Seeking a new director

Hello All,

I have accepted a new position as a lecturer (assistant professor) at the School of Information and Library Studies at University College Dublin in Ireland.  My last day at the library is Saturday, August 9th.  If you can, stop in before then and say goodbye.

I sincerely hope all the progress we’ve made in my two years here wasn’t all for naught and that the library continues to thrive.  This will depend on the new library director.  Below, please see the job ad submitted by the Library Trustees for posting.


Director-Allenstown Public Library, Allenstown, NH
The town of Allenstown, NH seeks a creative, energetic, community and customer service oriented Library Director who is passionate about the role the public library plays in the community. The person who fills this position will play a vital role in the community and will work with other town departments and the local schools, as well as other local organizations including the Friends of the Library and funding agencies. The Director will work closely with Library Trustees who oversee the library’s budget, policies and day to day activities.
The Library Director responsibilities include:
Collection development and management (including the library’s OPAC and inter-library loan)
Developing and executing library programming
Day to day management of library staff and volunteers (including staff training)
Developing and upholding library policy
Data management and creating library statistical reports
Technical support for all library computers (Windows 8), the downloadable progam, and patron’s ebooks
Managing the library’s website (WordPress) and social media accounts (Facebook, Goodreads)
Providing reference assistance to patrons
Development and management of the library’s annual budget
Public relations
Grant writing
Representing the library in the SILC consortium and NHDB consortiums
Desired qualifications include:
Knowledge of basic library practices including policy development, reference, cataloging, and collection development
Experience managing employees and/or volunteers
Experience with and knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint
Experience with web publishing platforms including WordPress and Omeka
Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
Grant writing experience
Public relations and outreach experience
A bachelor’s degree and MLS (in-process is acceptable) are highly desired, but not required for the right candidate.
Salary is dependent upon annual town funding allocation. The position is approximately 24 hours per week, and at times, the Director will be expected to be available outside library hours to participate in town government meetings, events, etc. Wage contingent upon experience.
Interested candidates can submit a resume and letter of interest by July 31 to:
Allenstown Library Board of Trustees
59 Main Street
Allenstown, NH 03275
Electronic submissions are encouraged.

We’re hiring

Substitute Circulation Clerk, Part-time, Allenstown Public Library

Duties: The Allenstown Public Library is looking for an energetic, customer-service focused and detail-oriented substitute circulation clerk to fill in on short notice when staff in unavailable. This position requires active multi-tasking and strong attention to detail.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Check in/out library materials, register new patrons, assist patrons in locating library material, downloadable books, and the use of library computers, answer telephone inquiries and shelve materials.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required, some college preferred.  Library experience a plus.

This position requires active multi-tasking and strong attention to detail.

Experience working with the public preferred.

Must be age 18 by date of hire.

Closing Date: July 8, 2014

Salary: As needed at $10.00/hour. Must be available at short notice.
Address: Please send resumé to:

Amber Cushing
Library Director
Allenstown Public Library
59 Main Street
Allenstown, NH 03275

Web Site:

Check out our new library catalog!

Made possible by a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation, I am excited to announce a new and improve library catalog!  Here are some of the features you’ll notice:

  • You can login to your account, view books check out to you and RENEW books on your own, no need to call the library anymore!
  • You can create watchlists in your account so you’ll receive an email every time we get new books in written by your favorite authors.
  • You can access downloadable books and movies directly from the library catalog-no need to relogin to overdrive to check out a title.
  • You can create a wishlist of books you’d like to read in the future.

There is much more to discover-login to to get started!

Look for information about tutorial classes I’ll be scheduling in the next month.