February 18, 2017
February 18, 2017
January 2, 2017
The Easton Library is an association library with a 130 year history in our small, rural town. The library is a center of information, community culture, recreation and lifelong learning.¬† We are seeking a part-time library director for a community focused library open 24 ¬Ĺ hours per week.¬† The library director will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and fulfill the mission of the library.
Summary of Job Responsibilities
- Assists library patrons in the use of print materials, equipment and technology including databases and interlibrary loan
- Manages all aspects of a community library including staff & volunteers; circulation & acquisition of materials; collections & display cases; communications including Facebook, flyers, newsletter & website; budget, donations & grant writing
- Plans and publicizes library programs that reach all of the community.
- Attends all board meetings, reports on library activities & important issues, participates actively in discussion & contributes to decision making process.
- Makes policy recommendations to the board and implements policies adopted by the library board.
- Participates, with Board of Trustees, in a continuing formal planning process which identifies and addresses community and library needs, provides direction for library development and serves as a base for evaluation of library effectiveness in relation to changing community needs.
- Attends SALS (Southern Adirondack Library System) meetings & workshops when appropriate.
- Maintains the library‚Äôs computers & calls on SALS tech support as needed. Meets with tech support for set up of new computers or for maintenance of current computers.
- Completes other tasks as needed.
Preferred Skills and Requirements
- Associate‚Äôs degree required, Bachelor‚Äôs degree preferred.
- Computer skills- internet, databases, Microsoft Office Suite.
- General knowledge of library principles and practices.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to speak and write effectively and clearly.
- Prefer grant writing experience.
- Experience managing a work force.
- Budgeting skills.
- Organizational skills and ability to envision and carry out a long-range plan.
- Ability to lift, carry and shelve books.
Hours and compensation 20-25 hours per week including some evenings & Saturdays; Starting hourly wage at $16-18/hour depending upon experience and the degree to which the candidate matches the above profile. Application process All applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format via email to email@example.com.¬† Three references will be required at the time of interview.¬† Submit application by January 28, 2017.
January 2, 2017
Helen Brownell, Director of the Easton Library, has announced that she will retire from her position in 2017. Helen has been the director of the library for 30 years serving from 1970-1972 and 1988-2017.
Under Helen‚Äôs leadership the Easton library underwent a major expansion in 1995 that allowed the library to create more space for patrons while retaining a cozy, rural feel.¬† Helen‚Äôs intimate knowledge of her patrons led her to build a library collection that truly represents the interests of her community.¬† She has been pivotal in bringing the most up-to-date technology to the library including the automation of the collections, access to eBooks and audiobooks, and development of computer stations & Wi-Fi access.
Helen‚Äôs interest in local history helped her to create programs about local history and build a collection of historical materials. She has been instrumental in increasing the level and diversity of community programming. Helen‚Äôs long career has provided community members with a life-long library connection extending from one generation to the next.¬† Her collaborative nature in working with the staff, Friends of the Library, Board of Trustees, and community at large has been the key to the success of the Easton Library.¬† She leaves the library in excellent shape for the next director and our community.¬† The search for a new library director will begin January 2017.
January 21, 2016
The Knitting Circle is now meeting at the library every Monday from 1 – 3 PM.¬† Beginning and experienced knitters alike are enjoying this fun social time while learning and supporting each other with¬†various knitting projects.¬† Once each month, Annette Arnold, owner of YARN at 99 Main Street, Greenwich¬†will¬†be present to teach a new project for any who are interested.¬† Knitters of all skill levels are welcome to attend.¬†