Library Circulation Assistant I – Essex Free Library (Essex, VT)

The Town of Essex is receiving applications for a part-time position as a Library Circulation Assistant for the Essex Free Library.

Under the direct supervision of the Library Director, the Library Circulation Assistant I provides support at the circulation desk for both library patrons and staff, and contributes to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the library.

This position’s hours alternate between 3 hours per week and 8 hours per week, for a weekly average of 5.5 hours. Hours include every Tuesday evening from 5-8, and every other Saturday from 9-2. There is the opportunity for this candidate to pick up additional hours as needed and available.

The qualified candidate should have a High School Diploma or GED, familiarity with library management systems or ability to learn, and experience working with people of all ages.

Essex will consider any combination of education and experience that allows for successful performance in this role. The Town’s goals include hiring the candidate who is best able to meet the objectives of the position. We, therefore, encourage persons with non-traditional skill sets and experiences to apply, even if candidates believe they do not meet 100% of the qualification and hiring criteria described. The preferred requirements for this role can be found in the job description linked below.

The full job description can be found here: Job Description

The minimum starting salary is $18 per hour with the actual starting salary based on qualifications and experience. This is a part-time, non-union, hourly position. There are no benefits associated with this role.

Applications can be submitted online by going to and clicking Apply for this job in the upper right hand corner, or interested candidates can pick up a paper application at 81 Main St, Essex Junction, VT 05452. This position is open until filled.

The Town of Essex is an equal opportunity employer.

– Posted 4/10/24

Director – Martha Canfield Library (Arlington, VT)

The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, Vermont is seeking an energetic, efficient, organized, and self-motivated person to be Director of our small and dynamic library.  We strive to be an active hub in our amazing rural community.  Steeped in history, Arlington is a picturesque and vibrant small town.  As the local library, we have space, activities and events for all ages and serve a variety of functions.  We partner with many area entities including the schools, community center and health services.  Housed in a newer building neighboring both town’s schools, the Martha Canfield Library is a valuable community asset.
The Director manages all aspects of running a library, supervises other staff and volunteers, works closely with our Board of Trustees, and collaborates with various community endeavors. With excellent communication, promotion, planning and organizational skills, the Director will work to maintain and to continue to grow our library and its services.
Qualifications are nonprofit administration or library experience preferred.  A bachelor’s degree is required, with a willingness to earn Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship within 3 years of employment if the degree is not directly related.  The ideal candidate will have supervisory experience and have successfully worked with volunteers.  This is a 32-hour per week position with a salary range of $45k-$50k.  Compensation package includes a retirement plan and generous leave time.  The anticipated start date is the end of May.
If you are interested in becoming the Library Director who will continue our success, send a letter of application and resume to  Application deadline is April 10, 2024.
– Posted 4/4/24

Children & Youth Services Librarian – Bixby Memorial Free Library (Vergennes, VT)

Bixby Memorial Free Library
Vergennes, Vermont
Children & Youth Services Librarian
(20+ hours per week)

The Bixby Memorial Free Library is seeking an enthusiastic, qualified candidate to serve the children and youth of our rural five-town Addison County community on the shores of Lake Champlain and the banks of Otter Creek. You’ll join a talented team of staff and volunteers at the beautiful 110+-year-old library building overlooking the falls in the vibrant historic downtown area of Vergennes.

Summary: Bixby’s Children and Youth Services Librarian provides quality resources and services and ensures the library is responsive to the needs of youth and families throughout our vibrant five-town community on Lake Champlain. The Youth Services Librarian proactively partners with schools, childcare providers, and other relevant organizations and individuals to coordinate resources, calendars, and impact. The librarian is also responsible for developing effective relationships, communication channels, and content to reach, engage, and grow intended audiences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops, maintains, and evaluates all aspects of the Library’s juvenile and young adult collection and spaces within budget, including audiovisual and electronic resources, using standard review sources and considering patron requests and usage.
  • Plans, organizes, facilitates, and evaluates educational and cultural programs and series for children and young adults.
  • Works with local schools, childcare providers, community youth organizations, and others to provide to increase reach, utilization, and participation.
  • Develops effective approaches to expanding the use and enjoyment of library resources and participation in library programming, particularly among underserved groups.
  • Recruits, trains, manages and supports adult, pre-teen, and teen volunteers.
  • Identifies and provides relevant support, tracking, and reporting for grants and other income sources.
  • Provides regular circulation/welcome desk coverage and support
  • Performs similar or related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Passion and ability to interact meaningfully with children of all ages and their caregivers with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Current knowledge of trends in children and youth literature and programming
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Highly effective partnering and collaboration skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-directed with excellent time management, judgment, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Skillful in learning and leveraging a range of technology, tools, and platforms for effective communications and productivity
  • Strong sense of humor, positivity, resourcefulness, and resiliency

Education and Experience:

  • A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and/or Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship and three or more years of working with children and youth in a library or school setting is strongly preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates without an MLIS degree are expected to complete Vermont Certification within three years.

Physical Requirements: Work is performed under typical library and office conditions on multiple floors. Duties require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving lightweight materials or equipment.

Accessibility note: Please be advised that our historic building is currently not fully ADA-compliant. We are working hard on an accessibility project to make sure that all members of the community can access our second floor, but currently, the only ADA accessibility is to the basement and first levels.

Compensation:  $19 – $21 per hour, depending on qualifications. This position is eligible for a matching Simple IRA retirement plan of up to 3%.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Catharine Hays, Library Director, at

– Posted 3/26/24

Circulation and Communications Manager – Bennington Free Library (Bennington, VT)

Reports to the Director and is part of the administrative team responsible for running the Bennington Free Library. Establishes a welcoming first impression through management of the circulation functions, ensuring effective and efficient library operations and service. Duties involve managing and overseeing all circulation aspects of library services: scheduling, training and supervising clerks and volunteers. Takes a collaborative role in developing, planning, promoting, and hosting adult programs and events for diverse populations; will act as a liaison between the library, the community, and external community organizations. Shares joint responsibility for website maintenance and social media postings. Facilitates a collaborative, cooperative work environment.


  • Oversight of all aspects of the circulation department.
  • Oversight of all circulation staff, including – in consultation with the Director – hiring and disciplinary matters. Training new staff and ensuring existing staff get appropriate refreshers and / or professional development. Maintain the circulation schedule, collect, and collate statistics.
  • Work at the circulation desk as needed to ensure all shifts are covered and to stay current with all practices, procedures and issues affecting the circulation staff.
  • Represent the library at the Catamount Library Network loans and the Inter-Library Loans roundtable meetings.
  • Assist the community with using library resources.
  • Promote the library brand and value to the community.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members to generate, plan, coordinate, develop, and publicize programs that appeal to the adult community.
  • Maintain statistical records of library use and program attendance.
  • Maintain the library website and manage traditional and social media to promote library activities.
  • Establish partnerships between the library, town, and organizations in the community.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Self-motivated and able to exercise initiative and independent judgment.
  • Knowledge of current trends in library services for people of varied backgrounds and varied developmental stages.
  • Confidence in public speaking and representing the library.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual skills.
  • Knowledge of the methods, practices, and techniques of marketing and community relations.
  • Familiarity with and skill using social media platforms.
  • Understand a wide variety of software.
  • Experience with graphic design programs.
  • Knowledge of automated library systems.
  • Attention to detail and capacity to prioritize tasks.
  • Must be able to handle cash, keep accurate records, and understand the confidential nature of the workplace.
  • Must be able to supervise and work alongside all members of the library staff.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively in unique and stressful situations.
  • A willingness to examine existing systems and refine or improve them as necessary. Must be forward-thinking and open to innovation and change.
  • Must be able to lift, push or pull at least 20 lbs.
  • This position requires that you be able to stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, and reach sometimes for extended periods.

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and/or Vermont Dept of Libraries Certificate of Public Librarianship, and/or two years of public library experience is strongly preferred, or an equivalent combination of education, work experience, volunteering, and transferable skills.


Status: Full-time
Salary: Between $33,000 and $38,000 annually depending on experience.
Hours: 40 hours per week. Hours will include Saturdays and evenings on a rotating basis.
Benefits: Retirement, health care coverage, sick, and vacation pay.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Wendy Sharkey at

– Posted 3/20/24

Visiting Assistant Librarian, Reference and Instruction – SUNY Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)

We are seeking a student-focused, collaborative, and enthusiastic Instruction and Reference Librarian who will contribute to student success via teaching, research help, and outreach. The successful candidate will partner with library faculty and staff, college subject faculty, and student support offices to anticipate and serve student needs. This is a two-year visiting position with a 12-month contract. We intend this librarian to start in July 2024. The Feinberg Library assists students, faculty, staff, and the community in their intellectual activities by providing resources and services in support of research, teaching, and learning. We strive to help our users develop information literacy essential for life-long learning and becoming well-informed, reflective global citizens. We are part of the Academic Affairs division that administratively builds our college commitment to student success through a strong curriculum, excellent teaching, and scholarly research. Our commitment includes fostering student preparation for the workplace or graduate school and for life-long learning. As SUNY Plattsburgh is an institution that delivers challenging and high-quality educational experiences to a diverse group of learners, the successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to diversity, inclusion, and equity-minded policies, programs, and practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in information and/or library science, from an ALA-accredited school or an ALA-approved foreign equivalent, by time of appointment. As such, we welcome applications from recent MLIS graduates and current MLIS students who will earn the degree by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and administrators

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or demonstrated interest in the following areas: teaching or instruction, providing research help, and/or programming and outreach
  • Experience working, interning, or volunteering at a library
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated evidence of good communication and interpersonal skills

$51,027 minimum, plus excellent benefits

About Our University
SUNY Plattsburgh, home of the Cardinals, is part of the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. The university offers a diverse selection of more than 60 academic programs across three schools – Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, and Education, Health & Human Services. Many of these programs are highly ranked and carry strong national and regional reputations that allow students to work with highly skilled faculty who prepare them to excel in their chosen fields and industries upon graduation. Our campus prioritizes enrollment growth and stabilization, student success, equity and inclusion, and engagement with our North Country region as our four pillars of success. And we are committed to providing each and every Cardinal student a high quality liberal arts education grounded in academic excellence and a well-rounded college experience.

SUNY Plattsburgh is a destination campus located in northern New York between the iconic Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. The campus is a short walk from historic downtown Plattsburgh, New York, where area residents have access to a wide array of arts, food, and events throughout the year, and just over a 1 hour car ride from the cities of Burlington, Vermont, Montreal, Quebec, and Lake Placid, New York, which is best known by locals as a former site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Open Until Filled
To receive full consideration, supply all requested documents by: 03/31/2024

Special Instructions to Applicants
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, a one-page statement regarding equity and inclusion, and contact information for three current professional references. Additional information may be requested at a later step in the process. Official transcripts from an accredited institution will be required prior to employment.

EEO Statement
SUNY Plattsburgh is an equal opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity. As an equal opportunity employer and a government contractor subject to VEVRAA, SUNY Plattsburgh complies with hiring regulations regarding sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and veteran status.

Pay Equity Statement
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

– Posted 3/10/24

Part-Time Library Director – Butterfield Library / Westminster Institute (Westminster, VT)

The Butterfield Library has a part-time position for a skilled and energetic Library Director. We are looking for candidates excited to bring new and creative ideas to shape our library of the future. In addition to managing the library, the Director will develop new programs and activities, expand community outreach, and create a welcoming space for people of all ages to enjoy and learn.

The position is approximately 17-20 hours a week, at the rate of $21-$23 per hour, with limited benefits. Some evening and/or weekend hours are included. The schedule will be developed in coordination with the successful candidate after assessing the current schedule. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to or, Butterfield Library Trustees. The position is open until filled.

For a description of the position and more detail, go to:

The Butterfield Library, part of the Westminster Institute located in Westminster village, has a 100-year history of serving the community.

– Posted 3/5/24

Technical Services Librarian – Brooks Memorial Library (Brattleboro, VT)

Title: Technical Services Librarian Department: Brooks Memorial Library

Nature of work: Responsible for cataloging and classifying library materials in all formats (books, electronic resources, serials, media, and realia). Supervises clerical acquisitions duties, print and non-print processing, repair, and serials management. Assists the Library Director with collection maintenance and may act as Director in Library Director’s absence.

Work Schedule: Full-time 37.5 hours per week; Monday – Friday including Saturdays in schedule rotation and evenings as required.

Wages: FY’24 $25.26 per hour.

Supervision Received: Receives supervision from Library Director.

Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision of Technical Services personnel; currently includes one Acquisitions/Mending Clerk.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Catalogs and classifies all new Library materials, print and non-print, including Reference and Children’s.
  • Performs original cataloging as required.
  • Recruits and trains personnel under their supervision and evaluates annually.
  • Develops cataloging policies, and workflows, and creates procedures for all TS work throughout the library.
  • Responsible for database quality and accuracy within the consortium environment, includes adding and deleting titles/items; merging bib records; enhancing existing cataloging when necessary.
  • Maintains library database by assessing lost or missing items and replacing or updating when appropriate.
  • Removes bib and item records for cancelled or weeded items.
  • Runs regular reports to assess health of collection and engages in routine weeding practices for adult print and non-print collections.
  • Oversees acquisitions clerk and serial order management.
  • Collaborates with Library Director to order Library materials and handles communications with vendors as needed.
  • Suggests new purchases for the adult print and non-print collection to ensure a diverse and updated collection.
  • Imports and uploads accurate MARC order records for adult and children’s items from vendors or OCLC.
  • Works with library staff regarding acquisitions from all sources (vendors, donations, grants, etc.).
  • Supervises the physical processing of new items as well as deaccessioning.
  • Monitors cancelled items and reorders from alternate sources when appropriate.
  • Replaces items due to poor condition and long overdue items that have holds attached.
  • Orders extra copies of in-demand items to satisfy holds ratio when appropriate.
  • Consults with circulation staff to Evaluate damaged or worn materials for repair, replace, or removal.
  • Provides monthly collection and acquisition statistics and provides additional statistics as needed.
  • May supervise circulation staff in the absence of other supervisors.
  • May staff Circulation desk as needed.
  • Performs special weeding projects and collection management as needed.
  • Represents the library at CLN Catalogers’ meetings, at occasional Board of Trustees meetings and at other meetings or gatherings as needed.

Non-Essential Duties and Tasks: The responsibilities and duties listed above are examples of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The work of Technical Services is multi-faceted and requires flexible and consistent attention to many moving parts. This work affects that of the entire library and a consistently robust workload should be expected. Assists in any library service as required in an emergency.

Competencies Needed:

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying, unless specifically stated as required.

  • Master’s degree in Library Studies required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years cataloging or relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with Technical Services (acquisition, cataloging, & serials) departmental functions and procedures. With direct ordering, Baker & Taylor Title Source 3670. Including Prenax, serials cataloging and serials check-in.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of catalog standards and practices including but not limed to Dewey Decimal Classification, LCSH, MARC formats AACRD and RDA. Understands the latest professional cataloging and classification rules, and library processing conventions. Keeps up to date with relevant changes.
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion and cataloging a variety of formats (monographs, serials, resources, and others).
  • Knowledge and experience with the circulation functions of the Integrated Library System and electronic devices. Experience with Koha library services platform is preferred. Working knowledge of SQL, comfort with Excel and keen interest in data collection is ideal.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and visual. Sense of humor appreciated.
  • Flexibility, with excellent time management and high attention to detail and capacity to prioritize tasks. Ability to balance multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment, including the ability to use common computer applications. Ability to use the computer software applications specific to the department.
  • Willingness to examine existing systems and refine or improve them as necessary. Must be forward-thinking and open to innovation and change.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment on difficult or complex tasks.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, and tact in engaging with the public and co-workers, making proper disposition of problems and appointments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and volunteers from the Town as well as from other agencies and the public. • Knowledgeable in techniques and practices for dealing with individuals from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups in person, on the telephone and/or any form of communication.
  • Must be able to learn and retain instructions, policies and procedures and continue to learn new methods and stay current within field. • Ability to actively support Town diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. Light strength demands include exerting up to 40 pounds+ with accommodations as necessary. Physical Demands: Continuously requires sitting, handling, visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, hearing, and talking. Occasionally requires lifting, carrying, reaching, kneeling, pushing/pulling, climbing, bending, and twisting. Equipment use, such as office telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, camera, mode of transportation with frequent traveling between departments and events, and cell phone, laptop with repetitive keyboarding motions.

Union Status: Union represented by the Local 98; new hires are on a 1-year probationary period from date of hire or transfer.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly employee).

The Town of Brattleboro is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ applicants, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply, recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.

– Posted 2/28/24

Children & Youth Services Librarian – Manchester Community Library (Manchester Center, VT)

Reports to:  Executive Director

Status: Full-time onsite, including some evenings and Saturdays. Part-time is possible for a highly qualified candidate.

The Role
The Manchester Community Library seeks an energetic Children & Youth Services Librarian who loves young people. You will assist MCL’s Program Director to creatively plan, develop, and implement services and programs for toddlers, kids, tweens, teens, and their families. You will collaborate with our Collections Development Librarian to select, order, catalog, inventory, and weed materials, primarily for children’s and youth collections. You are a highly motivated individual with proven success in working with children and teens. Strong interpersonal, technology, and communication skills will complement your ability to plan, coordinate, collaborate, and serve our community stakeholders.

Education / Experience
A Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and/or Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship, and 3 or more years of working with children and youth in a library or school setting is strongly preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates without an MLIS degree are expected to complete Vermont Certification within 3 years.

Enthusiasm for MCL’s mission, vision, and values  • Thorough knowledge of best library practices for children and youth • Exceptional relationship management and communication skills • Ability to work effectively with varied stakeholders • Familiarity with Koha Integrated Library Systems • Excellent technology skills, including Google Workspace • Self-directed, with excellent time management, judgment, and creative problem-solving skills • Personal attributes include passion, integrity, honesty, and positive attitude • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The following list comprises the primary job responsibilities; it is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all activities that may be required.

Collaborate with the Collections Development Librarian to select, order, catalog, inventory, and weed materials, primarily for children’s and youth collections • Partner with the Program Director and library team to plan, develop, and implement services and programs • Coordinate and train library staff and volunteers • Support programs with events, acquisitions, exhibits, grant development, and reports • Collaboratively help organize and run summer programs • Identify and track key budget and expense performance indicators • Assist in the development of communications and promotion of library services and programs • Engage in ongoing professional development • Embrace a welcoming, patron-first culture with regular help desk coverage • Support local schools and community groups to develop and expand children and teen services


Salary range: $42,000 – $48,000 annually

The excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, and generous leave policies. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Edward Surjan, Executive Director,

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. Other duties may be assigned.

The Manchester Community Library is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

– Posted 2/27/24

Liaison Librarian – Vermont State University (Johnson, VT)

The Vermont State College System (VSCS Libraries) are seeking a Liaison Librarian based on the Vermont State University (VTSU) campus in Johnson, Vermont. The Liaison Librarians communicate with, support, and educate faculty and students at VTSU and the Community College of Vermont (CCV) in their assigned liaison departments or programs by offering reference, instructional resources, and other services to support teaching, research, course activities, and assignments.

You can learn more about the position and apply at

– Posted 2/15/24

Part-Time Library Assistant – Jericho Town Library (Jericho, VT)

Jericho Town Library (JTL) is excited to announce an opportunity to join our small team as a Library Assistant, with a special focus on coordinating programs and services in our emerging Makerspace. This is a new role at the library, and the successful candidate will help shape the Makerspace as it grows. Up to 9 hours per week, $15/hour.

As part of our mission to enrich the community and inspire lifelong learning, Jericho Town Library established the Makerspace in 2022 on the second floor of our building. A haven for creativity and innovation, the Makerspace includes art supplies, crafting materials, LEGOs, LEGO robotics, Cubelets, and a 3D printer. For most of its existence, the Makerspace has been unstaffed, and kids aged 7 to 18 have been encouraged to explore its tools and materials independently. We are looking for someone who can help us to organize the space, manage the 3d printer, and develop more structured programs for kids and adults. Prior experience with Makerspaces is NOT required, and training will be provided.

The successful candidate will also assist with traditional library operations, such as circulation, shelving, and readers’ advisory.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for visitors
  • Assist patrons in locating and utilizing library resources
  • Collaborate with other staff and community partners to develop and facilitate programming in the Makerspace
  • Manage 3D printing services
  • Create and maintain systems for keeping Makerspace materials, tools, and projects organized
  • Staff the circulation desk
  • Open and/or close the library on occasion
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Experience working with kids and/or teens
  • Enthusiasm for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) activities
  • Willingness to learn to use new technologies

This is a part-time, non-benefited position with up to 10 hours per week, which will include some evening and/or weekend hours. The schedule will be developed in coordination with the successful candidate. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Catherine, our library director: Priority will be given to applications received before Tuesday, February 27th, 2024.

Accessibility note: JTL has served our community for more than a century, and our building is almost 200 years old. Please be advised that our historic building is not yet ADA compliant. We are working hard on an accessibility project to make sure that all members of the community can access our space, but the building is currently only accessible via staircase.

– Posted 2/14/24