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If serving as the director and leader of a well respected, and well loved community library is your professional goal, consider the position of Director of the Plymouth (MI) District Library. Due to the retirement of the current director, the Board of Trustees is seeking a progressive, collaborative team- builder, who is an experienced, dynamic, and committed professional well aware of current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services. This busy library, where annual circulation has exceeded the 1 million mark for the past 5 years, was recognized in 2012 by Library Journal as a “starred library” in the annual index of public libraries in the $1-4.9m budget category.

The library, located in beautiful downtown Plymouth, serves a population of nearly 37,000 in a 52,000 square foot facility remodeled in 2006-07 with a budget of $3,492,000. The staff of 75 (19 MLIS) pride themselves on providing exceptional patron-focused service. The library enjoys an excellent reputation and outstanding support from the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and the community. As a district library, PDL is an autonomous governmental unit that has a dedicated millage in perpetuity that provides a stable funding base.

The city of Plymouth is ideally located in southeast Michigan, close to larger city amenities while still retaining the charm of a friendly, walkable small town. The area offers excellent schools, access to major universities, and multiple recreational opportunities and cultural events. To learn more about the Plymouth District Library system and the community visit:

Position requirements: Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; a minimum of six (6) years of post-degree employment in a public library, of which at least three (3) years have been in a management/supervisory position.

Additional requirements include excellent financial management abilities, strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to articulate a vision for library service and inspire others; a thorough understanding of library technology and applications; and a collaborative style that will continue the tradition of a teamwork environment. The ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies and serve as the library’s representative within the community is essential.

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Compensation: From $80,700, dependent on qualifications and experience; excellent benefit package including: health insurance; dental and vision cost reimbursement; MERS defined benefit retirement plan; short and long term disability insurance; life insurance; deferred compensation option.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 5 o’clock pm (EDT) on June 5, 2013 will receive first consideration. Electronic submissions required. To apply, submit a cover letter, which specifically addresses the position requirements, your resume, and the names and contact information (including email address) of three (3) professional references to

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