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Library Director, Shrewsbury Public Library, Shrewsbury, MA

General Summary:

Under general direction of the Library Board of Trustees and the Town Manager, plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates all aspects of municipal library operations, collections and services in conformance with Board policies, regulations of the State Board of Library Commissioners, and laws of the Commonwealth. Effectively staffs the library and provides for employee training and development.


Essential Job Functions :

  • Develops short-term and long-term goals and objectives to ensure library services are meeting community needs; integrates these goals into service plans.
  • Collects and analyzes service and usage data and formulates appropriate policies on various aspects of library operation; develops and recommends policies to Trustees.
  • Oversees the preparation, maintenance, and submission of a variety of statistics related to library operations.
  • Evaluates on-going programs and services; plans for improved efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Maintains current knowledge of library profession and related fields as they relate to library operations.
  • Responsible for staffing and overseeing daily operations of the library; recruits and develops new employees and recommends changes in status and compensation
  • Administers personnel policies, develops orientation and in-service training programs, and provides overall leadership to establish effective working relationships and open communication.
  • Responsible for a variety of fiscal management functions, including the development and preparation of the annual budget and for administering funds in a cost-efficient manner and to control expenditures to stay within appropriation level.
  • Investigates cooperative purchasing opportunities and manages such systems and contracts.
  • Manages internal and external communications of the Library including but not limited to brochures, newsletters, web postings, and newspaper articles. Identifies and pursues public relations opportunities that engender good will toward and promotion of the Library.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with the Town officials, Schools, and community organizations. Responds to a variety of inquiries, requests, and complaints related to library operations and services provided.
  • Serves as the executive officer for the Board of Library Trustees; provides support with meetings, preparing reports, and implementing Board policy
  • Seeks and prepares grant proposals/applications and administers grants according to specified guidelines; ensures the timely filing of all required reports. Encourages donations to the library and oversees their administration in accordance with directives and Board policy.
  • Serves as executive director of the non-profit Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation, supporting all aspects of the foundation's work.
  • Prepares a variety of reports, statistics, and other necessary materials for the Trustees, Town officials, and state agencies.
  • Responsible for overseeing the development, maintenance and repair of all library information technologies and systems.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of all public library collections including books,
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Preparation, Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Duties require:

  • Master of Library and Information Science degree from an accredited college accepted by the American Library Association, and 5-7 years of progressively responsible related experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of library science, organization and functions
  • Thorough knowledge of library administration including personnel and budgeting
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Ability  to develop data and recommendations influencing policy;
  • Complete competence in oral and written communications
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, corporate representatives, officials of other agencies and the general public. 
  • Thorough knowledge of library information systems and technologies.


Supervisory Responsibility:

Accountable for all professional and technical support staff, student helpers, clerks, and volunteers. Directly supervises Assistant Director, Head of Adult Services, Head of Children's Services, Head of Technical Services, and Senior Accounts Clerk.


Application Instructions

For more information regarding this position, visit the Town of Shrewsbury's website When applying for this position a cover letter and resume may be submitted via email to Kristina Anderson, Human Resources Coordinator, at indicating the position you are applying to in the subject line.

Initial review of applicants will begin on November 12, 2019. Position open until filled.

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