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Directors Do It All: Home


Congratulations! You've been hired as a a library director! In the North Country, many of our libraries are small and only have a few staff members. You may find yourself doing a little bit of everything, from troubleshooting technology to leading storytime to coordinating a renovation project.

NCLS is here to help.

This guide will provide you with resources on a variety of topics that will help you fulfill your duties confidently. It's not a comprehensive guide to librarianship, but it's a very good start.

You're also want to check out the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in NYS. We have some hard copies at NCLS, or you can print out your own using the PDF below.

Contact your Consultant

If you need more support on a certain topic or issue, feel free to reach out to your library's consultant.  If you are unaware of who that is, a consultant contact list is available below.

Four Main Jobs

Librarianship is all about helping people get connected to what they need, whether that's a tax form or a good mystery novel or the entire internet. But as a small library director, you also have four main jobs to perform, or to delegate, depending on the size of your organization - collection development, programming and outreach, supervising staff and volunteers, and facilities management.

Professional Reading

Continuing Education

NCLS provides a variety of continuing education opportunities in the form of classes, toolkits, and tutorials.

NCLS Events: Our calendar of upcoming classes, meetings and special events, both virtual and in-person.

NCLS on YouTube: Video library tutorials and archived classes.

NCLS LibGuides: In-depth toolkits on a variety of subjects, including Annual Reports, Library Construction Aid, Summer Reading, and more!

Trustee Guide

As a library director, you'll work closely with your board on funding, policies, and more. Check out our Trustee Guide to better understand the role of the library board.