Thursday, March 25, 2010

Library Director


Find Yourself Here—at the 2007 Library of the Year! The Board of Trustees of the award-winning Worthington Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic director to build on the Library’s excellent reputation as a leader in both the library field and the community it serves.

Worthington Libraries serves the City of Worthington, plus the larger School District service area (an increasingly diverse population of 61,153) through its main library and two branches. With three beautiful facilities, a dedicated staff (109 FTEs), an active Friends organization, and a 2010 operating budget projected at $8.7 million, the Library loans 3.5 million items annually and provides an outstanding array of programs and services to the community.

As a vital part of a vibrant community, Worthington Libraries focuses on providing future-oriented library service in a spirit of collaboration guided by careful financial stewardship. The challenge for the next director is not only to continue this tradition of excellence, but to further the mission of the Library by developing new opportunities for community involvement, staff development and organizational growth.

Worthington is a northern suburb of Columbus, which is located in the center of Ohio. As such, it combines the attractions and convenience of an active urban center with small town charm. Worthington’s focus on its historical roots, its emphasis on education and cultural amenities, and its commitment to community collaboration, all contribute to produce an outstanding quality of life. Additional information on the Library, Worthington and the surrounding area can be found at Worthington Links.

Responsibilities. The Director of the Worthington Libraries will report to a seven-member Board of Trustees and work with the Board, staff and major stakeholders to achieve the strategic vision for the Library as defined in its 2010-2012 Strategic Plan. Overall responsibilities include: continuing and building on extensive collaborative partnerships with other library systems and community organizations; leading a team of talented professionals to manage exceptional library services and programs; providing sound fiscal management while continuing to build and strengthen resources; and implementing new technologies to diversify access to information. For additional details see the complete job description.

Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program; a minimum of five years of professional library experience in positions with progressive levels of responsibility; and a minimum of three years of experience supervising a system-wide department or branch library, preferably in a public library. Essential attributes and skills include: creativity, energy and enthusiasm; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in providing sound fiscal planning and management; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library service. Proven success working effectively with a policy-making board is highly desirable.

Compensation. A starting salary range of $100,000-120,000 (with final placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an outstanding fringe benefits package.

For further information, contact Gossage Sager Associates/Bradbury Associates via email or call 816-531-2468. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word attachments to or The position closes May 2, 2010.

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