Library Director – Wellsville, NY

Today’s Date: August 15, 2013

Closing Date: October 4, 2013

Library Director
David A. Howe Public Library
Wellsville, NY

The Board of Trustees of the David A. Howe Public Library is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. The library is seeking an energetic candidate with a vision for 21st century library services, and a passion for providing outreach to local communities through a positive team-based educational and cultural institution.

The Library Director will be responsible for the daily operations of a busy 41,000 square foot facility with 100,000 plus materials and an annual operating budget of $675,000. The library is chartered as a municipal library, and receives sustainable funding through Wellsville School District residents. The library is a member of the Southern Tier Library System, which serves 48 member libraries throughout New York’s Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.

About the library
117,000 print and digital materials
11,222 registered borrowers
108,000 annual visitors
12,000 annual program attendees
115,000 annual circulation
20 online public access computers, and numerous circulating devices

Facility highlights

300-seat newly restored auditorium
5,200 square foot reading terrace
Largest green space on historic Main Street
3,000 square foot art exhibition room
Several meeting rooms
Sizable children’s services section
Technology driven atmosphere

Library strengths

Strategic and active board of trustees (9 village appointed members)
Vibrant and energetic friends of the library group (12 member board)
Knowledgeable and cohesive library staff (5 full-time and 15 part-time)
Supportive and engaged community (in-kind and financial)

Applicants should have the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage all aspects of the library, including collection development, personnel oversight, budget planning, grant writing, policy creation and facilities management.

The successful candidate will:

• Possess an MLS or MLIS Degree from an ALA accredited college or university;
or a Bachelors Degree in Business, Communications or Political Science.
• Have three (3) years pre-Masters or post-Masters library experience, and two (2) years supervisory experience
• Have extensive technology experience and/or knowledge of library-driven technology services.
• Have a strong vision of how library services should be delivered in a 21st century environment
• Possess the ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships in the library & community.

Salary is range is $50,000 – $65,000 for this 40 hour per week position, and is commensurate with experience. NYS Retirement and benefits are included.

The David A. Howe Public Library is the largest public library in Allegany County, and serves the beautiful Wellsville community area. It resides in the picturesque Appalachian Plateau, and is a scenic one hour drive from the Finger Lakes, Allegheny National Forest, Canada, Rochester, Buffalo and Corning/Elmira.

Please email a meaningful cover letter, resume and at least 3 professional references to Documents should be sent as Word or pdf attachments. Subject line should read: “Library Director Search – David A. Howe Public Library”. Please provide your full name, physical mailing address, and primary phone number in the body of the email.

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