Blackwater Regional in search of new library director

Published 8:18 am Friday, April 10, 2009

The Blackwater Regional Library is on the hunt for a new director.

Patricia Ward has retired after 10 years at the helm, and Assistant Library Director Yvonne Hilliard-Bradley has taken on the director role in the interim, Human Resources Manager Betty J. Britt said.

The new director has to be “well-organized and good at working with people.

“We are looking for someone with five to seven years of professional experience and three to four years of supervisory experience in the operation of management of a library system,” Britt said.

Candidates must have a master’s degree in library science, as well as experience working with a policy-making board and elected officials.

The Blackwater Regional Library system is headquartered in Courtland.

“It’s a great position and a great place to work,” Britt said, adding that the position has been posted on several professional Web sites that are read by people with library experience.

The job postings will remain open until May 15, at which time a search committee from the Library’s Board of Trustees “will interview people and make a decision as soon as possible,” Britt said.

The director oversees a staff of 73 people, 39 of whom are full-time, and manages a budget of about $1.8 million.

Salary for the position ranges from $63,129.48 to $101,007.17.

The regional library system consists of nine libraries in five jurisdictions and has a bookmobile that serves four of those jurisdictions.