Assistant Director, Selection, BookOps - The New York Public Library

Job Information


Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director of Collection Management, the Assistant Director of Selection:  

  • Leads a team that coordinates, manages and develops the print, media and digital collections for the circulating collections of the BookOps member libraries
  • Responsible for the centralized selection of newly published and replacement materials in print, non-print, electronic, and other emerging formats for the system-wide collections of the BookOps member libraries, including Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and the circulating collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL).
  • Formulates a recommended materials budget allocation for each library by format and age level following the strategic collection goals and annual materials budgets of the member library, including a recommended “expenditure pattern” designed to address publication cycles, special projects, and end-of-fiscal-year goals.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors a department work plan that sets out the goals of each team lead and their staff—including the use of distribution templates, autoship plans, and other tools and services designed to allow individual selectors to more easily and effectively select materials for community libraries.
  • Selects, appoints, leads, evaluates, and directs the BookOps Selection staff.
  • Actively collaborates with appropriate units at member libraries in areas of materials selection, especially in support of capital, legislative, and grant funded collections projects.
  • As invited, participates in the planning, decision making and implementation of member libraries’ policies around collections and collections use.
  • Participates in member libraries’ staff training related to collection management.
  • Maintains contact with member libraries’ Collection Liaisons and other staff on issues or needs pertaining to collection development.
  • In conjunction with the Assistant Directors for Acquisitions and Cataloging and/or BPL and NYPL Collection Liaisons, reviews and recommends licenses and/or contracts with materials vendors and publishers for the acquisitions of library materials in all formats or related services.
  • Keeps abreast with current trends, emerging technologies, issues and research in library collection development.
  • Represents BookOps, and by extension, member libraries, in professional and public forums.
  • Ensures the appropriate expansion and/or integration of technology into the materials selection process and procedures.
  • Documents and implements procedures and instructions for improved workflows.
  • Maintains statistics and produces reports.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Long Island City

Job Requirements


Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience.
Demonstrated long-range strategic planning and budgeting skills.
Knowledge of publishing industry trends and library vendors.
Demonstrated ability to develop staff, to work with and communicate with diverse groups and individuals.

Education Required

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.

Company Information

The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library
New York NY 10016
United States

Contact Information

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