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Library Director, Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT

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Primary Function

Under the direction of the Board of Trustees of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, the Library Director is the executive responsible for leadership and management of all Library operations, programs and personnel.  The director represents the Library in the Newtown community as well as the broader Connecticut library community. 


Summary of Responsibilities

Library Services and Programs

  • Manages and directs the day-to-day operations of the Library including but not limited to: governance, reference, circulation, services to children and young adults, programs, community outreach and relations, staff training and development, and utilization of the latest technology to deliver and enhance Library service
  • Provides the vision for future library services, including technological enhancements
  • Stays abreast of demographic and usage trends to make efficient and effective use of resources
  • Works in conjunction with Systems Librarian for technology planning and implementation
  • Solicits and encourages input from community and staff in support of meeting the mission of the Library


Library Facility

  • Plans, coordinates, and manages maintenance of Library facility
  • Directs facility and building projects

Staff Management and Development

  • Inspires Library staff through open communication and shared visioning
  • Oversees the recruiting, training, performance management and retention of staff
  • Creates opportunities for staff to suggest and implement improvements in Library services, programs and collections
  • Encourages professional development among staff members and mines the talents of the staff to benefit the Library and community

Community Involvement and Outreach

  • Establishes and fosters a close working relationship with the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library
  • Promotes and celebrates Library services and programs in relevant media outlets
  • Advocates passionately and enthusiastically for the Library within both the local community and the professional library community
  • Partners with Board of Trustees on fundraising and development strategies and implementation

Fiscal Management

  • Develops and manages an annual budget in accordance with town and Library governance policies and procedures
  • Maintains the financial integrity of the budget's implementation and administration
  • In conjunction with business manager and Board Treasurer, oversees all financial transactions for Library
  • Negotiates and maintains knowledge of all contracts related to provision of public, operational and vendor services, with Board approval
  • Supervises the preparation and presentation of Library financials on a scheduled basis to the Board of Trustees


Board of Trustees

  • Establishes and fosters close working relationships with the Trustees
  • Attends Board of Trustee and Board Committee meetings to inform them of the ongoing business of the Library
  • Assists the Board of Trustees in the formulation of Library policies
  • Acts as a conduit between the Board of Trustees and staff
  • Coordinates with appropriate Board Committees in completion of assigned responsibilities


Strategic Planning 

  • Reviews and re-evaluates the Library vision, mission, and values statements with input from patrons, staff and Board of Trustees on an on-going basis 
  • Coordinates the implementation of the Library's multi-year strategic plan with patrons, staff and Board of Trustees
  • Develops, tracks and reports action plans to meet objectives

Education and Training

  • Master of Library Science degree from a school accredited by the American Library Association
  • 6 years or more of progressively responsible professional library experience with at least 2 years in an administrative position

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