The City of Alma seeks a dynamic, energetic, and creative person with a strong dedication to customer service to become our Library Director. Alma Library is a successful library serving over 3,500 residents along the beautiful Mississippi River and surrounding rural areas. The Library Director is responsible for the development and implementation of library strategies, policies and procedures for delivering services, and maintaining a welcoming environment in support of the mission and goals of the library. This individual must also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to administer library services within a budget, and the desire to work with community officials and citizens to ensure that community library service needs are met.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manages and supervises library operations
• Coordinates the library program with other city departments and outside organizations such as the school district, historical society, and community based groups
• Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans
• Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations
• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow
• Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff, the public, and city officials
• Prepares and administers budget for all areas under the library department
• Coordinates library development and fundraising
• Promotes interest in library programs
Desired Minimum Qualifications:
• Is Grade III Public Library Certified or has the ability to become certified as found in the Certification Manual: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/certmanual.pdf
• Previous library and customer service experience
• Valid state driver’s license or the ability to travel to library meetings and conferences in the region, state, or nation
Desired Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:
• Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of modern library systems and programs
• Thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection techniques
• Knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system
• Proven leadership skills and the ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive library system
• Extensive communication skills and the ability to communicate on a variety of platforms (verbally, via email, via social media, etc.)
• Skill in operation of computers; including website design and publishing, word processing and database management software
• Knowledge of current trends and developments in the library field, including technology developments
• Considerable knowledge of children’s, young adult and adult literature and online resources
• Ability to analyze library service in relation to the needs of the community and to redirect services consistent with changing public needs and library policy
• Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public
• Ability to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, with a regular work shift during library hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
• Flexibility to work additional days, evenings, and weekends as needed
How to Apply: To apply for the Alma Library Director/Librarian position, submit a cover letter, resume (indicating education, certification and experience), and 3-5 references to:
Job pays: Competitive, includes benefits (DOE)
Starting date: Mid-November
Applications: Applications will close upon the hiring of a suitable candidate
The period from birth to kindergarten is crucial for developing language and early literacy knowledge, skills, and dispositions (or attitudes). Children with literacy experiences at this age do better in school and in life.
Your Alma Public Library has dozens of building-block resources for reading especially for your child’s age group. Come in today and let us help you select some fun books to start your 1,000 booklist. And register for our Summer Reading program starting June 2nd.
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Alma Public Library is offering a place to recycle your empty inkjet cartridges in our effort to make a difference in our environment. The recycling center will accept most types of cartridges.
As a result of this recycling box, the center will donate a few cents per special cartridges to the Library, and will recycle the rest. Please join in this win-win effort and bring those used cartridges in today.
The box is located in the lobby by the Library’s bookshelf.
Thank you for your support.