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December 5, 2013

Search for library director continues in Amesbury

Job reposted after finalists drop out of running

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Matlin reiterated that she is not interested in taking the director position full-time, even though many people have encouraged her to, and that she would prefer to continue serving as assistant library director in the same capacity as before.

“Right now I just want to focus on my family, and I do enjoy what I was doing as assistant director,” Matlin said, adding that she’s learned a lot over the past few months as interim director.

According to the job posting listed on the city’s website, the library director’s salary will be between $65,000 and $70,000 annually, and candidates must have a master’s degree in Library Science, a minimum of five years professional experience in a library environment with at least three years in an administrative and/or supervisory capacity, and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners certification.

The position is described as requiring “a dynamic community and patron-focused librarian responsible for overseeing all library operations,” and the responsibilities include development and preservation of collections, budget development and management, community outreach, strategic planning, program coordination, the library’s physical plant and surrounding grounds and staff supervision.”

Candidates are also expected to have knowledge of “the theory and practices of library services in a public library setting” as well as experience with computers, web-based information systems and databases used in public libraries.

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