Library Director

Somerset Public Library

Full Time Library Director


Located in southeastern Massachusetts, fifty miles from Boston, fourteen miles from Providence, RI and about a one and one-half hour drive to mid Cape Cod, Somerset is a small suburban community (18,000) with a rich history and culture. For a closer look at our library, go to our website at somersetpubliclibrary.org and a look at our community go to our website at www.townofsomerset.org.

The Somerset Public Library is one of the most active and respected public libraries for its size/class in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Somerset Library is a community-focused institution where the needs of the public are highly valued.
We are searching for a creative, dedicated, community focused professional to continue our excellence as we move forward in providing our patrons and the public with standard and progressive library services for all ages and interests.

The successful candidate must be responsive to the needs of the Somerset community and teach and enable his or her staff to do the same.

The Somerset Library Director develops and administers library operations, supervises and coordinates the work of the library and the library staff, performs highly professional work in directing all library services, functions and resources in conformity with the policies established by the Library Board of Trustees and the regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commission. The director works closely with the Friends of the Library.

To read the Library Director Job Description, go to http://www.somersetpubliclibrary.org/board-of-library-trustees.html.

Official Start as Director: April 1, 2018.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience: Candidate must have Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school; a minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of library management/administrative experience, including library technology and a working familiarization of regional network activities, programs and services.

Education Required: Candidate must have Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school

Salary: The newly adjusted salary ranges from $57,648,24 to $78,886.60 depending on education and experience. The Town offers a generous benefits package.

Closing Date: February 9, 2018

Contact Information: 

The candidate must return the application or seek further information by contacting David M. Cucinotta, Ed.D., Chairman of the Library Director Selection Committee c/o Personnel Director, Somerset Town Office, 140 Wood St., Somerset, MA 02726. Applications are to be submitted no later than January 5, 2018. Please also submit three (3) total personal / professional current references.

Reference Librarian

Hanson Public Library

Full Time Reference Librarian


The Town of Hanson is seeking a full-time Reference Librarian – 35 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. The duties and responsibilities of the position include:
•Provides technology support and computer instruction to staff and patrons
•Manages and updates the library’s website and social media accounts
•Maintains the library’s electronic equipment including installing and updating hardware and software, researching equipment for purchase, coordinating with the library network and software vendors, and troubleshooting hardware and software
•Assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining information and materials from within the library, online, or through interlibrary loan in order to answer reference questions either in person or by telephone, email, fax, or mail
•Educates patrons, presents workshops, and prepares instructional aids regarding bibliographic instruction, computers and technology, and library materials and services
•Evaluates and purchases materials, and recommends materials for removal
•Prepares publicity materials to promote the library’s programs and services online, in print, and through local access cable television
•Collaborates with other library staff, community agencies, schools, and local organizations to develop programs and services
•Assists library staff in other departments as required including circulation desk duties

The ideal candidate will have:
•Proficiency with computers and technology including Windows, Microsoft Office, mobile devices and apps, computer networks and printers, the Internet, and online databases
•Knowledge of professional library methods, reference resources and practices
•Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgement
•Ability to instruct individuals and groups, especially regarding computers and technology
•Strong written and oral communication skills
•Aptitude for dealing with the public in a professional and courteous manner
•Experience working independently or as part of a group

Qualifications: •Requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association and professional certification from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners •Must have a minimum of three years professional experience •Demonstrated knowledge of computers and technology required •Familiarity with WordPress and SirsiDynix Workflows preferred

Education Required: MLS

Salary: $17-$28 per hour

Closing Date: December 29, 2017

Contact Information: 

Application and complete job description are available online at www.hanson-ma.gov. Send application and resume to Town Administrator, Hanson Town Hall, 542 Liberty St. Hanson, MA 02341 by 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2017. Hanson is EOEA. The position will remain open until filled.

Systems Librarian – Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Full Time Systems Librarian – Merrimack Valley Library Consortium


Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: 37.5 hrs. per week
Schedule: During MVLC Office hours (M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Do you see yourself as a person whose purpose it is to make sure that technology is easy to use, meets the library’s needs, stays as out-of-the-way, and is as transparent as possible? Are you happy when staff do not have to think about the technology (unless they want to)? If you answered yes to these questions, we have a position for you!

The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium is seeking an innovative, energetic and creative Systems Librarian who will bring “High Touch” to our “High Tech” environment. MVLC maintains this technology environment supporting both MVLC member libraries, and MVLC central site staff in their individual and cooperative work.

The Systems Librarian is responsible for all technical support services, system administration, operation, management, installation, and implementation for MVLC’s automated systems. These include:
*The BLUEcloud Library Services Platform – Powered by Symphony. SirsiDynix hosts this software for MVLC.
*A telecommunications network serving MVLC central site and 32 member library locations
*Telephony systems. DSCI hosts this system for MVLC.
*Technical support and coordination for Microsoft Office 365 collaborative environment, including Microsoft *Exchange e-mail services, SharePoint CMS, and the other collaborative tools available in that environment. Microsoft hosts this system for MVLC.
*All software, hardware, mobile devices, and other MVLC managed peripherals.

The Systems Librarian works in collaboration with the Executive Director to plan and coordinate new automation systems for the consortium. The Systems Librarian supervises MVLC’s Technology Services staff.

The Systems Librarian maintains collegial and effective working relationships with MVLC’s automation partners to ensure timely resolution of support issues, software and hardware upgrades, installation and implementation of new hardware and software products.

The Systems Librarian will:
*Assists MVLC member libraries in developing their long and short term technology plans.
*Provide on-site assistance for PC and network related issues for member libraries.
*Provides technical documentation and training for staff at MVLC member libraries.
*Maintain an operating knowledge of MVLC policies and procedures, system documentation, and vendor support systems.
*Create reports, compile statistics, and implement custom applications as requested by the Executive Director, MVLC members, MVLC user groups, and standing Committees.

MVLC considers this position to be a senior-level position for a degreed librarian. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Executive Director, colleagues on the MVLC staff, and our members. If you are willing to infuse this position with relevance through hard work, energy, creativity and dedication to serve MVLC’s member libraries, this position is for you!

Work Environment:
General office environment with heat, air conditioning, and fluorescent lighting. Requires vehicle to attend off site meetings The noise level in the work environment is low. Moderate to high levels of stress may occur.

Physical Demands:
May spend extended periods at workstations performing tasks requiring eye-hand coordination, finger dexterity, and extensive keyboarding and viewing of computer screens. Requires ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer. Answer telephones and maintain multiple files. Periods of standing may be required during training sessions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

About Us:
The MERRIMACK VALLEY LIBRARY CONSORTIUM (MVLC) is a member-driven, patron focused library network serving 36 public libraries in the greater Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. The Central Site is located at 4 High Street – Suite 175, North Andover, MA. MVLC is a member governed, customer support organization that helps librarians in the Merrimack Valley serve their communities. Our libraries serve an aggregate population of 766,883 citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Qualifications: *ALA accredited MLS *At least 5 years’ technical experience managing complex automated systems and telecommunications networks *Experience in System Administration of an Integrated Library System, preferably The BLUEcloud Library Services Platform – Powered by Symphony *Public library experience desirable *Proven customer service orientation *Positive attitude and flexibility *Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills *Experience in supporting a PC-based network *Knowledge of TCP/IP telecommunications networks *Knowledge of the Symphony API *Knowledge of HTML 5, CSS 3, JQuery, Javascript, PERL, and Web design tools *Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

Salary: $65,695 – $87,480, in ten steps

Contact Information: 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Graham, Executive Director, via email to egraham@mvlcstaff.org.

Customer Support Librarian, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Full Time Customer Support Librarian, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium


Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) seeks a creative individual to fill a new role within our organization! The Customer Support Librarian will embody a commitment to quality member service and a passion for public libraries. The successful candidate will thrive as part of a team committed to ensuring that the 36 libraries comprising MVLC have the resources and support that they need to accomplish their goals and serve their communities.

Working under the supervision of the Collaborative Services Librarian, the Customer Support Librarian provides support and consulting services to help our libraries thrive within their communities. In addition to coordinating the consortium’s Helpdesk ticketing system, this position also fills vital role in network communications as the primary point of contact for the Office 365 email system and the consortium’s mailing lists.

Duties and responsibilities include:
*Acts as primary Helpdesk coordinator for major systems by receiving, evaluating, referring, and/or resolving telephone, in-person, and electronic requests in a timely manner.
*Analyzes trends in Helpdesk tickets to assess the effectiveness of recommended workflows and identify areas for further training and/or documentation.
*Works with technical staff to configure the ticketing system, evaluate its effectiveness, and recommend improvements.
*Actively promotes the sharing of technical information within Central Site and the MVLC community.
*Works with the Collaborative Services Librarian to ensure that member libraries’ needs and interests are addressed within network communications.
*Develops proficiency in the basic use and understanding of the major systems at MVLC, including but not limited to the Symphony Integrated Library System, Enterprise Online Catalog, Office 365 Email system, SharePoint, Kit Keeper, Safari online databases, and OverDrive Digital Catalog.
*Assists in the development of support material for the ILS, Enterprise OPAC, email, SharePoint, Kit Keeper, and the OverDrive Digital Catalog.
*Creates and maintains email accounts and relevant MVLC mailing lists.

Qualifications: *ALA accredited MLS *Proven customer service orientation *Positive attitude and flexibility *Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills *Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills *Ability to multi-task and prioritize work *Willingness to collaborate with colleagues and learn on the job *At least two years of public library experience *At least two years of technical experience with automated systems or databases *Competence working in a PC environment *Experience with Helpdesk coordination with ticketing software *Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other web design tools desirable

Education Required: ALA accredited MLS

Salary: $

Contact Information: 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Graham, Executive Director, via email to egraham@mvlcstaff.org.

Reference Librarian

Halifax – Holmes Public Library

Part Time Reference Librarian


Responsible for the management of Reference Services, including reference and research assistance for all ages. Plans, coordinates and implements programs for adults throughout the year. Assists patrons with electronic and print resources, Internet and on-line database searching. Performs professional work in collection development, deaccession, reader’s advisory service, acquisitions or other specific fields. Provides outreach to and works in partnership with the local Historical Society to enhance library services and develop our local history section. Represents the library at meetings. Day, evening and Saturday hours are required. 18 hours per week. Subject to a Cori check

Qualifications: Public library reference experience preferred, strong public service and organizational skills, familiarity with automated library systems and office products

Education Required: BA/BS required

Salary: $17.81/hr (Grade 6 Step 1)

Closing Date: September 22, 2017

Contact Information: 

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Jean Gallant
Library Director
Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth Street
Halifax, Ma. 02338
Email: jgallant@sailsinc.org

General Services Librarian

Mattapoisett Public Library

Part Time General Services Librarian


The Town of Mattapoisett is seeking an energetic and creative professional to fill the position of General Services Librarian, a part-time position. This team member will be responsible for circulation in the Children’s Department, and will be a passionate advocate for developing the library collection and for providing services to children of all ages.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, circulation functions, collection development, and the promotion of library programs and services including social media and website management. The position also requires performing reference functions and demonstrating to children and families the use of computers and other electronic resources. Facility with creating flyers and promotional materials is preferred.

The ideal candidate will be a friendly individual with a passion for public service, who enjoys meeting the varied needs of young patrons, and who communicates enthusiasm to other colleagues, the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and the public. The library is a community-focused institution where the needs of the public are highly valued.

A complete job description is available upon request.

Hours: up to 19.5 hours per week, including Sunday afternoons (September-May) and some evenings. Must be flexible in order to adjust to the workload at the library.

The town offers 19.5 hours of sick time and 8 hours of paid personal time for part-time employees.

Qualifications: Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent degree. Must have 2-3 years of library experience and/or coursework, or the equivalent combination of experience and training that will demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and ability for the position. Must demonstrate excellence in providing customer service and can communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with the public, town employees, other staff, guests, and vendors. Must demonstrate a high regard for patron privacy and the policies and procedures of the Town of Mattapoisett, the library and its automated network. Must have current technology skills and be able to train and share these skills. An interest in reading, children’s literature, online reference tools, and current technology is essential.

Education Required: Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent degree.

Salary: $21.23 per hour

Closing Date: September 15, 2017

Contact Information: 

Send a cover letter and resume, along with the names of three references to Susan Pizzolato, Library Director, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, P. O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or email spizzolo@sailsinc.org

Technical Services/Cataloger Library Technician

Mattapoisett Public Library

Part Time Technical Services/Cataloger Library Technician


Join a dedicated team at a small public library where service to the community is our top priority. In addition to education and experience, we value a team member who exhibits flexibility, common sense, good judgment, and strong communication skills.

Applicants should have recent experience in a public library setting, preferably as a cataloger. Experience in the SAILS Library Network using Workflows is a plus. The position requires a college degree and relevant training as a cataloger.

Essential Functions: Under the supervision of the Library Director, the cataloger is responsible for all technical services aspects of the library, including but not limited to cataloging (original and copy cataloging) and processing all library acquisitions, including donations, and maintenance of the collection in the network database; and will:
Oversee the condition of the collection, and be responsible for book repair and the training and supervision of those who make repairs to materials.
Monitor and maintain cataloging statistics and report these to the Library Director each month.
Take inventory and order library supplies in collaboration with the library director. Monitor library supplies budget.
Represent the library at network cataloging meetings and roundtables, and report items of note to the Library Director and other staff. Will keep current with network policies and procedures as these evolve.
Train and supervise volunteers who assist with department functions such as book repair, book covering, and collection maintenance.
Train other staff in the tasks and duties of the department so these staff members can assist as needed.
Attend regular staff meetings and communicate frequently with other departments to ensure the smooth functioning of library activities.
The cataloger may be asked to fill in for other staff in other departments as patron needs and scheduling may require.
The cataloger performs other duties as required by management to meet the goals of the library’s strategic plan and to comply with public safety as required by town policies.
Two to three years’ experience in a public library setting.
Bachelor’s degree required. Coursework in related fields or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Demonstrated excellent customer service skills and an appreciation for public service.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious interpersonal relationships with patrons and staff of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities.
Demonstrated ability to understand indexing and cataloging systems in order to manage and locate library materials.
Ability to handle details with accuracy.
Demonstrated excellent computer skills as they apply to the public library and the department’s purpose.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and is skilled in using tact and diplomacy. Demonstrates a high regard for patron privacy.
Excellent computer skills, including experience with Office products, email, and related softward. Social media skills helpful.
Successful outcome of CORI screening as determined by the appropriate authority and a physical examination will be required.
The Technical Services library technician/cataloger will work in a typical library environment. May need to bend, reach and lift items up to 50 lbs. Schedule may include some evenings and will include some weekends.
A full job description is available upon request

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, 2-3 years’ experience in a public library setting. Demonstrated excellent customer skills and an appreciation for public service. Demonstrated ability to understand cataloging systems in order to manage and locate library mateirals. Ability to handle details with accuracy. Excellent computer skills.

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree; Cataloging training

Salary: Massachusetts $16.47 per hour 19.5 hours per week. The town of Mattapoisett offers 19.5 hours of sick time and 8 hours of paid personal time per year.

Closing Date: September 15, 2017

Contact Information: 

Send a cover letter and resume, along with the names of three references to Susan Pizzolato, Library Director, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, P. O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or email spizzolo@sailsinc.org

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#5 How much time should I spend?

Managing your message board comes down to managing how much time you have to spend. However, here’s a list of suggestions to act a guide to your library of growing slides.

Slides to lavish time on:

Holiday Closings, Welcome/Hours, Friends of the Library 

These slides can be made ahead and yes, spend as much time as you can allow to make them attractive. You and your patrons will be seeing them for several years and once completed can be filed away in a Holidays folder. All you will need to do is dust them off, insert the current dates and burn a new MP4.

Slides to create a seasonal template:

On-Going Policies, Museum Passes

Create 1 template and retype monthly:

Monthly Public Activities, Meetings, Book groups

The time spent on these will be to create the first template, then retype information accordingly.

#4 Tweak Away, Mateys!

A picture worth a thousand words is not worth a dime when it’s distorted, washed out, blurry or dull. When we find an image a few things can happen when we work with it. With a few Format Tools you will not be left at the mercy of a less than satisfactory image.

1) Pick larger-sized images:

Once you choose your slide image from Google Images and click on the View Image button, it will appear a certain size on your computer screen. The bigger the better. Small images have less pixels and will enlarge blurry and colorless. Avoid even attempting to work with them as it will be a waste of your time.

2) Squeezed pictures:

A distorted picture is distracting, so when resizing, pull the image from the corners instead of the top, bottom and sides. It’s quicker to delete and paste image again to start over. Don’t forget your Crop tool when an image won’t fit.

cropped pic

3) Image is too light, too dark, too fuzzy:

P3P1Too light/dark:

Go to Corrections, work with the Brightness/Contrast menu. Play your cursor over the choices and the image will change with it.


Too fuzzy: P4

Again, go to Corrections. Use the Sharpen/Soften choices. There may be times when you will use a softened image, as when you have text superimposed and the image is a tad too busy.

4) Image still distracts from text:

Background still too busy? Soften the color without losing the image’s sharpness by making it transparent. This has several steps, so to begin, save your image, either to a USB or Desktop.

    1) Go to your blank slide. From Insert, go to Shapes. Draw a rectangle the size of the slide. It will   become a solid blue.

    2) Right-click on image, go to Format Shape. Format Shape menu opens.

    3) Under Fill, click on Picture or Texture Fill. Use Insert picture from File button and download the image you want.

    4) There is a Transparency gauge. Slide it left or right to lighten picture.

5) Create a Transparent Text Box

If you like your picture as is, you can also create a rasptransparent color in your text box. This is an attractive way to sit your type on an image and gives your slide a professional look.

Go to Shape Fill and use the Eyedropper to pick a color from the picture so it will coordinate nicely. Right-click and go to Format Shape. Again, you will see the Transparent gauge. Slide it to the right until you can clearly read your text yet still still the picture underneath.

30-second exercise #4- Prime the Eye with Color:

Google Images; Color Pantone Chart or Watercolor Swatches: Pantone is what printers and designers have used for decades. Don’t focus on specific colors, just click through the different charts.You may feel a bit dizzy with such an array of choices, but this is good. We’re overloading the eyes and creating a shift beyond what your brain is trying to organize. When painters concentrate on mixing colors, colors around them are heightened when they step away from their work.

Suggested Reading:

Design Connoisseur by Steven Heller/Louise Fili

A library of unusual type and flourishes for inspiration.

David Lance Goines Posters 1970-1994 (Commonwealth Catalog)

A wonderful collection of silk-screened posters from a master artist and designer. Palette, design, simplicity, scale and richness all in one package and an inspiration for your slides.

And for more tips and tricks on creating message board slides: The Message Board Template Workshop with Karen Dugan: create the things you wish existed is available from the SAILS Library Network.

I look forward to your questions and comments. You can also reach me at http://kdugan@sailsinc.org