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Library Director

Southwest La Plata Library District

near Durango, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By May 7th, 2021


$55,000.00 to $75,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Durango, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library



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Job Description

The library director should be the primary information resource for board members, providing support and information to promote a clear understanding of the many facets of library operation, including library legislation and trends in public libraries. The Library Director will be involved with and collaborate with the board and board committees regarding meeting agendas, scheduling, and notices. She/he will provide professional expertise and guidance to the Board and will review policies and recommend revision as needed. The Library Director will act as a liaison between the Library Board, the Library Branches, and the Friends of the Library.

MLIS/MLS required. Five years library experience, demonstrating an increasing level of responsibility, and experience in library management and administration required. Experience in budgeting, public library finance, and applicable federal and state law preferred. Documented experience with community outreach, program development, and the ability to work with other entities and maintain good board relations required.

● Ability and strong desire to meet and serve the community needs
● Ability to work independently, organize and prioritize work, respond to varied and changing work demands and to make decisions as required
● Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships
● Ability to foster and maintain positive public image for the library
● Ability to understand, develop, interpret and enact library policies, rules and procedures and to make policy recommendations to the library board
● Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
● Knowledge and skill in the use of computers, the internet, and library software systems
● A comprehensive knowledge of library techniques, practices, services and procedures as they apply to public library administration

Note: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
● Ability to interact effectively with other individuals, (coworkers, public, children, etc.);
● Use and normal maintenance of office machines, (copier, computer, printer, fax, etc.);
● Handling of files weighing up to 10 pounds including floor to waist and overhead lifting;
● Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, reach, carry, grasp and turn objects;
● Ability to stand, sit and walk for up to 60 minutes at a time;
● Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hand and fingers to operate office equipment, use computer keyboard and computer mouse and to perform other office tasks;
● Acceptable eyesight to read printed material and a computer monitor and to operate office equipment;
● Acceptable hearing to communicate with others in person or through telephonic means;
● Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to communicate effectively with others via the phone, at meetings and greeting and assisting visitors;
● Ability to withstand extensive VDT exposure.

Additional Info & Requirements

Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a PERA retirement plan, paid sick leave, holidays, and personal days.

The Community

Colorado’s newest library district, The Southwest La Plata Library District, is looking for a creative, intelligent, and experienced leader to take us into the future of library service.  Previously part of the Durango Public Library system, SWLPLD has two rural library branches, serving an economically diverse population of 7,000.  Surround yourself with the area’s beautiful landscape while you work with an energetic, passionate board and staff to provide outstanding service to our cherished patrons.


HR Info


Posted Apr 9, 2021