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Resources for Librarians Seeking Jobs on WebJunction (I need a library job)

New England States Jobs
Mountain Plains Library Association Jobline

California Library Association Jobs Listing

Colorado State Library Jobline

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Georgia Public Library Service Job Board

Illinois Library Association Jobline
RAILS Library Jobs Board

State Library of Iowa Job List

Maine State Library Job Jar
Jobs In Maine

Michigan Library Association Jobline

Mississippi Library Jobs Online

Pennsylvania Library Association Job Bank

Texas State Library Jobs

Pacific Northwest Library Association

The Speaker Line-up for the Annual Conference

Little Rock – The speaker line-up for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference has been released. Over the 3 day conference October 1-3, 2015, five major speakers will headline the event.

The event kicks off with the former voice of the Arkansas Razorbacks and local television personality, Craig O’Neil, who will entertain attendees during breakfast. Later that day, Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian will speak about how an extreme case of Tourette syndrome has done little to slow this Salt Lake City librarian down. He credits books and weightlifting (after faith and family) as his salvation, both of which helped control his tics. With disarming candor, Hanagarne shares his incredible story, bringing audiences to laughter and tears.

Friday is author day at the conference. The breakfast session begins with author, Daniel Black. Black, while a native of Kansas, spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He is the author of Perfect Peace, the 2014 selection for the statewide program “If All of Arkansas Read the Same Book.” Awarded the Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University, Dr. Black is currently a professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University. His newest release, The Coming, is a first-hand account of the trauma and triumph of Africans on a slave ship in the 16th century and will be released in upcoming months.

Bestselling author, PC Cast will headline the author luncheon sponsored by the State Library of Arkansas on Friday. Cast, a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame, is an award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her novels have received many prestigious awards including: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and the Laurel Wreath. Her famed House of Night series, an international phenomenon, has reached #1 on U.S., German, Brazilian, and U.K. bestseller lists. That series remained a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting, with more than 20 million copies in print and sold in over forty countries to date.

The conference will conclude with award winning architect Zach Benedict. As a managing partner at MKM architecture and design, Zach handles the company’s community based projects. As the son of a Librarian, Zach also grew up understanding the importance of libraries in communities. He has presented on topics including intergenerational communities, the library as a “Third Place” in the community, and more on the planning of communities and the library’s role in the community.

Conference registrations begin as low as $263.50 /person with most meals included.
Early registration for the conference opens April 27, 2015 online at

2015 Conference Keynote – PC Cast

PC Cast is a #1 NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame.  An award winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. She is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


She authored The House of Night series, an international phenomenon.  It has reached #1 on U.S., German, Brazilian, and UK bestseller lists, and remained a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting, with more than 20 million copies in print and rights sold in over forty countries to date.

2015 Conference Keynote – Josh Hanagarne

An extreme case of Tourette syndrome has done little to slow down Salt Lake City librarian Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian. After faith and family, he credits books and weightlifting—adopted to control his tics—as his salvation. With disarming candor, Hanagarne shares his incredible story, bringing audiences to laughter and tears. Josh believes in curiosity, questions, and strength, and that things are never so bad that they can’t improve.   Currently, Josh is a librarian at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

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Wednesday Tours

Tour of Two Libraries

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 1pm – 4pm
Description: A Trip to Little Rock isn’t complete for a group of Librarians, without visiting a couple libraries. Tour the Argenta Library in North Little Rock and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Transit between the libraries will be on the River Rail Street Car Trolley making it a true Little Rock experience.
Cost: $15

Walking Tour of Downtown Little Rock

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Description: Come experience the beautiful River Walk district in Little Rock. Experience the Farmer’s Market and other picturesque shops and places that make up this beautiful tourist attraction.
Cost: $ 0

2015 Conference – Pre-conferences


Title: What We Talk About When We Talk About Apps!

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 1pm – 5pm
Speakers: Jeffrey Stoffer & Yadi Osuna
Description: There are hundreds of different things that you can use your iPad for at your library. Now that you own an iPad, what do you put on it?
Fee: $10

Title: Emergency Preparedness

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 1pm – 5pm

Speakers: Eva Grizzard
Description: This workshop will introduce key concepts of emergency preparedness, including risk assessment, response procedures, and recovery actions. Participants will walk through the creation of a disaster plan, and will leave with templates and tools for creating their own plan.
Cost: $50

Title: The Accidental Leader

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 1pm – 5pm
Speakers: George Needham
Description: Leadership may not be something you aspire to, but you may find yourself in a leadership role unexpectedly; how do you quickly find the internal and external resources you need to lead? What do you do when you’re younger than the people you’re supposed to lead? How do you exercise authority without becoming either a tyrant or a pushover? Participants will hear strategies, practical advice, anecdotes, and, hopefully, a few laughs drawing on the speakers decades of experience.
Cost: $50.00

ARSL Board Meeting, Wed, March 25, 11:30AM EST

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

 Wednesday, March 25, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern


 Step 1:Dial in:  866-740-1260

Access Code: 5149183

 Step 2: Web Login —

 ARSL Mission Statement:

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries provides resources and support that empower those in small and rural libraries to deliver excellent service for their communities



2 min.   I.  Welcome and Call to Order                     Donna Brice, President

****** Start Meeting Recording******                                          

3 min.   II.  Consent Agenda

  • Approve Minutes of Jan. 28, 2015*/**
  • Current Financial Statements*/**
  • Member Services Committee Report
  • Conference Planning Committee Report
  • Partnerships Committee Report
  • Member Development Committee Report
  • Governance Committee Report
  • Finance Committee Report
  • Executive Committee Report
  • President’s Report

5 min.    III.   Verbal Committee Reports if Pulled from Consent Agenda

20 min.  IV.   Presidents Report                                                        Donna Brice

  • Meeting Recordings – Length of archival time*
  • Emerging Leader Next Step – We need to make plans as to what type of project we want to submit. ALA EL Project Proposal Guidelines are in the Board Meeting folder**
  • Board Procedure Manual/Document – Succession Planning – will schedule a meeting to discuss, volunteers?             

10 min.VI.       Nominating Committee Update                          Tena Hanson 

15 min.VII.      Governance Committee Update                  Kevin Tomlinson

10 min.V.        Meeting Platform – Zoom                                            Becky Heil

  • Copyright – Policy Changes, Presenter/Speaker Agreement Form**        
  • Clarion Presentation**  


5 min. IX.       Topics Identified for Board Work Session?

  • Board Procedure Manual/Document  


Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 11:30AM Eastern – ReadyTalk or Zoom


Summer Reading Regional Presenter – Manhattan, KS

Today’s Date: 03/02/2015

Job Closing Date: 05/01/2015

Job Title: Summer Reading Regional Presenter 2016

If ‘other’ please explain… Presenter for 7 Summer Reading Workshops across Kansas

Institution North Central Kansas Library System

Library Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Summer Reading Regional Presenter 2016 RFP

Request for Proposal: Summer Reading Workshop Presenter Summary and Background:

The Kansas Librarians for Children and Youth are accepting proposals for the 2016 Summer Reading Workshop Presentations. The Summer Reading Workshop Presenter performs seven presentations across Kansas in March of 2016. The workshops are for adult library employees and volunteers with varying degrees of expertise in youth services. At each location, presentation time varies; the general time frame for workshop presentations is from three to four hours. Presenter provides programming ideas and practical advice on running a summer library program to enhance the children’s and teen’s library experiences while incorporating the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) yearly theme.

Presenter utilizes both the CSLP resources and external resourses within her/his program. Please note: While we are happy to entertain proposals from previous presenters, preference will be given to those applicants who have not performed a Summer Reading workshop in Kansas within the last two years.

Workshop Guidelines:

Presentations include ideas and advice that will apply and work successfully with many ages and in all kinds of library situations including: range in sizes, staff levels, and budgets, as well as differing space for programming, creativity and educational level of staff, and degrees of enthusiasm for program. If selected, specific details and a full outline must be distributed to all seven locations two weeks prior to the first presentation. Proposals must be submitted no later than May 1st.

Workshop Purpose and Description:

Presenter must understand and meet the goals of the workshop, which are founded on the CSLP themes and materials:

1. to develop children’s and teen’s interests in reading for pleasure
2. to encourage and motivate children and teens to improve their reading skills
3. to encourage use of all library resources
4. to increase awareness of libraries

Workshop Measurable Outcomes:
1. Every participant present will have at least one programming idea that they will use.
2. Ideas from the CSLP manual will be presented.
3. When ideas are presented from the CSLP manual, they are demonstrated or expanded in some way.
4. Ideas will be presented that are not drawn from the CSLP manual.
5. Ideas and activities will be presented for early literacy, school aged, and teen programs.
6. Enthusiasm and excitement for the theme will be generated through the presentation.
7. Audience members will be engaged and asked to actively participate with presenter, whether through demonstrations, crafts, or sharing own ideas. (Other ideas: book trailers, book talks, etc.)
8. Books will be recommended in relation to specific programs and activities.
9. Handouts will be available for ideas presented. 10. Presentation will incorporate innovative ideas from current library practice.

Request for Proposal and Workshop Timeline:

All proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than 5pm CST- May 1st. Evaluation of proposals will be conducted from May 2nd through May 8th. If additional information or discussions are needed with any potential presenters during this time frame, presenters will be notified.

Presenter selection will be made by May 8th. Upon notification, contract negotiation with presenter will begin immediately. Contract negotiations will be completed by May 31st. Presenters not selected will be notified by May 31st.

Workshop Timeline for 2016:

Specific workshop dates have not been finalized at this time. However, typically workshops take place over the first two weeks in March with three workshops one week and four workshops the other. All handouts for the workshops must be sent to the KLCY group contact two weeks prior to the first workshop to allow for printing. Workshop scheduling is based on individual system resources and requirements, but schedules are coordinated across systems as makes sense for ease of travel.

Budget: $12,000.00

Presenter is responsible for her/his own travel to and from Kansas and in between site locations for the seven presentations in late February and early March. Regional offices will cover the costs for hotel and meals the evening before that site’s presentation. Once again, thank you for your time, effort, and interest in our statewide workshops.

Qualifications: Please submit RFP, a list of qualification, cover letter and a resume for the committees consideration.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $12,000.00

How to apply?

Submit your proposal to Melendra or Mary

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Sedro Woolley, Skagit County WA

Today’s Date: 02/26/2015

Job Closing Date: 04/01/2015

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District

Library Location: Sedro Woolley, Skagit County, Washington

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Board of Trustees of the Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District seeks a creative, innovative leader to develop and grow a newly-formed library district which has no services at this time. The district was created through voter initiative in 2013. It lies within the unincorporated area of the Sedro-Woolley School District and runs through central Skagit County stretching from Whatcom County on the north to Snohomish County on the south. It will serve approximately 15,000 people with an estimated budget of $800,000.

The director will provide leadership in the design and implementation of new library services for a previously un-served area. He or she must possess excellent skills in leadership, communication, collaboration, and technology. He or she much have an extensive knowledge of library systems and procedures and experience working as a director of a small to medium sized library is essential.

Responsibilities: The Library Director reports to a five member appointed Board of Trustees. The Director provides system-wide strategic, visionary, and inspirational leadership. Because the district is in its formative stages, the Library Director will be required to have a broad knowledge of library administration, policy creation, budgeting, personnel management, relationship building, and community engagement.

Qualifications: Qualifications: State of Washington Librarian Certification or the ability to obtain one; a valid driver’s license; and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience and leadership. Essential knowledge, skills and abilities include: knowledge of the principles practices and procedures of library administrative management; knowledge of contemporary best practices for libraries; knowledge of budget preparation, maintenance and forecasting; knowledge of electronic resources and technology; excellent interpersonal and communication/listening skills; collaboration and consensus building skills; a knowledge of Washington State law as it relates to Library Districts. Proven success working effectively as library director with a governing board is desired. Visit the district website for a complete job description.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000

How to apply? Send a cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Joy Neal at: or

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Youth Services Librarian, South Charleston, WV

Today’s Date: 02/25/2015

Job Closing Date: 03/27/2015

Job Title: Youth Services Librarian

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution South Charleston Public Library

Library Location: South Charleston, WV

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for maintaining a well-balanced collection of materials, meeting the needs of the community’s youth. He or she analyzes the existing collection on a continual basis with an eye to recommending purchases for its enhancement and weeding as appropriate. The Librarian is responsible for developing and maintaining a budget for juvenile materials and programs as well as some fund-raising for this department. He or she will supervise and train the youth services library assistants and oversee the training of work/study students and volunteers. The Librarian is also responsible for the preparation of related reports.

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for the development and provision of services and activities for children and teens with the assistance of a small staff. This includes the creation and presentation of programs which promote the various aspects of the collection and draw young people into the library. The Librarian will conduct reader’s advisory and patron guidance so that patrons can make optimal use of the collection. The Librarian is responsible for the creation and management of publicity and public relations for the youth services collections and programs using media such as, but not limited to, the library newsletter, website, fliers, and Facebook.

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for answering in-depth reference questions as needed as well as increasing the accessibility of the collection through the compiling of booklists and bibliographies. The Librarian will prepare or supervise grants as necessary. Participation in professional organizations is required as time allows. The Librarian will conduct outreach activities in conjunction with the Outreach Librarian.

Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited school and at least three years of experience in youth services with demonstrated supervisory and/or managerial experience. Experience in an automated library environment is highly desirable. Applicant must have a demonstrated ability for successful planning, implementation, and coordination of innovative programs. As this position involves Outreach, a valid state driver’s license is required.

This position requires knowledge of children’s and young adult literature and collection development methods. Considerable knowledge with Basic Microsoft software, Internet, and other new information technologies including social networking media is essential. As is the ability to communicate courteously and effectively with the public on all age levels, abilities, and backgrounds using written and oral communications.

Duties may require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving lightweight materials or equipment. Position requires walking or standing approximately half the time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

37.5 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Starting salary, dependent on experience, $40,000 to $45,000. Generous benefits package offered.

How to apply? To apply for this position, send a resume and three professional references to:
Youth Services Librarian Search
South Charleston Public Library
312 4th Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303
Or email the same materials to:

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.