Seeking Mentor PL Director

The director search is now open at The Mentor (OH) Public Library. Check out this ad. If it fits, we’re looking for you!

The Mentor Public Library is seeking an experienced, professional leader who will keep the library relevant, innovative and connected to the community. If you manage relationships with respect; if you are an outstanding communicator & team builder and if you have a vision you can both share and achieve, they just may be looking for you! The outstanding and dedicated team at MPL is ready to learn, grow and serve. If that’s the type of leadership you bring, then this is the job for you!

Have you ever been to an all-city beach party? Have you attended programs or shopped for old books at a Gothic Revival “Read House?” Have you collaborated with school leaders and community partners at high-tech “Paradigm Center?” If not, then you need to check out this library and Lake Erie community.  Located about 25 miles east of Cleveland, Mentor is an exciting, diverse and active community that is proud of its library’s services and staff. To read more about The Mentor Public Library and surrounding community, visit these sites:

The ideal candidate for this position must have an ALA-accredited Master of Library & Information Science degree, as well as substantial, successful administrative experience, (including working with a large budget), outstanding communication and advocacy skills, and a background of building and sustaining healthy teams. The Mentor Public Library offers outstanding benefits, including health care and retirement. Salary is negotiable, based on experience.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume, minimum salary requirement, three references and a one-page response to each of the following questions. Email application materials to Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, Libraries Thrive Consulting, at Applications are due by Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.


  • QUESTION #1 – Describe the most recent vision and strategy you created and implemented. Please be very clear about your role.
  • QUESTION #2 – Describe how public libraries have changed over the past 10 years. What have you done to stay relevant and how have you helped your library and team to do the same? How do you see the role of the library continuing to evolve?
  • QUESTION #3 – In your experience, how have you successfully communicated with your board, your leadership team and your staff?