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Library Director, Emily Williston Memorial Library (Easthampton)

The Board of Trustees of the Emily Williston Memorial Library seeks a full-time, innovative, energetic, and experienced library professional to serve as Library Director. The Director will play a significant role in the library's future development as it evolves to keep up with societal and technological needs and changes. Working closely with the Library Board of Trustees, the Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the library, the financial management of the library and enforces policies put in place by the Public Library Association of Easthampton (PLAE).


1.       Administer daily operations of the library including personnel, collection development, fiscal, physical plant, and programmatic functions. 
2.      Act as technical advisor to the board and ensure staff representation at all Friends’ board meetings.
3.      Apprise PLAE Executive Board of need for new policies as well as policy revisions; formulate policies and rationale as needed.
4.      Implement the policies of the library as adopted by the board; keep Friends apprised of all library policies.
5.      Develop and implement an updated long-range plan including coordinating input from the Board, Emily's Friends, staff, and the community.
6.      Implement an ongoing marketing program that involves staff, PLAE Board, and Friends.
7.       In consultation with Executive Board, prepare an annual budget for the library; present the current expenditure report budget at board meetings;
          make the Friends aware of the needs of the library.
8.      Ensure that the library meets all Massachusetts statutory and regulatory requirements to maintain certification and qualify for state aid and is in
         compliance with MBLC requirements for public libraries.
9.      Maintain eligibility for grants offered by MBLC and apply for relevant grants.  
10.    Educate Board and Friends regarding current local, state, and federal library laws and pending library legislation.  
11.     Articulate a clear message about what the library needs and why it matters for use in advocacy initiatives, including relations with local and state
         government officials.
12.    Provide written reports at and participate in all Board and Friends meetings; ensure that there is a staff liaison to the Friends.
13.    Affiliate with state and national professional organizations and attend professional meetings and workshops.
14.    Other duties as assigned.


A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, three years of professional public library experience with at least one year of supervisory experience preferred. A Certificate of Professional Librarianship issued by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is required within the first two months of employment. Experience with library management, grant writing, technology, personnel administration, library marketing and fundraising, financial management, public and local government relationships.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$63,000.00 - $67,500.00  / year

Closing Date

August 16th

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, employment application, and three professional references to: Employment applications can be found at If you have questions or need more information, please email the Library Trustees at


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