Help Wanted - Library Director

Hiring Library DirectorThe Markesan Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a Library Director with a passion for community and life-long learning to administer all aspects of library service. If you love a flexible, friendly, supportive work environment where you will be surrounded by a talented and motivated staff and library board, then Markesan is for you. Ideal candidates will have exceptional public and community service skills; a strong background in technology; an interest in literacy, excellent organizational and supervisory skills, and fiscal management knowledge. The position is 30 hours per week. The qualified candidate must have at least 54 college semester credits, half in liberal arts and sciences, to obtain initial certification and commit to additional coursework as required. Transcript required at interview. Background check and pre-employment drug test required. Pay commensurate with experience and education with a wage range of $17.50- $23/hr.  Benefits include participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, vacation, sick, and holiday time. Send cover letter, resume, application, and three references to Jill Worden, Board President, PO Box 160, Markesan, Wisconsin 53946 or email to: by February 22nd. Click here for the Job Application.

Full Job Description as follows:

Markesan Public Library

Library Director – Position Description

Approved Jan. 17, 2019

Title:   Library Director

Responsibilities of Position:

Administers the overall programs of library service offered to the community in accordance with the policies, goals and objectives of the Library Board.

Duties/Examples of Work:

Prepares Library Board agenda with the cooperation of the Library Board President and notifies Library Board of scheduled meetings.  Submits monthly reports to the Board. 
Develops the annual library budget proposal with the cooperation of the Library Finance Committee for review by the Library Board and participates in its presentation to municipal officials.  Expends funds within established procedure.  
Develops, submits, and implements the library policies and long-range goals and objectives to the Library Board for review, approval and update.
Works with the Library Board to implement board-approved capital improvement projects.
Plans, supervises, and conducts the work of the library, relating goals and objectives to community needs.
Recruits, selects, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and terminates library staff and/or volunteers.  Schedules library employees and/or volunteers and assigns routine duties.  Plans and conducts regular staff meetings.
Works with municipal, county, and state government officials to meet the needs of the library.
Serves as chief consultant to the Library Board regarding legal and technical matters and library choices.  Conducts ongoing evaluation of existing library programs, services, policies, and procedures, and submits recommendations for improvement to the Library Board.
Participates in fund raising in conjunction with the Library Board and Friends of the Library.
Participates in grant writing applications to improve library services.
Represents the library at the system level and as a member of professional library organizations.  Fosters cooperation with the local public schools and their library.
Acts as spokesperson for the library in the community and is active in local organizations.
Supervises building and ground maintenance and repairs.
Maintains library statistics and prepares the annual report

Plans, supervises, and conducts or delegates the following:

the operation of library services and programming
the providing of reader's advisory, reference, and other patron assistance services
the registration of patrons, data recording and issuing of patron cards
the cataloging and processing of materials for circulation
the entering of acquisition information into database
the preparation, repairing and reconditioning of materials
the library's ongoing collection development plan and supervises the selection, purchase, and withdrawal of library materials in accordance with that plan
the library's public relations plan, including development of promotional materials and projects, including maintenance of the library's home page, and social media. 
the implementation of circulation desk policies; performance of desk procedures and
the performance of interlibrary loan procedures.

 Maintain an atmosphere within the library that is friendly, yet conducive to study and reading.
 Maintains reasonable technological proficiency as it supports library services.
 Performs other duties as required by the Library Board.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of library techniques, methods, and procedures as they apply to small public library administration.
Ability to work independently and make decisions following established policy
Knowledge of the community in which the library is located. Understanding of the unique nature of rural and/or small communities and their libraries.
Ability to organize, plan and direct the growth and development of the library.
Ability to establish a positive working relationship with the library trustees, staff and volunteers, the library system and member libraries, local service organizations, township, city, county and state officials and the general public.
Ability to gain a working understanding of current and developing technologies as they relate to public library operations and services.
Ability to use computer software and manage computerized files.
Ability to use library equipment, including but not exclusive to keyboarding, calculator, microfilm/microfiche reader/printer, fax machine, telephone, desk top computers, laptop computers, tablets, copy machines, printers, scanner, projectors, cassette players, videocassette players, cameras, and building systems such as security and heating/air conditioning.

Skill Requirements:

Analytical Skills: identify problems and opportunities; review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one; utilize information and resources available when making decisions.
Problem-Solving Skills: develop feasible, realistic solutions to problems; recommend actions designed to prevent problems from occurring; refer problems to supervisor when necessary.
Planning and Organization Skills: develop long-range plans to solve complex problems or take advantage of opportunities; establish systematic methods of accomplishing goals.
Communication Skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and oral form.
Reading Ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins, etc.
Creative Decision-Making: evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge or training, without supervision.
Ability to Comprehend and Follow Instructions: effectively follow instructions from Library Board, system office, and state departments.
Mathematical Ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) without the aid of a calculator.
Time Management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines.
Self-Motivation: accomplish tasks without supervision.

Physical Demands of the Position:

Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, and stooping.
Bending, twisting, and reaching.
Talking and hearing; use of the telephone.
Far vision at twenty feet or further; near vision at twenty inches or less.
Lifting and carrying: fifty pounds or less.
Handling:  processing, picking up and shelving books.
Fingering: typing, writing, filing, sorting, shelving, and processing.
Pushing and pulling objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels.
Mobility: travel to meetings outside the library.

Environmental Working Conditions

Inside work environment. Inspection of outside of buildings and grounds.
Flexible work hours; including evening and weekend hours.

Education and Experience

Maintain appropriate or minimum grade certification as required by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for municipal libraries based on population.
Certification includes minimum prerequisite of 54 semester credits, half of which shall be in the liberal arts and sciences.
Complete Library Education Requirements as required by Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction for initial certification: Basic Public Library Administration, Advanced Public Library Administration, Organization and Management of Collections, Public and Community Services.
Participates in and successfully completes continuing education credits as required for re-certification; 100 hours over each 5-year period following initial certification. 

Tax Forms now available in main lobby

2022 tax forms are now available in the main lobby! If you can't find the specific forms you are looking for, we are happy to find them online for you. You can also call us at (920) 398-3434 to ask which forms we have available. 


Thank you, Nicole!

We are sad to say goodbye this week to our director, Nicole Overbeck. She has been here at Markesan Public Library since 2019, and has overseen the children's area refresh project, along with reorganizing the library to better match patrons' needs. Her creative problem solving was especially appreciated during 2020, keeping the library a valuable and active community resource. We'll all miss her warm, caring presence here and wish her the best in her new position.

Library bingo - February 7th - 14th

From Tuesday, February 7th to 14th, stop in to play Library Bingo! We'll have hearts hidden all over the library for you to find! Turn in a completed bingo card and be entered into a drawing for a special prize! All ages can play -- we'll have bingo cards and prizes for kids and adults.

Play & Learn at the library - Wednesday Feb. 8th & 22nd @ 9:30 am

Play & Learn is here on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 am! Join in the fun with stories, songs, music, movement, and crafts that encourage development of early literacy and social skills in young children. Recommended for ages 0-6, led by Miss Morgan. Play and learn is brought to you by Children’s Wisconsin.

If you have any questions, please call the library at (920) 398-3434.

Storytime is taking a short winter break, and will be back in the spring!

Markesan Book Club Meeting - Wednesday, February 22nd @ 6:00 pm

The Markesan Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd @ 6:00 pm, the Markesan Book Club will meet to discuss the best-selling memoir "Educated" by Tara Westover. Copies are available in regular print, large print, and audiobook editions at the library. Click here to place a hold on a copy, or call us at (920) 398-3434, and we'll be happy to place a hold for you!

Tara Westover tells her life story in "Educated". She's born to survivalists in Idaho, and lived so isolated from society that she had no real education, or even protection when one of her brothers became violent. Inspired by another brother, who left to go to college, Tara began a quest for knowledge that eventually took her to Harvard and Cambridge University. "Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home."

Updated Online Resources

Boy with headphonesMore Online Resources to Keep You Connected! 
(Thank you Princeton Public Library for compiling and sharing many of these links with us )

We can offer you plenty of  online learning and entertainment opportunities!

You may need a library card to access some of our resources. When required to sign in to use our online resources all you need to do is enter your library card number with no spaces. Your PIN is usually the last four digits of the phone number you gave us when you aquired a card.

If you don't have a library card, go here to get one free:Click Here
If  you lost your card or don't remember your number, contact the library through emai: or by phone: 920-398-3434.  You can leave a message and a librarian will get back to you shortly.

Now that the basics have been explained, onto the resources!

Overdrive is our most popular online resource-- download ebooks and audiobooks for free! If you have a smartphone or tablet, download the Libby App. Books are available for all ages, and we recently added many more titles. You may have to wait to download some books, but others are available 24/7. J.K. Rowling recently released the audio and ebook versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for unlimited checkouts with no waiting until April 30th.

Digital Books: The library's digital book offerings have exploded with brand new content for all ages. Tumblebooks, Abdo, Audio Book Cloud, National Emergency Library and More!  Check it out.

Need financial assistance? UW Madison has put together a great list of resources.

Need help finding work?  See the Winnefox Employment Help Center page.

Do you have a young student at home? Check out Facebook Live Storytime each Wednesday at 10:30 am.  The Markesan Public Library also has started  the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, get a jump start reading to your little ones now.  KidLit TV, Scholastic's Learn at Home, a list of 30 online "field trips" with live cameras or virtual walk-throughs, a sample daily schedule for kids, a great list of resources at Read Wonder & Learn, Live Learning videos with LivBits, Mystery Science lessons for grades K-5, and 1 Hour Coding for Kids for K-9th grades. Finally, there's a HUGE List of at-home educational entertainment resources, including live webcams, activities and more.

Do you have an older student at home?
Check out our Homework Help page.  Want to learn technology skills at your own pace by watching these video tutorials on popular software and computer basics?  Try the Winnefox Tech Skills CenterGale Courses is another popular resource that offers interactive, instructor led online courses available on a wide variety of topics. Explore our Research Page for more great links, including genealogy resources, automotive repair guides, Consumer Reports, language learning, and lots more.

Want more free ebooks?
Sesame Street is offering some free ebooks for kids right now.
The Internet Archive's Open Library has textbooks, classics, and even some juvenile chapter books like The Giver by Lowis Lowry, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and Matilda by Roald Dahl.
 Open Culture has a nice list of older classics.
The National Emergency Library is a collection of mostly older non-fiction books that supports remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation.
Project Gutenberg has over 60,000 titles (mostly older).

Do you miss the Book Page magazine? Sign up to get a digital copy.

Need to connect with people digitally? Here are some resources for online meetings:

Microsoft Teams:
Facebook Live:
Google Hangouts:

If you have any trouble accessing any of these resources, feel free to contact the library by emai:  Or you can call us and leave a message at 920-398-3434.  A librarian will get back to you shortly.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Head Start!

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We want to help you give your little ones a great start in building reading skills! Sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program -- Kids get fun prizes for every 100 books read to them, with a special prize at the very end! Visit the 1000 Books tab of our website to get started today at home. Please call us with any questions at (920) 398-3434.  

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