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Library Director, Witherle Memorial Library (Castine, ME)

Library Director, Witherle Memorial Library, Castine, Maine

Our 17th century town has a 21st century library, and our new Library Director will be the face and the voice of our mission.
This leadership opportunity in Castine, Maine will tap talents, acumen, flexibility, and resourcefulness. Working with our Board of Trustees and local organizations, you will create new avenues of collaboration and outreach. You’ll champion a welcoming vibe in our library, empower your staff, demonstrate the library’s value to the community, and bring innovative best practices to library management. 

We are an involved and vested community, proud of our history and historical town treasures. In Castine, you will find encouraging support as the library continues to strengthen its role as a center for lifelong learning, exploration, and connection.  Sounds interesting? We encourage accomplished “librarian managers,” those who lead by example, to consider this opportunity. What we know for sure? No two days will ever be the same, you will drive progress — and you will make a difference.

The Library Director is responsible for implementing and promoting the vision of the Witherle Memorial Library and for providing leadership, knowledge, and judgment across these areas: 1) Planning and vision setting, 2) Leadership and governance, 3) Library culture and values, 4) Community involvement, 5)  Staff management, 6) Fiscal planning and management, and 7) Resource and facilities management.  Please see the full job description on the library’s website at  

Welcome to Castine, Maine — a Downeast community just 2.5 hours north and east of Portland, rich in history, arts and culture, and the most beautiful harbor on the east coast (a quote from many sailors). Please visit  Steeped in history, architecturally preserved, rich in culture, adorned by elms and surrounded by the sea, a visit to Castine Maine will invigorate your spirit and energize your soul. Known for its scenic landscapes and maritime tradition, Castine is also the proud home of the celebrated Maine Maritime Academy.  Come to Castine, Maine – Under the Elms and By the Sea!

With an operating budget of $232,000 and staff of 4, Witherle Memorial Library serves our diverse community of 806 residents and is, indeed, a Castine town treasure. Please visit

The history of Witherle Memorial Library begins with the forming of a social library in 1801 (a private collection of books accessible only by paid subscription). The town of Castine took over this organization in 1827, and in 1855, became the first community in Maine to establish a library for a municipality. In 1901, the library moved its books to the town hall until the completion of a new building in 1913. The land and the foundation for this new building were donated by George and Mary Witherle, local ship chandlers – and it is from them that the Witherle Memorial Library received its name. The library is part of the historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the library contains over 14,000 volumes that circulate 20,000 times a year to almost 1359 registered borrowers. With fully automated circulation, our collections include a wide variety of printed and digital sources. 



Closing Date: When the position is filled.

Open until filled; review of applications begins March 1

How to Apply

Applicants should submit 1) a letter of introduction, 2) resume, 3) three professional references, and 4) a one-page statement presenting your vision of the 21st-century public library via email to  Please include your last name in the title of each attached file. Please, no phone calls. Position start date is June 15, 2021.

The selected candidate must successfully pass a background check. All references will be thoroughly vetted.


• An inspiring sense of excitement and spirit that fuels the approach to library management and organizational leadership
• Passionate commitment to community and unwavering belief in the role that public libraries play in our communities 
• Hands-on knowledge of the principles and practices of 21st-century library management
• Proactive, problem-solving mindset; a collaborative, flexible style; and a drive to innovate
• Demonstrated skill in communication, team-building, organization, financial management, and resource and collection development
• Knowledge of compliance and state statutes relating to the operation of a municipal library 
• At least three years of relevant experience, including administrative, management, and supervisory roles
• MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited college or university

Full/Part Time

Full Time





Closing Date

When position is filled.

How to Apply

When we receive your information we will respond promptly. Jeff Ackerman, Chair Board of Trustees.


2021-04-14 |  Quick link to this job