Patterson Library, Westfield, NY
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Opening: Patterson Library Director
(Application form below)
The Board of Trustees of Patterson Library seeks a creative and energetic library director with strong leadership ability to provide quality library service to residents of Westfield and the surrounding communities. The applicant must have a strong vision of how library services will be delivered in the future. Duties include recruiting and overseeing staff to carry out the library’s mission, creating and administering budgets, presenting funding requests, writing grants and raising funds, and developing and sustaining programs and services. The candidate must demonstrate strong cooperative leadership, management and communications skills and be able to work with a Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, as well as community agencies. Knowledge of computer applications for library management is required.
The library is a privately endowed association library housed in a beautiful and well maintained 105 year old building; it serves 4896 residents and numerous summer visitors. Westfield, in Chautauqua County, is a charming village on the shores of Lake Erie, close to Chautauqua Lake, the nationally renowned Chautauqua Institution, and the village of Fredonia, home of SUNY Fredonia.
Patterson Library is the cultural center of Westfield with one of the most dynamic library programs in Western New York. It offers extensive programming for children and teens, art gallery exhibitions and art classes, local history archives, and adult book and film discussion groups. The library has a wireless network, remote access OPAC, public access computers, local history digital collections, and e-readers. For more information and a virtual tour visit
MLS from an ALA accredited institution.
New York State Public Librarians Professional Certificate.
Successful library experience.
Commitment to professional development as demonstrated by participation in continuing education opportunities.
Commitment to engaging in the Westfield community, ideally as a resident.
Required Personal Abilities:
Values the importance of equal access to books, information and culture in a democracy.
Thinks strategically and is well organized with the ability to schedule time effectively and meet deadlines.
Has the ability to work well with children, adults, the Board of Trustees and members of the community.
Possesses both a broad vision and attention to detail.
Is resourceful, enthusiastic, and flexible and has the ability to motivate others.
Treats others with honesty, empathy and respect.
Is open to creative and innovative solutions.
Communicates clearly in both written and oral form to individuals and groups.
Listens well and seeks to understand.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with education and experience with a competitive benefits package.
Please send questions to Susan Scriven at
Review of application begins July 18, 2014.
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