Children’s Librarian – Algona, IA

Today’s Date: 08/28/2014

Job Closing Date: 09/15/2014

Job Title: Children’s Librarian

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Algona Public Library

Library Location: Algona, IA

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Children’s Librarian is responsible for planning and carrying out youth programming, community outreach, and collection development, among other duties. This person will work closely with the Young Qualifications: A 4-year college degree and previous experience working with youth is required. Adult Librarian to plan and execute programming, such as the Summer Reading Program. A full job description is available at the library’s website.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: 27,500-29,000

How to apply? Send a cover letter, current resume, and a list of 3 professional references by 5 p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014 to:
Algona Publlic Library
210 N. Phillips St.
Algona, IA 50511

or by email to

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Nora Springs, IA

Today’s Date: 08/21/2014

Job Closing Date: 09/23/2014

Job Title: Nora Springs Public Library Director

Institution Nora Springs Public Library

Library Location: Nora Springs, Iowa

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Due to the upcoming retirement of our current Director, the Nora Springs Library Board of Trustees is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. The position is approximately 30 hours per week.

Located in North Central Iowa, Nora Springs is a small community of approximately 1,500 people. We are situated about 10 minutes from Mason City. Our library serves the people of Nora Springs and Rock Falls communities. The Board of Trustees seeks an active, innovative Director who will continue to develop and strengthen public library services in our community.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director reports to a 5 member Board and is responsible for managing, planning, preparing the annual budget and directing the overall mission of the library. Essential duties include: patron satisfaction, collection development, establishing priorities, developing and meeting the strategic goals and objectives of the library, maintaining good community relations and facility maintenance. The Director supervises 2 part-time library employees.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent. Applicant must have or be able to complete Public Library Management Courses 1 and 2, and be certified.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Dependent upon experience and qualifications.

How to apply? Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information (including e-mail and telephone numbers) for three references to: Karla Wymore, Board of Trustee, 901 Riverview Drive, Nora Springs, IA 50458 or email application materials to All applications must be postmarked before September 3, 2014.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Knox, IN

Today’s Date: 08/12/2014

Job Closing Date: 09/30/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Starke County Public Library System

Library Location: Knox, IN

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Description/Responsibilities: The Starke County Public Library System in Knox, IN is seeking an enthusiastic professional to serve as Library Director. Located 50 miles southwest of South Bend and a 2 hour drive southeast of Chicago, the Starke County Public Library has 30 (9 full time and 21 part time) employees, serves a population of about 18,500 residents, and has 3 branch libraries.

The Library Board of Trustees is looking for an individual who is experienced, enthusiastic, innovative, organized and very public service oriented. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience in providing sound fiscal planning and management, and a thorough knowledge of current trends, technology, and best practices for public libraries are a must.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program, a minimum of three years of progressively responsible library leadership, and to possess or be able to obtain Indiana Library Certificate 2.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package included.
How to apply? Send letter of introduction, resume, and 3 professional references to Elizabeth Lawrence, Starke County Public Library Board President, Starke County Public Library, 152 W Culver Road, Knox, IN 46534. No phone calls please.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Regional Public Library Director – Young Harris, GA

Today’s Date: 08/07/2014

Job Closing Date: 09/05/2014

Job Title: Regional Public Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Mountain Regional Library System

Library Location: Young Harris, Georgia

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Administers the overall library program for Fannin, Towns and Union counties in accordance with Library Board policies, available funds, and local, state and federal laws. Responsibilities include: development, implementation and interpretation of policies; budgeting and grants management; planning and delivery of services; development and supervision of capital programs, including buildings and technology. The Director is appointed by and reports to the Regional Library Board of Trustees.

The Mountain Regional Library System serves a three county area in the North Georgia Mountains. If you are passionate about public libraries, have leadership skills and a heart of service, enjoy rural life and being part of close-knit communities, this may be the place for you.

Complete, detailed job description and physical requirements available at
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution; ability to obtain a Grade 5-B certification or higher from the Georgia State Board for the Certification of Librarians. Must demonstrate knowledge of personnel practices, facility operations and maintenance, and financial management. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential to acquaint the community and elected officials with library services and needs. Experience requirements include 5 years of progressively responsible public library positions including at least 2 years of administrative experience.

Complete, detailed qualifications list and physical requirements available at

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: state scale based on education and experience plus local supplement

How to apply? Application Materials to Send: Letter specifying experience and qualifications, detailed resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers for at least three professional references.

Send application to: Mountain Regional Library System
ATTN: Director Search Committee
P O Box 159
Young Harris, GA 30582


Telephone: (706) 379-3732

Contact Donna Howell at the phone number or e-mail address above with questions.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Assistant – North Liberty, IA

Today’s Date: 08/06/2014

Job Closing Date: 08/18/2014

Job Title: Library Assistant

Anticipated hours per week: Part Time

Institution North Liberty Community Library

Library Location: North Liberty, IA

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The City of North Liberty is accepting applications for a part-time Library Assistant. Duties include: manning circulation desk, customer service, and shelving materials. Applicant must be 16 years of age and available evenings and weekends, 20 hours per week. Hourly rate $10.80. Submit application to Emily O’Sheridan-Tabor, Circulation Services Librarian, 520 W Cherry St, P.O. Box 320, North Liberty, IA 52317 or email by 4:00PM, Monday, August 18, 2014. Applications are available at the library or on the city website Post-offer physical, drug screen and background check required. EOE.

Job Description:
Perform general and specific duties as assigned under direction of Circulation Services Librarian. Primary responsibilities include shelving library materials accurately, working at information desk as assigned. Performs front line tasks related to circulation of library materials and patron customer service including helping patrons locate library materials; provides consistent, courteous and sincere customer service to patrons and library staff at all times.

Essential Functions and Duties
Include but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

• Shelve library material in correct location.
• Interact with and assist patrons in a sincere and consistent manner
• Perform shelf-reading accurately.
• Work the circulation desk.
• Enter new patrons into computer with accurate information.
• Assist patrons with library technology.
• Assist patrons in the use of the library and finding material.
• Process and repair library material as needed
• Catalog magazines and periodicals
• Order and renew magazine subscriptions and keep an accurate database of magazine subscriptions including expiration dates and reading level of magazines.

• Repair and clean damaged A/V material
• Provide staff support for programs and services, including circulation desk, as needed.

This job description is not the complete statement of every task and responsibility that is required of this position. It contains the major duties performed by an individual and may require assistance with other tasks as necessary.

Qualifications: Qualifications
Education, Experience and Skills:
Ability to learn current library technology; ability to relate to a variety of people; ability to adapt to difficult situations; ability to work a variety of hours. Must be 16 years of age or older; must be working on or have completed a high school education.

Physical, mental and environmental requirements: Position requires light work with the ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Climbing, pulling, kneeling, stooping, fingering, crawling, crouching, feeling, standing, reaching, hearing, pushing, walking, balancing, lifting, grasping, talking, and repetitive motion is required on a regular basis. Visual and aural perception must be sufficient to operate a variety of office equipment and to communicate effectively with members of the public. Must be functionally literate in written and spoken English and be able to follow written and oral instructions. Position requires exposure to inside environmental conditions.

Will out of state candidates be considered? No

Salary Range: 10.80/hr starting

How to apply? Apply online at or by email to Questions? Call Emily Tabor, Circulation Services Librarian, at 319-626-5701

Librarian – Unalaska, AK

Today’s Date: 07/15/2014

Job Title: Librarian

Institution City of Unalaska

Library Location: Unalaska, Alaska

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: General Description: This position under direct supervision from the Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation performs a variety of administrative and supervisory work and complex clerical work in planning, organizing and implementing the programs and services of the library.

Examples of Work: Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. Oversees the selection and general collection of books and other items contained in the library; reviews books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used, and coordinates removal and disposition. Provides professional advice on library issues and provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans. Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations. Develops and implements policies, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of library operations and assures compliance with established policies and procedures. Schedules and runs various special library activities throughout the year. Reviews program areas, implements changes or new programs to meet library needs of the community; develops, maintains and implements a library master plan. Promotes interest in library programs. Coordinates library development and fund raising; solicits and accepts gifts for the library. Assures library facilities and equipment are maintained properly and coordinates maintenance and repair functions. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs. Thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection techniques. Considerable knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system and of community library needs and resources. Working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision. Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive library system. Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies and the public.

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in Library Sciences from a school accredited by the American Library Association. Five years of progressively responsible experience in library operations, including two years in a supervisory capacity. Because the Library is housed under the Parks and Recreation Department, experience with recreation and cultural/community organizations is a preferred qualification for this position. Other combination of education and experience which could provide the knowledge, skills and ability listed will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Licenses and Special Requirements: A valid Alaska driver’s license is required. Position is subject to pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. Position is subject to pre-employment, post-offer criminal investigation as defined by Alaska Statute 12.62. Position is also subject to random drug testing.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $62,806.97-$78,508.71 DOE

How to apply? To Apply: Please submit a City of Unalaska application and a reference release form. Job description and necessary forms are available at City Hall, by calling HR at 907-581-1251, or by downloading at . Return completed forms to: HR in City Hall; by mailing to P.O. Box 610, Unalaska, AK 99685, Attn: HR; e-mail to ; or fax to 907-581-4469.

Library Director – Humboldt, IA

Today’s Date: 07/18/2014

Job Closing Date: 08/06/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Humboldt Public Library

Library Location: Humboldt, IA

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Humboldt Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a dynamic Library Director. Major responsibilities include managing library operations, overseeing staff, developing and producing adult programming as well as some children’s programming.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications: Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited library school and five years’ experience as a librarian including two years in a supervisory capacity, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range:

How to apply? For a complete job description and application, visit our website at To apply, please send a completed application, cover letter, and resume to Humboldt Public Library, 30 6th ST N, Humboldt, IA, 50548 or fax to 515-332-1926. Applications accepted through August 6th, 2014.

Summer Reading Presenter – Kansas

Today’s Date: 07/14/2014

Job Closing Date: 08/15/2014

Job Title: Summer Reading Presenter for the State of Kansas

Anticipated hours per week: Other
If ‘other’ please explain… We are seeking a Summer Reading Regional Presenter for the Seven Regional Library Systems of Kansas

Institution Kansas State Library-Seven Regional Systems

Library Location: 7 locations within Kansas over a two week period

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description:
Request for Proposal: Summer Reading Workshop Presenter
Summary and Background:

The Kansas Librarians for Children and Youth are accepting proposals for the 2015 Summer Reading Workshop Presentations. The Summer Reading Workshop Presenter performs seven presentations across Kansas in March of 2015. 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 CSLP yearly theme. Presenter utilizes both the CSLP resources and external recourses within her/his program.

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 months prior to the presentation. Proposals must be submitted no later than August 15th.

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- August 15th. Evaluation of proposals will be conducted from August 16th – September 12th. 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 September 15th. Upon notification, contract negotiation with presenter will begin immediately. Contract negotiations will be completed by September 30th. Presenters not selected will be notified by September 30th.

Workshop Timeline for 2015:

Tuesday, March 3—CKLS: Great Bend
Wednesday, March 4—NWKLS: Oberlin
Thursday, March 5—SWKLS: Dodge City

Monday, March 9—SCKLS: Hutchison
Tuesday, March 10—NEKLS: Topeka
Wednesday, March 11—SEKLS: Iola
Thursday, March 12—NCKLS: Manhattan

  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.

National Presenter with Library Background and an attached resume which includes years of library experience in either public or school libraries and work with youth and or children’s programming. References from previous Library workshops across the country also requested.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $12,000.00

How to apply? July 14, 2014-Seeking a Summer Reading Presenter for the State of Kansas

Summer Reading Regional Presenter for the Seven Regional Library Systems of Kansas
Sponsored by: Kansas Library Consultants for Youth (KLCY)

Dear Prospective Presenter:

You are invited to submit a proposal for the Summer Reading Regional Presenter in accordance with the requirements set forth in the attached request for proposal (RFP).

We are seeking a Qualified Summer Reading Presenter for the seven regional library systems of Kansas. All proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than 5pm CST- August 15th. Evaluation of proposals will be conducted from August 16th – September 12th. 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 September 15th. Upon notification, contract negotiation with presenter will begin immediately. Contract negotiations will be completed by September 30th. Presenters not selected will be notified by September 30th.

Melendra Sanders and Mary Boller will be the points of contact for all inquiries, questions and correspondences. Thank you for your time, effort, and interest in our statewide workshops.


Melendra Sanders and Mary Boller

Melendra Sutliff Sanders Mary Boller
Youth Consultant Children’s and Talking Book Consultant
North Central Kansas Library System Northwest Kansas Library System
629 Poyntz Ave. 2 Washington Square
Manhattan, KS 66502 Norton, Kansas 67654

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Portland, TX

Today’s Date: 07/05/2014

Job Closing Date: 08/31/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Bell Whittington Public Library

Library Location: Portland, Texas

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: City of Portland, Texas

The City of Portland (17,500) is seeking a responsible leader to provide direction over of a broad range of public library functions. The Bell-Whittington Public Library is a nationally recognized, mid-sized public library providing services to local and area patrons and various community organizations. The successful candidate selected to lead this organization will be well versed in library policy, departmental planning and direction and administration of library activities. The Library Director is part of the City’s management team working closely with other directors to fulfill the organization’s goals and objectives. The successful candidate must have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of the public library field.
Essential duties and responsibilities include:
Supervision of the library staff, directly or through appropriate delegation, to create a harmonious team environment
Administration of personnel policies and procedures for library employees, including training, development, scheduling, and evaluation, either directly or through appropriate delegation
Participation in the recruitment and selection of library personnel
Responsibility for developing print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through appropriate delegation
Preparing and presenting the library budget proposal for approval, and monitoring and approving expenditures from the official operating budget
Developing short-term and long-range goals and planning for collections, services, and programs in keeping with the library’s mission statement and operating policies; studying and planning development of library services to meet present and future community needs
Participating in the planning, organization, and management of technical and automation services for the library
Directing a public relations program to promote and publicize the library’s collections, services, and programs within the community
Maintaining knowledge of new developments in the library profession, including technological advances, through professional development opportunities, including but not limited to participation in activities of professional organizations and networks and of the Texas State Library
Interacting with the appropriate city employees for the maintenance of the library’s building, furnishings, and equipment
Responsibility for the collection and accounting of fines, fees, and other charges
Administering the volunteer program, including recruitment, training, scheduling, and evaluating
Preparing regular narrative and statistical reports for the City Manager, Friends Library Board and the public.
Establishing priorities determined by the needs of the community
Preparing and submitting an annual report to Texas State Library and Archives Commission to maintain accreditation
Presenting special programs, such as book reviews, lectures, and instructional activities to extend library services and facilities into the community.
A complete job description including required knowledge, skills and albilities is available for download at

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution required
Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible experience as a librarian in a public library of comparable size and complexity
Experience as a library director or assistant library director preferred
Active participation with Texas Library Association, ALA, or similar library association preferred

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes
Salary Range: $62,000-$73,000
How to apply? By mail: Randy Wright, City Manager
1900 Billy G. Webb
Portland, Texas 78374

On Line at
To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Board Agenda – Friday, July 18, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

Friday, July 18, 2014  –  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central


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Access Code: 5149183

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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                                                                 Tena Hanson,

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


3 min.   II.        Consent Agenda

  • Approve Minutes of May 16, 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



10 min.IV.       President’s Report                                                                               Tena Hanson


  • StoryCorps Update
  • Things to be voted on at Membership Meeting at Conference
  • Strategic Plan Tracking
  • Results of ALA Speed Test vote
  • Results of ALA Joint Letter vote



10 min.V.        Vice President/President Elect Report                                                             Donna Brice


  • Approval of ARSL Annual Report*/**
  • Board Orientation Information

5 min.   VI.       Treasurer’s Report                                                                  Mary Stenger, Treasurer


  • Consideration of implementation of Investment Policy*/**



10 min.VII.      Online Meeting Task Force Report*/**                                               Becky Heil, Chair



10 min.VIII.    Partnerships Committee Report                                              Cal Shepard, Gail Sheldon,


  • Review/approve new non-member “Partner” category along

with the following DRAFT Documents:*/**


o   Membership categories with mutual benefits

o   DRAFT letter to groups interested in partnering



5 min.IX.         Scholarship Committee                                                            Shirley Vonderhaar, Chair


  • Review/Approve Recommendation for Emerging Leader Candidate*/**



10 min.X.        Membership Development Committee                                     Lisa Lewis, Chair


  • Review/Approve Proposed additional information for ARSL brochure*/**



5 min.XI.        Nominating Committee Report                                                Andrea Berstler, Chair


  • 2014 Election Results**



10 min.XI.      Conference Updates                                        


  • Tacoma Conference                                                            Carolyn Petersen, Chair
  • Arkansas Conference                                                          Judy Calhoun, Chair






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



Next Board Meeting – Saturday and Sunday, September 6 & 7, 2014 – Tacoma, Washington




100 min.                       ADJOURN BOARD MEETING



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