Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Librarian III

The State of New Hampshire, Department of Cultural Resources, NH State Library has a full time vacancy for Librarian III effective January 1, 2017. 



To manage and direct the Reference & Information Services Section of the State Library through the provision of reference services to state agency personnel, legislators, legislative staff, libraries and the general public. Manages and directs the information services of the State Library to the general public through resource sharing and document delivery services.




Develops procedures for orderly and systematic workflow within the section

Effectively manages all activities related to storage, lending and borrowing of library materials

Responsible for performance and corrective action of professional and support staff of the section

Prepares statistical and narrative reports on Reference & Information Services activities

Recruits, hires and evaluates professional and support staff of the section

Provides reference services in-person, by email and on the telephone using printed and electronic resources

Represents state library at professional meetings through association and committee membership, leadership and participation

Provides quality and quantity assurance of all work performed within the section

Promotes and publicizes the services and products of the Reference & Information Section to the legislature and the statewide library community at large

Assists with the management and development of library collections through selection, weeding and preservation

Plans for and directs the implementation of new reference services offered by the section

Develops budget controls for utilization of personnel, office supplies and equipment

Oversees the state library's participation in the federal document depository program

Manages the operations of the statewide materials delivery service and its fleet of vehicles




: Master's degree in library science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.

: Five years' experience as a professional librarian including three years in a supervisory or administrative capacity with a public, special, state, college or university library. Additional years of related work experience may not be substituted for the formal education required by this class specification.


Special Requirements:
Working knowledge of current cataloging descriptive standards and Dewey Decimal Classification. Proficiency in Microsoft Windows Office applications. Knowledge of current ILS and their capabilities. Knowledge of and experience with social media and new information technologies. Knowledge of standard and authoritative reference resources.


: Ability to work independently and to motivate team performance. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent attention to detail and highly organized work habits. Ability to analyze and evaluate program effectiveness and resource utilization. Ability to speak before public groups.



Employees may be required to pay an agency/union fee.


and complete an on-line application.


For further information please contact Janet Eklund, Administrator of Library Operations,   603-271-2393.  

Transcripts may be sent to Kathleen Stanick,   NH State Library, 20 Park St, Concord, NH  03301



Monday, December 5, 2016

Head Custodian, Part-time, Derry Public Library

POSITION: Head Custodian
STARTING PAY RANGE: $12.61 – $13.79 per hour
SCHEDULE: 25 hours/week. Monday – Friday, Noon – 5 PM
Under direction of the Library Director, responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of the Library building and adjacent grounds. Works cooperatively with the night custodians. The Head Custodian is accountable for the following areas of responsibility:
  • Managing the maintenance and cleanliness of the Library facility.
  • Managing the maintenance and cleanliness of the Library grounds.
  • Working with Library Director to manage vendors and building issues.
  • Working with Library staff to ensure that rooms are prepared for Library activities.
  • Knowledge of building maintenance and repair equivalent to completion of High School diploma and four years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Technical School degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of plumbing, HVAC, electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems, work toward solutions, and bring projects to closure.
  • Ability to work as a team member with other staff.
  • Knowledge of safety procedures for use of tools and hazardous materials.
  • Comfort with using Microsoft Office, email and searching the Internet.
  • Knowledge of environmentally sound practices, materials, and supplies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work an occasional evening or Saturday.
  • Regularly handles material which may contain chemicals and potential biohazards.
  • Operates cleaning apparatus, power and hand tools that may be noisy and potentially physically dangerous.
  • Regularly required to walk, stand, bend, stretch, reach, and use ladders.
  • Lifts, carries and positions heavy objects.
  • Operates machines and performs tasks requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
BENEFITS:  Vacation, personal day, some paid holidays.

TO APPLY:  Candidates must complete a Derry Public Library Employment Application and submit to:

Cara Barlow
Library Director
Derry Public Library
64 East Broadway
Derry NH 03055

CLOSING DATE:  January 3, 2017
Visit for application and information.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Library Director, Littleton Public Library

LIBRARY DIRECTOR SEARCH OPENED – LITTLETON, NH – In the Heart of the White Mountains

The Board of Trustees of the Littleton NH Public Library is seeking an energetic, community minded, creative and innovative, goal oriented, self-motivated, team player to manage and co-ordinate the daily operations of the library within compliance of State and local regulations.  
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.  Master’s Degree in Library Science and minimum of 3 years’ experience leading and managing a team preferred. 
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to publicly promote the vision and needs of the library.
  • Proven ability to motivate, inspire, direct and support a team
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in grant writing and fundraising. 
  • Dedicated to excellent customer service
  • Strong relationship building and community development skills
  • Dedication to professional development for self and staff 
  • Knowledge of current and emerging library trends, as well as best practices for libraries
  • Embraces current and emerging digital technologies
  • Skilled at building budgets, tracking funds, identifying funding needs; resourceful and efficient use of limited funds
  • MANAGEMENT:  Build a culture of trust, support, supervision and professional development for the LPL staff.  Competency in developing and managing budgets and identifying alternative funding sources;  possessing solid knowledge of personnel, policy and facilities management issues;  demonstrating the ability to develop and implement strategic plans; exhibiting the capability to review, evaluate and streamline procedures and workflow.
  • LEADERSHIP:  Collaborate with the Board of Trustees, the Friends of Littleton Public Library and the greater community to develop, advance and evaluate the Library’s mission, vision and strategic goals.
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:  Build strong relationships with library users and non-users to build community and ensure the needs of the community are solicited, understood and met, to the extent possible.     Cooperate and leverage resources with local government, organizations, schools and members of the community to provide rich programming opportunities and support the library.

Full-time, salaried position.   $47,476.00/yr. with benefits (vacation, medical insurance, retirement program)

Please send cover letter and resume to:

All applicants will be subject to a background check.   Resumés accepted until position is filled. 
Littleton Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Library Assistant II, Reference Services, Part-time, Portsmouth Public Library

Part Time Library Assistant II – Reference Services (20 Hours)
POSITION TITLE: Part Time Library Assistant II – Reference Services (20 Hours)

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have graduated from high school or have earned a graduate equivalent diploma (GED) and must have a demonstrated interest in library or related customer service work. He/she should have proficiency and experience with office productivity software and a demonstrated ability and interest in using computers, the Internet, mobile and emerging technologies. Shift may include some Saturday and evening hours.
  1. Answers basic reference questions in person, by phone, using email, etc.; explains the use of the library catalog; helps patrons find books, magazines, websites, etc. Helps patrons obtain materials not immediately available placing holds, offering purchase requests, and submitting Inter-Library Loan orders.
  2. Registers patrons for use of study rooms, museum passes, library programs, computer classes, etc.; explains applicable procedures.
  3. Follows routines for keeping collections organized—shelves materials, shelf-reads, straightens, counts internal use.
  4. Generates lists according to established criteria for the evaluation and weeding of various library collections.
  5. Troubleshoots equipment, including computers, printers, copiers, microfilm reader-printers, etc.
  6. Assists with special collections, local history and genealogy tasks
  7. Supports other library services and programs.
  8. Implements library policies, rules and procedures and assists in their evaluation for effectiveness, efficiency and contribution to customer service.
  9. Collects statistical and other information for library use and other reports.
Performance is subject to review according to the City's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.

Competitive Examination which includes a personal interview
Finalist must complete pre-employment screening, drug testing & background check.

Dianna Fogarty
Human Resources Director
City of Portsmouth
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610 - 7270

The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
DATE POSTED: 11/22/ 2016 CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Children's Library Assistant, Part-time, Durham Public Library

Children’s & Young Adult Services Department

Position Description: Creative, patient, friendly person needed to join a dedicated staff in the Durham Public Library’s busy Children’s & Young Adult Department. Candidate must enjoy working with children; have good communication skills, both oral and written; be computer literate, comfortable assisting patrons, able to lead programs such as storytimes for children and events and activities for teens. Must be familiar with children’s and teen literature, social media, and computer technology.

Hours :  15-20 hours per week
Anticipated schedule:  Mondays  2-8 pm, Wednesdays 2-8 pm, and rotating Saturdays and Friday mornings 9:30-2 pm.

  • Prepare crafts, design displays, and assist in general upkeep of the children’s and young adult areas.
  • Work with Children’s Librarian to develop the children’s and young adult collections.
  • Provide strong customer service; perform outreach to the schools and the community.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work collegially. 
  • Plan and perform children’s and young adult programs in collaboration with the Children’s Librarian including planning, scheduling, and overseeing summer reading programs.
  • Assist children, young adults, and adults with reference questions and help connect them to materials and information.
  • Process and shelve materials and perform circulation duties as needed.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and some library experience preferred. Experience working with children; good organizational skills; knowledge of children’s literature; solid computer skills, automated circulation system preferred; ability to work independently; good sense of humor. A background check is required.

Salary:  Competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience.

Position open until filled. Send resumés to,   Attn:  Lisa Kleinmann

Other:  Background check required

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in carrying and shelving books, and in performing other typical library functions. The employee must regularly lift and/or move material weighing up to 35 lbs. May be required to push or pull book trucks weighing up to 150 pounds. Vision and hearing at, or correctable to, normal ranges is necessary. Depth, color, peripheral, and distance vision routinely required. Standing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, and reaching routinely required.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Youth Services Librarian, Lincoln Public Library

Position Description

Plans, organizes and supervises library programs for pre-school, elementary, and young adult library users; participates in short and long range planning for children and general library programs; coordinates activities, using ideas derived from books, other libraries and through personal contact. Prepares and issues flyers and press releases. Periodically confers with school librarian and teachers. 
Works under the supervision of the Library Director.
High School Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree in Education-related field with emphasis in children’s and young adult services, or working toward an MLS at an accredited school. Prefer experience in
services to infants, children, and young adults, with an emphasis on children’s and young adult
literature.  Also required are excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to
work with the public, familiarity with library systems, computer software, word processing,
and social media.

Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.
  • Knowledge of the needs and abilities of children, and the available library materials and services.
  • Considerable ability in oral and written communications.
  • Ability to administer the activities of a children's library service and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to develop short and long-term plans and programs for a children's library service.
  • Ability to make decisions in an environment of limited resources and competing claims.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies and the general public.
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: Ability to deal with staff members and the public in a courteous manner, ability to communicate well with individuals; neat personal appearance; self-motivated; sound judgment; pleasing manner, ability to work independently and excellent customer service skills.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Regular & punctual attendance; supervises all aspects of children's and teen services; manages children and teen programming. Covers circulation desk as required, as well as other related library duties

Physical Demands
  •  Performs bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from floor level to 6 feet in height
  • Displays good coordination and mobility
  • Routine lifting of library materials weighing up to 20 lbs.
This job description is not, nor is it intended to be a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities for this position.

Closing date:    December 30, 2016 or until position filled.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Submit cover letter, resumé, and three professional references to:  Lincoln Public Library P.O. 98 Lincoln NH 03251 or email to
Salary and benefits:   Salary TBD.   Full Time position 40hours/week including Saturday hours, benefits included are NHRS, Medical and Dental insurance, paid holidays and vacation.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Virtual Reference Librarian, Part-time, Shapiro Library, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Manchester


Southern New Hampshire University's Shapiro Library seeks an engaged, service-oriented Reference Librarian who welcomes the opportunity to offer services that meet the learning needs of SNHU students, faculty, and staff. Reporting to the Head of Reference, the Librarian works as a member of a collaborative staff providing prompt, courteous and supportive virtual reference service to all library users seeking information via an electronic means; such as email, chat, VoIP (voice over IP such as Google Voice) and through videoconferencing.

Staffing the virtual reference desk, the librarian will assist users with research, utilizing library tools and resources, and suggest materials for further study. This individual will also assist users with general inquires of citation styles, technology and University information as needed. The Librarian may also work with individual students on a scheduled appointment basis over the phone and/or through videoconferencing. Other projects as assigned can include: creating subject and course guides, video tutorials, etc.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:
  • Staffs the virtual reference desk and provides service to all SNHU community members
  • Conducts thorough reference interviews to determine users’ questions and extent of information needed
  • Instructs library users on use of print and electronic resources
  • Assists users in developing research strategies to locate, evaluate and use resources in an effective and ethical manner
  • Assists users with general information on citation styles, technology and University information
  • Assists with basic troubleshooting of access issues and/or refers to appropriate person or department
  • Works with scheduled individual students via phone and/or videoconference as assigned
  • Refers users to make individual instruction appointments for more in depth research assistance as needed
  • Refers users to other departments on campus for information as needed
  • Creates subject Libguides as assigned
  • Other projects as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Two years professional experience providing reference and/or virtual reference for an academic audience
  • Knowledge of Internet, print, and online resources
  • Strong computer-based skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail, web searching and basic computer troubleshooting
  • Experience with automated library systems, Millennium preferred
  • Ability to handle complex questions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong word processing/typing skills at least 40 WPM
  • Ability to work with students from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, and academic backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Commitment to instruction and building student knowledge as it relates to research
  • High level of comfort with technology, able to learn new technology quickly and efficiently
  • Reliable computer/laptop setup and high speed cable/DSL connection required with speeds of at least 50mbps
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with Springshare Products such as LibAnswers, LibChat and LibGuides
  • Experience working with distance education students
Work Hours:
This individual will work selected reference shifts depending on reference desk needs. Shift hours will change due to schedule needs, as appropriate due to statistics.
Spring schedule:
Sunday: 4pm-8pm
Monday: 4pm-9pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 6pm-9pm

A background check is required for employment. Please submit a cover letter, in addition to your resumé, with your application.