Library Director – Baxter Memorial Library (Sharon, VT)

Hours: 24

Salary: $18.50 per hour


Baxter Memorial is a well loved, small, rural library looking for a vibrant and energetic library director. Please mail cover letter, resume and 2 references to Carole Bando, Baxter Memorial Library Head Trustee, 3399 Beaver Meadow Road, Sharon, VT, 05065 or email [email protected]. Position open until filled.

Job Description, Library Director – Baxter Memorial Library

The Library Director serves as the chief administrator of the Baxter Memorial Library. The Director is responsible for all operations of the Library, and for developing, managing, and implementing its program of services. The Library Director reports to the Board of Library Trustees while exercising independent judgment based on professional and technical knowledge, serving as its advisor and as an active participant in policy development, goal setting, planning and evaluation.

This job description illustrates the range of duties and responsibilities of the Library Director, it is not all-inclusive. The Library Director may perform other duties as needed, including unforeseen responsibilities which may develop in the future.

Strategic Vision and Planning

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of library services, assesses the need for improvement, and plans corrective actions
  • Assesses current and future community needs and interests, and develops programs and resources to meet those needs
  • Collaborates with the Board of Trustees to prepare a long-range plan, including goals and objectives and a program of services
  • Formulates and recommends policies, for approval by the Board of Trustees, to support and implement the library mission and program of services

Community Relations Management

  • Creates a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone, upholding the highest standards of service
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with community organizations, the general public, news media and municipal bodies
  • Promotes, publicizes and advocates for the library through news releases, social media, blogs and other traditional and non-traditional means available.
  • Develops and manages library’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Curates a library website which includes a regular newsletter or calendar of upcoming programs, volunteers opportunities, policies, and other important library information
  • Supports the formation of and participates with a Friends of the Baxter Memorial Library, providing advice and support
  • Develops outreach services to extend library services beyond the library building
  • Participates as a member in civic and service organizations
  • Serves as the representative of the library, speaking before community, civic and other organizations to promote and publicize library services
  • Monitors public perceptions of the library and addresses patron complaints and public criticism of the library
  • Maintains a monthly log of volunteer names, hours, donations and shares with trustees at meetings
  • Recruits, supervises and schedules volunteers

Financial Management 

  • Prepares the annual budget request, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, for presentation to the Town Finance Manager and Board of Selectmen
  • Manages the approved library budget, including authorizing expenditures by the Town Finance Department
  • Develops grant and other funding sources

Collection Management

  • Supervises the selection, acquisition preparation, and withdrawal of library materials, to meet community needs
  • Ensures that cataloging and classification of library materials adheres to accepted standards
  • Maintains accurate records of public use of the collections

Information Technology Management

  • Oversees maintenance of computers, network equipment, software and other information technology required
  • Utilizes knowledge of library systems, best practices and marketplace issues to maximize efficient operation of library technologies
  • Keeps abreast of new and emerging technologies in library and information services

Facilities Management

  • Recommends improvements and future developments to meet changing community needs
  • Coordinates use of space for programs, meetings, and other events

– Updated July 18, 2019