, website development, programming, or electronic resources is desired.

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