Librarian Kelly McCagg

VLA President’s Letter

Whether we like it or not, the world in which we are currently living—sore throat, mask, test, repeat—is not going to change in the foreseeable future. So, it is up to each one of us to make this “new normal” better than before. What does this mean in the library world?

Hopefully, COVID has taught us to be more accessible—or at the very least, loosen our requirements for access. Maybe your library initiated an online registration tool or simply mailed paper registration forms to patrons’ homes. Is it feasible to keep these accommodations? Doubting Debbie (I mean no disrespect to anyone named Deborah) will say, “The library is back to its full schedule of hours. There is no reason why we need to keep offering this service.” But what if your pre-COVID hours didn’t work for the person’s schedule? They may work multiple jobs or lack reliable transportation. However, once they have their library card they can access all your online resources when their schedule allows. Do a cost vs. reward analysis to see if it is worth keeping. My guess is if you have chosen librarianship as a profession, you will find a way to efficiently offer this service to your community.

On the flip side, look for processes, programs, or policies that can be updated or weeded—“because we’ve always done it that way” no longer holds water. Are you still keeping paper copies of patron information already stored electronically? Does your program lineup look similar to that from the 1950s? Do you offer a virtual option for meetings and programs? Does your cell phone policy limit use to certain areas due to fear of disturbing other users? Are your bathrooms still gender specific? Be brave enough to be uncomfortable and your patrons will thank you!

Our communities, whether they are large universities, bucolic towns, or tiny hamlets, are all composed of smaller sections that need to work together in order to create a dynamic, cohesive unit. That means we all need to put our egos aside, and maybe even that argument that happened three town managers ago, to find a way to work together. Take the initiative and sit next to the person who rubs you the wrong way at the next meeting. You may discover some small similarity on which you can build a relationship that will benefit not just the library, but the community at large. Now can be a considerable time of growth. It will require very little, if any money, but a great deal of dedication and enthusiasm.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
–Mark Twain

Kelly L. McCagg
Vermont Library Association President
Director, Burnham Memorial Library
president@vermontlibraries.org
November 2022
(This letter was first published in the November 2022 VLA News email newsletter, sent quarterly to Vermont Library Association members.)

Library Director – Jackson Public Library (Jackson, NH)

Description:

The Jackson NH Public Library is seeking a full-time Library Director with proven management skills and excellent library knowledge for its vibrant community library. Jackson is a year round resort town of over 1000 residents in northern New Hampshire.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for management of the daily operations of the library. Duties include assisting the Board in the preparation of the annual budget, preparing recommendations of requests for capital purchase, implementing acquisitions and expenditures, and compiling monthly statistics on circulation.  The ideal candidate is community oriented, savvy about technology, and possesses excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

This Library Director is a salaried 35 hours per week position, with a full benefit package.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  MLS strongly recommended.
  • At least 4 years experience in the field, comprehensive knowledge of library services, principles, practices and procedures.  Demonstrated skills in effective oral and written communications, staff supervision, and organizational management and administration.
  • Operational knowledge of computers and office machines/equipment.
  • Full job description available here.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, a resume and three references to directorsearch@jacksonlibrary.org no later than December 15, 2022.

– Posted 11/16/22

Assistant Librarian – Swanton Public Library (Swanton, VT)

The Swanton Public Library has a position open for an assistant librarian. Duties include assisting with the daily operations of the library, including issuing new library cards, checking library materials in and out, shelving books, locating books and other materials for patrons, assisting in creating exhibits and displays, and other activities as assigned. A love of books and basic computer and communication skills a plus. This is a part-time position, beginning at 15 hours a week, with an option for more. Contact Abbey Gaudette at director@swantonlibrary.org or (802) 868-7656.

– Posted 11/16/22

Community Resource Coordinator – Pawlet Public Library (Pawlet, VT)

Community Resource Coordinator Opening
Part-Time: 12 Hours/Week
$17/Hour

Pawlet Public Library is in search of a Community Resource Coordinator. The ideal candidate has 3-5 years of experience in development and communications management for a library or nonprofit organization.

The candidate should have experience in managing fundraising campaigns, database functions, website and social media platforms, and a strong understanding of community development principles and practices in a library or nonprofit organization.

This part time position allows for a flexible schedule within the operating hours of the library.

The Community Resource Coordinator is responsible for managing monthly meetings of Town and community organization leadership, fundraising campaigns, and serves as the social media/website coordinator.

The Pawlet Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and curriculum vitae to the Director of the Pawlet Public Library at director.pawletpub@gmail.com. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2022.

For a complete job description visit our website at www.pawletpubliclibrary.com.

– Posted 10/17/22

Director – H.F. Brigham Free Library (Bakersfield, VT)

Brief job description:

The H.F. Brigham Free Library is seeking a dynamic, community-oriented individual to be Director of our small rural library. We are looking for someone who has the vision to guide the library into a new chapter with dedication and creativity. This person will administer and coordinate all activities and services of the library.

The library is open 26 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references by October 9th, 2022 to Board Chair Nicola Cribb at hfbrigham.library@gmail.com

Full job description:

SUMMARY: The Library Director is responsible for the administration, supervision and coordination of all activities and services of the library, and for carrying out the policies adopted by the Library Board of Trustees. S/he/they acts as the library spokesperson, promoting the use of the library by all members of the community and fostering good working relationships with town government and organizations. The Library Director is expected to positively represent the library within the community, develop programs, develop/manage collections, provide budgeting information, manage volunteers, manage the library facilities, and coordinate with the Board of Trustees.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Service to the community 

Develops and maintains services that reflect and respond to the interests and needs of the community, including: 

  • Engage in long-range planning in conjunction with the Board of Trustees
  • Collaborate with community groups and the local school
  • Develop procedures for the smooth running of the library
  • Develop a collection of interesting materials in various formats
  • Provide reference, interlibrary loan, readers’ advisory, and referral services
  • Help the public use library materials and technology, including formal and informal training
  • Develop programs that appeal to a variety of ages and interests
  • Develop outreach and other services that extend the library’s reach into the community
  • Oversee the library website and social media accounts
  • Develop and organize displays and exhibits
  • Promote and publicize the library’s services and resources
  • Report any building maintenance and safety problems to the trustees and oversee regular grounds maintenance and minor repairs as needed
  • Oversee the scheduling and use of the library as meeting space
  • Attend workshops, classes, and meetings; read professional literature to maintain perspective and keep apprised of developments in the field of librarianship

Support and execution of library policy 

Follows policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, makes suggestions for changes as needed, and proposes ideas for the future, including: 

  • Participate in regular trustees meetings
  • Maintain library policies, pass policy information on to volunteers, and answer the public’s questions about policies
  • Maintain a close working relationship with town government

Spending budgeted funds 

Spends and monitors budgeted funds in a responsible manner, including:

  • Work with the treasurer to develop an annual budget for adoption by the Board of Trustees
  • Help the trustees present an annual funding request to the town, and answer questions about library expenses as needed
  • Develop a system to track expenses throughout the year so that no shortfalls are encountered
  • Review bills/invoices and pass them along to the treasurer for approval
  • Receive cash donations, fees, and other funds
  • Arrange for use of the most cost-effective vendors
  • Write grant proposals as appropriate
  • Cooperate with trustees on library fund-raising activities

Supervising and training volunteers 

Hires, trains, schedules, and evaluates volunteers, including: 

  • Teach library policy and procedures to volunteers, making sure each understands his/her individual responsibilities
  • Schedule, organize, encourage, and supervise volunteers
  • Recruit volunteers as needed
  • Develop a procedure manual, emergency procedures, and other aids for volunteers

Formal reporting 

Provides regular, written reports of library activity for the Board of Trustees, the town, and the state, including: 

  • Collect, report, and analyze library statistics
  • Prepare monthly written reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Complete occasional reports, surveys and requests for information from state and federal library agencies and associations
  • Prepare annual statistical report and standards application for the Department of Libraries

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

Education and experience: 

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, and willingness to earn certification as a public librarian in Vermont within five years. Management and supervisory experience preferred. 3-5 years experience working in a library or non-profit organization preferred.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Must have good people skills.
  • Must have knowledge of online library catalog and circulation systems, computer systems, website management, Microsoft office, interlibrary loan systems, personal devices (eBook readers, smart phones, mp3 players, laptops, tablets,etc.) fax machines, computer scanners and printers, etc.
  • Must be willing to increase knowledge of librarianship through workshops, trainings and online webinars.
  • This position requires repetitive use of a keyboard and other office equipment and sitting at a workstation for an hour or more as necessary.
  • Work requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds and regular lifting of 10 to 15 pounds.

SALARY: This is an 18-20 hour/week position, with the possibility of expanded hours in the future. Salary is commensurate with experience.

– Updated 9/22/22

Circulation & Technical Services Librarian – Hartland Public Library (Hartland, VT)

The Hartland Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, community minded person with technical services skills, interlibrary loan experience, and excellent communication skills for the position of Circulation & Technical Services Librarian. The Hartland Library is located in the Upper Valley of Vermont in the town of Hartland.

Under the supervision of the library director, this position supports the overall mission of the library by effectively providing library services to customers and the community. This position is responsible for cataloging books and materials for circulation, providing interlibrary loan services for our library users, and supervising and assisting at the circulation desk.

 A strong customer service philosophy is essential. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred and library experience is required. This is a full time 30 hour position with benefits, including paid vacation, sick, and personal leave, and health insurance. The work week is Tuesday – Friday and one Saturday per month. Wage range $17.75 – $19.00 an hour.

For a full job description, please visit the “About” page at the library website. https://www.hartlandlibraryvt.org/

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity.

Submissions open until February 15.
Please submit cover letter and resume to Nancy Tusinski, Library Director director@hartlandlibraryvt.org

Email submissions only please.

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

Library Director – Moore Free Library and Crowell Gallery (Newfane, VT)

Moore Free Library is seeking a creative, collegial, and detail-oriented Library Director for our non-profit community library located in the center of Newfane, Vermont (population 1,726). The Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, housing an outstanding collection of contemporary Southern Vermont artists, is also under the oversight of the Library Director. The ideal candidate has prior library experience, is community focused with both the skills and the desire to work with patrons of all ages, experience in grant writing, the ability to supervise and support staff and volunteers, and willingness to perform community outreach. A bachelor’s degree or Vermont Certificate of Librarianship is preferred, but we will consider library experience and interest in completing state certification. This is a 24-hour a week position.  Salary range is $18-22 per hour, commensurate with education and experience. Applications must be received by October 10, 2021. Interested candidates should submit a resume including three work references to Moore Free Library at moorefreelibrary@gmail.com.

A complete job description is available on request.

– Posted 9/18/21

Arts & Literature Summer Camp Counselor – Lawrence Memorial Library (Bristol, VT)

POSITION SUMMARY:

Lawrence Memorial Library is seeking a counselor with a love for kids, arts and literature to work in the LML summer camp. The camp will run for 2-weeks, 9AM-3PM Monday-Friday during the week of August 9th and the week of August 16th. The camp will serve kids ages 7-11. The ideal candidate will be friendly, enthusiastic, and creative and enjoy exploring arts and literature with children.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct care of 10 children with another counselor for the duration of the day. Activities include arts and crafts, literature, games, outdoor adventure, & field trips.
  • Ability to maintain a fun and safe learning environment for all.
  • Exemplary communication and collaboration with Library Director, Children’s Librarian & Co-Counselor.
  • Assistance with planning camp programs with the support of library staff.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new activities and games.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma required. Some college and/or work experience is preferred.
  • Holds current driver’s license.
  • Experience in summer camps and/or child/youth-related fields preferred.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

COMPENSATION:

  • $18/hour for 40 hours per week. 8:30AM-3:30PM Monday-Friday.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and three references by June 30th to:

Coco Moseley, Library Director: lawrencelibrary1911@gmail.com
AND
Marita Schine, Children’s Librarian: lmlkids009@gmail.com

– Posted 6/16/21

Youth Services Librarian – Pease Public Library (Plymouth, NH)

The Pease Public Library in Plymouth, NH is seeking a Youth Services Librarian with excellent communication skills. Applicants must be able to demonstrate flexibility, good judgment and good humor under varying circumstances. The ability to multi-task and provide quality customer service is essential. Must be a community-oriented, hands-on team player. Must be prepared to attend staff meetings, remain current on professional trends and assist in planning team projects. Some Saturday and evening hours are required. Must enjoy working with children, teens and their families.
Position Purpose:
Performs administrative and professional work in planning, organizing, and coordinating activities of the Library Children’s Department.  Performs all other related duties as required.
Essential Functions:
(The essential functions or 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.)
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements programming for children and young adults such as weekly story time for those under 6, science programs, summer reading program, and having outside presenters.  These programs consist of music and movement, crafts, educational activities, and resources for children and their adult caregivers.
  • Enhances the programs of local schools by providing complementary services.
  • Manages the materials collection for children and young adults which includes weeding, using book review resources and purchasing materials. Catalogs and processes materials for children and young adults, gifts, and purchases.
  • Provides customer services in the form of answering patron emails, providing reader’s advisory, helping patrons find materials, computer and other technology instruction and helping with OverDrive.
  • Maintains the circulation desks tasks (checking books in and out, pulling holds, curbside hold service, registering patrons, answering phones, checking out museum passes and shelving.)
  • Supervises the daily operation of the children’s room and the young adult room.  Upholds the library’s behavior and child safety policies.
  • Creates promotional materials for children’s and young adult programming.  Maintains the children and young adult sections of the library website and posts on social media regarding children and young adult programming.
  • Compiles programming statistics and submits statistics to Director.
  • Performs outreach to schools and other local agencies for programming, especially summer reading program.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:
Master’s Degree in library science from an ALA-accredited school; three to five years of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of library practices, procedures, and techniques.  Knowledge of youth literature and reading programs and activities.  Working knowledge of the policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to library services.  Working knowledge of library technology.
Ability: Ability to work with a wide variety of library patrons and library staff in a friendly, efficient manner.  Ability to listen and communicate effectively. Ability to use computerized library systems and related equipment. Ability to think strategically.  Ability to interpret and follow policies and procedures and to operate standard office equipment.  Ability to manage a modest materials and programming budget.
Skill: Excellent customer service skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Proficient computer skills; interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Good time management and planning skills.
Supervision:
Supervision Scope: This position performs various duties requiring a thorough knowledge of departmental operations and the ability to complete assigned tasks according to established procedures and protocol.
Supervision Received:  Work is performed under the general direction of the Library Director.
Supervision Given: Work-study students and/or volunteers, as available.
Job Environment:
  • Work is performed under typical office and library conditions; the noise level is moderately noisy.
  • Operates computer, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, and other standard office equipment.
  • Employee has frequent contact with the general public, patrons, libraries, and community groups. Contacts are in person, via email or by telephone and involve an information exchange dialogue.
  • Errors could result in delays or loss of library services, and/or poor public relations.
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to walk, bend, reach, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate objects, tools, or controls; pick up books, paper, files, and other common office objects.  Ability to view computer screens and work with details for extended periods of time.   May move objects weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able to communicate effectively with others.  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges.
Salary: Salary range to begin this position shall be $18.10-18.64/hr. with extensive medical and dental package.
 (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)
Please send resume and contact information for three references by April 19, 2021 to Diane Lynch, Director, at dlynch@peasepubliclibrary.org No phone calls, please.
Plymouth, N.H. is a vibrant community committed to diversity, arts and education. The Pease Public Library Staff is honored to play a role in serving its citizens with current information, technology, and quality entertainment. Pay Equity/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.
 – Posted March 26, 2021