Employment Opportunity

Director Search: Bad Axe Area District Library

Job Description

The Library Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the library in accordance with Library policies and guidance from the Board of Trustees. The Director works cooperatively with the Board, serving as its advisor and actively participating in policy development, budget management, strategic planning and evaluation. The Director is responsible for the facilities, financial management and personnel of the Library. The Director provides a leadership role within the Library and the community. The position is at-will and directly accountable to the Board.

Job Qualifications

  • Ability to qualify for a Michigan Professional Librarian Certificate
  • A four-year degree in a relevant field (communication, English, history or education)
  • A master’s degree in Library Information Science is preferred
  • Prior management and supervisory experience
  • Ability to train, mentor, supervise and evaluate staff
  • Experience planning and implementing library programs for all ages and abilities
  • Strong working knowledge of computers and library technology and trends
  • Experience with budgeting and fiscal management and reporting
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
  • Management and leadership skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with library, school, and community stakeholders
  • Ability to attend professional library training and events out of the area
  • Ability to maintain a thorough understanding of public library practices and principles

Job Duties

  • Prepares annual budgets for Board review and approval
  • Administers library financial activities within the Board-approved budget
  • Maintains financial information in QuickBooks and prepares monthly financial statements for Board review
  • Prepares agenda for and attends all Board meetings
  • Formulates and recommends policies to the Board
  • Implements library procedures and policies
  • Orients new trustees and serves as a resource for trustee activities
  • Develops procedures and training as necessary to implement library policies
  • Hires, evaluates, disciplines, and terminates staff
  • Prepares and distributes payroll with the assistance of outside bookkeepers
  • Prepares annual state aid report
  • Maintains the library collection, resources, and services in keeping with community needs
  • Develops programming for patrons of all ages and abilities
  • Directs maintenance of the library building and grounds and recommends future space needs
  • Monitors information technology services and contracts
  • Establishes and maintains a staff manual of library procedures
  • Analyzes data affecting the Library’s operation
  • Formulates long-term goals and a comprehensive vision for the library in collaboration with the library staff, Board of Trustees, and community members
  • Maintains involvement in the local community to promote library services and programs


$40,000-$50,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and retirement plan.

Position Start Date

July 1, 2021 with training during the two weeks prior to start date.

Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 1-2 page writing sample, and three professional references to mherrington@badaxelibrary.org. The deadline for applications is Saturday, May 1, 2021

Virtual Author Series with Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl, author of Detroit Hustle:  A Memoir of Love, Life, and Home

My bread and butter is covering small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship, and community building. I come prepared with my own pair of Carhartt bibs, every grease stain earned in service to my father’s small excavating company.

I also know a fair amount about urban renewal and rural poverty.

I am currently an adjunct professor of journalism at Michigan State University, but I once bled blue as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, at the University of Michigan. I am an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoneyFortune Small BusinessWestword, and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.

Registration deadline: November 9, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

Virtual Author Series with Rachel Gladstone

Rachel Gladstone, author of The Weekend Wedding Assistant, a romantic comedy about death and second chances. 

Rachel started her career as a bohemian backpacker who hiked across Europe and ended up singing backup for Arlo Guthrie and David Bromberg and eventually brought her musical and songwriting talents to Nashville.  Taking Music City to her heart, she wrote songs with leading artists such as Rosie Flores and landed her own acclaimed “All Booked Up” book review column for the international online magazine Dishmag.com.  Her previous writings have appeared in the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles magazine Ourselves, Foundations, and GX

Rachel will share with us the twists and turns in her life that culminated in her writing a novel.  She’ll discuss how the characters popped in her head and her writing and editing process.  She will also share a reading and we will have time for Q&A at the end. 

“Rachel Gladstone’s sad, funny, redemptive story will strike a chord with anyone who’s loved and lost and gotten back up on their feet again.  This is a blueprint-wise and knowing-for recovery and renewal.  Brava!”

~ Ken Burns, Filmmaker

“Rachel Gladstone’s The Weekend Wedding Assistant” is a fast-moving and highly entertaining story about death, love, passion, and the sorrows and hopes that living brings.  Wonderful, exuberant, real.  A great weekend read!  I am looking forward to a film adaptation!

 ~ Lucinda Williams, Grammy Award Winning Artist

Registration deadline: November 2, 2020

This Zoom session is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

The ABC’s of Q & A

Thinking Like a Journalist to Tell Your Community’s Story

Jeff Milo has been working in libraries since he was a teenager. His degree is in Journalism from the MSU School of Communication and Media, and for the last 16 years, he’s been a reporter-at-large for several publications including the Detroit Free Press, Paste Magazine, the Ann Arbor Current, the Detroit Metro Times, and on-air for WDET. Since 2010, he has been a Circulation Specialist for the Ferndale Area District Library, where his responsibilities have expanded into social media content production, program coordinating–including live music, and leading the library’s Art & Exhibition Committee. At the end of 2019, he started hosting and producing episodes for the library’s new podcast, “A Little Too Quiet”. 

Registration deadline: October 12, 2020

This Zoom sessions is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

“Ask the Attorney” with Anne Seurynck


Attorney Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC answers your library-related legal questions. 

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Anne has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances and policies, serving as general counsel, counseling clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues, and working with communities on millage and Michigan Campaign Finance Issues. Anne also has an expertise in library law which we know about due to her connection to the Library of Michigan and the COVID inspired Director Meeting Fridays. 

Questions should be submitted to kvanauken@wplc.org by Friday, October 2. 

Registration deadline: October 5, 2020

This Zoom session is planned for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions/answer time.

You will be sent the Zoom link with your registration confirmation.

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: A Tale from a Small Town in Texas

Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people.  Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion.  Dianne will share some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community. 

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020

Each Zoom session should last about 1 hour

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.