Now hiring: LIBRARY DIRECTOR
The town of Mercer in Northern Wisconsin is seeking a personable, positive, and community-minded Director with a commitment to public service. The preferred candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with community organizations, volunteers, and the public of all ages. For a complete job description, continue below.
The Mercer Public Library is in north central Wisconsin, in the beautiful Northwoods and with many lakes. The library is the cornerstone of a community of approximately 1,400 people that more than triples during the summer season. Six years ago, a beautiful addition was added to the library providing additional space for the collection and community programming. The Mercer Library is committed to forming and maintaining partnerships with community organizations and other leaders for the benefit of all citizens. An engaged Friends of the Library group provides support through volunteering and fundraising efforts. The library is a member of the Northern Waters Library Service.
This position is for 32 hours a week. Candidates must hold or be able to attain a minimum of Grade III Wisconsin Librarian certification.
Applications received by July 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. will receive first consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For any questions, please call the library at 715.476.2366.
Typical Responsibilities of Director/Librarian
Under general direction of the Library Board, the Director administers the library with authority for organizing and managing the library operation, and is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating its program of service to the community.
- Acts as the Library Board’s executive officer.
- Implements the policies and goals of the library as established by the Library Board.
- Develops the annual library budget proposal for review by the Library Board, participates in its presentation to local officials, and expends funds within established guidelines.
- Maintains a record of expenditures in all library funds.
- Implements board-approved capital improvement projects.
- Researches, negotiates, and oversees the implementation of contracts in accordance with procedures established by the Library Board.
- Oversees the staff and volunteer training program. Recommends improvements in staffing, organization, salaries and benefits to the Library Board. Plans and conducts regular staff meetings.
- Prepares the Library Board meeting agenda and necessary reports in cooperation with the Library Board President and notifies the Library Board members of scheduled meetings.
- Directs and supervises the maintenance of the library building and grounds.
- Informs and advises the Library Board on local, regional, state and national developments in the library field. Works to maintain communication with other area libraries.
- Serves as chief consultant to the Library Board in regard to technical matters and library choices. Conducts ongoing evaluation of existing library programs, services, policies and procedures. Submits recommendations for improvement to the Library Board.
- Relates library objectives to community needs and represents the library on community boards and committees.
- Collaborates with area schools, organizations, and individuals to provide responsive library service and encourage library use.
- Oversees the library’s ongoing collection development plan and supervises the selection, purchase, and withdrawal of library materials in accordance with that plan.
- Develops and presents a schedule of events for all ages in the community.
- Develops and administers the library’s overall public relations plan. Prepares press releases, makes presentations to community groups, promotes events, and updates the library’s website and social media accounts.
- Works with the Friends of the Library, volunteers, and library donors to develop fundraising plans and maintain additional support for the library.
- Represents the library at the system level and actively participates in other professional library organizations.
- Performs other related work as required by the Library Board.
Knowledge and Abilities:
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with library trustees and staff, volunteer groups, local and state officials, the general public and community groups.
- Foster and maintain positive public relations for the library within the community.
- Gain a working understanding of current and developing technologies as they relate to public library operations and services.
- Guide and direct the growth and development of the library.
- Train and supervise employees, coordinate and delegate workloads and work schedules, evaluate work performance and maintain high standards of library service.
- Interpret statistical data, analyze information, evaluate programs and prepare clear and concise reports and recommendations.
- Understand, develop, interpret and enforce library policies, rules and procedures, and make recommendations to the Library Board.
- Work independently, organize and prioritize work, respond to varied and changing work demands, and make decisions as required. Prioritize tasks in order to meet assignment deadlines.
- Develop a broad understanding of modern library techniques, methods and procedures as they apply to public library administration.
- Demonstrate good character as determined through a background investigation.
- Be willing to maintain skills in above mentioned areas through active participation in appropriate continuing education activities.
- Have a working knowledge of English grammar and spelling.
- Apply technical knowledge and interpret technical regulations and instructions.
- Deal with abstract and concrete variables.
- Identify problems and opportunities; review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one; and utilize information resources available when making decisions.
- Effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and verbal form.
- Use creative decision-making tools to effectively evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge or training, without supervision.
- Calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) without the aid of a calculator.
- Develop long range plans to solve complex problems or take advantage of opportunities, and to establish systematic methods of accomplishing goals.
- Use problem-solving skills to develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems and to recommend action designed to prevent problems from occurring.
- Effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins.
- Use the Sierra ILS to maintain patron, collection, and circulation records.
- Utilize common office software, including Microsoft Office, QuickBooks and web applications.
Physical Demands of the Position:
- Ability to work in confined spaces.
- Bending, twisting and reaching.
- Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.
- Fingering: keyboarding, writing, filing, sorting, shelving and processing.
- Handling: processing, picking up and shelving books.
- Lifting and carrying: 50 pounds or less.
- Mobility: travel to meetings outside the library.
- Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.
- Sitting, standing, walking, climbing and stooping.
- Talking and hearing: use of the telephone.
Environmental and Working Conditions:
- Flexible work hours; frequent evening and weekend hours.
- Inside work environment.
- Equipment Used: Audiovisual equipment, book truck, building systems such as security and heating/air conditioning, calculator, cameras, cash register, cassette players, computer work station, copy machine, fax machine, microfilms, fiche reader, printer, telephone/TDD, typewriter.
Education and Experience:
- Two years of study at an accredited post-secondary institution or equivalent.
- Eligibility for Grade 3 or higher Wisconsin library certificate.*
- Three years of progressively responsible public library experience.
- Continuing education as deemed necessary by the Board or as necessary to maintain certification.
*Wisconsin Grade III librarian certification requires 54 semester credits, half of which must be in the liberal arts and sciences, at a college or university approved by an accrediting association of more than statewide standing, including or supplemented by 12 semester credits of coursework in Basic public library administration, Advanced public library administration, Organization and management of collections, and Public and community services. Individuals certified at Grade III must participate in 100 contact hours of continuing education, including at least 10 hours of technology training, in the five-year period prior to recertification. An applicant for Temporary Grade III certification must have 54 semester credits, must complete a basic public library administration course within one year, and must provide a proposed schedule for completing the other required coursework to be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. More details are available at https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/certification#TempCert3.