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Chelsea Public Library Director, (Chelsea, VT)

Job Description
Maintains daily and long term library operations. Provides assistance to library patrons in all
library services such as answering research and information queries, cataloging materials,
managing collection development, and programming. This position requires that the employee
have good knowledge, skill, and ability in all phases of the public library field.
These tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Maintaining a friendly, welcoming and clean atmosphere in the library
  2. Overseeing and managing daily operations of the library
  3. Overseeing general circulation duties: checking items in and out, cataloging all materials,
    searching the catalog and placing holds
  4. Training and supervising staff and volunteers
  5. Creating, planning and providing educational, informational and enrichment programs for
    children and young adults which are consistent with the Chelsea Public Library’s mission
  6. Coordinating efforts of the Friends of Chelsea Public Library
  7. Purchasing books, movies, and audiobooks for inclusion into the collection. Resources
    such as Booklist or Library Journal should be used for review purposes. Patron requests
    will also be taken into account if the item the patron is requesting is new (publication
    date within 6 months).
  8. Managing the library’s technology such as Internet access, computers, printers, etc.
  9. Coordinating the Vermont Interlibrary Loan Program. This includes sending items
    requested by other libraries to these libraries, requesting items from other libraries for
    patrons and keeping necessary statistics. See Interlibrary Loan Policy for more
  10. Performing research and reference transactions with patrons. These could range
    anywhere from technology assistance to genealogy assistance.
  11. Assisting and advertising library databases such as Vermont Online Library, Listen Up!
  12. Directing or overseeing weeding of the library’s collection. Using CREW method or
    Wilson catalogs for assistance in what should stay and what should go
  13. Planning and developing adult programs and general community outreach/collaboration
  14. Advertising library events and information via word of mouth, print media and online
  15. Managing and updating the website, the library’s calendar (both online and in the library
    containing all events), and Facebook page, etc.
  16. Preparing monthly statistical and narrative reports for the Board of Trustees regarding
    library operations, use and upcoming events, and yearly statistics to the town as well as
    the state and the Department of Libraries
  17. Attending monthly board meetings
  18. Assisting in the preparation of the annual budget and maintaining the librarian’s budget
    for collection development, etc.
  19. Adhering to policies and procedures as established by the Chelsea Public Library Board
    of Trustees
  20. Overseeing Strategic Planning in conjunction with appropriate committees and Board of
  21. Affiliating with state and professional organizations and attending professional meetings
    and workshops.
  22. Deciding when to close the library due to inclement weather or emergency
  23. Working Saturday hours
  24. Performing other duties as needed

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● General knowledge of the principles and methods of modern library services including
automated systems and electronic and digital resources
● Strong organizational skills
● Strong communication skills
● Good written and verbal expression
● Ability to be a good listener
● Commitment to customer service
● Ability to identify patron needs and requirements
● Ability to initiate development of policies, procedures, programs and activities to meet
those needs
● Ability to work with minimal supervision
● Ability to delegate authority
● Ability to be trained in the various technological advances in the library profession such
as the utilization of computerized equipment and computer applications
● Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Required.
● Master of Library Science preferred.
● Vermont Public Library Certification preferred at start of tenure.
● 2-3 Years of Public Library Experience Required
Health insurance provided. Dental and vision excluded.
Salary & Hours
30-24 hours weekly, including Saturdays. The hourly rate is $25.50 per hour paid every 2
Reports to
The Chelsea Public Library Board of Trustees.

To apply

Send resume to: Kezia Frayjo, Library Chair, via email at: [email protected]