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Library Director, Ashland Public Library (Ashland)

The Town of Ashland (12.9 sq. mi., pop. 16,593), a dynamic, thriving community in Metrowest Boston, is seeking a qualified, experienced, and energetic leader for the position of Public Library Director to navigate the prominent Ashland Public Library through its next chapter. Reporting to the Town Manager and working collegially with our Board of Library Trustees and Town agencies, the Library Director will craft new techniques of collaboration and outreach. The Town seeks a champion of our closely held values: responsive and welcoming assistance for patrons, development of staff, extraordinary benefit to the community, and innovation. Ashland is an engaged and diverse community, proud of our history, celebrating our advancements.

The Library Director is responsible for implementing and promoting the vision of the Ashland Public Library. The Director plans and organizes the activities, programs, and services of the Library according to perceived needs of the community, Town departments, and seasonal demand.
Administers library services through subordinates in the functional areas of information services, loans, acquisitions, events, instruction, equipment repair, video and other communications projects, and facilities management.
Performs near term and long range planning for development services.
Develops system improvements as needed.
Prepares budget and program recommendations. Administers adopted budget.
Oversees the collection and accounting of fees and charges.
Supervises the employment and performance evaluation of staff members.
Administers personnel regulations and a collective bargaining agreement for employees.
Prepares narrative and statistical reports for the Town Manager and the Board of Library Trustees as requested.
Plans agenda items and coordinates records and materials of the Board of Library Trustees.
Prepares policy and recommends fees for Board of Library Trustees review and advisement.
Plans and implements procedures to augment library goals and services through Friends of the Library, and in cooperation worth community educational, cultural, civic organizations.
Presents special programs, such as book reviews, lectures, and instructional activities to extend library services and facilities into the community.
Attends night meetings as required by position.

The Town of Ashland's ideal location midway between Boston and Worcester provides easy access to the interstate highway system and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Ashland was, in earlier times, a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. Once the original starting point of the world famous Boston Marathon, which still runs through Ashland, the town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Ashland, although predominantly residential, is committed to a close working relationship with its business community. Today, Ashland celebrates its centuries-old landmarks, beaches, parks, conservation areas, and annual art celebrations. Grounded in our history, we are thoughtfully cultivating our future.

With an operating budget of $400,000 and staff of 9, Ashland Public Library serves our diverse community of residents and is, indeed, a town treasure. Please visit The library’s history dates back to 1881. Popular since the day it opened, the library steadily grew in its reach and size. Tenacious library advocates, seeking additional space, saw the first library completed in 1904. In 2005, renovation and expansion of our current, centrally located library was completed. A new and exciting milestone now awaits Ashland Public Library as we redefine the Library in this new world in which we find ourselves. We continue the library’s legacy and rally with our community’s engagement and enthusiasm. As we ready for our next chapter, we drive forward our proud tradition of literacy and learning, connection, and historical preservation.


*Certificate of Professional Librarianship issued by the MBLC
*A minimum of five(5) or more years of progressively responsible public library experience including three (3) or more years of supervisory experience.
*Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
*Strong budgetary management experience
*Passionate commitment to community and unwavering belief in the role that public libraries play in our communities 
*Proactive, problem-solving mindset and a collaborative, flexible style
*Demonstrated skill in team-building, organization, and resource and collection development
*Knowledge of compliance and state statutes relating to the operation of a municipal library 

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$80,000 - $90,000

Closing Date


How to Apply

Interested and want to make a difference? Applicants should submit a cover letter and a resume, along with an application at An application, cover letter and resumes may also be sent to or by mail to: Human Resources Department, 101 Main St., Ashland, MA 01721. AA/EOE.


2021-01-22 |  Quick link to this job