Library Director – Woodbury Community Library (Woodbury, VT)

The Woodbury Community Library (WCL) is seeking a friendly, collaborative, booklover to serve as the primary staff person and director of the library. If you like people of all ages, enjoy working with children in an informal educational setting, and like learning new things, you might be the right person for this position!

This is a part time job (8 to 18 hours per week, COVID-19 dependent). The ideal candidate will:

  • Enjoy reading and talking about books
  • Have computer skills and feel comfortable assisting patrons with technology questions
  • Be friendly and responsible with children who use the library after school—the Woodbury Elementary School is next door and on the same grounds as the WCL
  • Demonstrate creative energy to design events and programs for people of all ages
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as being  a good listener
  • Work in partnership with the school to best utilize the shared grounds and space
  • Express a strong sense of community and ability to advocate for the library’s role in enhancing the town
  • Commit to working with the Trustees on fundraising projects
  • Possess basic knowledge of library administration and a willingness to learn

A bachelor’s degree is preferred but no formal library training is required. Working toward Public Library Certification is a an expectation for the successful candidate who does not already have library credentials.

Orientation will be provided as well as support during the learning process. Compensation will depend on experience and skills, ranging from $15.00 to $18.00 per hour.

To apply please submit a letter of interest, your resume, and a list of three references with contact information to woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com  The deadline for applications is February 17, 2021.

Library Director – Richards Free Library (Newport, NH)

The Richards Free Library is seeking an innovative, creative, tech savvy, and forward-thinking leader with proven management skills in a public library to serve as Library Director.

The Library employs 7 staff members including three full-time positions. The library enjoys wide community support. In pre-pandemic times the library hosted a variety of story hours and activities for children.  Adults participated in three book groups, as well as knitting, writing, and poetry groups, most of which have continued virtually.

Newport, New Hampshire (population 6300) is located in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. The community boasts a vibrant recreation department, an active Opera House Association, and The Library Arts Center located in the Library’s carriage house.

A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school with five years of professional library work and three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility at a public library is required.

The pay range is $60,000 -$70,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience. For a detailed job description, visit http://newport.lib.nh.us/about-2/employment/ There is a strong internal candidate.

Apply with cover letter, resume, and three references to athorpe@newport.lib.nh.us by February 19, 2021.

– Posted January 26, 2021

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

Seeking Library Director – Blake Memorial Library (East Corinth, VT)

The Blake Memorial Library is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Library Director. The Director will work under the supervision of the Board of Trustees, to oversee the Library’s overall operations, staff, volunteers, collection, and will serve as the primary ambassador for the library to the community.
An ideal candidate will have the following qualities:
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Understanding of the community and an investment in serving its people
  • The ability to work independently and manage staff and volunteers
  • The ability to work in conjunction with the board
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong MS Office skills and ease with technology
  • Ability to manage a budget.
  • Understanding of the Dewey Decimal System
  • A degree in library science or the ability to pursue additional training / certification
Compensation commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to bmlibrarysearch@gmail.com, by no later than February 1st.

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 – Woodbury Community Library (Woodbury, VT)

The Woodbury Community Library is seeking a friendly, collaborative, book lover. If you like people of all ages, enjoy working with children in an informal educational setting, and like learning new things. you might be the right person for the library.

This job is a part time position for the primary librarian. The ideal candidate will:

  • enjoy reading and talking about books
  • have some computer skills and feel comfortable helping others with technology questions
  • be friendly and responsible with children who use the library after school
  • demonstrate creative energy to design events for all ages
  • work in partnership with the school to best utilize the shared space of the library building and grounds
  • communicate and listen well
  • feel a strong sense of community and interest in developing the library to enhance the town
  • have knowledge of library administration and work towards Public Library Certification if not already certified.

A bachelor’s degree is recommended, but no formal library training is necessary.  Training will be provided as well as support during the learning process. Compensation will depend on experience and skills. To apply please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three reference contacts to woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

– Posted November 29, 2020

Part-Time Circulation/Outreach – Brandon Free Public Library (Brandon, VT)

Brandon Free Public Library, an independent, 501(C)(3) non-profit library is seeking an energetic, community oriented individual with the ability to interact both positively and creatively with patrons, staff, and in the completion of daily tasks, as well as comfort with established and emerging technology.

This is a part-time circulation/outreach position, approximately 15 hours per week, starting immediately. The rate of pay is $15.00 per hour. This is a permanent, part-time position.

The position requires Tuesday evenings and Saturday hours plus additional scheduling. The specific hours worked will be based on community needs and may change periodically as those needs change. The person in this position will provide in-person, direct-service work in the library and out in the community. This is not a remote position.

Responsibilities:

  • Circulation
  • Develop outreach activities
  • Serve as a community liaison
  • Develop and implement annual summer reading program
  • Library Staffing: assists patrons of all ages in every aspect of using the library, including
    computer and device troubleshooting.
  • Other duties will include shelving, programming preparation, other projects as assigned.

Required Skills:

  • User-centered public service philosophy
  • Computer experience, which must include ability to work effectively with modern integrated library automation systems (training will be provided), MS Office Suite products (including Word, Excel, and Outlook), and Google Apps
  • Ability to adapt to and use new technologies and software
  • Flexibility, creativity, attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal skills are a must
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team in a solutions-
    oriented environment

Please note, the above job description describes the general nature, tasks, responsibilities, and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility, duty, and skill required for the position.

This position requires bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying up to 50lbs. (books, computers, etc.), standing and sitting for extended periods.

This position requires access to reliable transportation as needed for community outreach.

Screening of applications starts immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Molly Kennedy, Director
Brandon Free Public Library
molly@brandonpubliclibrary.org

Brandon Free Public Library is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

– Posted November 13, 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

Programming Librarian – Carpenter-Carse Library (Hinesburg, VT)

This position is 25 hours a week and includes two evenings and one Saturday per month. The Programming Librarian develops and plans Library Programming for our library community both online (in the present moment) and in person (when this becomes possible).

Qualities we seek in an ideal candidate include: imagination, a spirit of collaboration, adaptability, kindness, and a willingness to work as part of a team. Ideally, you are bursting with ideas about creative ways to connect to our community while we all hang out at home. When in-person activities become less risky, you are poised & ready to support and schedule real life events that engage our audiences.

Preferred skills: good working knowledge of computer systems. The ideal candidate is comfortable with using social media & the internet to amplify the message of our programming and knows how to update a spreadsheet, make a good looking flyer & edit a webpage. Knowledge of Koha, Squarespace, Instagram/Facebook, Zoom, Canva and related skills are a bonus, but adaptable learners are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: in addition to scheduling activities and managing the adult programming budget, you will maintain records of attendance at our events and serve as the point person for requests to use our public spaces. You will update and maintain our community calendar (and event listings on our website). We are also looking for a candidate who can support collection development, and who is adaptable enough to be able to process an interlibrary loan request or update a catalog record. Adaptability, care and kindness are our leading values as an organization. Some of your scheduled hours will include work with the public (and require that you assist in checking out books & helping patrons locate relevant resources).

Preferred Qualifications: a college degree and previous library, educational or programming experience is helpful. Obviously training and experience in fields related to librarianship is preferred but well-rounded brains from any life experience are welcome to apply. We are looking for a candidate who can express themselves well in writing and in person, and who has a passion for working with folks of all ages and backgrounds. If you are an interesting match, please use your cover letter to speak to how you think your skills align with the needs of our organization.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to library@carpentercarse.org This position is open until filled but the priority deadline is October 16, 2020.

– Posted September 22, 2020

Part-time Library Assistant – Highgate Library and Community Center (Highgate, VT).

The Highgate Library and Community Center is looking to hire a part-time (10-15 hours a week) Library Assistant. The Library Assistant will perform a broad range of tasks including, but not limited to, the following: assisting with program planning and facilitation, library circulation and clerical procedures, and daily tasks assigned by the Highgate Library and Community Center (HLCC) Director.

This position requires a friendly, positive, and energetic personality coupled with creative and innovative thinking. The position requires a general understanding of child and youth development, the ability to interact successfully with all age groups, and a desire to further local community connections. A weekly set schedule is required for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Facilitating programs/events for the community (all age groups)
  • Program and event prep work and planning
  • Circulation desk routines such as checking items in and out and searching the library catalog
  • Assisting patrons in finding materials to match their reading interests
  • Assisting patrons in the use of library resources including the internet, library materials, and programs
  • Assisting with the positive promotion of library programs and services
  • Shelving materials and keeping shelves neat and accessible
  • General clerical work such as answering the telephone and routing calls/messages as necessary
  • Performing opening and closing procedures as necessary
  • Performing daily tasks to keep the overall library neat, clean, and organized
  • Filling in as needed for Highgate Library and Community Center staff to cover vacations/sick time
  • Learning the general rules and policies of the Highgate Library and Community Center
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A high school education is required with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Prior library experience and/or experience working directly with the public, including children
  • Requires basic knowledge of library procedures, methods, and techniques
  • Computer experience including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and the Internet
  • Must have exceptional communication skills when interacting with patrons in-person or over the phone
  • Must be able to work days with some evening and Saturday availability

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by October 5th to: Highgate Library and Community Center PO Box 76, Highgate VT 05459 or email these items to librarian@highgatevt.org

– Posted September 22, 2020