Library Director – North Adams Public Library (North Adams, MA)

The library is a city department supervised by the mayor. The Library Director is appointed by the mayor with recommendation from the library’s board of trustees.

The Library Director provides strategic and administrative leadership to the North Adams Public Library (NAPL) in order to serve the information, research, education, recreation, and cultural needs of the City of North Adams and its residents and visitors. Key responsibilities include long-range planning, operations and budget management, and staff leadership. The Library Director must exercise independent judgement, maintain confidentiality, and be fair minded when dealing with colleagues and the public.

Primary Duties: 

  • Develops and implements long and short-term goals and objectives for the collaboration with library trustees.
  • Plans and implements all programs, services, and activities to support the youth and adult services departments.
  • Supervises employees, volunteers, and maintenance staff, including recruitment, training assignment of duties, and performance evaluations.
  • Plans, directs, and supervises budget preparation and administration; oversees payroll and accounts receivable; accounts for all incoming gifts and grants; and prepares weekly vouchers using the City’s accounting software.
  • Identifies and files for appropriate grants, administers funds, and assures compliance with all grant requirements.
  • Proposes agenda items and prepares a monthly report for library trustees, and maintains minutes and records of all trustee meetings.
  • Advises library trustees of any relevant regional, state, or national issues that may impact library service.
  • Reviews and implements new technologies with support from the CWMARS technology team, and complies with all CWMARS requirements for operating systems and security.
  • Manages collection maintenance and development to review materials and equipment acquired or de-accessioned by the library.
  • Collects and analyzes circulation and visitation date and statistics to evaluate services.
  • Files annual state reports including the ARIS and financial reports required for funding and certification and prepares an annual report for the City at the request of the mayor.
  • Provides support and advice for the Friends of the Library, assisting in their fundraising and other activities.
  • Promotes the library within the community.
  • Maintains the library website and social media presence with input from reference and youth services.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and current trends in library science.
  • Knowledge of applicable local, state and federal regulations and policies governing libraries including Massachusetts open meeting, public records, and ethics laws.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with local and state officials, colleagues and employees, volunteers, and the public.
  • Leadership capacity, including the ability to manage and inspire staff, set priorities, and manage workload under pressure.
  • Technology skills including a basic understanding of network configurations, common productivity software (e.g. Microsoft Office), and the ability to troubleshoot common technology problems.
  • Ability to move materials up to 40 lbs., carry and shelve books, bend, sit, and stand for long periods at a time; use common tools and make minor repairs to books and objects in the library.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) required.
  • Professional Certificate of Librarianship issued by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (or eligible to earn certification within one year of hire).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience with financing, budgeting, facilities management, library automation, and personnel administration of which one (1) year should be in an administrative or supervisory capacity, preferably in a public library environment.
  • Experience with Evergreen ILS and PC reservation software.

Salary

  • $48,654 – $57,585 starting salary with benefits

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are invited to submit an application along with cover letter, resume, and references to:

Diane Stevens, Office of the Mayor
City Hall
10 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247

or by email to dstevens@northadams-ma.gov

The City of North Adams, Massachusetts, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

– Updated 5/26/22

Library Director – New Salem Public Library (New Salem, MA)

Position description

 The New Salem Public Library Trustees are seeking applications for a Library Director who will be responsible for curating a library that welcomes everyone, inspires a love of reading and learning, and connects people with engaging programs and resources.

The New Salem Public Library is our community cultural center. It is a place where we gather for learning, creating projects, reading aloud to groups as well as our main resource center. The Library Director will play a major role in our community, and we seek a special individual to deliver exceptional service to our residents. This is an ideal role for someone who is excited by the unique position of libraries in a modern era, and is interested in part-time, community-based work creating important programming and services for all ages in a recently renovated facility.

Responsibilities 

  • Managing a part-time staff of three, our candidate will be responsible for the following duties: (Please go to newsalemlibrary.org for a complete job description and overview of the library)
  • Maintaining and securing the collection, purchasing materials for the library, keeping current with patrons and media sources for new acquisitions, and weeding regularly.
  • Initiating programming, including children’s reading programs, holiday events, and educational events that enrich the community at all age levels.
  • Communicating with and supporting the Friends of the Library group.
  • Overseeing the maintenance of the building and the physical appearance of the library, and arranging for needed services with contractors and service technicians.
  • Providing professional assistance to the Trustees in developing library policies covering all aspects of library service, administration, and maintenance.

Qualifications 

  • Considerable knowledge of the methods of library administration and management: including personnel, planning, collection development, programming, public relations, and budgeting.
  • Adaptability, initiative, tact, courtesy, and good judgment.
  • Work is performed under typical office and library conditions; work environment is moderately quiet; regular schedule requires evening and weekend work.
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of library experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Professional or Subprofessional Certificate of Librarianship from the MBLC or agreement to complete the work for this in the first 5 years of employment.
  • Certificate of Special Training in Basic Library Techniques from the MBLC or agreement to complete the work for this in the first 5 years of employment.
  • Candidate must complete a CORI inquiry.

Employment details 

This a 19 hour per week position at a $24 hourly rate.  Prorated vacation, sick time and holidays.

How to Apply 

The candidate will be responsible for submitting a letter of interest and a resume to the Board of Trustees for consideration by May 16, 2022.  Please email resume and cover to mackay.selectman@gmail.com or mail to New Salem Public Library Attention Sue Dunbar 23 S. Main St. New Salem, MA 01355 

– Posted 5/3/22

Library Aide – North Adams Public Library (North Adams, MA)

POSITION: Library Aide
SALARY: $14.25/hour 
POSITION SUMMARY: The North Adams Public Library is looking for the right person to complete our Circulation team! We need a Library Aide to work 15 hours per week including occasional Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, at our Circulation Desk. The ideal candidate is passionate about providing excellent and friendly customer service to library users of all ages and backgrounds. North Adams patrons love this library, and the staff is a major reason. Come help us continue that tradition.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are invited to submit the required application along with cover letter, resume, and references to: library@northadams-ma.gov or Sarah Sanfilippo, North Adams Public Library, 74 Church Street, North Adams, MA, 01247
 
The City of North Adams, Massachusetts, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
– Posted 1/18/22

Reference Librarian – Northfield Mount Hermon (Gill, MA)

Northfield Mount Hermon, an independent co-educational boarding school in western Massachusetts, seeks a part-time (15 hrs/week) reference librarian for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Schauffler Library is at the heart of campus and occupies an important physical and virtual space at NMH. The Adjunct Reference Librarian position plays a key role in the Library team and has the opportunity to work one-on-one with students engaged in scholarly activities.

Northfield Mount Hermon seeks a dynamic self-starter to work at the library’s reference desk and provide research, citation and technology assistance to students. This position will cover the circulation desk as needed; coordinate the work of student assistants during assigned shifts; provide an adult presence and help to oversee study hall in the evening; and other projects as assigned.

The successful applicant will have a Master’s degree in library science or equivalent experience and at least one year’s experience providing reference assistance and public services in a library. We will consider outstanding candidates who have not yet received their degrees but have completed core reference and technology coursework. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to work effectively with colleagues and other members of the community.

Candidates are expected to have experience in equity and inclusion work that supports a diverse community in a boarding school environment. They should also have a demonstrated interest in making a positive impact on the lives of adolescents.

This position runs the academic year, through May 2022, with the option to renew for the following academic year. The schedule will consist of two evening shifts per week (Mondays plus an additional day to be determined), the Sunday evening shift, attending the weekly team meeting, and project work.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to via email to:

Faculty_Recruitment@nmhschool.org
Office of the Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs and Dean of Faculty
Northfield Mount Hermon
One Lamplighter Way, Mt. Hermon, MA 01354
Phone: (413) 498-3432; Fax: (413) 498-3155

**Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.** 
Northfield Mount Hermon School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Posted 8/17/21

Youth Services Librarian (Children and YA Specialist) – Ashburnham Stevens Memorial Library (Ashburnham, MA)

Position Title: Youth Services Librarian (Children and YA Specialist)
Hours: 35 hours per week
Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Library Director

Essential Functions:

  • Delivers prompt and courteous assistance to all patrons regarding the use of library resources, equipment, and services. Responsible for maintaining and promoting a welcoming and inclusive physical and virtual library environment.
  • Provides circulation services including card registrations, answering account questions, checking materials in and out. Assists with Interlibrary loan delivery processing, shelving materials, and responding to reference and information requests.
  • Provides leadership in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating youth services services programs including story times. Directs and coordinates the operations of the youth services library spaces. Coordinates part-time staff, work study staff, volunteers, and interns assigned to youth services.
  • Conducts regular community needs assessment to identify community teen and youth needs and to develop strategic directions for youth services and programming.
  • Fosters community engagement. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with schools, community groups, and other community partners in order to develop and deliver programs and services that meet local teen and youth needs and interests. Conducts outreach at community events and schools. Meets with a Teen Advisory Board in order to coordinate programs and activities and to inform collection development.
  • Curates and develops library collections to include relevant print and digital resources that support the interests and needs of the teens and youths. Purchases teen, youth, and parenting materials for library acquisition. Manages a budget for materials and programming in collaboration with the Library Director. Evaluates and weeds the library collection. Creates and maintains book displays related to library services and  library programming.
  • Identifies and applies for grant opportunities that support and develop library youth services. Attends and participates in professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees.
  • Provides reference service to teens, youths, and families. Provides reader’s advisory service. Fulfills book bundle requests for children, teens, and adults. Instructs teens and caregivers in information gathering and research skills in order to promote digital and information literacy skills.
  • Coordinates youth services content on the library website. Maintains an active online presence through the library website and social media. Contributes to the library’s social media accounts. Creates a virtual monthly newsletter to be distributed to local schools.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Two years experience working with children, teenagers, and families in a library setting.

Preferred Job Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school with a concentration in Children’s Services or equivalent degree.
  • Experience working in a public library or other learning environment with children, teenagers, and families.
  • Experience with collection development.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience with Evergreen ILS or similar ILS.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to identify and establish priorities, and exercise initiative and independent judgment in a variety of situations.
  • Knowledge of child development and its relationship to library services.
  • Knowledge of best practices in youth services, including guidelines and standards published by ALA, YALSA and other recognized organizations.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Compensation:

Hourly rate: $20.11-$27.41 Yearly rate: $36,600-$49,886
Paid work week 35 hours including one evening a week and one Saturday a month.
Starting vacation commensurate with experience.

Closing date:

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening will begin August 30, 2021.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: jmynes@ashburnham-ma.gov. Please direct questions to the same email.

– Posted 8/11/21

Library Director – Heath Free Public Library (Heath, MA)

The Heath Free Town Library is seeking a resourceful, and creative Library Director to manage and guide our small community-centered library into the future with innovative programs and services.

The Director is responsible for the administration and operation of the library as well as for providing services that are responsive to the educational, cultural, historical, and recreational needs of our small rural community.  The director will work collaboratively with the three Library Trustees and library assistant, keeping all players informed and up to date. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the collection development and maintenance, the supervision of staff,  information and computer services, monthly operational and financial reporting to the Trustees, as well as maintaining the open, and friendly atmosphere that we are known for.

The position is approx. 25 hours a week with some evening and Saturday hours (library is open 14hrs/week).  The selected candidate will be expected to attend training workshops on library skills and Board of Trustees meetings.  A complete job description can be found under “news item” at:  town of heath.org.

Qualifications:
The position requires a BA or BS or ALA accredited MLS or MLIS.  If no ALA accreditation, State Certification of Librarianship from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners or willingness to obtain said certification, and familiarity with C/W MARS and Sitka Evergreen ILS.  We also require strong communication and IT/technical skills, and a love of books and people.

Salary is in the range of $21.05-$21.68/hr., with benefits

Send letter of application, resume, and three work-related references to Deborah Porter, Trustee Chair, Heath Free Public Library, P.O. Box 38, Heath, MA  01346 or email at:  heathlibrarytrustees@gmail.com

– Posted 6/4/21

Public Services Librarian – Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mount Hermon, MA)

Northfield Mount Hermon, an independent co-educational boarding school in western Massachusetts, seeks a Public Services Librarian to join the staff of Schauffler Library for the 2021-2022 school year. Working closely with a small team of colleagues, the Public Services Librarian supports the mission of Northfield Mount Hermon by helping members of the campus community find, access, use, and create information in support of their academic and personal interests and growth.

This position includes primary responsibility for the library’s circulation, reserve, and interlibrary loan functions, including hiring, training, and supervising 10-15 part-time student aides; serving as a liaison to one or more academic departments, teaching library instruction sessions, creating instructional materials, and participating in collection development and outreach; coordinating and maintaining the library’s production equipment, including 2D and 3D printers; and communicating with Campus Safety and Plant & Properties regarding library hours and building issues. This job also includes evening and weekend library duty.

The ideal applicant will have a master’s degree in library science (M.L.S or M.L.I.S.) from an ALA-accredited institution and at least one year’s professional experience with circulation, public services, and/or reference, preferably in an academic or school library. We will consider outstanding candidates who are close to finishing their degree programs.

Additional qualifications include excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a demonstrated capacity to work effectively with colleagues and other members of the community, and an ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.

Candidates should possess a demonstrated interest in making a positive impact on the lives and learning of adolescents, experience in diversity work, and an eagerness to work with a diverse student body in a boarding school environment.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two (2) letters of reference to:

Human Resources
Northfield Mount Hermon
One Lamplighter Way
Phone: (413) 498-3229; Fax: (413) 498-3240
hr@nmhschool.org

**Screening will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.**
For more information visit our website at http:/www.nmhschool.org
Northfield Mount Hermon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Posted 5/9/21

Youth Services Librarian – North Adams Public Library (North Adams, MA)

The North Adams Public Library is looking for the right person to build on the great work of our previous Youth Services Librarian. If you’re passionate about making connections, empowering young people and families, and like to think creatively about solving problems, we want to talk to you!

Title: Youth Services Librarian
Salary Grade: S-13
FTE: 1.0
Reports to: Library Director

POSITION SUMMARY

The Youth Services Librarian works closely with the library director to ensure the effective and responsive operation of the North Adams Public Library. The librarian oversees part-time staff and volunteers in the youth services department. The ideal candidate is passionate about connecting with and empowering young people and their families by developing and delivering engaging youth programming, and has a desire to promote and nurture the habits of reading and lifelong learning.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Manages daily operation of the youth services department, including supervision, training, and scheduling of part time staff and volunteers.
  • Identifies, develops, and implements departmental goals in consultation with the director.
  • Curates the youth services collection, making decisions on purchasing, collection maintenance, and deselection, to maintain a relevant, balanced collection. Manages cataloging and processing of new materials.
  • Develops, coordinates, publicizes, and implements youth programming, including story times, summer reading, crafts programs, etc., online and in person.
  • Develops and maintains community relationships, and coordinates with schools and community partners to provide services and develop programming.
  • Writes correspondence, press releases, social media posts, policies, procedures, and department-specific grant applications; procures and administers grants.
  • Provides training and assistance to patrons and staff in the use of the library catalog and online resources, and provides in-person and remote reference and reader’s advisory services to youth, caregivers, and staff.
  • Creates and maintains department-specific content on the library web page, and contributes to the library’s social media presence, with a focus on outreach to teens, caregivers, homeschool families, etc.
  • Ensures proper supervision of youth and general public safety; ensures proper response to emergency situations as necessary.
  • Tracks departmental statistics and provides director with statistical reports as needed.
  • Attends informational and instructional meetings and workshops related to library operations and youth services.
  • Performs additional supervisory and other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Minimum Qualifications

  • EducationBachelor’s Degree in Library Science, Education, or related field
  • Experience: Three or more years of library experience working with children and youth

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science, Education, or related field
  • Experience: Two or more years of library experience working with children and youth

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to analyze, problem solve, and set priorities.
  • Customer service experience.
  • Working knowledge of child development.
  • Facility with technologies that further the goals of the library. Proficiency with productivity tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, calendars, etc. Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, library software (preferably Evergreen/CW MARS), Facebook/Instagram administration, Canva or other publishing applications, LibGuides.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of patron records.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the public and with co-workers.
  • Willingness to work with other library departments as a team to ensure staffing coverage and professional service to all library users.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The work is performed in an office environment, and in common space open to the public. The work may require motor skills for activities such as using office equipment, including but not limited to telephones, personal computers, handheld technology, and other office equipment. May be required to lift objects such as files, office supplies, library materials, and equipment weighing up to 60 pounds. May need to re-shelve, read, and retrieve materials at floor level and overhead. Essential position functions require ability to routinely read materials for general understanding and analytical purposes and ability to view documents on a computer screen.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are invited to submit an application along with cover letter, resume, and references to:

Michelle Ells
City Hall
10 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247

or by email to mells@northadams-ma.gov

The City of North Adams, Massachusetts, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

– Posted January 26, 2021

Executive Director – Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (North Andover, MA)

Description:

The Executive Committee of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium seeks an active, energetic, people-focused, technologically savvy team leader with vision to guide the 36-member Merrimack Valley Public Library Consortium (MVLC) in northeastern (North Andover) Massachusetts.

Qualifications:

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, MBA-desirable, or equivalent training and experience. Strong knowledge of current and emerging library technology applications; experience with strategic planning, budgeting and grant writing. Significant experience with managing library operations, servers and networks including five to eight years in a management role with an automated library network, or equivalent experience. Flexibility, calm under pressure, ability to pivot is all highly valued.

Duties: 

Overall responsibility for the planning, implementation, development, supervision and evaluation of all aspects of network services and operations; responsible for supervising and inspiring a team of 11 library professionals and coordinating relationships and communications among 36 libraries.

Reports to an Executive Committee.

Salary Range – $94,102 – $125,307 commensurate with experience.  

Available:  Until filled.

How to apply: 

Cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Samuel Alvarez, MVLC Search Chair
Reuben Hoar Library​
41 Shattuck Street
Littleton, MA 01460
salvarez@littletonlibrary.org
Phone: 978-540-2601

– Posted November 29, 2020

Library Director – Westfield Athenaeum (Westfield, MA)

The Westfield Athenaeum, incorporated in 1864, is a treasured community resource prominently located in the heart of Westfield, MA on the “Green.” We are seeking a Director to lead our much-loved Athenaeum into its 3rd century of outstanding service.  This is a high visibility position reporting to the Board of Directors.

The Athenaeum offers a wide range of services for children, seniors, teens and the homebound both virtually and in an ‘accessible to all’ facility.  The Director will build on our multi-phase facility renovation, technology upgrades and expansion of patron services.

General Responsibilities

  • Oversee all library operations including:
    • 25 employees (both full and part time) and volunteers.
    • an annual budget of ~$1.6M, monitor and approve expenditures, and maintain up-to-date records and reports including those required by the Athenaeum Board of Trustees, the state of MA, and annual audits.
    • meeting or adjusting the long-range plan initiatives to meet Athenaeum goals of being a community hub
    • maintenance of the historic buildings and grounds; repairs and renovation.
  • Work collaboratively with the Athenaeum Board of Directors on long-range and strategic planning, policy development, and budgetary planning.
  • Engage in community outreach support fund raising/capital campaign efforts, attend Board meetings and participate in the C/WMARS network.
  • Foster a collaborative, high performance team and a positive work environment.
  • Develop and lead dynamic programming supporting the needs of the community. Continuously improve offerings; increase access for all patrons.
  • Actively market and promote the Athenaeum’s services, programs, and resources.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science.
  • 7+ years of administrative leadership within a comparable organization.
  • Significant fiscal management experience with demonstrated effectiveness in securing external funding preferred.
  • Experience maintaining an historic building, grounds and restoration initiatives.

Salary

The Director role is a salaried position.  Compensation is commensurate with experience, qualifications.

Candidates should provide a cover letter, resume and samples of applicable work products, results, accomplishments.

Send application materials to: Director Search, Attn: Board of Directors, Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St., Westfield MA 01085 or email directors@westath.org

– Posted September 22, 2020