Thursday, May 11, 2006

Deputy Chief Librarian - Hartford Public Library

Deputy Chief Librarian - Hartford Public Library, dedicated to going beyond the traditional to transform library and information services, seeks a Deputy Chief Librarian to direct its committed team of key library professionals in providing innovative programs and services to a vibrant and diverse urban community. A welcoming domain in the heart of Connecticut's capital city, Hartford Public Library provides award-winning library and information services and a regional stage for cultural arts and humanities programs. From the library's 1774 origins to its renewed 21st century Central Library, the library remains focused on the core values of librarianship. The Central Library and its nine branches has an annual circulation of 550,000, a visitor count of over 600,000, a FY05 operating budget of $7,478,190 and a staff of 155 full and part time employees. Under the direction of the Chief Librarian, the Deputy Chief Librarian oversees the public service programs of the library for Adult Learner Services, Youth Services, Neighborhood Library Services, Information and Technology Services, Reader Services, and Community Development and Civic Services. Working closely with members of the management team, the Deputy Chief Librarian will have responsibility for the daily development, implementation and assessment of all public services to ensure they respond to people's real interests and needs and are managed for results that matter. Hartford is home to nationally recognized attractions that include the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Old State House, Wadsworth Atheneum and Bushnell Park as well as Trinity College, University of Connecticut School of Law and the University of Hartford. The city, with its distinctive architecture dating to the 17th century, has 17 diverse and dynamic neighborhoods offering big city amenities in the heart of New England, minutes away from an international airport. Home to two of the nation's top 100 hospitals, Hartford provides a diverse housing stock from vintage Victorian to high rise apartments and lays claim to a rich cultural heritage born on the banks of the Connecticut River. Qualifications: Successful candidates must have an MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program, a minimum of ten years related experience, including five years of supervisory and/or administrative experience and a demonstrated ability to effectively serve an urban, multi-cultural population. Compensation: The salary range begins at $84,000 annually, plus excellent benefits. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and completed application (available online at or by mail) to Administrative Office, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Submission deadline is Friday, May 26, 2006.