Careers

LIBRARY DIRECTOR

We seek a dynamic Library Director with a passion for community service to oversee all activities and operations of the Library. The successful candidate will manage and expand library services and programs to meet the cultural, informational and social needs of this vibrant Hudson Valley community that has valued and supported its Library for 40 years. The Director will be responsible for leading a dedicated staff of nine full- and part-time employees, working with a committed Friends group and a supportive Board of Trustees, overseeing building and grounds and other elements of the institution’s long-range plan for achieving sustainability, and managing the library’s finances; the Director is responsible for a $600,000+ annual budget.

Essential Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Staff and Operations

  • Supervising all library services, operations, activities, programs and outreach
  • Selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel while creating a harmonious team environment
  • Developing and maintaining the Library’s collection in accordance with collection policies and best practices
  • Controlling expenditures of funds and maintaining accurate financial records
  • Supervising the purchase, utilization, and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor, and enhance library services
  • Preparing annual reports to the state and the community with extensive data tracking
  • Working with Buildings and Grounds Committee

Programs & Events:

  • Working on grant writing and reporting
  • Overseeing year-round library events, programs, and community outreach
  • Preparing and distributing public relations and marketing materials

Board of Trustees:

  • Developing, implementing and evaluating long- and short-term goals and objectives
  • Working with the Board in an ongoing planning process that identifies and addresses community and library needs
  • Making policy recommendations to the Board and implementing adopted policies
  • Preparing annual budget recommendations for Board approval
  • Preparing narrative and data reports for all and participating in all Board meetings

Essential Traits include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for staff and library patrons
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • A commitment to social justice and fostering an equitable community
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession
  • Proficiency with computers, popular library software, internet and digital communications

Minimum Qualifications: A master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and experience in library administration.

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health care and 401K contribution. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to: searchcommittee@desmondfishlibrary.org by June 20.

DIGITAL SERVICES INTERN (INNOVATION & LEARNING CENTER)

The Desmond-Fish Public Library Innovation & Learning Center seeks a dynamic, socially-engaged intern with a passion for technology for its inaugural Digital Services Summer Internship.

The Digital Services Internship Summer Session program at the Desmond-Fish Public Library Innovation & Learning Center is a ten-week internship session for people of college age working in technology, arts, literacy, and/or activism, comprised of a twenty-five-hour-per-week schedule to be split equally between mentorship and curriculum creation roles.

The intern will work closely with the Digital Services Coordinator in the Innovation & Learning Center, a state-of-the-art makerspace serving our vibrant and multigenerational community. Focused on the intersection of technology and the arts and dedicated to promoting social justice and information literacy through free access to technology, the ILC features a wide range of creative tools and innovative programming for community use, and is the umbrella under which digital services are provided to the DFPL community. 

The summer intern will design and conduct a (minimum) two-week summer camp for school-age children (any age range K-12) of their own invention, with the help of the Digital Services Coordinator.

The intern will also assist with weekly clubs and programs for children and teens, one-on-one computer help for all ages, and digital literacy programming for adults. In addition, the intern will be asked to open and supervise the Innovation & Learning Center and its basic services on their own for a short period each week (should the internship be fully remote, other duties will be substituted).

During both sessions, the intern is offered space to exhibit their creative work in the Innovation & Learning Center. 

Applicants are sought who have a unique voice in their fields, who desire to bring to our community their distinct vision of the intersection of technology and lived experience. The ideal applicant will have a wide familiarity with existing and developing technologies,  excellent organization skills and attention to detail, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and above all, an enthusiasm for public service and passion for creating a warm, welcoming, progressive environment for learners of all ages. The ideal applicant should be committed to racial, gender, and class equity and the advancement of social justice.  

Experience with or interest in working with school-age children strongly preferred. Background in the arts a plus. Applicants from diverse and historically marginalized backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing technology and arts- or activism-based programs and putting them into practice
  • Helping library patrons develop essential digital literacy skills through educational programs and informal consultations
  • Assisting Digital Services Coordinator in developing technology-related curriculum materials for adults and children
  • Assisting with day-to-day functions of the Innovation & Learning Center as needed, including supervising the the Innovation & Learning Center and its basic services during opening hours

Qualifications:

  • Coursework in the arts and/or technology
  • Enthusiasm for public service, collaborative spirit, and sense of humor
  • Wide range of knowledge in current and emerging technology
  • Excellent attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and with others

Preferred, but not required:

  • Prior experience working in a public library or teaching
  • Experience using or working in makerspace environments

Please note that this internship will be either fully remote or a hybrid combination of remote and in-person, determined by the intern and the Digital Services Coordinator.

Compensation: $18/hr at 25 hours per week, $500 transportation stipend. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and examples of any relevant work (if none is available, send us something that lets us get to know you!) to: ryan@desmondfishlibrary.org by June 7th.