Job Description

Application Deadline: Monday, January 17th, 2022, at 11:59 pm (ET)
POSTING - TPL Job ID: 21-857
Manager, Collection Development

The Toronto Public Library is North America’s busiest urban public library system. The library employs approximately 2,400 staff, providing high-quality library services to the people of Toronto across 100 public locations. The organization is an independent Board of the City of Toronto. Every year more than 19 million people visit its 100 branches, more than 26 million visitors access its website, and roughly 32 million items are borrowed. Over 72% of Torontonians use the library and 1.2 million people are registered Library cardholders. Collections comprise over 11 million items including books, eBooks and DVDs, with over 100 languages represented in the diverse library materials.

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director, Collections and Membership Services, the Manager, Collection Development directs the selection of both physical and digital collections and the development and management of collections in the Library’s 100 locations. The Manager develops an annual plan for the allocation of the materials budget that meets the strategic directions and priorities of the Library; ensures that the budget is spent efficiently and effectively; and provides leadership in balancing the demand for both digital and physical collections. The Manager, Collection Development maintains and manages relationships with vendors, including the negotiation of contracts, and ensures that the Library upholds the principles of intellectual freedom and deals with formal requests for reconsideration. The Manager serves on a variety of system-wide committees, participates in the development and evaluation of services, and contributes to the Library’s strategic plan.


  • Responsible for planning, developing, organizing, directing and controlling operations and resources within the Collection Development Department.
  • Responsible for designing the framework for collection development and budget allocation and monitoring system-wide.
  • Develops and monitors annual and multi-year operating budgets system-wide and within the Department.
  • Develops statistical and analytical tools and collects, organizes and analyzes data on library collections to facilitate the provision of collections that meet the needs of a diverse public.
  • Facilitates decision-making in response to both immediate and long-term societal trends by providing forecasts and trend analysis on collections.
  • Optimizes service delivery in the area of collections through the training of staff system-wide and in the department.
  • Fosters a climate of innovation, encourages new ideas and formats in collections.
  • Responsible and accountable for the development of goals, objectives and initiatives for collection development and management.
  • Develops collections policies that reflect the library’s service philosophy and comply with municipal, provincial and federal legislation.
  • Develops professional relationships with national and international libraries and library organizations, government boards and agencies at all levels, and the publishing industry.
  • Ensures the effective management of financial and human resources.
  • Hires new staff, transfers, promotes, approves wage increases and confirms performance evaluations.
  • Disciplines, terminates, participates in grievance procedures and administers collective agreement as required.
  • Assumes a leadership role within the library, community and publishing industry in promoting the values of the library and its collections and services.
  • Commits to bringing an equity focus to the work of the portfolio by seeking to understand and break down barriers to access and increase inclusion.
  • Exercises professional judgment in dealing with challenges to items in the collections through interpretation of intellectual freedom, the Criminal Code and associated library policies.
  • Upholds and demonstrates the values of the library and professional library community, e.g. intellectual freedom, copyright, equity of service.


  • Postgraduate university degree in library or information science from an accredited program.
  • Experience in managing a team of professional and support staff, preferably in the areas of responsibility.
  • Extensive experience in collection development and management in a public library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships and collaborative work approaches with both internal and external contacts.
  • Committed to providing efficient, responsive and innovative service to clients.
  • Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving, results orientation and creativity.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Superior facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of developments in the library field and relevant legislation.
  • Proven ability in change leadership.
REPORTS TO: Director, Collections and Membership Services
SALARY: $110,947.20 per annum and includes a comprehensive long-term benefits package with an OMERS pension plan plus health, dental, life insurance and more.


The Toronto Public Library is North America’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, we have millions of users visiting our branches and taking advantage of our online services. We empower Torontonians to thrive in the digital age and global knowledge economy. With expanded access to technology, lifelong learning and diverse cultural and leisure experiences, Torontonians have increased opportunities for growth and success, as well as stronger connections to each other and their communities.

Vision: Toronto Public Library will be recognized as the world's leading library by informing and inspiring Toronto and its communities, making us all more resilient, more knowledgeable, more connected and more successful.
Mission: Toronto Public Library provides free and equitable access to services that meet the changing needs of Torontonians. The Library preserves and promotes universal access to a broad range of human knowledge, experience, information and ideas in a welcoming and supportive environment.
  • Equity: Accessibility, respect and fairness
  • Diversity: Valuing individual needs, experiences and differences
  • Intellectual Freedom: Guaranteeing and facilitating the free exchange of information and ideas in a democratic society, protecting intellectual freedom and respecting individuals' rights to privacy and choice
  • Innovation: Encouraging creativity, experimentation and the generation of ideas
  • Inclusion: Welcoming participation in decision making and service development by residents and communities
  • Integrity: Open, transparent and honest in all our dealings
  • Accountability: Taking responsibility for our actions and the services we provide
  • Service Orientation: Providing excellent, responsive services

The Toronto Public Library invites applications from all qualified individuals. The Library is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Upon request, accommodation will be provided for persons with disabilities through all stages of the recruitment and selection process. COVID-19 vaccines are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code. TPL Posting #21-857

CONTACT: Jeff Richmond (416) 238-6400
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Position Id
21-857 Toronto Public Library

Min Salary
110,947.20 CAD

Max Salary
110,947.20 CAD

Job Type
Full-Time Regular

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