Employment Opportunity

West Branch District Library

Library Director

The Board of Trustees of the West Branch (MI) District Library is inviting applications for the position of Director.  This gem of a library is in a recently expanded and renovated 10,000 square foot building in the heart of the downtown area.  The West Branch District Library serves a population of just under 10,000 with a budget of about $300,000 and a staff of three (3) full-time and three (3) part-time employees.  As a district library, the Library is an autonomous governmental unit that has a dedicated millage.  A member of the Valley Library Consortium, the Library participates in a shared automation system using SirsiDynix-Horizon   The Library enjoys excellent community support and prides itself on a strong Friends of the Library organization, an active Board of Trustees, and a professional, friendly staff.

West Branch is located in beautiful Ogemaw County in northeast Michigan, which abounds in lakes, streams, hiking trails, and countless recreational activities.  Just off I-75, West Branch is easily accessible.

For additional information about the Library, visit www.westbranchlibrary.org.  To learn more about the community, visit www.westbranch.com and www.wbacc.com.

The position:  Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a Master’s degree in library science or library and information science from an accredited ALA program is preferred.  In addition, a minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in a professional library position, of which at least two (2) years have been in a position of administration and supervision in a public library, is also preferred.  The successful candidate will be a community – oriented individual who values the opportunity to interact with the public as a hands-on director; is flexible and energetic; has strong communication skills and is comfortable with public speaking; has a comprehensive understanding of library finances and budgeting; and an overall understanding of current public library operations and services.  Successful experience in working with Friends of the Library, in fund-raising, and grant writing is desirable.  A complete position description is available at, www.westbranchlibrary.org.

Beginning Salary: $40,000 – $45,000 dependent on experience and educational qualification, in addition, excellent benefit package included.

Applications Acceptance:    Interested individuals should include a cover letter that specifically addresses the position requirements, a resume, and three references with contact information. All applications will be accepted until the position is filled, through electronic submission to shirey.kathy@gmail.com.



Job Duties:

  • Administers and oversees total library operation
  • Selects and procures materials, equipment, and supplies
  • Handles correspondence and public relations
  • Prepares bills and receipts for accountant to process
  • Prepares annual budget for library board approval
  • Prepares annual state aid report and any other required report
  • Attends monthly Library Board, VLC, and White Pine Library Coop meetings
  • Attends annual MLA conferences and other appropriate meetings / conferences as budget allows
  • Recommends policies and services
  • Oversees building / physical plant
  • Hires, fires and supervises staff; schedules and processes annual evaluations
  • Organizes collection; keeps current and in good condition
  • Oversees technology and circulation procedures; oversees maintenance of patron records
  • Helps plan and oversee library programs
  • Schedules meeting room use
  • Keeps record of memorial donations and sends formal notes of appreciation
  • Notifies library board meetings and prepares Librarian’s Report for monthly meetings
  • Oversees and assists in daily operation of library when and where needed
  • Oversees and encourages volunteers and Friends of the Library activities

Job Requirements:

  • A broad understanding of library services
  • Ability to deal effectively with officials, co-workers, community leaders, and the public with tact and courtesy
  • Bachelor’s degree with several years’ management experience required, Master’s degree in library science or library and information science, from an ALA accredited program, preferred.

 Hours:  Full- time 40 hours a week position

Salary: Negotiable depending on qualifications and education

Benefits:  Vacation, sick, personal and holiday leave.  Health and life insurance. Participation in MERS retirement plan as well as a deferred compensation plan.

CSLP Video tutorials for “A Universe of Stories” downloads

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) tutorial videos & slides.

Simply follow this link to learn how to:

• Create a CSLP Account
• Access the Online Manual & Make New Friends in Reference
• Quickly Download the Art Work
• CSLP can help you get a Spanish Language Early Literacy Program Up & Running this summer

Let’s Move In Libraries Initiative

Let’s Move in Libraries is an international initiative to get people of all ages and abilities moving. It aims to support healthy communities.

With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, public libraries can and do impact health through StoryWalks®, Yoga classes, gardens, the circulation of fitness equipment, and much, much more.

Through Let’s Move in Libraries, public libraries can come together to answer the call to action.

Let’s Move in Libraries is a great place for library professionals to be inspired by, learn about and share excellent program ideas to get their communities moving.

Opioid Addiction Resources for Patrons

The opioid crisis which has crashed through American communities has brought patrons to public libraries seeking information about opioids and addiction. This collection of resources can help you connect patrons to the information that they need to support themselves or a loved one. Library staff are also encouraged to check out the recording of our September 2017 Opioid Crisis Town Hall where libraries, community partners and national organizations shared their experiences with the opioid epidemic, how it was impacting their communities and their responses.

You can copy the information on this page to repurpose for your library's website or resource list.  Provided by Webjunction.org

Resource guides - some libraries have responded by creating online guides to help patrons seeking information:

Programming - hosting public forums, discussions or training is another way that libraries are supporting the community around the opioid addiction. Examples range from events that are planned and hosted by a library, to those which depend on library space to house the event.

Books - consider adding these to your collection:

Young Adult


Copyright Bloomsburg Press, 2015

Handouts and flyers - these printable handouts and resources for patrons can be shared by or in the library:

Also check with your local and state health departments to discover what resources they may be able to share. Most of these resources were shared by members in the Facebook group, in the Facebook group, Libraries and the Opioid Crisis. We’ll be sharing other collections and lists as they surface.

Image credits:
Top: "Opioids" by K-State Research and Extension is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Bottom: Dreamland bookcover is copyright Bloomsburg Press, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting

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An extensive and comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and solving common problems in Windows 10.  From simple issues like customizing your Start menu to complex solutions for fixing the Blue Screen of Death. The guides are thorough,  easy-to-follow and supported with helpful screenshots that will guide you through every step of the process.

The guide is structured into 15 distinctive chapters – each dealing with the problems related to a specific topic and is suitable for users of all levels..

Access the Guide

Income Tax Guide for 2018

Help with the New Tax Reform

With the recent passing of the most significant tax reform bills in decades, everyone is asking the same question: Will my taxes go up or down? Obviously, every tax return is different but for most taxpayers, we found that the biggest challenge for most Americans is simply just getting past the basic. For this reason, we created this guide that covers all of the basic terminology, accounting principles, and tax credits/deductions that are often overlooked.  

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:


2017 Trustee Manual

2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

Library of Michigan Statewide Library Services is excited to announce the release and posting online of :

The 2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

"The Library of Michigan is pleased to furnish public library trustees with resources to help support them in their work. While articles for trustees are intended to be as accurate as possible, the information here may be superseded. Please contact your attorney with specific legal questions."

Full Body Storytime & Ready to Read Webinars

Reach up high and touch the sky...Reach down low and touch your toes!

Best Storytime Practices a webinar series with Jenifer Strauss continues:

  • Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm EST

    Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
    I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
    The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
    The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)
  • Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm EST
    Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.