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Head of Adult Services, Westwood Public Library (Westwood)

The Westwood Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, community-focused professional Librarian to fill the position of Head of Adult Services.  The Head of Adult Services will plan and execute diverse and vibrant programming, strong Readers’ Advisory, and robust materials collection development for adults at the Westwood Public Library (WPL). This is a time of innovation at WPL. We just completed our Strategic plan which will guide us into the future of library services such as adding a new Book Mobile and a new Media Suite to our library.

The Westwood Public Library is a fully integrated library system. We provide a high-quality experience across two branches, remote, mobile, and digital platforms. At the Westwood Public Library:  

-We go the extra mile for customers and for our staff; 
-We break barriers to inclusion and success; 
-We’re one team. We pivot and adapt together; 
-We take risks to innovate and be different;  
-We’re empowered, resourceful, and creative.

The Town of Westwood offers an employment and compensation package that is highly market competitive and an attractive benefits package, to include:

-New beautiful facilities (Main Library built-in 2013, Islington branch built in 2021). 
-Support. WPL is built on a foundation of creativity and support both from the town and library administration. 
-Fun AND professional work environment where staff can bring their interests to the library setting and develop both their professional and personal goals. 
-Three weeks of vacation in the first year of service; Four weeks of vacation in the second year.
-Six weeks paid parental leave. 
-Health insurance – 10 plan options at competitive rates. 
-Dental insurance – 2 plans at competitive rates.
-$155,00 guaranteed life insurance. 
-Long-Term Disability insurance. 
-Access to Flexible Spending accounts.
-Tuition assistance. 
-Participation in a reliable pension system with a guaranteed fixed income in retirement. 
-Participation in 457 retirement programs with Roth options. 
-Remote work opportunity. 
-Extensive professional development and training opportunities. 
-Commitment to work/life balance supported at all levels of the organization. 
-Walking distance to Starbucks! 

Responsibilities and Duties:

Provides a broad range of library services, including reference and information service, Readers’ Advisory and technology assistance to the public at the Main and Branch Libraries.  

Selects and purchases print and non-print library materials for adults; oversees expense budget; utilizes online acquisitions system.

Manages the purchase of gift books for the Friends of the Library contributors, miscellaneous gifts; monitors finances for these funds and maintains records of purchases.

Provides instruction in computer, e-reader, tablet and smart phone use, individually or in group classes.  Performs basic troubleshooting for public computers and other technology devices.  

Trains and demonstrates basic computer procedures, library applications (OverDrive, Hoopla, etc.) and meeting room technology to library staff.

Supervises and trains Adult Reference Librarians.  Maintains the Adult Services Department schedule.

Seeks and applies for additional funding opportunities for programs to benefit adult patrons.

Prepares booklists and book displays; assists other library departments, as needed.  Proctors exams.

Keeps current in aspects of librarianship: e.g., technology, literature, news, emerging trends.  Incorporates new and existing technology as appropriate to enhance library’s adult resources and services. 

Organizes and implements a variety of library adult programs.  Designs effective print and non-print materials (including social media initiatives) to publicize literacy, library resources, services and programs.

Hours:  35 hours per week to include one evening per week and one Saturday every six weeks.


M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited institution and a minimum of 5 years of experience in library operations, including acquisitions, reference, and collection development; supervisory experience preferred.  Proven track record working with adults, particularly in a public library setting.  Must have a solid understanding of technology and social media and excellent public relations and research skills.  Thorough knowledge of library principles and practices, particularly as they relate to library advocacy and outreach, including such tenets as equity, diversity and inclusion, intellectual freedom, literacy, and patron privacy.  

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$62,087.00 - $77,539.00  / year

Salary Notes

Westwood offers an employment and compensation package that is highly market competitive and an attractive benefit package.

Closing Date

Posted until Filled

How to Apply

To Apply: and click on “Jobs”.  For full consideration, please include a cover letter and resume with your application.


2023-08-21 |  Quick link to this job