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Library Director Position Opening

Announcement:

Lane Library District seeks a community-minded Librarian with a broad range of skills to be Creswell’s new Library Director, leading a small, dedicated staff and a large team of enthusiastic volunteers. The Director also serves as District Director, administering the legal and practical duties of the small one-library Special District.

Creswell Library is located in Creswell, Oregon—ten miles south of Eugene. We serve a population of approximately 10,000 from the City of Creswell and the surrounding rural area. This is a unique community where you can get the small-town experience yet have all the amenities of a larger city nearby.

An MLIS or equivalent degree from an accredited university and at least 5 years of library experience is required. Competitive salary and benefits provided. See the website for a full job description and application requirements.

This is a full-time, salaried position. Some flexibility of schedule is possible. Please apply by July 31 using the information below.

Creswell Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Direct any questions to Su Liudahl (director.su@creswell-library.org) or Sue Bowers (lldboard@creswell-library.org).

About the Lane Library District:

Lane Library District (LLD) is a special district formed through the grassroots efforts of local residents and a public election in November 2004 for the purpose of creating Creswell’s first publicly funded library. LLD boundaries are nearly the same as the Creswell School District, so Creswell Library serves the entire community—city and rural residents.

The Creswell Library began operations by leasing space in and remodeling half of the former Creswell Hardware Store building on Oregon Avenue, Creswell’s main street. The LLD purchased the building in 2016, raised funds through savings, grants and donations and expanded into the entire building in 2019. Additional cosmetic improvements are contemplated in the near future.

LLD is directed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The Library is staffed by a full-time Library Director and Youth Librarian, and three part-time Library Assistants, one of whom also handles accounting and coordinates volunteers.

We proudly embrace out volunteer past (78 years as a volunteer library) and welcome regular volunteers who work alongside our paid staff to provide excellent library service. Our well-trained volunteers allow us to do more for our community on a limited budget than would otherwise be possible. The Creswell Library welcomes the involvement and contributions of volunteers as part of our team. Volunteers are appreciated, valued, and are vital to our Library’s success.

We are known for our approachability and helpfulness, and for seeking ways to meet unmet needs of our citizens—supporting local government and nonprofits’ efforts, as well as helping individuals with their educational, recreational, and economic needs.

In addition to traditional library programs like story times, book clubs, art shows, and teen programs, we offer innovative community programs and activities, partner with other area organizations, and act as a clearinghouse for many of the community’s social services.

To apply:

Please submit the following by email to both director.su@creswell-library.org and lldboard@creswell-library.org by July 31.

  • A cover letter explaining why you want to work at Creswell Library and a short statement of your personal philosophy of librarianship and how that may relate to a small-town library,
  • A resume or CV: a resume telling us about your education, employment experience, and a list of references.
  • A Lane Library District employment application
  • 2022 LLD Employment Application.docx 

Job Description:

Job Summary:  Under the supervision of the Lane Library District Board, the Library Director is responsible for the operations of the Creswell Library and the development and implementation of its programs, including:

  • Assisting the Board with strategic planning and policy development and implementation
  • Organizing the acquisition, access, storage and control of collections
  • Designing and implementing services and programs for users of all ages
  • Hiring and supervising all assistants and volunteers who work In the library
  • Over-seeing the maintenance and safety of the library buildings and grounds

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the Library’s executive officer
  • Serve as the secretary and technical advisor to the Board
  • Develop and submit the Library’s policies, long-range goals and objectives to the Board for review, approval and update. Implement the policies, goals and objectives as established by the Board
  • Prepare and present the annual Library budget for Board discussion and approval. Be qualified to serve as the Library’s Budget Officer
  • Receive and allocate Library funds within the limits of the budget and maintain accurate and up-to-date records showing the status of Library finances
  • Ensure accurate and timely completion of the annual audit
  • Write grant applications to supplement local funds and improve Library services. Administer grant funds upon award
  • Recruit, select, hire, supervise, train, evaluate, and terminate if necessary, Library staff in conformity with Library policy and state and federal law. Plan and conduct regular staff meetings
  • Prepare Library Board meeting agendas and necessary reports in cooperation with the Board president, and notify Board members and the public of scheduled meetings
  • Inform and advise the Library Board as to local, regional, state, and national developments in the library field, and work to maintain communication with other area libraries and the library system
  • Represent the Library as a member of professional library organizations. Act as spokesperson for the Library in the community
  • Collection Development: Select or direct the selection of materials for all media and all age groups, based on the Library’s approved collection development policyOversee cataloging, maintenance and removal of Library materials
  • Service and Service Promotion:Develop and execute an array of service programs to address the various needs ofusers and to make the Library more accessible to all.Provide friendly and efficient direct assistance to users checking out materials, requesting directional or community information, or seeking materials or information on specific topicsPlan and administer the Library’s public relations efforts, including development of promotional materials and projectsMaintain the Library websiteAssist and guide local volunteer groups (Library Friends, Foundation) who wish to help with Library promotion, fundraising, and enhancement of servicesConduct ongoing evaluations of existing Library programs, services, policies, and procedures, and submit recommendations for improvements to the Library Board
  • Facilities Management:Oversee care and maintenance of the Library buildings and groundsSchedule and supervise contract services, maintenance personnel and take appropriate action in emergenciesRegularly review building needs and advise the Board in its planning for future expansion or development

Essential Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently without supervision, establish and maintain proper priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in both verbal and written form
  • Knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon administrative rules, local laws, and pending legislation governing the operation of a special district
  • Analytical skills: Identify problems and opportunities, review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one, utilize information and resources available when making decisions
  • Ability to work with governing boards, community groups and elected officials, and make presentations to them
  • Knowledge of public library philosophy principles and procedures which will allow effective recommendations to the Board and sound decision making when faced with a wide range of circumstances
  • Ability to supervise staff and volunteers and delegate responsibility in an effective manner
  • Ability to assist patrons with location and retrieval of materials or information by title, subject, and interest of library patrons
  • Knowledge and ability to perform basic computer operations and troubleshoot problems, and to access external data bases
  • Ability to produce and maintain accurate files and reports
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, with some exposure to weights up to 50 pounds
  • Working Conditions:
  • Full time, exempt salaried position, working 40 hours per week
  • Flexible work hours; including evening and weekend hours
  • Travel to various meeting locations, conferences and continuing education sites as needed. Current driver’s license and vehicle insurance, valid in the State of Oregon, are required

Required Education/Experience: 

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • 5 years of increasingly responsible experience as a librarian in a public library
  • Have (or obtain) and maintain first aid and CPR certification
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