Job Posting: Associate Library Director

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POSITION TITLE: Associate Library Director

JOB SUMMARY:

The Associate Director is responsible for the general administrative oversight of all services offered by the library’s public service departments, including scheduling, assigning duties, training, and monitoring and evaluating performance of public service personnel. The Associate Director is responsible for coordinating the development of all library collections. The Associate Director serves as the library’s chief administrator in the absence of the Library Director.

The Associate Director is engaged by the Board of Library Trustees under the terms of personnel service contract, but in all other respects in considered an employee of the Town of Seekonk. The Associate Director is directed by, and reports to the Library Director. He or she may report indirectly to the Board of Library Trustees as required.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Supervises and coordinates the activities of the library’s Customer Service, Adult Services, and Youth Services departments.
• Serves as chief administrator and supervises all personnel in the absence of the Director.
• Explains goals, objectives, policies and procedures to the staff and public.
• Interprets provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and explains to members of the bargaining unit management’s interpretation as it applies to day-to-day management of library operations.
• Seeks to resolve conflicts among staff members and operational units, and to resolve employee grievances at an informal level.
• Recommends to the Director and Board of Library Trustees new public service policies and operating procedures or changes to existing policies and procedures.
• Participates in meetings of Board of Library Trustees, Library Trust and Friends of the Library.
• Coordinates library activities with those of the Friends of the Seekonk Library and the Seekonk Library Trust
• Reviews and modifies work schedules of public service staff.
• Makes confidential recommendations to the Library Director and Board of Library Trustees recommendations on hiring or removing of library staff members or positions.
• Evaluates with departmental supervisors the performance of public service staff.
• Oversees expenditures of public services departments, including the payroll, materials, and the expense budgets.
• Manages the use of public areas in the library to insure user accessibility and the on-going delivery of high quality service.
• Assists with grant writing and administering grant funds.
• Assists the Library Director with developing and implementing a library marketing plan.
• Coordinates the public relations efforts of library’s public service departments.
• Assist the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustee with developing and implementing a strategic plan and annual action plans.
• Assist the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustee with developing annual operating budgets and capital budgets.
• Review and approves media releases and other publicity items.
• Participates in professional programs and conferences to keep abreast of new methods and techniques for the improvement of the library operation.
• Manages the library volunteer program.
• Coordinates library activities with those of its support groups, such as the Friends of the Library and the Library Trust.

QUALIFICATIONS:

This is a senior level position requiring a high degree of technical, administrative, and inter-personal skills and knowledge in order to effectively direct the operation of the library. This position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and three to five years of progressive professional library experience in management, personnel administration, planning, budgeting, programming, collection development, and deploying new library technologies. Requires a working knowledge of Massachusetts laws and regulations that pertain to the operation of public libraries, public procurement, open meetings, public records and conflict of interest. The ability to exercise initiative, leadership and independent judgment is mandatory. This position requires superior communication skills to deal effectively with other municipal departments, other library professionals, the general public, vendors, and representatives of state and federal agencies, library networks, legislators, and other community organizations to achieve stated library objectives.

SALARY: $ 70,000 per year
HOURS: Hours will not generally exceed 40 hours per week.

TO APPLY:  Please submit a resume with a letter stating your qualifications to Peter Fuller, c/o Office of Town Administrator, Town Hall, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 or send fax to (508) 336-3137. No email applications please.

DEADLINE: August 12, 2016

New Front Door for the Library

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Installing New Door

Installing the New Door

After years of complaints, the front entry doors at the library are being replaced. The existing doors were installed in 1978. Years of wear have left the doors distorted to the point, where they could not closing properly.  The new doors not only fit right, but have better insulation and glazing, which greatly improves their energy-efficient. The new doors will also open and close automatically, which will make the library much more accessible. Anyone with even a slight physical limitation, or for that matter, an arm-full of books or baby stroller, have great difficulty getting through the old doors and into the library. The new doors will open as soon as a person approaches the door. Built-in safety features prevent the door from closing on people or things that may block the pathway. 

The installation will take place on Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday, June 22. The front entryway will be closed, but you can access the building from the side door on the parking lot.

The door is being paid for with state library incentive grant funds, which are under the control of the Board of Library Trustees. Some additional funding and staff time is being provided by the Seekonk Public Works Department.

 

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Temporary Entrance from the Parking Lot

Library Study to Present First Look at Possible Building Designs

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You will get to see the first drawings of three potential building designs at an open meeting on Wednesday, May 11. This will be the fourth and final meeting in a series of public discussions with the library planning and design team from Tappe Architects. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM in the multi-purpose room at the library.

These preliminary designs reflect the conceptual design options discussed at the public meeting on March 29. All of the design options being considered are for an improved facility on the library’s current site at 410 Newman Avenue. The drawings will reflect scenarios for renovating the building and expanding it to a second floor, renovating the building and expanding it towards Seekonk Meadows, and constructing a new library facility within the footprint of the existing building. These initial architectural drawings will help the town’s Library Facilities Study Committee decide which of these options is the most feasible for future development.

Public input is critically important at this phase of the process. Both the design team and the committee are eager to hear comments from the public. Residents can obtain additional information about the library facilities study by visiting the study committee’s website.

Round Two: Library Building Planning

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The Seekonk Library Facilities Study Committee invites all town residents to help plan the Seekonk Public Library of the future at the second in a series of public meetings being held at the library. The meeting will take place in the multi-purpose room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.

The library planning and design team from Tappe Architects will conduct the meeting and lead the discussion. The architects will report on the progress made since the first public meeting held on February 2, which attracted over sixty people. The remainder of the evening will focus primarily on the Library Building Program. This lengthy document describes the anticipated library service needs of the community and projects the amount of space needed for the next twenty years. The building program ties together the library service needs of the community and the space needed to provide those service. The building program is the foundation on which the design is built.

The architects will explain the function and sizes of each element described in the program and how the individual spaces are related to one another. The design team plans to have the attendees break into small groups to focus on particular zones described in the building program. These include the types of spaces needed currently to serve children, teens and adults as well as spaces for evolving and new services. The meeting will take a comprehensive look at the space needs of the library, so the Facilities Study Committee hopes to draw a broad cross section of the community to this meeting.

Residents can obtain additional information about the library facilities study by visiting the committee’s webpage or by calling Peter Fuller at (508) 336-8230, ext. 5101.

Future & Status of the Public Library

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Why Public Support & Use of Libraries Continues to Grow

A diverse group of about sixty Seekonk residents met  last evening to hear a presentation by the library design team from Tappe Architects.  Tappe has been hired by the Town to work with the Library Facilities Study Committee to coordinate a feasibility study and to develop schematic designs for the Seekonk Public Library of the Future. Part of the presentation included a discussion of why public libraries will remain important public institutions in the future.  Jeff Hoover, head of the library design team at Tappe referenced some of the sources listed below during his presentation.  The Facilities Study Committee maintains a list of articles and studies about the future of public libraries on its webpages. The links to these sources are replicated here to make them more easily accessible. 

Pew Research Center’s Internet in American Life Project

Massachusetts Municipal Association. The Municipal Advocate, Vol. 27, No. 1 – Municipal Libraries

New York Times

Forbes Magazine

Institute of Museum & Library Services. 

Studies from the American Library Association

Knight Foundation 

 Library Journal