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Director Adrian District Library, Adrian, MI

Are you an energetic, dedicated leader who wants to be actively involved in the community you serve? If so, you may be the person to lead the Adrian (MI) District Library!

Due to retirement, the Board of Trustees is seeking an accomplished leader who will continue the nearly 150-year tradition of a positive, community-centered culture to become the Library’s next Director.  The Adrian District Library  is an independent governing unit, serving a population of over 21,000 with an operating budget of nearly $1 million and a dedicated, enthusiastic staff of 12 (3 with the MLIS degree).  The community demonstrated their continuing strong support for the Library with a positive vote for a 10-year operational millage in May 2015.  The Library building, in the heart of downtown Adrian, underwent a major renovation in 2009, adding 3200 square feet that includes a Teen Zone, a quiet seating area in the Loft, a Café, and a renovated Tween space in the Youth Services area.

Adrian is located in southeast Michigan, and is home to Adrian College and Siena Heights University, as well as a satellite campus of Jackson College.  Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Toledo are all within an easy drive. Additional information about the Library may be found at and links to community web sites at

The position
requires a master’s degree in library science or library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and aminimum of six (6) years post-degree experience in a professional public library position, of which at least two (2) years have been in a position of administration and supervision in a public library. 

The successful candidate must
have a thorough knowledge of all facets of public library service; broad knowledge regarding the use and application of technologies in a library environment; a proven record of positive personnel management; the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects; excellent communications skills; strong financial management abilities; the ability to work effectively with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups, and the general public; experience in utilizing strategic /short and long range planning to guide library operations; and the ability to address challenges in a collaborative and creative manner. In addition, familiarity with district library governance and knowledge of Michigan library law would be a plus.
A full position description is available here: Adrian Library Director.

 Mid- $60s dependent on experience and educational qualifications.  Comprehensive benefit package, including health, dental and vision care, and a 403 (b) retirement plan contribution.

Applications received by 5 pm EDT June 30, 2017 will receive first consideration. Electronic submissions requiredInterested individuals should forward a cover letter that specifically addresses the position requirements, a resume, and three professional references with complete contact information.

Electronic submissions and requests for additional information should be directed to Marianne Hartzell at or via telephone at (517) 719-3487.


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