Library Closed for Easter Sunday

Image courtesy of Flickr user 1smrtcookie
Image courtesy of Flickr user 1smrtcookie

Sunday, April 20th

In observation of Easter Sunday, Darien Library will be closed. The Weather Channel forecasts a 60 degree partially sunny day, so we hope you enjoy the warm weather! 

While we are closed, you can still access eBooks, eMagazines, and videos without leaving home. 

 

Garden & Craft Book Sale

Prepare for Spring!
Prepare for Spring!

We know you're just as ready for spring as we are! So come start planning your garden and thinking about your spring crafts with our Garden & Craft Book Sale. The books are available on the first level on Main Street and are individually priced. 

 

Darien Loves Romance!

Our Valentine's Day present for you!

Happy 5th Birthday!

Five years ago today on January 10, 2009, Darien Library reopened its doors to the Darien community at the current location on Post Road. This year is also the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Library. Thank you for making us the heart of Darien. 

View time-lapsed videos of the new building's construction. 

This video was filmed and produced by Darien Government Access Television TV79.

Notice About Placing Holds

Front Entrance in Winter
Front Entrance in Winter

Due to a recent software upgrade, we are experiencing intermittent issues on placing holds. This means that sometimes when you place a hold, the hold may not go through. Other times the hold will register. We are working on fixing this issue as soon as possible. 

We apologize for any inconveniences that may occur. 

We are hiring a part-time Readers' Advisor

Position Overview

The Darien Library is looking for an enthusiastic librarian to join its Readers’ Advisory department. Readers’ Advisors staff the Library’s Welcome Desk and do a little bit of everything, but most of all, are counted on as trusted recommenders of books and other entertainment. We are big believers in the power of librarians connecting readers with their perfect book, and are always looking for new ways to do so.

The successful candidate should have experience working in public libraries or bookstores. The candidate must be willing and able to work independently. The candidate must have enthusiasm for helping people and the ability to multi-task. Above all, the candidate must always be ready to answer the eternal question: “What should I read next?”

Details

Hours: Part-Time, 10 hours/week, primarily weekend hours. 

Salary: $15.00/hour

Qualifications: College degree and/or experience in public libraries or bookstores. Enrollment in or completion of an MLS program at an ALA-accredited library sciences or information sciences graduate program is preferred. Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and with sensitivity when responding to patron queries. A working knowledge of readers’ advisory skills, the current adult book market, and a history of avid and omnivoracious reading. Proficiency using basic office computer applications, such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Familiarity with digital technology, mobile devices and social media. Knowledge of Polaris ILS is preferred.

Contact Information: Email cover letter and resume to Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services, sanderson@darienlibrary.org.

We are hiring a System Administrator/Developer

Position Overview:

We are seeking an intelligent, articulate, innovative and curious technology professional to step up and manage Darien Library’s cutting-edge infrastructure. This position is a unique opportunity to apply a wide range of skills and expertise in an exciting environment that is constantly changing and adapting to emerging trends.

Darien Library is known world-wide as a technology innovator within the library industry.  We don't consider ourselves to be just a library--we prefer to think of ourselves as a high-performing, forward-thinking organization that happens to be a library, one that consistently sets trends rather than follows them.  We are ranked as one of the top 10 public libraries in the country for its size, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rating. Darien Library holds itself to the highest possible standard of customer service and we pride ourselves on providing a fulfilling and enriching experience to all who visit us either in person or on the web.

Watch: Darien Library: Are You Ready?

If you feel that you are ready to join the best library team in the world, we want to hear from you,  To apply, send your cover letter and resume to the address below.  We engage with our community daily, so we are seeking evidence of your sustained engagement in social media.  Please let us know how to find you on twitter, Reddit, tumblr, GitHub, etc. Do you blog? What’s the address?  Please include anything else you would like to share.

Please send your cover letter and resume to jblyberg@darienlibrary.org.

Duties:

     This position would be a 50/50 split combination of system administrator and coder, reporting to the Assistant Director.

     * 50% of responsibilities would include ongoing maintenance and management of the Library's network and server infrastructure supervise tech staff and coordinate with vendors:

          * Perform regularly scheduled operations, such as backups, log analysis, software audits, and security checks.

          * Provide Tier III or equivalent-level tech support to the organization. Investigate and troubleshoot issues.

          * The development and maintenance of complete, in-depth documentation of and procedures for the Library's technology configuration.

          * Work with the assistant director on the development and tracking of the library's technology budget.

     * 50% of responsibilities would involve active software development:

          * Have experience working in a collaborative development environment using version control best practices.

          * Would need to become familiar with existing code-bases (SOPAC, Locum, Insurge, Databoard, etc)

          * Work with other Darien Library staff and development team partners from other libraries.

          * Take an active role in identifying areas for potential improvement.

      * Be proactive about learning and applying knowledge of emerging trends and technologies.

     * Develop and manage a departmental budget.

     * Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

Mastery of:
     OS:
          Linux
          Windows/Server 2008/2012
          Mac OSX

     Software:
          VMWare vSphere/vCenter

     System Administration:
          Backup and recovery
          Apache
          MySQL
          Windows Active Directory
          Exchange 2010
          TCP/IP protocols
          Protocol Fundamentals: DHCP, DNS, SMTP, SNTP, NTP, SMB, etc
          Other Fundamentals: RAID, HA, Storage management, etc

     Development:
          MySQL
          PHP
          XHTML & CSS
          Javascript
          Git & Github

Proficiency in:
     Software
          Vmware View
          Adobe Creative Suite
          Apple Final Cut Pro
          Microsoft Office Suite
          Drupal

     Development:
          Python
          Node.js

Familiar with:
     Integrated library systems or inventory control systems
     Cisco VoIP software and equipment
     HP Procurve networking
     HP Proliant and IBM SystemX server hardware
     Working knowledge of quality control systems
     Emerging trends and technologies
     Social media engagement
     Raiser's Edge software

2012 Five Star Library

Image courtesy of Library Journal
Image courtesy of Library Journal

Darien Library has received a Five Star ranking from Library Journal (LJ)! This honor is based on the LJ Index of Public Library Service that compares the quantities of "library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer usage"  (LJ FAQ) between public libraries. Our community's usage of library materials and programs makes Darien Library one of the most high performing libraries in the country. Darien Library has been designated a Star library for each of the five years that the Index has been in place. 

Each library in the Index is grouped and compared to other public libraries with a similar budget. This year, 262 libraries among 7,570 qualifying libraries were given a Star designation. Out of the 1,349 public libraries which also have a budget between $1 million to $4.9 million, Darien Library ranked ninth to become a Five Star Library. Only three public libraries in Connecticut were given a Star rating.

To learn more about the America's Star Libraries, please read Library Journal's article.

 

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship

At Darien Library, CT

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new children’s librarian.

We welcome your interest in the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship. 

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play at the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family has funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate who:

  • demonstrates exemplary scholarship
  • possesses a passion for working with children and for the development of literacy
  • shows significant leadership promise
  • has strong personal qualities
  • demonstrates a penchant for technology 
Selection Process

The Fellowship will be open to LIS graduates from an accredited Library School in the United States or Canada who will have received their diploma between December 1, 2013, and September 1, 2014.

Applications will be due March 31, 2014. After initial screening, interviews for finalists will be held at a mutually convenient time and place, and the finalist will be invited to visit Darien Library for a meeting with the Fellowship Committee prior to appointment. 

Term

The successful applicant will be employed at Darien Library for two years, commencing approxiately July 1, 2014, with a final employment date of June 30, 2016.

Compensation

The Fellow will be paid initially at the Connecticut Library Association MLS minimum salary for entry-level positions (for 2013: $51, 675) with full benefits, paid membership in CLA and ALA, and funding for attendance to national conferences.

Position Parameters

The Fellow will work as a member of the Children's Services team, providing reference and readers' advisory services in addition to creating and conducting programs for children and families. The Fellow will be given specific, defined, high-stakes projects and responsibilities that will be determined by the successful candidate's skills and interests. The Fellowship will provide experience, growth and challenges in the following areas

 

  • Children's materials collection development
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Marketing to defined areas of the community
  • Continuing education, professional development and support
  • Access to the latest technology

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. (1918-2010) Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Honorary Trustee of Darien Library, was a steadfast and generous supporter, esteemed leader, thoughtful mentor and beloved friend. His support of the engagement, education and entertainment of children was unwavering; it reflected his commitment to the important role of public libraries from the beginning to the end of the life of each person in the community. This Fellowship, created in honor of his memory, will provide a transformational experience for a highly-qualified recent Library School graduate to learn from, and contribute to, the leading role the Children’s Library at Darien Library is playing in developing new services to children and their families.

Application Process  

All applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter of no more than one page
  • Resume of no more than two pages
  • Two essays
    • In up to 100 words, tell us "One thing I know for sure."
    • In up to 500 words, tell us "Why I will make a difference at Darien Library."
  • A video of no more than two minutes in which you tell us which is your favorite children’s book and convince us to read it. Video submitted via an online link.
  • No more than five references, attesting to your love of children, passion for literacy, and penchant for technology. (May be sent separately.)
  • Graduate school transcript
  • Undergraduate transcript
  •  Application Checklist (pdf)

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2014 and should be delivered to:

Darien Library
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship
Attn: Cathy McLachlan
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 655-1234

Late applications will not be opened and will not be considered. Faxes cannot be accepted. 

Applications will be reviewed immediately, all respondents will be advised of our decision by April 11, and first round phone interviews will be held in April. Final interviews will be completed in May 2014. The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellow will be selected and notified by June 2, 2014, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014.

Queries can be addressed to fellowship@darienlibrary.org

 

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