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Director, Merriam-Gilbert Public Library (West Brookfield)

The Merriam-Gilbert Public Library in West Brookfield, MA, seeks creative, energetic, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Library Director.

Located in a beautiful, historic building in the heart of downtown, the Library is a fixture in West Brookfield. Residents describe the Library as a community center as much as it is a library, a place where people come not only to pick up materials, use computers, and to attend programs, but also to meet up, socialize, learn, and to share knowledge. 

The Library Director provides leadership and guidance to a staff of two other FTE employees, several part-time library assistants, and a part-time custodian. The Library Director is responsible for the direction and administration of the Library’s day-to-day activities. The Director oversees all aspects of Library services:  Prepares and administers the Library’s budget and other assets; completes and files State reports; works with the Board of Trustees to develop policies; establishes professional relationships and actively seeks out collaborations with other town organizations, individuals, and services; and advocates for the Library and its patrons.

The Library Director frequently works directly with the public implementing and hosting programs, taking regular shifts on the service desk, and serving as the technology point person seeing to the needs of the Library, such as helping patrons use basic office equipment, troubleshooting computers and printers, and identifying ways to update and improve the technological services the Library offers to the public.


The ideal candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal skills, the ability to multitask, excellent communication and public speaking skills, and a genuine enjoyment of working with the public. MLS/MLIS or MLS/MLIS candidate preferred. Minimum requirements for the job are a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year, accredited college or university, at least one year of supervisory experience preferred or any combination of training and experience required to fulfill the duties of the position.  BA hire would need to apply for a Sub-Professional Certificate of Librarianship from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) after completion of Basic Library Techniques training (program to be completed within two years of hire or per MBLC guidelines, whichever is sooner). At least 2 years of previous experience working in a public library setting and a strong knowledge of technology, especially library software such as Evergreen, are strongly preferred.

Full/Part Time

Part Time



Salary Range

$22.47 - $28.44  / hour

Salary Notes

Position is a 32-hour per week, benefitted, non-union position.

Closing Date

Applications accepted until position is filled.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to Jeff Robbins, Chairman of the Trustees of the Merriam-Gilbert Public Library, at, or at P.O. Box 364, West Brookfield, MA, 01585.  A full job description is available upon request. 


2024-03-13 |  Quick link to this job