Assistant Library Director, Middleborough Public Library, Middleborough MA

The Middleborough Public Library is looking for an energetic, upbeat and flexible person to fill the position of part-time Assistant Library Director. The position will be 30 hours per week with benefits beginning on or about January 2, 2014. One evening per week, alternate Saturdays and one Sunday per month with differential are required.

The Assistant Library Director is responsible for supervising other part-time staff and for assisting the Director in numerous administrative tasks including but not limited to scheduling, record keeping, programing and supply acquisitions. The Assistant Director directs the staff and oversees operations in the absence of the Director. Some circulation desk work will also be required.

An MLS from an ALA accredited program is required. 3 years experience, working in a progressively responsible professional position required, supervisory experience preferred.The successful candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office Software applications and knowledgeable in current social media trends. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Ability to relate to patrons and staff with professional friendliness, patience, tact and resourcefulness.

Salary: Starting salary is $23.02 / hour in accordance with the contract between the Middleborough Library Staff Association and the Town of Middleborough.

Closing Date: December 2, 2013

Send Resumes to:
Danielle Bowker
Library Director
Middleborough Public Library
102 North Main St.
Middleborough, MA 02346 (emails accepted, no faxes please)

Job Description

Administrative, technical, supervisory and direct service work in assisting the Library Director to plan and direct the programs, staff and operations of the public library; all other related work as required.

Works independently under the direction of the Library Director. Supervises all part-time para-librarians.


Essential Functions

  •  Represents the Library, directs the staff and oversees operations in the absence of the Director
  •  Participates in organizational decisions as part of the library's management team
  •  Prepares payroll and approves invoice payments in the absence of the Director
  •  Assists the Director in budget preparation, planning and developing procedures
  •  Assists the Director in developing policies for Board of Trustees review and approval
  •  Works with other professional librarians to develop and schedule programs for adult and teen library users
  •  Develops work schedules
  •  Assists with personnel issues, including maintaining personnel records and conducting interviews
  •  Maintains daily and monthly financial and statistical records
  •  Prepares necessary reports for Board of Trustees and annual Town Report
  •  Liaison to purchasing cooperative and library vendors, orders supplies and materials
  •  Keeps current with technological and patron trends in information services, attends professional conferences and meetings
  •  Performs general circulation desk and reference functions and assists patrons with computers as needed
  •  Participates in website and social media management
  •  Promotes the Library within the community

Job Environment

  •  Work is performed under typical library conditions; the noise level is moderate at times; library hours requires evening and weekend work.
  •  Operates standard office equipment in a normal office environment.
  •  Has frequent contact with the general public, other Town departments and other library staff;
  •  Has access to department-related confidential information, including personnel records, patron records, long-range planning information and budgetary information.
  •  Performs similar or related work as required or as situation dictates.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

  •  Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school
  •  Three years of professional experience in public library, supervisory experience preferred
  •  Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

  •  Proficient in Microsoft Office Software applications
  •  Experience with automated library systems and library networks
  •  Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  •  Possess excellent organizational skills
  •  Ability to analyze complex issues and develop relevant and realistic plans and recommendations
  •  Proven ability to build working relationships with staff, Trustees, Friends groups, educators, patrons and public officials
  •  Knowledge for current social media trends

Physical Requirements

  •  Moderate physical effort generally required in performing functions under typical library conditions
  •  Intermittent standing, walking, bending, reaching, crouching, climbing and similar activity related to library work
  •  May be required to lift and carry books weighing up to 30 pounds
  •  May be required to move and arrange office furniture such as chairs and tables
  •  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges; work functions involve close work with books, library materials and computers
  •  Ability to operate a keyboard at efficient speed

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