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

The first-ever Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010.

I am very excited to announce the first ever “Choose Privacy Week” to be held May 2-8, 2010.   Choose Privacy Week is a new initiative started American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee (ALAIFC) and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to spark a national conversation about privacy.    Libraries are the natural centers for learning and talking about information issues so  they are the perfect place to invite users join the conversation about privacy rights a digital age.

ALA has developed a variety of resources to help libraries reach out to their communities.    The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.  I hope you take time to explore the website www.privacyrevolution.org to learn more about what your library can do to spark thought and discussion around privacy issues today.  Whether you are considering creating a display, sponsoring a contest, hosting a program or workshop, or moderating a community dialogue about privacy, there are tools that can help.  

Help us spread the word about the importance of choosing privacy.  

Gail Weymouth

VLAIFC, chair

Intellectual Freedom Webinars for Library Trustees

SPACE STILL AVAILABLE – REGISTER TODAY AT http://www.ala.org/oif/onlinetrainings

“Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community”

OIF is partnering with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) to present three one-hour webinars in February for library trustees on the topic of controversial materials in library collections.

The webinars, entitled “Controversial Materials in the Library: Supporting Intellectual Freedom in Your Community,” are intended to help trustees understand the basics of intellectual freedom in libraries. They will cover information on collection development policies, procedures for handling challenges to library materials, and tips on responding to controversies that may arise. Angela Maycock, OIF Assistant Director, will lead the webinar series.

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New England Library Association Annual Conference

NEW ENGLAND LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 18-20 2009 – CONNECTICUT CONVENTION CENTER

Annual Conference Offerings & Registration

NELA Membership Registration

Dear Colleagues,

I don’t want you to miss the next New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference this coming October 18 – 20. The fall is a busy time for us all but it is also a good chance to refresh and renew by planning time to attend the conference.

We offer many presentations, events and exhibitors that represent a variety of interests. Here are just a few:

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Personnel Committee Meeting

The Personnel Committee is meeting

Monday, May 12th, 10am-noon at the Midstate Regional Library in Berlin 

to begin planning its next project: a survey of Vermont public librarians’ wages and benefits. The Committee welcomes volunteers to help draft, administer, and analyze the survey.

 Contact Chair Amy C. Grasmick for more information:

Kimball Public Library
kimball_acg@hotmail.com
728-5073