July 23, 2014

Opening: Patterson Library Director

Opening: Patterson Library Director

Job Description

The Board of Trustees of Patterson Library seeks a creative and energetic library director with strong leadership ability to provide quality library service to residents of Westfield and the surrounding communities. The applicant must have a strong vision of how library services will be delivered in the future. Duties include recruiting and overseeing staff to carry out the library’s mission, creating and administering budgets, presenting funding requests, writing grants and raising funds, and developing and sustaining programs and services. The candidate must demonstrate strong cooperative leadership, management and communications skills and be able to work with a Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, as well as community agencies. Knowledge of computer applications for library management is required.

The library is a privately endowed association library housed in a beautiful and well maintained 105 year old building; it serves 4896 residents and numerous summer visitors. Westfield, in Chautauqua County, is a charming village on the shores of Lake Erie, close to Chautauqua Lake, the nationally renowned Chautauqua Institution, and the village of Fredonia, home of SUNY Fredonia.

Patterson Library is the cultural center of Westfield with one of the most dynamic library programs in Western New York. It offers extensive programming for children and teens, art gallery exhibitions and art classes, local history archives, and adult book and film discussion groups. The library has a wireless network, remote access OPAC, public access computers, local history digital collections, and e-readers.  For more information and a virtual tour visit www.pattersonlibrary.info.

MLS from an ALA accredited institution.
New York State Public Librarians Professional Certificate.
Successful library experience.
Commitment to professional development as demonstrated by participation in continuing education opportunities.
Commitment to engaging in the Westfield community, ideally as a resident.

Required Personal Abilities:
Values the importance of equal access to books, information and culture in a democracy.
Thinks strategically and is well organized with the ability to schedule time effectively and meet deadlines.
Has the ability to work well with children, adults, the Board of Trustees and members of the community.
Possesses both a broad vision and attention to detail.
Is resourceful, enthusiastic, and flexible and has the ability to motivate others.
Treats others with honesty, empathy and respect.
Is open to creative and innovative solutions.
Communicates clearly in both written and oral form to individuals and groups.
Listens well and seeks to understand.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with education and experience with a competitive benefits package.

Please send questions to Susan Scriven at smidwife@gmail.com

Review of application begins July 18, 2014.

Apply online at: www.pattersonlibrary.info/apply.html

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Prendergast Library July Programming & Events

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Prendergast Library July Computer Classes

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Introduction to Microsoft Office 2010 – Excel and Word
Mondays & Wednesdays  1:00-2:30pm
July 7, 9, 14, and 16

Learn an overview of both Microsoft Office 2010 Excel and Word in one class.

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word are must-have skills in today’s work force. If you are new to Microsoft Office or need to upgrade your skills, this is the perfect class. You will create spreadsheets and documents throughout the class that benefit you.  Introduction to Spreadsheets (Excel) You will learn to work with and analyze numbers using a spreadsheet.  You will create your own spreadsheets using formulas and formatting. You will learn to search, manage, calculate and use graphs in Microsoft Excel 2010.  Introduction to Word Processing (Microsoft Word). You will learn features of Microsoft Word 2010. Class includes editing and creating documents, formatting, cutting and pasting, tables, headers, footers and mailing labels.

3-D Printing Class
Wednesdays  1:00-2:30pm
July 2 OR 23

Prendergast Library will offer a new single-session Introduction to 3D printing.  Each session will contain information about the history, mechanics and applications of the expanding field of 3D printing.

Those attending will learn the fundamentals of object manipulation in MakerWare as well as printing on a Makerbot Replicator 2. There are no prerequisites for attendance, and registration is not required. Participants at all levels of technological ability are welcome.

Parent Education Class – “Internet Safety for Elementary School Age Children”
Wednesday  7:00-8:00pm
July 30th

Learn how to safeguard your children while they are online. (Located in the PCC Lab for this event.)

One-on-One Technology Assistance
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays  1:00-4:00pm (by appointment only)

Do you need help with a new tablet, computer, or software?  Make an appointment for one-on-one assistance with one of our two Learning Lab technicians!  Our Learning Lab techs can help you with devices such as: Kindles, iPads, Nooks, Android/Apple products and many more.  We can also demonstrate the use of our 3D printer, as well as answer any question in detail. We ask that you leave information about the technology you require assistance with.

Summer Reading Program for Adults!

Literary Elements 2014: Chautauqua Cattaraugus Summer Reading Program for Adults!  

This summer show the children in your life that reading is an important — and fun!— part of happy life.  Read at least 3 books this summer and share reviews with other readers in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties to be eligible for great raffle prizes!  Register now and submit your reviews by August 15, 2014!