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105 Ramsdell Lane
Barrington, NH 03825

Library Director Job Posting and Job Description

The Barrington (NH) Public Library Board of Trustees is currently seeking a dynamic,innovative and dedicated Library Director to lead a heavily used community resource into the future.
Appointed by an elected Board of seven Library Trustees and under its general direction, the Library Director has overall administrative responsibility for the provision of public library services. The position requires independent judgment, initiative and decision-making, as well as frequent interaction with the community, town officials and senior staff, local groups and organizations.

The Library Director administers, develops, plans and/or oversees all aspects of library operations, including personnel selection, supervision and performance evaluations of a staff of seven plus volunteers; budgeting and expenditures; collection development and maintenance; materials processing; building and grounds maintenance; automation and the use of appropriate technology; programming; marketing; policies, plans and procedures; reports and presentations; and community and vendor relations. The Director will also be working closely with library trustees on implementing the library’s Long Range Plan, which includes a new library construction project.

The successful candidate will serve as an ambassador within the community, advocating and promoting the library’s mission by demonstrating enthusiasm, creativity, and an understanding and respect for the needs, interests and demands of the community. S/he must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a thorough working knowledge of modern library policies, practices, technologies and trends; and strong people and task management skills.

With a population approaching 9,000, Barrington is situated approximately 70 miles north of Boston, MA, and is within 40 minutes of both Concord and Manchester, NH, 20 minutes west of Portsmouth and is adjacent to the UNH Durham campus. Residents enjoy the town’s rural character, with actively managed conservation properties and a myriad of hiking trails, In addition, the town has a robust Recreation Department that offers a wide range of activities for all ages.

The position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible library experience, and at least three (3) years of supervisory experience, preferably in a public library setting. This is a full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position, and includes regular evening meetings and occasional weekend hours. The library offers a competitive salary range ($51,396 – 63,294) as well as a town benefits package. Starting salary will be dependent upon the candidate’s level of experience and qualifications.

A complete job description can be found below. Applicants seeking consideration should submit a statement of their interest and qualifications, resume and three professional references to Lindsey Maziarz, Search Committee Chair, at NO DROP-IN OR PAPER APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED. Applications received by December 20, 2017 will be given priority consideration. Position will remain open until filled.
The Barrington Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Barrington Public Library 
Director Job Description
Library Director
Job Description

Reports To: Board of Trustees, which is solely responsible for the hiring, discharge, evaluation and setting of the salary of the Library Director.

General Summary 
Serves as the Director of the Library under the general direction of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing all aspects of the Library. The Director ensures conformity with the mission/goals/objectives and policies established by the Board of Trustees, in accordance with municipal, state and federal laws and regulations. Recommends to the Board of Trustees the appointment of all employees.
The Director is accountable for major areas of responsibility:
  • All public relations with the Town, vendors, patrons, other community organizations and the public
  • Maintains the good will of patrons, the public, and town officials to determine community interests and develop responsive new programs and services
  • Develops and maintains technology, including planning and implementation in conjunction with IT staff.
  • Sustains a viable collection
  • Manages, trains, and develops staff
  • Orders supplies and materials as needed
  • Works with the Board of Trustees and town staff to maintain the library facility
  • Schedules employees and maintains necessary records
  • Develops and administers the operating budget
  • Publicizes and promotes library programs, events and services
  • Oversees all of the responsibilities of the library staff and volunteers
  • Delegates responsibility for specific aspects of library operations as appropriate
Essential Library Administration Duties 
  • Set library policies and procedures in conjunction with the Library Board of Trustees and carry out all policy changes.
  • Develop long-range and short-range goals, plan for facilities upgrades, technology, and staffing in conjunction with the Library Trustees.
  • Work continually to identify community needs and changes in demographics that will affect how library services are provided.
  • Interview, hire, train, supervise, and review performance of all library staff, including custodial staff, in order to ensure efficient operation.
  • Encourage staff development through in-house training, staff meetings, and allow opportunities for educational seminars and classes.
  • Schedule all staff in order to provide consistent coverage; assure coverage for all positions during absences and vacations to maintain program and service offerings.
  • Ensure time sheets are monitored and submitted promptly.
  • Train and supervise volunteers.
  • Listen to, and respond to suggestions from staff and patrons.
Budgeting, Financial Management, Facilities and Equipment:
  • Prepare the annual budget in conjunction with the Trustees.
  • Manage library budget and other income, including library checkbooks, savings accounts, donated monies, and Town funds.
  • Attend to the physical condition of the library in conjunction with hired custodial staff and town maintenance crews.  Recommend repairs as needed, contract and oversee repair and maintenance work throughout the building and grounds.
  • Oversee the library computer network, online card catalog, and full-service web page.  Oversee updates to web information, network security, and maintenance of the library database, working with technical staff to attain goals.  
  • Review need for and acquisition of maintenance contracts on all software and equipment.
  • Schedule use of library facilities (meeting rooms) by staff and the public.
  • Decide upon weather closures, notify staff and the public.
Essential Maintenance and Development of Library Collections and Equipment
  • Select library materials from reliable review sources to meet the current needs of the population.
  • Select items for deletion from the collection based upon usage, condition, and usability.
  • Ensure that all historical items such as Town Reports, rare out-of-print books, local papers, etc. are housed properly and repaired/rebound professionally to ensure the continued use by residents.  Includes digitizing old photos or documents where necessary.
  • Purchase all library materials, supplies and equipment; keep a full inventory of all items purchased and insurance values. 
  • Oversee inventory of the library collection every 5 years, or sections on a rotating basis.
  • Catalog all library materials and maintain computer records of such items with staff assistance.
  • Attend A/V SILC cooperative meetings for materials swaps and information.
  • Seek and secure grants, donations, and other contributions from outside sources, including bequests and setting up trust funds.
  • Evaluate space needs and oversee facility configuration changes.
  • Work with vendors to get the best price discounts available.
  • Explore new digital formats and institute/purchase such digital resources as they become available and affordable.
  • Oversee donations and assess suitability for the collection. Oversee maintenance of the book sale area where other items are put for sale to the public.
  • Keep current with new library technologies trends, practices, and philosophies through professional reading, membership in professional organizations, and attendance at conferences.
Essential Reporting Duties
  • Present a monthly written report to the Library Trustees, keeping them informed of upcoming events, operational needs, budgetary concerns, or problems that need their attention.
  • Attend all Trustee meetings and any pertinent meetings of other Town Boards.
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings with the Town Administrator.
  • Prepare annual town and state reports.
  • Maintain statistics records (circulation, acquisitions, bank balances, discard counts, patron use numbers, etc.)
  • Speak at professional conferences to share successes and ideas and/or serve on statewide committees.
  • Report to agencies about grant or volunteer employees working under federal or state programs at the library.
  • Report to the Town auditor yearly with any required documentation
Essential Outreach/Public Services
  • Facilitate outreach services such as homebound book delivery, food pantry book baskets, and school visits.
  • Work with the Friends of the Library group to promote library services and raise funds.
  • Work with school officials, teachers, and school library personnel to promote library use and services, including ILL to the schools.
  • Work with other community organizations as needed on special programs. 
  • Promote services through radio, newspaper, civic group visits, posters, Cable Channel 26, online venues and newsletters.
  • Plan and direct special projects involving library promotion.
  • Accept and acknowledge promptly any gifts to the library.
  • Deal with any difficult patron situations or complaints concerning services or materials.
  • Work well with the public, assisting at the circulation desk, answering advanced reference questions and database questions, modeling good customer service to other staff, and assisting patrons in the location of materials.
  • Coordinate all programming for patrons, including computer classes, author visits, and educational/literary events, including book groups.
  • Help the Children’s/YA librarian in chaperoning Teen Advisory Board events.
  • Maintain a friendly, open, approachable environment for all library patrons.
  • Maintain professional conduct and appearance at all times.
Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • A Master’s of Library Science Degree from an accredited university or college.
  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience; public library experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of current library methods, practices and procedures, including administration, ordering, processing, classification, reference, technology, and cataloging.
  • Knowledge of current municipal, state, and federal laws relating to library operations and policies.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including computer use and advanced reference skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Trustees, employees, Town and school officials, other agencies and departments, and the general public.
  • Operational knowledge of computer hardware, software, databases and office machinery.  Must have the ability and willingness to learn new technologies as they develop and incorporate such technologies into programming.
  • Positive and professional public image.
Working Conditions
  • Normal office environment with high computer and phone usage; standard office desk and chair.  Carpeted and tile floors.
  • Regular interruptions to assist the staff and public
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs frequently.  Carrying/lifting 25-50 lbs occasionally. Carrying/Lifting over 50 lbs infrequently.
  • Reaching at, above or below, shoulder height is frequently required.
  • Pushing/pulling required frequently for movement of book carts.
  • Frequently grasps and handles items, finger dexterity required for typing and control of other office equipment such as telephones, copy and fax machines, and calculators.  Torquing not required.
  • Physical considerations; bending, squatting, crouching, twisting, balancing, climbing and kneeling all required at some time during duties. Crawling rarely required.
  • During an 8 hour day this employee is required to sit for between 4-8 hours, stand for between 2-4 hours, and Walk for 1-4 hours.
Cognitive & Sensory Requirements:
  • Talking: Necessary for communication with patrons, staff, and others.
  • Hearing: Necessary for receiving instructions, queries from patrons, and requests from staff.
  • Sight: Necessary for doing job effectively and correctly.
  • Tasting & Smelling: Not Required.
Summary of Occupational Exposures:
  • Exposure to dust, mold, mildew, and copy machine toner, and occasionally to cleaning and book processing fluids.
Personnel Issues
  • Library employees are governed by the Barrington Public Library personnel policy.
  • Termination procedures for this position shall follow Section 202-A: 17 of the NH Library Laws.  
  • 40-hour/week position; salaried with benefits, with salary set on Grade 22 of the Town’s salary scale.
  • Some evening and weekend hours required for meetings and special programs.
 Approved:  October 2017