Employment Opportunity - Library Director: The Brown Public Library located in Northfield, Vermont (the home of Norwich University), seeks an energetic and collaborative library director for a salaried position (30 hours/week) with benefits. The Town of Northfield (population of approximately 6,000) has a strong tradition of community support for their library. The director manages the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the library Trustees to develop goals, policies and budgets. Among the director's responsibilities are staffing, collection development, programming, and oversight of the facility and technology. The successful candidate must work closely with a diverse group of people to help lead the library in new directions while respecting tradition and current strengths. S/he must be able to build relationships within the community, prioritize, multi-task, and use internet and social media to market the library. Taking risks will be encouraged as we move forward to implement the expansion of information technology, electronic books, media and services for our 21st century patrons.
Bachelor's degree with several years of public library administration required, MLS preferred. Salary range is $30,000-$42,000 plus benefits.
Click here for full Job Description. See http://www.brownpubliclibrary.org for information about the library.
To apply send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is May 31, 2013.
LATEST NEWS AT BROWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW READING/DISCUSSION SERIES: Lois Cooley, Faye Dawes and Pat Stuart have scheduled a Vermont Humanities Council reading discussion program for the fall. Called "Masters of the Short Story," the program will include four sessions, all on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. The Friends of the Brown Public Library will provide the matching funds needed for the series. For complete details on dates, authors, books, and scholars, click on Special Events
THE INFORMAL READING/DISCUSSION GROUP: This group meets monthly on a Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. There is no assigned discussion leader; titles for upcoming sessions are selected by members in attendance. If you'd like to join or just want more information, please call the library at 485-4621.
NORTHFIELD YOUTH ART SHOW: Artwork by students at the Northfield Elementary School (N.E.S.) will be on display at the library from May 31 through June 6. An opening reception, including refreshments, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday May 31; thereafter the show will be open to the public during regular library hours. Nancy Oakes, N.E.S. art teacher, and Katie Wawrzyniak, library Trustee, are coordinating the show. We hope you will stop by to enjoy the talent and creativity of Northfield's young artists!
SUMMER READING PROGRAM: This year’s theme is "Dig Into Reading," which opens up possibilities from mining to moles, and from archeology to geology.
Plans for the summer include exploring the archeology of Ancient Egypt, finding and making fossils, participating in performances by a magician and a singer/storyteller, and, of course, reading many books. The programs will be held from 1pm to 3pm on July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1 and are open to children who will be entering grades K-5 in the fall. Registration forms will be sent home with elementary school children near the end of the school year and will be available at the library later this spring.
CATALOG SYSTEM: To access our catalog, click: The Brown Public Library Catalog. Librarians will be glad to answer questions you may have about using the catalog. To return to this page after using the catalog, click on your browser's BACK arrow.
UNIVERSAL CLASS: This is an online educational resource available to every
public library in Vermont. It gives library patrons access to over 500
free online courses from hobbies to job skills to education and test preparation and
much more! For complete details, click Services.
LISTEN UP! VERMONT: The Brown Public Library, as a member of the Green Mountain Consortium, provides a downloadable e-book and audio book service for adults, kids and teens at Listen Up! Vermont. Get complete details at Services.
HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE: Click HeritageQuest Online to search various databases valuable in genalogical research.
The Brown Public Library
sits on a rise above the common in the small town of Northfield,
Vermont. The Library accepts as its mission the
responsibility of providing access to books and other resources in
support of education, recreation and culture. It will create and
support programs that encourage reading for children, life-long
learning for adults, and access to the latest in technical
communications. The library is accessible to the handicapped. See Physical Facilities. Please take this opportunity to browse through the
items on the navigation bar at the left. The library appreciates your
comments and suggestions.
Internet Access: The library provides
ten computers for patrons to access the Internet, including one at a desk that accommodates patrons using a wheelchair. A computer for young children sits on a table that is just the
right size for the younger set. There are two chairs at the children's computer so friends can
enjoy activities together. This computer has links to several entertaining
and educational websites for children. It also has a resident cat. Felix won't purr if you pat him, but when children
double-click on the FELIX icon, he performs all kinds of mischievous antics for
them. Grownups can watch, too--if the kids give them permission. Click here to see the library's Computer and Internet Use Policies.
Trans-Video, Inc. graciously provides Internet access free of charge to the Brown Public Library as a community service.
Safe Computing: Learn how to protect
yourself and your children when accessing the Internet. This knowledge
is essential, especially when using public access computers and when
using social networking sites. Click here Protecting Your
Privacy and Internet Safety to learn what the FBI and other
organizations advise about safe computing practices.
Story Hour: A favorite activity of
children is taking part in the story hour. (Yes, adults
are allowed to listen in to an interesting tale. Everyone is welcome.)
Check out the Children and Youth page to view the library's
resources for children.
The Traditional and the
New: While the library serves patrons of all ages in the
traditional way with books, periodicals, audio and video materials, and
interlibrary loans, it is committed to employing modern technology to
assist patrons, providing computer and Internet access, including
connections to various research databases, and ClearView,
a desktop system for magnifying text and objects to assist people with
impaired vision. The library offers downloadable audio books any time
anywhere at Listen Up! Vermont.
Also certain special passes are available for patrons. See Services for details on these and other library services.
The Library Building and History: Our library, which was built over a century ago, integrates very comfortably the traditional and the new. In the foreground of this photo you see a nest of public access computers in the recent two-story addition. In the background are an original window and brick wall that were formerly part of the exterior of the original structure. In photo at the top of the page, the staff member at the circulation desk is in the original library building, while the patron she helps stands in the new wing.
North and South Reading Rooms: Above the fireplaces in the north and south readings rooms are paintings of historic interest relating to the library and Northfield.
To learn about the paintings, click: North Reading Room: Northfield's Libraries and George Washington Brown and South Reading Room: Mary Ann Paine's Painting of Northfield.
The new addition also connects the Brown Public Library with the Northfield Historical Society, which is located in the former home of Charles Paine, a prominent 19th century Northfield entrepreneur and Vermont governor.