Library Director – Arvin A. Brown Public Library (Richford, VT)

The Library Director is the administrator of the library, managing both a community service and the facility that houses it while cultivating a welcoming space for all library users (virtual and in-person). The Director is responsible for ensuring that library services meet the needs of the community as determined by its mission and that the library’s facility is maintained. The Director works with the Board of Trustees in establishing library policies. The Director is responsible for preparing a budget for approval by the Library Board of Trustees and the Richford Town Select Board. The Director works within the budget for the purpose of operating the library. Together with the Trustees, the Director is responsible for the staffing requirements of the library, including the appointment of positions, evaluations, assignment of duties, and staff development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Library Director supervises all library staff and volunteers

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collection Development: Stay abreast of new publications and order new materials based on
    understanding of collection diversity and interests of the community, as well as any relevant library policies
  • Administrative Duties:
    • Supervise and provide information to staff. Plan and implement work schedules. Carry out yearly performance reviews with staff.
    • Implement library policies
    • Financial Supervision
    • Prepare annual budget for October Trustee meeting
    • Make deposits
    • Work with the bookkeeper to provide Trustees with monthly financial statement and associated information
    • Manage monthly expenditures (payroll and bills), including approving timesheets and submitting payroll to outside vendors
    • Prepare grants, as needed and comply with reporting requirements
    • Plan and execute fundraising activities with Trustees and staff, including annual fundraising letter
    • Community and Professional Connections
    • Work with the Board Chair to create agendas and materials for monthly Trustee meetings.
    • Attend and actively participate in all Trustee meetings.
    • Attend Town Meeting and Select Board meetings as required
    • Participate in professional development meetings and conferences as needed to stay connected to peers and apprised of current library developments
    • Build and maintain relationships with other community organizations
    • Field reference questions
    • Oversee planning, execution and evaluation of adult and children’s programs
    • Recruit and supervise library volunteers
    • Prepare forms and reports
    • Provide librarian reports prior to Trustee meetings
    • Complete librarian’s report with trustees for town report in January for the previous year.
    • Report statistics to the Vermont Department of Libraries in order to maintain minimum standards Annual Report
    • Manage publicity (articles to newspapers, upcoming events, calendars, flyers, etc.) and customer-facing information including website and social media accounts.
    • Maintain/oversee gathering of library statistics.
    • General Library Operations
    • Ensure that the library’s technology, for staff and library users, is up-to-date and in working order.
    • Ensure the daily tasks of the library are completed according to current policies and best practices
    • Oversee facility and equipment; troubleshoot problems
    • Other duties as assigned by the Trustees

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • General Qualifications:
    • High school diploma and relevant experience,
    • Professional Certification from the Vermont Department of Libraries (or the willingness to attain Certification within a reasonable time period of hire date)
    • Ability to organize, plan, and manage library operations including working knowledge of library collection development and circulation procedures.
    • Ability to anticipate and solve problems, offer solutions and work toward continuous improvement in all areas of the Library’s work.
    • Enthusiasm to work with internal and external customers.
    • Administrative and organizational skills
    • Adept at learning new technology and teaching others to learn new platforms (e.g., teaching patrons how to access e-books)
    • Budgetary planning and fiscal management experience
    • Ability to work well with the public, build relationships with different stakeholders, and listen to the needs of the community when planning programs and ordering materials
    • Proficient in oral and written communication with diverse audiences
    • Ability to handle multiple demands, remain calm, think quickly and problem solve.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently within established guidelines

Confidentiality/Discretion: Privy to confidential patron information and business documents such as financials and organizational projections and strategies. High degree of confidentiality and discretion required.

Decision Making Authority: Make decisions that affect workflow and procedures within established guidelines. Involved in decision-making for Library planning as well as immediate and long-range planning, tactical and strategic thinking. Decisions of broad consequence may have little external input.

Physical Demands: Must be able to stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, see at a distance of 20 inches or less, carry and lift 10-25 lbs. occasionally.

Language Skills: Ability to speak and write fluently and understand the English language comprehensively.

Communications Skills: Outstanding communication skills – excellent listening skills, effective and clear speaking and writing skills. This includes the ability to take complex issues and make them approachable and understandable for a diverse audience. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals and guides. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from patrons, employees, the general public, and other stakeholders.

Technical Skills:

  • Computer proficiency and detailed working knowledge of the following computer programs: Zoom, Gmail, Google Workspace, Word, Excel, and database software.
  • Experience with social media platforms preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of library online cataloging (especially Koha and CLOVER), preferred.
  • Mathematical Skills: Basic mathematical skills and familiarity with technical reports
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to collect data, establish facts, and solve practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Work Environment: Work is generally at the library, with some offsite work at meetings and events. Work is mainly sedentary, in front of a computer or in the library building. The second floor of the library is accessible only by stairs, with no elevator.

– Posted 5/17/24

Temporary Library Assistant – Latham Memorial Library (Thetford, VT)

Latham Memorial Library in Thetford is seeking a Temporary Library Assistant. This position will report to the Director of the Thetford Libraries, and will have an expected end date of Oct 31, 2024, with a possible extension of an additional 3 months.

General Description:
The Library Assistant provides direct service to the community at the circulation desk of the Latham Memorial Library. This is primarily a customer-facing role providing circulation, reference and reader’s advisory for the public, with additional off-desk work possible according to the library’s needs. The Library Assistant will work 15-20 hours per week including one Saturday shift every three weeks, and will be compensated at the rate of $18-20 per hour. Benefits include paid time off.

Essential functions:

  1. Library Services, Programs and Collections

    1. Provides circulation, reference and reader’s advisory service at the circulation desk.

    2. Assists the public in accessing library spaces and technology.

    3. Maintains an awareness of upcoming library programs and services and promotes them during interactions with the public.

    4. Maintains a welcoming and tidy environment at the desk and throughout the public spaces, including frequent clearing of the circulation desk, shelving materials, straightening and reading shelves, and occasional neatening of library spaces after patrons have visited.

    5. Enforces library policies and confers with Director/Acting Director as needed on matters of patron conduct.

    6. Manages special projects as assigned.

  1. Performs other duties as required

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The employee will be required to operate typical business office equipment, including computer hardware and telephones.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Strong demonstrated interpersonal, customer service, research and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with current and classic publications and comfort providing title recommendations to the public.
  • Understanding and commitment to the importance of maintaining patron confidentiality.
  • Strong knowledge of library principles, objectives and practices.
  • Ability to work professionally in a small, rural community environment.

Qualifications:

Required: High School Diploma, or equivalent in education and experience.

Preferred: Previous experience working in a public library.

Please send a resume and letter of interest to:  librarian@thetfordlibrary.org or to Latham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 240, Thetford, VT, 05074. Applications will be reviewed starting on February 1, 2024. The position will be open until filled.

– Posted 1/15/24

Reference & Teaching Resources Librarian – Community College of Vermont (Flexible location)

The Community College of Vermont seeks an innovative, flexible, and collaborative professional for the position of Reference and Teaching Resources Librarian. As a member of VSCS Library team, this position serves the reference and instruction needs of CCV students and faculty, and partners with the librarians and library staff from Vermont State University as well as the Chancellor’s office in providing comprehensive library services to both college communities.

The Reference & Teaching Resources Librarian plays a key role in supporting the college’s efforts to promote alternatives to high-cost instructional materials and use of innovative teaching resources, including Open Educational Resources, eReserves, and library-licensed databases and streaming media.

In providing online services and remote access to library resources, CCV librarians work outside of a traditional library setting. The location is flexible within CCV centers. The salary for this position is $51,000.

Follow this link for a full description and to apply online.

– Posted 7/25/23

Temporary Part-time Librarian – Bent Northrop Memorial Library (Fairfield, VT)

The Bent Northrop Memorial Library in Fairfield, Vermont is looking to fill a temporary part-time position. The position will be for 13 hours per week, will start in the beginning of October 2020, and will last for 11 weeks. Some training hours will also need to be completed in September.

Position Summary: The person in this position will be responsible for planning and implementing programs for all ages, assisting customers with circulation and reference needs, and completing other general library operations.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent customer services skills

  • Solid technical troubleshooting

  • Experience working with children

  • Ability to think creatively

  • Ability to work independently

  • Self-motivated

Please send cover letter and resume to Sarah Montgomery at  bnmllibrarian@gmail.com. Email or call (802) 827- 3945 with any questions. Application deadline is August 15th.

– Posted July 23, 2020