Library Director – Skagit County, WA

Today’s Date: 01/05/2015

Job Closing Date: 01/31/2015

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District

Library Location: Skagit County, Washington

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Provides leadership in district wide strategic planning for services, facilities, staffing and technology. Develops and oversees the annual budget and annual report. Ensures the library embraces and applies library best practices. Hires and supervises staff. Cultivates and maintains positive collaborative relationships with communities, local officials, citizen’s groups, news media and the public. Participates in position related activities with relevant organizations and groups.

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 director with a governing board is desired

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience

How to apply? Send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Joy Neal at Complete job description can be found at

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Regional Branch Manager – Nashville, TN

Today’s Date: 12/26/2014

Job Closing Date: 01/04/2015

Job Title: Regional Branch Manager-Library Manager 3

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Nashville Public Library

Library Location: Nashville, TN

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: THE POSITION:
This is a Civil Service position located at Nashville Public Library. This position when located in Branch Services performs supervisory and administrative duties in overseeing the daily operations of a large 20-25,000 sq. ft. library branch and multiple community branch libraries.

• Supervises direct report employees at a large area branch or division and the supervisors at the selected community branch libraries or divisions.
• Schedules work hours to ensure that all public areas are covered.
• Evaluates employees, counsels with and disciplines employees as needed, and approves leave requests.
• Performs the more difficult or complex professional work in his/her area.
• Develops and maintains library materials collections.
• Assesses staffing and physical resource needs of their area.
• Works with administrative staff to prepare the budget.
• Provides Reference and Reader’s Advisory service to the public.
• Receives and resolves complaints from the public.
• Performs administrative duties, writes reports, and performs statistical analyses.
• Plans and organizes programs or activities.
• Attends meetings as required.
• Promotes programs and services for the library in the community.
• Keeps abreast of new trends in Library and Information Science.
• Adheres to library Customer Service Guidelines.

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university and 5 years of professional library experience, including 3 years of supervisory experience. The Library Science program must also be accredited by the American Library Association or the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Valid “Class D” Driver’s License

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $63,782.78

How to apply? Must Apply on line at: on later than 01/04/2015

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Public Services Assistant Manager – Meridian, ID

Today’s Date: 12/19/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Public Services Assistant Manager

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Meridian Library District

Library Location: Meridian, ID

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Meridian Library District is seeking a compassionate, customer service focused Assistant Manager for our Public Services Department who aspires to a user-centered philosophy. The ideal candidate is curious, flexible, and will inspire and lead a team towards excellent service. This position reports to the Public Services Manager and is located at the Main Library in Meridian, Idaho.

The Public Services Assistant Manager supervises a team of individuals in the Public Services Department, ensuring they provide consistent, dynamic, and excellent customer service to library patrons. This position assists the Public Services Manager with the daily operations of the Public Services Department including scheduling, supervising, disciplining, hiring, training, coaching, and developing staff.

Join a library system engaged in community-driven services focused on delivering an innovative and exciting future to residents of Meridian Library District! Recipient of the Idaho Public Library of the Year Award for 2014, Meridian Library District serves 85,000 residents through two branches, bookmobile, and online services.

The Meridian Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: Experience: 1­3 years of public-­facing, professional library work experience. Experience working with an integrated library system. Prefer 3 years of experience in a library, event planning, public service, education, retail, or customer­ service related position, or similar work experience. Experience directly supervising others. Bilingual, preferably Spanish­English or other languages.

Education: Master’s in Library Science or Master’s in Library Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution (enrolled or completed) or equivalent experience.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $44,205-$48,000 annually

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.

Digital Services – Meridian, ID

Today’s Date: 12/19/2014

Job Closing Date: 01/05/2015

Job Title: Deputy Director – Digital Services

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Meridian Library District

Library Location: Meridian, ID

Website (if applicable):

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.

Join a library system engaged in community-driven services focused on delivering an innovative and exciting future to residents of Meridian Library District! Recipient of Idaho’s Public Library of the Year Award for 2014, Meridian Library District serves 85,000 residents through two branches, bookmobile, and online services.

Meridian Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 annually

How to apply?  JOB FILLED (1/5/2015)

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Dayton, WA

Today’s Date: 12/03/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week:

Institution Columbia County Rural Library District

Library Location: Dayton, Washington

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Columbia County Rural Library District [CCRLD] in historic Dayton, WA seeks a dynamic, future-thinking library director to bring a well-established library to the next level. The director is responsible for the administration, planning, and operation of CCRLD. The library is a community hub and the director will have daily interaction with staff, patrons, library trustees and community partners. A candidate with organizational skills, natural diplomacy and good humor will be most successful.

Columbia County [pop. 4100] is an agricultural area with deep historic roots; the county has just two incorporated cities – and one stop-light. Major crops include wheat, barley and peas, as well as cattle. The Blue Mountains provide timber and recreation, including a well-developed ski area. Wind farms and straw pulp processing also provide economic stability. The area offers a rural lifestyle, affordable living, and friendly people who are deeply engaged in their community. Microbusinesses at Blue Mountain Station and tourism are also gaining regional traction – historic Dayton is well-known for both hearty and exquisite cuisine, a local microbrewery, and charming accommodations.

Dayton Memorial Library, the single library facility in the county, has served both city and county residents since 1937 and is on the city’s historic register. The library has a combined 9,100+ sq. ft. with approximately half the space awaiting redevelopment. The operating budget for FY 2015 is $320,000+, not including cash reserve or capital expenditures. Annual library visits average 22,000 per year with circulation topping 29,000 items. Staff development, collections and technology implementation has been the focus for the last five years. The Board of Trustees has recently adopted a new strategic plan that also focuses on space planning and development.

This position is salaried with benefits; annual salary range is $46,529 to $50,003.

Position is open until filled but preference will be given to applications received by Jan 9, 2014.

Application packets are available at or at the Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd St., Dayton, WA 99328. CCRLD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and a drug/alcohol/smoke-free work environment. Questions? Contact Director Jill Rourke, 509-382-4131.

Qualifications: • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited graduate library program preferred.
• In the absence of an MLS will consider applicants with library management experience.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Sr Library Development Consutltant – Columbia, SC

Today’s Date: 12/03/2014

Job Closing Date: 03/02/2015

Job Title: Senior Library Development Consultant

Anticipated hours per week:

Institution South Carolina State Library

Library Location: Columbia, SC

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: This is professional library work with responsibility for serving as a general library consultant for public libraries in the state. The candidate will provide consultative services to administrators, staff, library boards of trustees, state, city and county officials, and other library stakeholders. This consultant will need to utilize professional knowledge and excellent judgment to solve problems, provide guidance, and advise libraries on issues of operations, management, best practices, and educational opportunities. Duties are performed in accordance with professional library practices and techniques. Travel is required. This position works with a team of Library Development professionals and under the direction of the Deputy Director of Statewide Development.

General consulting to all types of libraries on topics including but not limited to: contemporary library practice, excellence in customer service, policymaking, board and staff development, technology, budgeting and finance, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Works with other State Library staff in achieving objectives of the State Library’s long-range plan and mission. Participates in the planning and implementation of State Library sponsored statewide programs.

Represents the State Library and LD department at meetings, conferences and presentations. Works collaboratively with partners and in developing new partnerships for the agency.

Works with other State Library staff to assess staff development needs for the library community.

Assists in the planning and organization of State Library sponsored training activities for library staff at all levels. Provide specialized training for library’s staff based on needs and requests of library directors.

A masters’ degree in library science from an ALA accredited college or university and appropriate professional library experience.

Specialized knowledge in library functions and operations. Proficient in project management, interpersonal relations, networking, consulting, planning, priority setting, and technology.

Thorough knowledge of staff development principles. Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written), ability to work independently and exercise initiatives, ability to establish effective working relationships with outside agencies, governing boards, public officials and the general public, and organize and present information through reports and public presentations.

A masters’ degree in library science from an ALA accredited college or university and four to six years appropriate professional library experience in an increased supervisory or management role. Preference will be given to those with six or more years of experience in a variety of different library settings, and those with consulting experience.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $38,703.00 – $56,000

How to apply? Applications must be obtained and filed online at: If you should have questions or concerns about this posting, please contact Jessica E. Cornish, Human Resources and Program Coordinator at (803) 734-8656.

State Government Salary Range: $38,703-$71,608, Band 6, CD 40

Agency Salary Range: $38,703.00 – $56,000

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Access Services Coordinator – Medford, OR

Today’s Date: 12/03/2014

Job Closing Date: 12/23/2014


Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Library systems & Service, LLC

Library Location: Jackson County Library Services, Medford, OR

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Overview:

Experience: Progressively responsible library experience, including at least two years of
supervisory responsibilities

Education: MLS/MLIS Required
Hours: Full Time, 40 hours

Deadline: 12/23/2014

LSSI is seeking a forward thinking Access Services Coordinator for the Jackson County Public Library System. It is ideal for an energetic early/mid-career librarian with a passion for exceptional library service. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of sound public library management principles, best practices, trends, and current professional theories. Ability to exercise good judgment, along with the ability to communicate effectively and positively with library staff and the public. Ability to lead and inspire staff with creative new ideas for enhancing library services.

Jackson County is located in the lush southern Oregon region and offers residents a rich history, arts & culture, outdoor adventure, and fine dining. Area attractions include spectacular hiking and biking, the nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River, the Tony Award Winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, more than 60 wineries, and dozens of concerts featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music:

The position’s primary responsibilities are:
Ensure customer-service focus and orientation of the Jackson County Public Libraries
Oversee Technical Services
Coordinate Circulation Services and ILS staff training, support and system upgrades
Support systemwide staff schedule planning
Assist with systemwide volunteer coordination
Assist with collection development and public service desk hours
Supervise assigned staff members
Special projects and other duties as assigned
Qualifications: LS/ MLIS Required
Ability to operate with minimum supervision and work in a team environment to build partnerships, find solutions and make service enhancements
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with proven ability to motivate and lead others
Public library hands-on experience and supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to make sound management decisions, exercising good judgment dealing with people and situations
Ability to connect positively with library and community constituencies including library staff, library patrons and the general public
Experience in working as part of a team
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of Technical Services and Circulation Service required
Ability to work a flexible schedule which will involve local travel and include some weekend and evening work

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Based on experience

How to apply? Applications will only be accepted via our website;

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

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