Official Notice – Annual Meeting

On June 15, 2016
10 A.M.
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East Freetown - White Library



Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists for the position of Library Technician at the Freetown Public Libraries. The Library Technician works under the Library Director and performs routine tasks associated with the operation of the libraries. This is a part-time (10+ hours per week) union position without benefits. Some evening and Saturday hours are required. Library experience is preferred. The job will start July 1, 2016. A full job description is available at the Hathaway Library in Assonet and the James White Library in East Freetown during normal open hours.

The Library Technician assists the Library Director and the Senior Librarian in the operation of the Library.

Willingness to perform routine tasks

Along with the Senior Librarian and Library Technician will work to perform the day to day tasks needed to run the Library, including but not limited to the following tasks:

1. Check books in and out
2. Create patron records
3. Reshelf library materials
4. Process new library materials
5. Barcode items and create item records
6. Link items to bibliographic records
7. Create new bibliographic records as necessary
8. Keep daily statistics
9. Assist with special library activities and projects
10. Process requests for Inter-Library loans
11. Assist patrons with computer-related activities
12. Make recommendations concerning patron requests and needs
13. Other duties as assigned by the Library Director
14. Evening and weekend hours are required

Qualifications: KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY, SKILL: 1. Familiarity with library procedures required 2. Pleasant personality and the ability to work well with children of all ages 3. Ability to work with computers is required 4. Ability to lift approximately forty pounds (40lbs.)
Education Required: EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: 1. High School graduate, Associate Degree preferred. 2. Library experience preferred. 3. Experience working with children, preferably in a library or school setting.
Salary: $
Closing Date: June 16, 2016
Contact Information: 

Applications can be obtained either at the Town Hall on North Main Street in Assonet, the Hathaway Library on North Main Street in Assonet, or the James White Library on Washburn Road in East Freetown. Please return all application/resume to Dorothy Stanley-Ballard, Library
Director either in person or by mail at 5 Washburn Road, East Freetown, MA 02717.




The Library Director serves as administrator of the town’s public library system. S/he is responsible for the implementation of library policies established by the Trustees and for leadership to improve public library services to the community. The Director performs
managerial duties related to budget, collection development, building maintenance, library services, programming and personnel (including assisting the Town Manager and Human Resources Director in collective bargaining and grievance resolution).

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

1. Leads the operation of the public library, to provide prompt, courteous customer service to patrons. Monitors all operations and delegates as needed. Handles complaints in accordance with policy.
2. Organizes, trains, assigns and evaluates personnel. Develops and trains staff for progressively more responsible experience.   Plans continuing education for staff and Trustees.  Maintains professional, respectful, and collaborative relationships with employees. Monitors trends in salaries and working conditions and suggests changes when appropriate. 
3. Stays current with developments in the library field. Studies community and national trends, and evaluates their relation to the library. Recommends plans for library growth that include measurable goals and objectives. 
4. Advises, consults, and confers with Trustees, other library professionals, government officials, citizens and community groups regarding library services and 
5. Reviews usage data and input from library patrons to evaluate the library’s collections, programs, and technological applications, and to allocate the budget and other resources accordingly.
6. Collaborates with local schools and community groups to better serve residents.
7. Keeps Trustees informed and recommends policies for the Trustees’ consideration. Provides documentation when appropriate.  Administers policies and maintains 
policy handbook; interprets policies to staff and public.
8. Provides an orientation for newly elected or appointed Trustees. 
9. Prepares all needed library reports for local government, the MBLC, and other professional organizations. Helps prepare and present the library’s annual operating 
budget to the Town Manager, Finance and Warrant Committee, and Town Meeting.
10. Actively seeks grants and prepares grant applications. Seeks gifts and other new sources of non­tax funding in support of library services and programs. 
Acknowledges gifts of money and library materials.
11. Oversees the repair, maintenance, and operation of the library’s physical plant, including surrounding grounds. 
12. Markets and promotes the library through various media including newspapers, online sources, social media, and public speaking.
13. Supports efforts of the Friends of the Library, Dedham Library Innovation Team, and other community organizations in their support of library services and 
14. Remains familiar with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations that affect public libraries. Maintains accreditation standards set by the Massachusetts Board 
of Library Commissioners, to the best of his/her ability.

Qualifications: three years of progressively responsible experience in a public library including at least one year in a supervisory capacity, preferably in a union environment; a documented history of  accomplishment; experience developing and managing a budget; or an equivalent combination  of education and experience upon approval of the Board of Trustees.

Education Required: Must have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited ALA certified institution

Salary: $75,750 ­ $113,600, depending on experience and qualifications

Closing Date: June 1, 2016

Contact Information: 

Send cover letter and resume to:  Miriam Johnson, HR Director, Town of Dedham, Dedham, MA 02026
Email to:  mjohnson@dedham­

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Preserving Plainville’s Past

The Plainville Public Library, the Plainville Historical Commission, and the SAILS Library Network have collaborated to create a collection of  photographs of Plainville and its residents for the SAILS Digital History Collection.  The Library and the Historical Society have held scanning parties at the library.  Plainville residents who wanted to share their family history brought photographs  to the library for scanning.   The scanned images were transmitted to the  SAILS Library Network where detailed descriptions were added. The images and descriptions then uploaded into the SAILS Digital History Collection. These images are now available on that website as well as  on the Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) websites. View the Preserving Plainville's Past online exhibit.