Dormann Library

Serving the Bath Community Since 1869.

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Dormann Library Director

The Dormann Library is a thriving rural library in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Located in the Village of Bath, the library is centrally located to Elmira, Ithaca, and Corning. 

The Library Director plans, organizes, directs and is responsible for the operations and activities of the library within the parameters of NYS law and the library’s policies. The Library Director oversees and evaluates the development and execution of educational and cultural programs, collection development, the supervision and development of staff & volunteers, and the care of the library’s facility and grounds. The director recommends policies and goals to the Library Board of Trustees. The person in this position must be a positive and flexible individual who enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds, has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and will provide leadership as the administrative branch of the library’s governance.

The candidate must have a Master of Library Science degree.  This is a salaried position at $52,000 annually.

See full job description below.   Resumes may be emailed to or mailed to:  Dormann Library, 101 W. Morris St., Bath, NY  14810 Attention: Personnel Director

Resumes must be received by September 15, 2020

Library Director Job Description
Dormann Library

 The Library Director is the chief administer of the library, responsible for implementing the Board-approved policies and procedures and providing the guiding direction and vision for the library’s future.  This position is appointed by and reports directly to the Board of Trustees. The position is subject to a 6 month probationary period and annual review thereafter based on the expectations outlined in the Library Director Job Description.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Communicate regularly with the library Board of Trustees; provide pertinent information at all Board Meetings, and reports on library achievements and challenges.
  • Assist the Board of Trustees in drafting and reviewing all policies, procedures and controls for the operation of the library.
  • Through community assessment and in conjunction with a Strategic Plan Committee, develop five-year strategic plan for the library’s future.
  • Develop and evaluate plans for library services, evaluating the effectiveness of
  • the library’s services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community.
  • Administer personnel policies: recommends appointments, transfers, promotions, dismissal and staffing patterns of personnel.
  • Oversees the maintenance of library property and recommends repairs, alterations and new construction.
  • In conjunction with the Finance Committee, develop, implement and review the annual library budget.
  • Advocate for and promote the library through high quality customer service, active participation in social media, and foster relationships with community groups, underserved populations, and local schools.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement programming for all ages.
  • Manage collection development policies and procedures.
  • Research and write grants to support library’s mission and needs of the community.
  • Create and distribute regular news releases to the community.
  • Recommend and administer public relations programs.
  • Keep informed of professional developments in the library field through attendance at professional organizations, meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading.
  • Promote public awareness of services offered by the library directly and through Southern Tier Library System.

Specific Responsibilities – Personnel

  • Supervision and training of staff and volunteers.
  • Written evaluation of employee performance on an annual basis.
  • Monthly staff meetings to enhance communications and address concerns.
  • Regular one-on-one staff meetings to provide individual support and proactively address concerns.
  • Create staff schedule.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Demonstration of good oral and written communication.
  • Desire to learn and gain new skills with an interest in continual professional improvement.
  • Proficiency in technology hardware and software as well as web-based applications, including, but not limited to: PC, laptops, portable devices, Microsoft Office, Internet browsing/searching and social media platforms.
  • Commitment to community improvement and engagement through public library services.
  • Commitment to create and maintain a productive and emotionally healthy environment for staff and patrons.

Minimum  Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Experience with administration and management of staff in a library environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational or project management experience. Experience working with community members and community organizations.

 Examples of Work: 

  • Checking-in and checking-out library materials to library patrons.
  • Speaking with community members, and presenting on library projects in public.
  • Working with library staff and/or volunteers to coordinate library programs for all ages.
  • Completing local and regional grant applications to help fund library projects.
  • Submit payroll information to accountant and distribute paychecks to staff.
  • Approve supply orders and remit payments.
  • Interviewing and hiring contractors to maintain library building facilities.
  • Filing annual library report to New York State Library.
  • Coordinating annual budget vote with School District officials.
  • Training library staff and/or volunteers on library operations.
  • Promoting library services, programs and projects through traditional and social media.
  • Providing computer usage training to library patrons one-on-one or in a class room setting.
  • Purchasing library materials including books, magazines, DVD’s, CD’s and digital materials.
  • Participating in Southern Tier Library System training and meetings for library directors.
  • Reading about current trends and best practices in public libraries.
  • Reviews and logs applications for Empire Room usage.
  • Deals with mechanical problems, inspections of the building, sprinkler system
  • Overseeing library website and social media accounts.
  • Helping library patrons with general library needs.
  • Working with local community groups and businesses to promote library initiatives.

Additional Work Demands: 

  • Ability to work in an environment subject to continuous interruptions.
  • Ability to work under stress from deadlines, public contact, and changes in environment.
  • Ability to view a computer monitor and/or operate a keyboard for long periods of time.
  • Ability to move and/or lift materials up to 25 pounds.
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, bend, kneel, crawl, reach, climb, balance, and sit.
  • Regularly required to talk and/or hear; use hands to operate objects, tools, and controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges”.
  • Ability to read printed materials and information on computer screens
  • Ability to file books, files, reports, etc. on shelves ranging from 1 to 7 feet from the floor.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings both inside and outside of library community.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable all qualified individuals to perform these duties.
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