Network Bulletin No. 01-41
Date: November 9, 2001
Subject: Staff, network
Index term: Vacancy Kansas
NLS has been asked to announce recruitment for the position
of director of the Talking Book Service, which is a division
of the Kansas State Library. For inquiries, telephone (785)
296-6620. An announcement is attached.
For further information please contact:
Carolyn Hoover Sung
POSITION RECRUITMENT NOTICE
DIRECTOR, TALKING BOOK SERVICE
The Kansas State Library is encouraging qualified applicants
for the staff position of Director, Talking Book Service.
This position is responsible for the coordination and
development of library services for blind and physically
impaired citizens in Kansas.
ORGANIZATION AND LOCATION The Talking Book Service is a
division of the Kansas State Library and a regional library
to the National Library Service for the Blind, Library of
Congress. The Kansas Talking Book Service is located in the
Memorial Union Building on the campus of Emporia State
University. The Director coordinates the service delivery
through six subregional Talking Book Service libraries and
two consultant centers in the state. The subregional and
consultant service staff are employed and supervised by the
Library agencies at those locations.
REPORTING The director reports to the State Librarian.
The Director works closely with the administrators of six
subregional libraries and with the staff of those service
centers. The Director also maintains close communications
with an advisory council for this service, consumer groups
and allied organizations.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES The Director is a member of the
management team of the State Library. The Director
administers the headquarters and staff in Emporia and works
in a support and oversight relationship with the subregional
libraries with which the State Library contracts for the
delivery of the service to eligible users. Recorded
periodicals are circulated from the regional library. The
Director coordinates planning and evaluation and works with
the subregional librarians for the ongoing development of
the service. Occasional day travel and overnight travel is
required. Public relations and encouragement of public
awareness of the availability of the service are important
parts of the responsibility. The Director will maintain a
close working relationship with the blindness community and
consumer groups. The Director assists the State Librarian
in the definition of policy for the service. The Director
is responsible for the division's preliminary budget
preparation and for preparation of other documentation
necessary to state government, and the NLS/BPH, Library of
Congress. The Director supervises a staff of three full
time employees and two student assistants.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT A Master's degree in library service
or social work.
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT The applicant should have close
familiarity with the Talking Book Service and experience
with the development and delivery of library services to
special populations. This position works closely with the
community of blind persons and consumer g4roups. Experience
with data processing, library networking and the management
of library information services are also desirable.
Excellent interpersonal communications and organizational
skills are required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS The salary is negotiable starting at
$36,275.20. The State of Kansas offers an excellent
schedule of benefits including health, life, disability
insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and an effective
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Interested applicants need to submit
a cover letter, résumé, and a State of Kansas Employment
Ms. Anne Damme, Personnel Officer
Kansas State Library
300 SW 10th Avenue Room 343N
Topeka, KS 66612
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Phone: (785) 296-6620
Fax: (785) 368-7291