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Library Job Links

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United States
LIS Jobs
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

Georgia & Southeast
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

Annual Report

The Annual report is available to download.  Annual Report 2014 (pdf)

ARSL 2014-What a Blast!

Receiving an ARSL scholarship was akin to hitting the jackpot for me. Not only was it by far the most informative conference I’ve attended in a long time, it was the most fun. It was set in a beautiful hotel in a city with spectacular views of Mt. Rainer. The weather was fabulous, as was the company! I attended many, and wanted to attend many more, information packed learning sessions that sent me away armed with information that is not only timely but useful to me and my colleagues.

Beginning with Karen Archer Perry’s Uniquely Connected: Expanding Community in 21st Century Libraries, I learned that our Librarian superpowers would change the world. What a fabulous way to begin a conference! Learning that someone else believes in your superpowers is a great start to any day! Too often in our daily life we feel as if we are overlooked for what we can offer our patrons, and it was nice to find out that 98% of people have positive experiences with librarians.

One of my other favorites at the conference helped me convince my Director to change our social media campaign direction. I attended Marketing Your Small Library through Social Media where I learned that rural use of Facebook and Pinterest is high and how to develop a strong foundation for a social media policy. Penny Hummel gave us a list of 25 great Facebook posts that I’m currently using on our Library’s Facebook page. I’ve put much of what I learned in this session into practice already, and we are seeing great results.

An interesting look at the future of Libraries was presented by Daniel Rasmus on Friday morning. Listening to the Future: Libraries Reimagined gave us some serious mental food to ponder when thinking about what libraries are going to look like going forward. He gave us some ways to handle the changes that are coming and talked about how to take those changes and make them into something positive for our libraries. It was a most interesting and enlightening talk, and was fun to live tweet Daniel during the talk.

Another session that blew me away was Frugal Fundraising with Judy Calhoun. Not only was she one of the most engaging and fun people I met at the conference (and super fun to hang out with!), her presentation was fantastic. She gave some excellent examples of how to raise money when you have no money, which all libraries can definitely use! We plan to implement some of those fantastic ideas as soon as we can. One of the most fun ideas she had was a Chocolate Extravaganza, and I for one would love to see that happen here in Orange Beach!

I think a part of the conference I enjoyed as much as the sessions was getting to spend time meeting the vendors who were set up in the lobby. I spent time with almost all of them getting to know those that we already use and meeting those who might be able to offer services or products we could use. I got a chance to buy some cute Librarian attire and I even won a cool lunchbox from Gale that features an Unshelved cartoon featuring an Alabama Superhero Librarian. How cool is that? I love it!

Every librarian or paraprofessional I met was super nice and as excited as I was to be there. Everyone I asked to help me with a project I have going on for the Alabama Library Association Convention in 2015 was eager and willing to help. That excited me beyond my wildest dreams! I was proud to be able to tell everyone that I was the Dr. Bernard Vavrek Scholarship winner for this year. As I told everyone in the Business meeting, I applied for scholarships for three years to attend, so three times is a charm!

As soon as I returned to Alabama, I put next year’s conference on the schedule and requested budget money because I will not miss another opportunity to attend! I truly believe in the power of rural and small libraries to change the lives of the people in their communities. It is where my heart is, and why I choose to go back to school to get my MLIS. I want to serve my community, and one day serve as a Director of a rural or small library. ARSL is going to help me achieve that…in more ways than one. The knowledge I gained from this conference, get daily from the listserv, and from the friendships I forged while in Tacoma will serve me well in my future. You all truly are superheroes.

I had a blast in Tacoma! See you all next year in Little Rock, Arkansas!


Andie Mewbourn

Public Relations/Business Manager

Orange Beach Public Library

Orange Beach, Alabama


Board Agenda – Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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 Sept 7, 2014*/**
  • 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. Finance Committee Mary Beth Stenger

  • Budget – Need approval for 2015 Budget*/**
  • Investment Policy Start – Need motion on Investment policy being enacted*/**
  • Workplan Submitted

10 min. V. Discussion/Clarification Amy Marshall and Kevin Tomlinson

  • “With the Executive Committee, create a list of policies that need to be developed for the organization and prioritize them on a timeline for completion” as it pertains to “Board and non-board member liaisons who represent ARSL to outside organizations.”

30 min. VI. Strategic Plan with Committee Workplans 11/19/2014*/** Donna Brice

10 min. VII. ARSL Student Chapters Donna Brice

  • University of Washington Student Chapter*/**

5 min. VIII. Fall Board Training

  • Monday, Nov. 24, 3:00PM Eastern Donna Brice/Tena Hanson


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

Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, January 28, 2014, 11:30AM Eastern — ReadyTalk


* Denotes Action Item
** Posted in DROP BOX

Regional Library Director – Omaha, NE

Today’s Date: 11/13/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Regional Library Director

Institution Nebraska Three Rivers Library System

Library Location: Omaha, Nebraaka

Duties / Job description: The Nebraska Three Rivers Library System (TRLS) seeks a creative, energetic individual with a strong public service orientation. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and self-motivation are essential. A dynamic leader is needed with a strong vision of the future of libraries who will be passionate about furthering the impact of the TRLS libraries and librarians. We are looking for an Executive Director who will support and lead service-oriented, user-focused, and collegial systems working collaboratively with each other and their communities to promote and advance the impact of libraries in the state of Nebraska. The Executive Director works closely with the Nebraska Library Commission and other system Directors. S/he should have proven successes in supervision, budget management and staff development as well as familiarity with developing and assessing library educational programs. Our successful candidate will embrace emerging twenty-first century tools and technologies and will have the ability to adapt to a wide variety of local and consortia procedures and projects. The TRLS Director will supervise other part-time system staff. Frequent travel within the twenty-one county area is required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited institution and significant experience in all areas of library operations. A track record of progressively more responsible administrative experience, preferably with a breadth of knowledge in various types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special) with an emphasis on visioning, budget management, and staff development. Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Working knowledge of laws and policies relevant to various libraries. Demonstrated knowledge of information technology as it relates to libraries and the ability to effectively communicate with technologists, administration, and library staff about technology. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities include: 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; and skill in leading a diverse team of library professionals in setting and achieving goals.

PREFERRED: Three to five years of relevant administrative management and programming experience in a combination of libraries; knowledge of public organizations and administrative practices; ability to plan and coordinate the work of others and to work well with public officials and organizations; commitment to public service; proven success of innovation in modern library operations.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $45, 000 to $54,000

How to apply? Applicants must submit electronic application materials online to Applications should include: letter of application, resume, statement of philosophy of librarianship and names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Review of applicants begins upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Dept. Director-Digital Services – Meridian, ID

Today’s Date: 11/12/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Deputy Director – Digital Services Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Meridian Library District

Library Location: Meridian, Idaho

Website (if applicable): http://

Duties / Job description: The Meridian Library District is seeking a compassionate, customer service focused Deputy Director for our Digital Services department. The ideal candidate is a confident decision maker who aspires to a user-centered philosophy and provides creative solutions that improve user experience. This position reports to the Library Director and is located at the Main Library in Meridian, Idaho.

The Deputy Director leads and directs the operations and activities of the Meridian Library District’s Digital Services Department, including Information Technology and Materials Services, to deliver a unified technology experience to serve external and internal customers in both physical and virtual worlds. This position plans, coordinates and manages the development and implementation of departmental plans, policies and procedures to ensure successful attainment of the Library’s objectives and goals. The position participates in system wide planning, establishes digital communities and partnerships, represents the Library to the community, and supervises personnel.
Qualifications: Experience: Five years of experience directing or managing information technology operations and online services in a customer service environment, including supervisory experience; OR, Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skills and allows successful performance of the job.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, library and information science, management information systems, user experience, human-­computer interaction or relevant field, with a Master’s or Graduate degree preferred.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: 61,511-80,000

How to apply? To learn more about this position and for instructions on how to apply, please visit our website at

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Youth Services Librarian – South Charleston, WV

Today’s Date: 11/11/2014

Job Closing Date: 01/30/2015

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 South Charleston Public Library is seeking a creative and dynamic team member to head the Youth Services Department of our independent, municipal public library. Our active youth services program is recognized as one of the best in West Virginia and we are proud of our customer focus and innovative programming.

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for the direction and management of library services for children and young adults. He or she works within general library policy to establish procedures and methods to promote library services for youth and to optimize its use by them. He or she shares in developing overall library goals and objectives.

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. Other duties as assigned by the Library Director.

Qualifications: Candidate must have earned an MLS from an ALA accredited school or be close to graduation. Candidate must have 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 with preference towards experience in TLC. 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.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: 40000-45000

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.

Consultant – Dodge City, KS

Today’s Date: 11/11/2014

Job Closing Date:

Job Title: Consultant

Institution Southwest Kansas Library Association

Library Location: Dodge City, KS

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: POSITIONS SUMMARY: Provide management and operational guidance to all member libraries, coordinate continuing education programs, manage bibliographic services including the SWiftnet database, and oversee the book mobile (Rotating Van) service.


1) Provide management and operational guidance to member libraries, through online or onsite training and consulting.

2) Identify training needs of members, develop relevant training and continuing education programs, manage members’ CE hours and certification program.

3) Oversee SWiftnet database and related cataloging activities and liaison with OCLC and State Library as needed.

4) Coordinate and maintain statewide children’s programs and services including the annual summer reading program in conjunction with other regional systems.

5) Represent SWKLS at regional and statewide meetings and activities.

6) Coordinate production of quarterly “System Scene” newsletter.

7) Manage Rotating Van service by reviewing profiles, performing copy cataloging, processing materials, and supervising Rotating schedule and staff.

8) Facilitate the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH) service in Southwest Kansas in conjunction with the state library.

9) Serve as backup for ILL as needed

Qualifications: 1) Master of Library Science or related field from an accredited university, plus a minimum three years of progressively responsible library experience.

2) Familiarity with library operations and management issues, including public library board operations.

3) Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and ongoing activities simultaneously.

4) Exceptional written and oral communications skills.

5) Ability to work effectively with co-workers, member libraries, and peer systems.

6) Experience in planning and conducting workshops and training.

7) Demonstrated consulting ability.

8) Familiarity with information technology and computer applications.

9) Ability to operate a vehicle and hold a valid personal driver’s license.

10) Ability to travel to regional, state, and national meetings and events as necessary. Overnight travel is required.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $46,600-$50,900

How to apply? Application. Email or mail a letter of application, current resume, and contact information for three professional references to:

Tandy Ritchhart
100 Military Ave, Ste 210
Dodge City, KS 67801

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. SWKLS is an equal opportunity employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Super Powers and STEM and Sources, Oh My!

When I got the call that I had won the ARSL Founders Scholarship for 2014, I was ecstatic.  I’m from Mississippi and it was in Tacoma, WA.  Not only was I going to get to visit a part of the country I hadn’t seen before, I was also going to get a break from the oppressive southern summer in the Pacific Northwest.  Then I started to think about this incredible conference that I was about to attend and started to become a little overwhelmed.  What if I don’t get as much from this as I thought I would?  When they say small and rural, are they talking about libraries as small as the one I work at?  Well, all of my fears subsided in the very first session.  The initial thing I learned was that librarians are super heroes with super powers.  Now this is something that I had long suspected, but to have it affirmed and defined for me was very empowering.  And the most valuable thing I learned from this was that our super powers come from the community we support.  Now we all really know that, but it never hurts to be reminded of the importance of being a familiar face in our communities.

After that it was a whirlwind of sessions, networking and food.  I was amazed at how quickly I connected with librarians from all over the country.  It started with programs on subjects like STEM programming and maker spaces and how we can make that possible when we barely have money to buy books.  I quickly realized that we are already doing many of these types of programs for our communities.  It’s possible to redefine and redirect them to target the audiences that need them most and sometimes the money will be more accessible then.  Of course, then, the more money you have the bigger and better the programs can be which will bring more people in our branches which helps us expand to more groups.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  And of course, every session had not only wonderful suggestions but also examples of how they had already done this in their area.   This was so helpful because it let me know that no matter how small you are, it is possible.

I continued to attend sessions on subjects like frugal fundraising which filled me with ideas to take back to my Friends of the Library group and increasing my library’s capacity which helped me see how to make the most of the space I have or where to start when I need more.  Whether the subject was maker spaces or money, there was a plethora of source material to get me started when I got home (or back to the wifi in my room) and was ready to try to form a plan of action.  I was immediately able to put some ideas into motion.  Others may take more time or never happen, but I know one thing.  If I had never attended, I could have fallen into a library rut.  Instead I came home with a full brain (and belly. Did I mention the food?) and an excitement that came from meeting other librarians just like me that are doing phenomenal things despite all the walls we face every day.  All I can say is that I can’t wait until next year.  Little Rock, here I come!

Selena Swink

Lake Public Library

Central Mississippi Regional Library System

Board Agenda – Sept. 6 & 7, 2014

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Inc.

Board Meeting and Annual Planning Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, September 6 & 7, 2014 – Tacoma, Washington
LOCATION: The Gallery

ARSL Mission:    The mission of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries is to provide a network of people and materials to support rural and small library staff, volunteers and trustees to integrate the library thoroughly with the life and work of the community it serves.

Meeting Goals:

  • Get to know each other and develop norms for our work together
  • Review ARSL’s Strategic Plan and Organizational Assessment Report and develop action plans toward it for 2015
  • Transact some ARSL business
  • Leave energized and enthused with clear direction and plans for the year ahead!


Saturday, September 6

12:30 p.m.  Lunch for board members + convener (in The Gallery)


1:00            Welcome                                                                                     Donna Brice, President


  • Meeting Goals
  • Review Agenda
  • Review Updated Org. Chart
  • Self-Introductions – Team-Building!! – Tell us about skills you have that you can share to help ARSL



1:30             Retiring Board President’s Comments                                    Tena Hanson,

                                                                                                                        Immediate Past President

–        Proudest Accomplishments

–        What Could Have Gone Better

–        Recommendations for the incoming president



1:45             Incoming President’s Comments                                              Donna Brice


–        What I hope to accomplish

–        What I’ll need help with

–        Need for a convener



2:05                 History of & Orientation to ARSL                                      Carla Lehn, Convener


–        Brief History

–        Review Policies



2:15             Progress on 2014 Committee Workplans                                Committee Chairs


  • Membership Development Committee (5 min)           Lisa Lewis


  • Member Services Committee  (5 min)                         Tameca Beckett


  • Governance Committee (5 min)                                  Donna Brice


  • Conference Planning Committee (5 min)                   Carolyn Petersen


  • Nominating Committee (5 min)                                  Tena Hanson


  • Partnerships Committee (5 min)                                 Cal Shepard & Gail Sheldon


  • Marketing and Outreach Committee  (5 min)             Jet Kofoot & Kieran Hixon


  • Scholarships/Emerging Leader Committee (5 min)    Shirley Vonderhaar


  • Volunteer Coordinator Report (5 min.)                      Shirley Vonderhaar



3:00            BREAK



3:15            Update Strategic Plan                                                                           Carla


A.  Review Mission and “Objectives” – from By-Laws & the 8 “leaves” on the tree

B.  Review Current Strategic Goals

C.  Review Organization Chart

–        To see where the strategic goals fit into the structure

–        Review Committee Charges


D. Prioritize Tasks for 2015


Using 2014 Committee Workplans & discussion from today, identify 3 – 5 priorities for each committee for 2015 


  • Membership Development Committee
    • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Member Services Committee
    • Marketing / Communications / PR
  • Conference Planning Committee
    • Scholarship/Emerging Leader Committee
  • Governance Committee
    • Nominating Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Partnerships Committee

6:00            ADJOURN FOR THE DAY    Dinner together

Sunday, September 7


8:00 a.m.         Plated breakfast for board members + convener (in The Gallery)



8:30 a.m.         Begin today by reviewing last night’s work – Does the Committee have direction and plans for 2015 workplan identified? Do you feel comfortable with your end result? Do you have everything you need to continue on the workplan?  Final version by November Board Meeting.



9:00                 Board Meeting – call to order


9:05                 Election                                                                                              Donna Brice, President


  • Elect Secretary* (Jet Kofoot has agreed)
  • Elect Treasurer* (Mary Stenger has agreed)


9:10                 Consent Agenda:*

  • Approval of Minutes of July 18, 2014
  • Approval of 2014-2015 Organizational Chart
  • Approval of Available Committee Reports
  • Approval of email vote results

o   Joint Letter to House of Representatives

o   Awards

o   Form 990

o   Letter of Support for YALSA Grant


9:15                 Budget & Treasurer’s Report                                                          Mary Stenger,


  • Review Highlights
  • AUP Report
  • Investment Policy
  • Board Q & A


9:30                 President’s Report                                                                            Donna Brice  


  • Review AMR Relationship
      • What they do for ARSL
      • New Year Contract Procedure/Timeline
      • Interaction with AMR
      • ACTION REQUIRED: Approve 2015 AMR WorkPlan*/**


  • Review How We Work Together as a Board


      • Board Member & Committee Chair Position Descriptions
      • Brainstorm Guidelines for our Work Together as a Board
        • Dropbox
        • Website responsibilities / training


  • ACTION REQUIRED: Two Insurance Issues
        • Approve Directors Officers Liability Policy*/**
        • General Liability Insurance – (review each year at this meeting)*/**


  • Go over Board and Committee meeting schedule for the year


10:15               Past President’s Report                                                                    Tena Hanson


  • Emerging Leader
  • E-Rate/Broadband Update


10:30               2015 Conference Committee                                                            Judy Calhoun, Chair


  • Little Rock Hotel Contract*/**
  • MOU with Arkansas State Library */**
  • MOU with Arkansas Library Association */**



10:45               Governance Committee Report                                                       Donna Brice


  • Annual report on Review of By-Laws – No Needed Revisions


11:00               Committees meet


  • Discuss next steps
  • Discuss budget needs – Treasurer will contact you within a month re: your committee’s budget needs, so that draft budget can be shared at next Board meeting
  • Schedule first committee meeting

o   Create a timeline of work that prepares for each board meeting this year



11:45                PUBLIC COMMENT




11:55                    Thanks and Safe Travels!                                                                Donna Brice




NOON            ADJOURN




Next Board Meeting – Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Eastern Time via ReadyTalk




* Denotes Action Item

** Posted in Dropbox