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Library Director, Tyler Memorial Library (Charlemont)

The Trustees of the Tyler Memorial Library are seeking a Director.  The library serves the rural western Massachusetts towns of Charlemont and Hawley with a combined population of approximately 1600.  The Director is responsible for all aspects of the library’s management, operations, and program of services.  BA/BS required, MLS preferred or certification from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.   Position is part time:  17 hours per week, including  four hours on Saturday.    Salary:  $14,793.

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Full/Part Time

Part Time





Closing Date


How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and three letters of professional reference to Evelyn Locke, Library Trustee Chair at or PO Box 518, Charlemont, MA 01339

Position Title: Library Director

Reports to: Board of Library Trustees

Date: January 8, 2021

General Summary:

The library director is responsible for the management and operation of the library and its program of services in accordance with policies established by the Board of Library Trustees. The director works in close cooperation with the Board of Library Trustees, serving as its advisor and as an active participant in policy and budget development, goal setting, long range planning, and evaluation. The Board delegates to the Director full authority in such areas as collection development, budget management, and personnel administration, selection, and supervision. 


The position is directly accountable to the board of library trustees.

Essential Job Functions:

Supervise library services, operations, and activities, including but not limited to overall collection development, materials selection and purchase, weeding, cataloging, and other technical service operations; reference, children’s, young adult, adult, and other services including inter-library loans, provided to the general public

Develop the library’s collection in accordance with a Board-approved collection development policy

Develop and implement library programming for both adults and children

Safeguard freedom from censorship of library materials; implement the selection policy so that different points of view on controversial issues are represented

Oversee the library space. Ensure that furnishings, equipment, and supplies are available and in proper condition. Report problems to the proper authority

Assist and encourage patrons in using library resources, including the use of technology

Arrange for service to patrons unable to come to the library as time and finances permit

Publicize library services and encourage their use through website development, social media, newspaper articles, displays, and special events

Manage all aspects of the library’s budget, including initial preparation of annual budget recommendations for Board approval and participation in presentation to municipal officials

Oversee the expenditure of funds and maintenance of financial records

Notify Trustees of grant monies available. Apply for grants to enhance services and facilities with the approval of the Trustees. Implement and administer grant funds.

Serve as the library’s liaison with municipal government, school department, civic groups and the community in general

Speak before groups and boards as required

Generate various reports including annual report to the town and reports for the Board of Trustees as requested. Compile statistics and prepare reports for the Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as necessary

Participate, with the Board of Library Trustees, in a continuing formal planning process which identifies and addresses community and library needs, provides direction for library development, and serves as the basis for evaluation of library effectiveness in relation to changing community needs 

Attend all Board meetings, report on library activities and important issues, participate actively in discussion, and contribute ideas and suggestions during the decision making process

Make policy recommendations to the Board. Policies should include, but not necessarily be limited to, collection development, personnel, use of library facilities, and circulation of materials

Implement and interpret policies adopted by the Board

Advise the Board in library matters and keep it informed of relevant issues and developments at the regional, state, and national levels

Closely monitor local, state, and federal laws and regulations applicable to library operation and take action to ensure compliance as appropriate

Attend, when possible, regional, informational, and promotional meetings and maintain a close liaison with the Massachusetts Library System

Perform other similar or related duties as required or as a situation dictates

Skills/Experience/Training Required

Educational qualifications at least equal to those specified for Library Directors in Massachusetts Minimum Standards for Free Public Library Service for communities in the appropriate population range
General knowledge of library principles and practices
Ability and desire to work with diverse ages and cultural populations
Ability to speak and write effectively and clearly
Leadership ability and a high degree of motivation, initiative, and resourcefulness
Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision making
Intellectual curiosity and an appreciation of libraries and literature
Competent and comfortable with technology and the on-line environment

Supervisory Responsibility

Recruit and select personnel and volunteers with the approval of the Board of Library Trustees
Responsible to train, supervise, and evaluate personnel and volunteers

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, kneel, crouch, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls. The employee needs to speak, hear, and see both at a distance and at close range.
Occasional periods of physical exertion, requiring ability to lift, carry, and position objects up to 30 pounds
Required to perform work under typical office conditions
Operate standard office equipment and hand tools
Attendance at evening meetings is occasionally required


Will be reviewed annually by the Library Board of Trustees


2021-01-08 |  Quick link to this job