Library Director – Bethel Library (Bethel, ME)

The Bethel Library is seeking an outgoing, organized, and energetic individual to fill the position of Library Director. Bethel is located in Western Maine, on the banks of the Androscoggin River in the foothills of the White Mountains. The library is in Bethel’s historic district, facing the Bethel Common. The Bethel area is host to the Sunday River and Mount Abram ski areas, the Bethel Inn and Resort, and Gould Academy.

The Bethel Library Association is a private 501(c) 3 organization founded in 1879. It is overseen by a Board of Trustees and serves a combined population of about 4,000 people from the towns and townships of Bethel, Albany, Gilead, Greenwood, Mason, and Newry, as well as all students in the local school district. The Library Director reports to the Board and hires and supervises all staff, which currently consists of four part-time Assistant Librarians. The Library operates for a total of 22 hours a week, and is open part of every day except Sunday and holidays.

Continuing Responsibilities

The Library Director serves as the public face of the Bethel Library, including as appropriate or needed at the circulation desk, during programs, and at professional meetings and events. Innovative and strategic leadership, now more than ever in this era of pandemic, will be vital to the success of the Library as well as the Director. In particular, the Director will:

  • Plan programs and events that appeal to a wide range of community members.
  • Recommend policies, including as related to staffing, and draft the annual budget for the Board’s approval.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Library collection and operations, and approve expenditures as aligned with the budget.
  • Supervise the staff and remain current on professional developments, including attending Maine State Library meetings and events.
  • Work with the trustees on fundraising, and expand funding from grants, in support of Library operations.
  • Increase public knowledge about and use of the Library’s technological offerings (wi-fi, computers, printing).
  • Attend all Board meetings as a non-voting member, and Board committee meetings as necessary.  Keep the Board informed of proposed changes in Library operations, such as staffing or library hours.
  • Prepare reports for the Maine State Library, the Town of Bethel, and the Trustees.

Specific Objectives

  • In collaboration with the Board, increase Library and collection use, with a particular focus on programming and the number of opportunities that patrons, donors, and volunteers have to engage with the library, with a focus on non-traditional users.
  • Advise the Board on necessary upgrades to the library’s software systems.
  • Design and create, in coordination with the Board, a ‘Friends of the Bethel Library’ group to provide support and volunteers for fundraising and programs.

Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A minimum of four years of professional public library experience is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated collaborative team-oriented leadership and management experience, to include budgeting, organization, personnel, and public relations.
  • A desire to welcome all patrons in a non-judgmental and respectful manner to uphold the Library as a vibrant and welcoming public space.
  • The ability to develop the Library’s collection, including the selection and withdrawal of books, periodicals, audio-visual, and electronic materials.
  • A strong proficiency with computer and library technology and software, and social media.
  • The ability to multi-task with a focus on customer service.

Hours and Compensation

The Bethel Library Director is a 35-hour a week position with a starting salary range beginning at $36,400 a year commensurate with experience and background. The position includes 15 days of paid personal leave.

How to Apply

Applicants should send their expression of interest, to include a resume, to BethelLibraryMETrustees@gmail.com.  Expressions of interest may also be mailed to:  Bethel Library, Attention Search Committee, P.O. Box 130, Bethel, ME 04217.

The position will remain open until filled.  The anticipated start date is February 1, 2022.

– Posted 1/2/22

Library Director – Berlin Free Town Library (Rensselaer County, NY)

The Berlin Free Town Library is seeking an energetic and creative leader with a passionate commitment to public library service for the position of Library Director.  This position offers a unique opportunity to reimagine the library’s role in the community.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and holds primary responsibility for the overall operation and management of the Library. Duties include, but are not limited to, building community and professional relationships, planning and implementing library programs and services, managing circulation desk operations, maintaining and developing the collection, functioning within the budget, supervising library personnel, and managing the library facility. More information about the library and a detailed job description can be found on the library’s website–https://www.bftl.org/. As an official representative of the library to the Berlin Community, the Library Director will demonstrate an enthusiasm for community engagement and establish effective working relationships throughout the community.

The Berlin Free Town Library strives to provide access to information, opportunities for lifelong learning, and a gathering place for the community. A Free Association Library and a member of the Upper Hudson Library System, the library serves a user population of approximately 1,800 with a total annual operating budget of $50,000. The library occupies a beautiful 2,800-square-foot facility in the Town of Berlin, which is nestled in the rolling Taconic Hills where natural beauty and outdoor activities abound.

The minimum qualifications for this position include completion of sixty (60) credit hours from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university and three (3) years of professional experience which includes some supervisory and administrative responsibilities. The library welcomes interested applicants that meet or exceed these minimum qualifications, up to and including a Master’s Degree in library science or equivalent from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association.

This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hr. per week) with a starting salary range of $20,000-23,000, commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references by email to Cristi Lamontagne, Personnel Committee Chair at bftlboard@gmail.com.

Applications must be received no later than December 3, 2021.

– Posted 11/9/21

Library Director – R.K. Kittay Library (Rupert, VT)

The RK Kittay Library in Rupert, Vermont is seeking a Library Director.  The Director Reports to the Board of Trustees and is 10 hours per week, not to exceed 40 per month.  The pay rate is $15/hour.

Responsibilities include:

  • Selecting, purchasing and preparing books for circulation
  • Plan and implement programs/events for all ages
  • Recruit and train volunteers.
  • Coordinate schedule for open hours
  • Collecting monthly statistics
  • Providing customer service

Skills must include:

  • Basic knowledge of libraries and how they function
  • Excellent communication (oral and written)
  • Technology:  assist patrons with devices, maintain library computers, update social media and website
  • Ability to work within a budget

Experience/Education:
A college degree and related experience and knowledge of library functions or the willingness to pursue Vermont Public Library Certification.

Other:
Understanding the uniqueness and needs of the Rupert community is a must.  Rupert is a town of 700 residents spread out over 44.6 square miles.  The Library is currently open 7 hours a week with plans to resume 12 open hours soon.  The candidate must be energetic, organized, and able to stoop, lift and carry up to 20 pounds

The above job description describes the general work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility and duties required.

If interested, please send letter of interest, resume and references to the Board President, Judy Zinn: judybillzinn@hotmail.com.  Application deadline is December 15, 2021.

– Updated 11/9/21

Director – Bent Northrop Memorial Library (Fairfield, VT)

Bent Northrop Memorial Library seeks a dynamic, innovative, collaborative, Director to join our library, the heart and hearth of Fairfield, VT (population, 1900). The successful candidate will exhibit an energetic and positive spirit while maintaining a safe and inviting environment for pre-school to adult patrons. They will be eager to connect with community members through innovative programming, be willing to learn new things, and be able to balance details with flexibility.

The Director, at 32 hours/week, will be responsible for planning and implementing programs for children 0-18 and adults. Other responsibilities include: maintain library materials and collections; interact with local school, community organizations, and Board of Trustees; manage the facility; provide technological assistance; build and manage budget, and supervise Assistant Librarian and other library staff. Job description and requirements can be found at https://www.bentnorthrop.org/about.html.

Preference will be given to candidates with MLS, Vermont Public Library Certification and/or related experience or willingness to pursue certification. Salary commensurate with experience and education. Benefits included. The position includes some evenings and Saturdays. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to BNMLhiringcommittee@gmail.com. Post open until position is filled.

– Posted 10/19/21