Winhall Library Job Description

Winhall Memorial Library Job Description   July 2021

POSITION:  Library Director/Librarian: a 15-20 hour per week position

SUMMARY:  The Librarian is responsible for the administration, supervision, and coordination of all activities and services of the library.  They act as the library spokesperson, promoting the use of the library by all members of the community.

SUPERVISION:  The Librarian is appointed by and responsible to the Board of Trustees.  

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Service to the community

  • Develops and maintains services that reflect and respond to the interests and needs of the community
  • Represents the library in the community by promoting and publicizing the library’s services and resources utilizing: the website, social media (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter), MailChimp Newsletter, Front Porch Forum, Google Listing, and regular press releases to local publications; as well as preparing an annual account of the library to be included in the Town Report
  • Selects, orders, and catalogs new materials; responsible for all aspects of collection development
  • Provides reference, readers’ advisory, referral, and interlibrary loan services to patrons of all ages, educational levels, and economic backgrounds; helps the public use library resources and technology
  • Participates in the daily routine of the library as needed—shelving, circulating and returning materials, etc. 
  • Plans, publicizes, carries out, and evaluates programs for all ages which further the library’s mission and raise the library’s profile in the community
  • Organizes displays and exhibits to promote the collection and the library’s services and provide an interesting and welcoming environment
  • Takes advantage of grant opportunities as appropriate, writing proposals and carrying out grants as they are awarded

Library Management

  • Spends and monitors budgeted funds in a responsible manner 
  • Attends all board meetings, reporting on library activity 
  • Develops and evaluates procedures for the smooth running of the library
  • Supervises maintenance of the building, reporting problems to the Town
  • Collects and analyzes library statistics
  • Communicates and cooperates with the local and state library community, including preparing the annual statistical report and standards application for the Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Supervises the automation system (TinyCat) and the public access computers
  • Monitors developments and trends in the field of librarianship, paying particular attention to Vermont, by reading professional literature and taking advantage of continuing education opportunities as available and appropriate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General knowledge of the principles and methods of modern library services including automated systems and electronic digital resources.
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong communications skills
    • Good written and verbal expression
    • Ability to be a good listener
  • Commitment to customer service
    • Ability to identify patron needs and requirements
    • Ability to initiate development of policies, procedures, programs, and activities to meet those needs

Strong technological ability

  • Ability to stay up to date with new social media trends
  • WordPress knowledge, social media, google docs, MailChimp, Canva, etc.

Please note, the above job description describes the general nature, tasks, responsibilities, and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility, duty, and skill required for the position. Depending on organizational needs, other duties may be assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus library-related experience and willingness to earn Vermont Public Library Certification within 3 years.