Thursday, October 23, 2014

Children's Library Specialist - West Hartford Public Library

Children's Library Specialist - West Hartford Public Library seeks an enthusiastic part-time Children’s Library Specialist to plan and conduct storytime programs that include music and movement, puppetry and crafts, participate in a Summer Reading Skit, offer Book Clubs and programs for school-age children. We are looking for someone with an extensive knowledge of children’s literature, a background in programming in a library or educational setting, an understanding of child development and the ability to work in a multicultural environment. The Specialist works with a dedicated Children’s Services team in a very busy library. She/he must be flexible and possess a good sense of humor, provide exceptional public service and have solid organizational skills. She/he must enjoy working and interacting with children from birth through fifth grade and their parents. Required Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in education or related field: experience in a library or educational setting. Preferred: Masters in Library Science; speaking fluency in a language other than English that is used in the local community. Training in the Mother Goose on the Loose Early Literacy Program is a plus. Minimum hourly salary: $26.10. Please submit job application and letter of application to:, or mail to: Children’s Specialist, West Hartford Public Library, 20 So. Main St., West Hartford, CT 06107.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received - position will remain open until a candidate is chosen.

Executive Director - Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), New Jersey

Executive Director - Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), New Jersey. MAIN is a consortium based in Morris County NJ of 33 public libraries and the Morris County Library. MAIN is responsible for the shared catalog, joint purchasing of content and technical support for member libraries. The 30 year old consortium, currently managed by a volunteer Executive Committee, is migrating to an Executive Director management model and now seeks qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. Job Description for Executive Director: The Executive Director of MAIN will report to the consortium’s Executive Board. In that capacity the Director will be responsible for administering all of MAIN’s staff, services and operations. Financial oversight: Monitor all fiduciary obligations and responsibilities of MAIN including its status as a 501c 3 non- profit organization : Prepare annual budget for approval by Executive Board; Manage the consortium in compliance with the approved budget and provide Executive Board with regular reports regarding the financial status of MAIN; Explore and recommend partnerships, collaborations and membership development opportunities that will benefit MAIN. Administrative Oversight: Recommend staff positions, job titles, compensation and policies; Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate all MAIN employees in accordance with the organization’s personnel policies; Develop and oversee teams or committees for special projects of MAIN. Services and Operations Oversight: Cultivate productive relationships with member libraries through effective communications, training and customer service; Maintain the quality and effectiveness of the MAIN virtual catalog; Oversee the technical support MAIN provides to member libraries; Report to and manage communications with the MAIN Executive Board; Facilitate a strategic planning process for MAIN and oversee implementation of strategic priorities; Monitor trends and innovations in library services and technology and apprise member libraries of upcoming developments and pending needs; Apply prudent business practices when considering the adoption or implementation of new developments in information technology; Assure that the quality and effectiveness of the automated information network is maintained; Negotiate and monitor compliance with vendor contracts and service agreements. Promote a greater awareness of MAIN among organizations and identify opportunities for MAIN to participate in those organizations; Advocate for public library service at local, state and national levels. Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited library science program or other relevant experience; Five to ten years of experience working as a professional librarian or in another relevant capacity—at least three years of which must include personnel management; Familiarity with an integrated library system; Vision and creativity regarding the possibilities for library service in the future; Understanding of the New Jersey library landscape; The ability to bring together a diverse group of library directors and trustees to work collaboratively in the best interests of MAIN; Experience in financial planning as it applies to non -profit entities. Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should apply by sending a resume to