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Library Director, Goshen Free Library (Goshen)

The Board of Trustees of the Goshen free Library seeks a Library Director.  The Director of the Goshen Free Library is responsible for daily operations and management of the Library and its program of services in accordance with the policies and procedures established by the Board of Library Trustees. The Director works in close cooperation wit the Board, serving as its advisor and as an active participant in policy and budget development, goal-setting, planning, and evaluation.  The Board delegates to the director a substantial measure of authority to develop the collection, to manage the Library’s budget, and to select and supervise volunteers and subordinate personnel. The position is directly accountable to the Board of Library Trustees. There will be a probation period; a more detailed job description is available on request.

Principal Duties:

- Open, close and operate the library in person during open hours
- Management of the library budget including preparation of monthly warrants
- Provision of reference and circulating services
- Selection of new materials for the library suitable for all ages, and in a range of print and non-print formats 
- Weeding of library materials according to several criteria, including demonstrating the historical value, frequency of circulation, and other factors.
- Implementation of interlibrary loans and computer services.
- Hiring, training, and supervising back-up assistants where appropriate
- Recruiting, training and supervising library volunteers.
- Maintenance of patron usage, circulation, and holdings statistics and other appropriate records for the use of the town and the Commonwealth
- Preparation and submission of the annual ARIS report for the state and provision of information for the annual town report
- Advising library trustees regarding library matters and attending trustee meetings monthly
- Directing library programs and otherwise promoting the use of the library by town residents (including publicity arranged by volunteers or other staff).  


- Bachelor’s degree, and eventual completion of State Certificate of Librarianship
- A Massachusetts background CORI check is required of all employed staff member.
- Lawfully permitted to work in the United States
- Pleasant personality and demonstrated ability to work well with others
- Ability to speak and write effectively and clearly
- Computer literacy, including word processing, email, use of MLS databases, and use of spreadsheets
- Leadership abilities and a high degree of motivation, initiative and resourcefulness
- Physical and mental capacities sufficient to operate and manage the library
- Intellectual curiosity and an appreciation of libraries
- General knowledge of library principles and practices

Full/Part Time

Part Time



Salary Range

$18.00 - $20.00  / hour

Salary Notes

The Library Director is at present a part-time job with the town of Goshen, funded for 12 hours a week.

Closing Date

April 19, 2023 at 4:55 pm (Board meeting begins at 5:00 pm)

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter as a PDF to the Board Chair, Andrew Watt, at — call and leave a message with any questions at 860-382-5755 (mobile). The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm, and resumes should be received by April 19, the date of the next board meeting, for consideration before May.


2023-03-15 |  Quick link to this job