The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is offering an exciting employment opportunity for a highly motived leader to direct a talented team of advisors in providing training, professional development, and advisory (consulting) services to 1,600 multi-type Massachusetts Libraries. The director serves on MLS’s leadership team in developing a holistic approach to empowering and enhancing Massachusetts libraries; organizational development, and setting policy; and reports to the executive director. Please see the Position Description for more information.
Our mission is to foster cooperation, communication, innovation, and sharing among member libraries of all types. We support the library workforce with training, advisory, and a unique temporary employment service called BiblioTemps®. We support provision of content electronically and through mediated ILL and document delivery, and physical delivery. Other services include a statewide purchasing cooperative for materials and supplies, a shared ILS for smaller libraries called MassCat, and a strong statewide summer reading program that reaches thousands of residents. We aspire to exploring innovative ways to strengthen libraries and bring the Massachusetts library community together. We believe that Libraries are stronger when they work together. MLS promotes equitable access to excellent library services and resources for all who live, work, or study in Massachusetts.
Applications received by February 15, 2015 will receive first consideration. Please provide a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. We will notify candidates prior to contacting references. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state “Application TASD” in your subject line. All applications will be acknowledged by return email.
We welcome nominations of qualified candidates. Please forward nominations with your own and your nominee’s contact information to email@example.com. Please state “Nomination TASD” in your subject line. All nominations will be acknowledged by return email.
If you are attending ALA’s Midwinter Conference in Chicago, we would be pleased to arrange informational discussions with qualified candidates and members of our search committee.
Please contact Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director, at 508-357-2121 x303 with any questions or to arrange an informal discussion.
Recruiting schedule – Screening of applications will begin in mid-February. Initial screening of candidates will begin by late February. Telephone reference checks will begin shortly thereafter for those candidates we are considering for the second round of screening. Finalists will be invited for additional interviews after reference checks for interviews in Marlborough mid-March through April 10, 2015.
MLS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, age, marital status, sex, physical or mental challenge, creed, religion, political affiliation, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.
About the Massachusetts Library System (MLS)
Our organization was formed by the merger of six regional library systems in 2010. We were one of many groups of regional library systems that merged at that time as a result of the economic crisis. MLS is a member-driven not-for-profit corporation governed by a 15-member Executive Board which is elected by the membership. MLS is funded chiefly by state appropriations and that funding has been stable since 2010 at about $7 million per year. Staffing stands at 27 FTE with plans to add several positions when increased funding permits.
Our new organization is maturing and we are now making special efforts to recruit a diverse pool of candidates for this position. We are boosting our efforts and attention to diversity in other ways. We will be working with our membership to discuss services to diverse patrons. We plan to identify effective ways to incorporate the needs of diverse populations in our work.
MLS provides important services to our membership: Training, Advisory, Cooperative Purchasing, eContent (reference and eBooks), Mediated ILL and Document Delivery, Physical Delivery, Shared ILS (MassCat), Summer Reading, and Temporary Library Staffing (Bibliotemps™).
MLS has two offices; one in Marlborough and the other in Whately. Our Marlborough office is located 30 miles west of Boston and 18 miles east of Worcester with easy highway access from I-495 and I-90 and outside the major rush hour traffic issues. Our Whately office is located 28 miles north of Springfield in a scenic rural area but close to a major highway. We plan move within a year into new quarters along the I-91 corridor between Springfield and Greenfield.
Please see the Position Description.