State Librarian, GA

Today’s Date: 03/14/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/25/2014

Job Title: State Librarian Job Announcement

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Georgia Public LIbrary Service

Library Location: Georgia

Duties / Job description: State Librarian Job Announcement

The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) seeks a new State Librarian. GPLS is part of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia but on a day-to-day basis has considerable authority to govern itself. The State Librarian is an employee of the Board of Regents and works with the network of public library systems, which are county and regional organizations.


Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is the state library administrative agency and a unit of the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia. With headquarters in Atlanta, GPLS employs 42 professional librarians, technical experts and support staff. Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), the network of regional libraries serving Georgia residents with visual or print disabilities, is a division of GPLS. The State Librarian continually communicates with stakeholders in the library community to ensure that priorities align and provides state-wide leadership for GPLS staff, public library staff, friends groups and other supporters as they strive to empower libraries to improve the lives of Georgians. The tasks and individual roles of many GPLS staff members have grown larger and more critical in the past five years, a period in which state funding for public library services has decreased by almost 30 percent. Georgia’s 403 public libraries serve communities large and small in all 159 counties, offering services and programs that are as creative and unique as their individual communities. As public demand for library services continues to grow, Georgia’s public libraries are increasingly asked to do more with less. GPLS continually communicates with stakeholders in the library community to ensure that priorities align.

The State Librarian should:

· Possess strong communication skills to communicate on behalf of public libraries;

· Seek out and listen to advice of library directors;

· Have ability to relate to the unique structure of, and relationships among, library systems in Georgia, with single-county and regional systems in rural, urban and suburban settings;

· Gain an understanding of the relationship between the state’s role and that of local boards;

· Develop a vision for the network of public library systems in Georgia and have the capacity to generate support for that vision;

· Be an effective advocate for that vision and for pursuing and securing the resources to support it;

· Provide strong leadership in an age of dynamic change in the technology used in public libraries;

· Have a deep understanding of what public libraries do and have strong belief in customer service;

· Understand how to work with elected officials and the various local, state and national organizations that affect public libraries;

· Be an effective manager of people and budgets;

· Have an understanding of modern communications tools, including social media, and understand the need for an effective and cohesive marketing effort on behalf of public libraries.

· Master of Library Science from ALA-accredited institution preferred. Those holding a Ph.D. and who have public library experience are encouraged to apply. Experience as a public library director strongly preferred.

· Minimum seven years’ experience working in a public library with increasing responsibilities.

· Knowledge of, or experience working in state libraries or systems and/or experience in state government.

· Extensive experience working with elected officials, appointed boards and other partners and constituencies essential to leading a successful library system.

· Demonstrated leadership experience either by positions held or successes achieved in program delivery.

· Experience in or thorough knowledge of, federal library programs.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range:

How to apply? The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the search. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to March 25, 2014 to:

Laurie C. Wilder, Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext: 109 and 117 ||

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