Director : Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Massachusetts launched a new eBook program, opened five new library buildings this fall, produced groundbreaking digitization projects, is lighting up 100 library facilities in a large-scale broadband initiative, and sponsors programs with Boston Bruins players and mascot to promote summer reading. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is at the center of innovative library services and seeks a Director with the vision and the practical know-how to keep us moving forward.

As Director, you will work with a motivated nine-member, Governor-appointed Commission and an award-winning staff in a creative environment that focuses on improving and developing library services for the Commonwealth. You will bring together political leaders, library agencies, the library community and others around important library issues. You will be responsible for planning, initiating, promoting and evaluating statewide library service programs. Programs include: State Aid to Public Libraries, the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program, direct LSTA grants to libraries, electronic resources, continuing education and resource sharing through the Massachusetts Library System and nine networks serving 400 libraries, trustee and friend advisory and training, and the Library for the Commonwealth at Boston Public Library. The MBLC also administers funding to provide services for residents with vision loss or physical disabilities through the Worcester Talking Book Library and the nationally-recognized Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library.

MBLC, the oldest state library agency in the country, has an annual budget of $22 million in state funds, $3 million in federal funds and approximately $20 million in capital public library construction funds. Join us in the Commonwealth where you’ll find innovative library services, world-class educational institutions, a vibrant arts and culture community, championship sports teams, and streets filled with history that helped shape our nation.

Our Director will have an ALA-accredited MLS, significant library experience with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends in libraries of all types and at least five years in an administrative capacity. He/She will have strong leadership and consensus building skills and be able to interact effectively with public officials, the library community and media.

MBLC representatives are available for informal informational interviews, at the ALA Midwinter Conference or by phone, prior to the application deadline. Search Committee members will be at the ALA Job Placement Center Open House on January 26th from 10:30-noon. To schedule a time, please contact Greg Pronevitz at 978-760-4767. If you are not attending ALA, you may contact Dianne Carty, Acting Director at 617-725-1860 x 222 for more information about the position.

Salary: Up to $118,000+, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline: Letter of application, résumé and Commonwealth of Massachusetts application form ( must be received by February 28, 2014.

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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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