Library Director: Job Description

Library Director
Job Description


The library director shall have a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an ALA-accredited institution.


The library director shall have a minimum of three years professional public library experience. Supervisory experience is preferred.


Supervise the Staff

  1. Serve as chief administrator of the library and supervise daily operations.
  2. Train, develop, and evaluate all staff members.
  3. Schedule staff to ensure at least two staff members are on duty when the library is open.

Manage the Library Building and Grounds
Oversee maintenance and repairs of building, equipment, furnishings, and grounds.

Maintain Working Relationship with Board of Trustees

  1. Work with the Board of Trustees to promote the library and its activities.
  2. Carry out policies of the library as prescribed by the Board of Trustees.
  3. Prepare agenda and attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees.
  4. Assist Board of Trustees in updating policies and job descriptions as needed.
  5. Act with the Board of Trustees to resolve any complaints concerning library materials, policies, or management.

Ensure Library is Operated in a Fiscally Responsible Manner

  1. Prepare the annual budget. Review with treasurer. Present to Board of Trustees, Select Board, and town Budget Committee.
  2. Attend annual Public Budget Hearing to answer questions about budget.
  3. Keep expenditures within the annual budget.

Keep Library Technology Current

  1. Develop and support computer information services to fit the needs and interests of the community.
  2. Maintain knowledge of library automation systems and other technologies. Recommend and implement technological advances as needed.

Coordinate with Other Libraries

  1. Participate in New Hampshire Automated Information System (NHAIS) for interlibrary loans and listserv.
  2. Administer Interlibrary Loan program.
  3. Attend meetings, seminars, and workshops offered by the New Hampshire State Library and the Nubanusit Cooperative.

General Duties:

  1. Assist patrons as needed.
  2. Assemble, preserve, and administer an organized collection of books and audio-visual materials using the guidelines set forth in the library policies.
  3. Read reviews; select and order materials.
  4. Determine use of or disposition of donated materials.
  5. Work at circulation desk as needed.
  6. Continually update the library website and Facebook page.
  7. Prepare annual reports for the town’s annual report and for the New Hampshire State Library.
  8. Attend Town Meeting to answer questions about library.
  9. Pick up mail daily, or arrange to have it picked up daily. Give bills to the treasurer for payment.
  10. Respond to unforeseen situations and resolve them.
  11. Other duties as required.
  12. Plan and oversee fundraising book sales.
  13. Plan programs for children and adults.
  14. Schedule use of the meeting room.
  15. Plan exhibitions and displays.


  • Normal office environment not subject to extreme temperatures, noise, odors, etc.
  • Extended periods of time on computer and phone requiring hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity.
  • Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, bend, and reach.
  • Regularly required to lift books, materials, equipment.
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule which includes evenings and weekends and occasional periods of extended hours.
  • Must be able to travel between home and work. No public transportation is available.