Library Director – Iowa Falls, IA

Today’s Date: 02/03/2015

Job Closing Date: 03/31/2015

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library

Library Location: Iowa Falls, IA

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library is accepting applications for the position of library director. Masters in library science or equivalent professional library experience required. Duties include: supervision of two full-tie and four part-time employees, collection management, computer network management, budgeting, grant writing, reference and readers advisory, overseeing library automation systems, facility management, and community outreach.

For a complete job description, go to library website Send resume, City of Iowa Falls job application, and cover letter to: Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library, 921 Washington Ave, Iowa Falls, IA 50126. Attn: selection committee. Position open until filled. Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualifications: see above

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $36,000 to $42,000

How to apply? Send resume, City of Iowa Falls job application, and cover letter to: Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library, 921 Washington Ave, Iowa Falls, IA 50126. Attn: selection committee. Or email documents to:

Position open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director, Nampa, ID

Today’s Date: 02/02/2015

Job Closing Date: 03/03/2015

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution City of Nampa

Library Location: City of Nampa, Idaho

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Directs, plans, and organizes all library operations, activities, and services, including staffing, budgets, facilities, security, and public relations; performs other duties as required or assigned.

The Library Director is responsible for the management of the Public Library, including facility oversight, budget preparation and oversight, book collection development, community relations.

The Library Director is under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Library Board of Trustees, the Mayor and City Council, Departmental, and other City Employees, outside vendors, independent contractors, and the general public.

The Library Director is responsible for building a team of mutual trust and respect in the workplace. The Director contributes to the City’s public image by reviewing, evaluating and responding to customer suggestions, complaints, and problems, by developing public information and education programs, by facilitating an accurate flow of information to the public and by participating in professional and community associations and organizations. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions Statement(s)
• Develops annual planning and long-term goals and objectives with the ability to develop a vision for the future and create a culture in which the long range goals can be achieved.
• Establishes a financial accounting system and monitors all budgets, including providing current expenditure report at each Board meeting, providing annual budget to City Council which states amount of money needed, and services and materials provided.
• Plans, supervises, and evaluates the work of staff.
• Demonstrated the ability to recognize courses of action which can be taken to handle problems or potential problems, and applying contingency plans to solve those problems.
• Demonstrated the ability to assess skill strengths and weaknesses of individuals and teams in order to determine what actions are appropriate to build and/or improve the needed skills.
• Plans for, directs, and takes appropriate action on risk management, workplace violence, and security policies and procedures to ensure a safe working environment.
• Establishes and monitors all personnel and operational policies and procedures and directs all library activities, recommending changes to improve working conditions and service to customers.
• Promotes positive relations between the library and customers, the general public, local businesses. local schools, community and civic organizations, as well as professional organizations.
• Recognizes and utilizes when possible, new and existing sources of tax-free funding for the library.
• Determines how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
• Serves as a member of the governing body of the automated library system consortium.
• Demonstrates technical expertise and usage while remaining current on principles, practices, and new developments in Library Science by attending meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions as available and accessible.
• Maintains an effective and respectful work environment free of fear and intimidation.
• Motivates and guides others to ensure performance in accordance with clear expectations and goals.
• Demonstrates the ability to establish and maintain a good rapport and cooperative relationship with customers, co-workers, peers, and City Administration.
• Adapts to changes in how business is conducted and work is accomplished, in a positive and timely manner.
• Assumes responsibility for other duties as required or assigned.

Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.

Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.

Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.

Is punctual and timely in meeting requirements of performance, including attendance standards and work deadlines.

Communicates information and states concerns in a clear and professional manner.

Respects the opinion of others and demonstrates a reasonable relationship with employees, supervisors and others.

Accepts and performs in a timely and effective manner changes in work assignments and/or how work is performed.

Comprehensive knowledge of Nampa city and general library policies and procedures.
Comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of managerial planning, directing and supervision.
Comprehensive knowledge of the current principles and practices of public library management operations.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of budget development, administration, and control.
Comprehensive knowledge of human resources management, including selection, training, performance evaluation and record keeping.
Thorough knowledge of City and State political issues and diplomatic relations.
Thorough knowledge of current computer technology and the application of such technology in a public library environment.
Thorough knowledge of the principles of public library facilities design and space utilization.

Substantial knowledge of risk management issues.

Ability to develop library goals and determine the most effective means to ensure implementation of action plans within determined operational periods.

Ability to organize and prioritize work, establish and maintain appropriate organizational structure, allocate resources and delegate authority to accomplish goals and objectives.

Ability to effectively lead, motivate, and direct all departmental personnel to ensure efficient operations at all times.

Ability to evaluate new circumstances and apply prior experience and knowledge with good judgment.

Ability to plan, coordinate, control, and project costs of complex projects.

Ability to motivate staff to continued high levels of services.

Ability to effectively solve problems using diplomatic resolution strategies.

Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.

Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.

Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions, use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions, and prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.

Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Competency Statement(s)
• Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
• Change Management – Ability to encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
• Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
• Communication, Written – Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.
• Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
• Delegating Responsibility – Ability to allocate authority and/or task responsibility to appropriate people.
• Goal Oriented – Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.
• Honesty / Integrity – Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
• Leadership – Ability to influence others to perform their jobs effectively and to be responsible for making decisions.
• Systems Analysis – Ability to determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
• Time Management – Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.

Education: Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university required; M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited program is preferred. Field of Study: Library Science, Information Science or closely related field.

Experience: 7 plus years of experience in library organization and management experience and/or any combination of experience and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Computer Skills: Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks and the ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.

The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment.

FINGER DEXTERITY: Sufficient finger or manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to operate a personal computer, telephone and related equipment and use primarily just the fingers to make small movements such as typing, picking up small objects, or pinching fingers together.

SPEECH: Sufficient clarity of speech or other communication ability with or without reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to communicate effectively and convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly or quickly.

HEARING: Sufficient clarity of hearing with or without reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information.

VISUAL ABILITIES: Sufficient visual acuity or other power of observation with or without reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to review a wide variety of materials in electronic or hard copy form and perform activities such as viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection).

PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND PERSONAL MOBILITY: Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, to enable the employee to function within a general office environment.

Sedentary work; sitting most of the time. Exerts up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $5,349-$7,488 per month Exempt Position

How to apply? Dates to Submit Application: Applicant must submit an online application; resumes will not be taken in lieu of the application. Position information and online application may be found online at: First review of applications will be February 13, 2015.
Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Nampa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2015 ARSL Conference Hotel

Association for Rural and Small Libraries Fall 2015 Conference

Pre-Conference Start date: 9/30/15
Conference ending: 10/3/2015
Last day to book by: 9/11/15

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Little Rock Marriott  for 139.00 USD  per night

Special hotel rates available from 9/29/15 to 10/4/15
Book your group rate: Association for Rural and Small Libraries Fall 2015 Conference >>

Library Consultant – Jackson, MS

Today’s Date: 01/30/2015

Job Closing Date: 02/28/2015

Job Title: Library Consultant

Anticipated hours per week:

Institution Mississippi Library Commission

Library Location: Jackson, MS

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Mississippi Library Commission seeks a resourceful Library Consultant to provide advice and assistance to public libraries on a wide variety of topics, including service, administration, programming, policies, and community partnerships.

The successful applicant will enjoy working in a collaborative environment, will be service-oriented, and will have background in public libraries. The Library Consultant provides training to public library staff members and assists public libraries with the development and implementation of progressive and emerging library services.

Consideration is given to applicants with a subject specialty such as technology, youth services, non-profits, programming, library law, etc. Strong communication skills are required in order to provide and exchange information, coordinate activities, and provide guidance.

The position requires regular travel throughout the state to perform onsite visits with public libraries.

Qualifications: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited college or university plus three years public library experience. The successful candidate will have to obtain a Mississippi driver’s license.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: Start salary: $33,875.47 annually + state benefits including 10 state holidays, Public Employees Retirement System, health and life insurance, and a generous leave package.

How to apply? To apply, visit the Mississippi State Personnel Board

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Assistant Director – Clear Lake, IA

Today’s Date: 01/28/2015

Job Closing Date: 02/28/2015

Job Title: Assistant Director

Anticipated hours per week:

Institution Clear Lake Public Library

Library Location: Clear Lake, Iowa

Website (if applicable): http://

Duties / Job description: Performs managerial duties related to personnel, library operations, technical services and cataloging. Plans and implements programming for library patrons. Manages the library in the absence of the Director.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; MLS from an ALA-accredited school preferred.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $17.00 per hour with benefits.

How to apply? Apply with cover letter, resume and three letters of reference to Clear Lake Public Library, 200 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 or .

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Board Agenda – Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, January 28, 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 Nov. 19, 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. Presidents Report,   Donna Brice

• Copyright Issues on ARSL Website*/**
• Disclaimer needed
• Approval to pay Fine
• Request from Clarion University professor wanting a PP about ARSL and Interviews with working Librarians by his students – NEED
• Two requests to post surveys on the member’s listserv
• Received an email from Pat Wagner letting us know her offer to use her webinar software is still open. – Member Services, when needed
• Board Vacancies

10 min. V. New Website,    Kieran Hixon

25 min. VI. Optional Donation Selection,    Donna Brice

• Designate account destination and Discuss Benefit Level if

5 min. VII. Activities ARSL is Participating with for 2015,    Donna Brice

  • AIM Grant, Jamie Hollier – Kieran
  • Big Talk From Small Libraries 2015 Webinar, Christa Burns
  • YALSA Teen Grant, Beth Yoke – Gail
  • Pushing the Limits Grant, Linda Crowe – NEED ARSL Rep

Focus or Advisory Groups

  • Educopia, Focus Group, Nick Krabbenhoeft
  • ALA – Policy Revolution! Initiative (OITP), Larra Clark – Andrea Berstler
  • ALA – Public Library Advocacy Discussion, Chrystie Hill – Donna
  • ALA – Post E-rate Modernization Orders Planning Meetings, Marijke Visser – Donna and Kieran
  • Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL), Nicolle Stephen, Linda Hofschire and Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library – Donna and Kieran
  • Aspen Institute, Amy Garner – Donna and Gail
  • School, Health and Library Broadband Coalition (SHLB), John Windhausen – Donna and Kieran
  • Junior FIRST LEGO League program, Paul B. Dusenbery, Space Science Institute – Tena
  • ALA, Emerging Leaders – President and ?
  • ARSL Student  Chapters – Jet (Vice President or move to Membership)

5 min. VIII. AMR – Sara Zach’s Maternity Leave


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

Next Board Meeting – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:30AM Eastern — ReadyTalk


* Denotes Action Item
** Posted in DROP BOX

Youth Services Librarian – Meridian, ID

Today’s Date: 01/23/2015

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Youth Services Librarian

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 Youth Services Librarian who is passionate about literacy and engaging young people and willing to try new ideas. The ideal candidate is a fearless innovator with a positive and enthusiastic approach to enhancing inventive and imaginative learning and exploration that engages young people. Bilingual preferred. This position reports to the Youth Services Manager and is located at the Main Library in Meridian, Idaho.

The Youth Services Librarian performs a variety of direct public service work and outreach, specifically targeting youth between the ages of 0-18. This position works with administration to plan, promote, and implement library services, programs, and outreach for youth. The Youth Services Librarian uses advanced knowledge of childhood development and early literacy to provide exceptional service to children and their caregivers in the Meridian community.

Visit our website at for the full details of this position.

The Meridian Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: Experience: 3 years professional library experience. Programming experience required. Supervisory experience preferred.

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

Preferred Qualifications: Desired personal attributes include an awareness of the entire community, sense of humor, a passion for engaging patrons from all backgrounds and all ages, and a positive and enthusiastic approach to providing library services.

Bilingual, preferably Spanish­English, or other languages.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Starting salary is $43,000

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.

Call for Proposals

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) invites proposals for break-out session presentations for the 2015 Conference to be held in Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1 – 3.

Proposals for these 1-hour sessions can be submitted using our online form found here: The deadline to submit the form is March 13, 2015.  All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Programming Committee.  Those who submit a proposal will be notified whether or not their proposal was accepted by April 6, 2015.

This year’s conference theme is “Rockin’ in Little Rock.”  Themes we hope to see among your proposals include the following:

Libraries Rock ….

  • Building Community Partners
  • Solving Problems with New Approaches
  • Creative Management
  • Technology  Tools

We remind presenters that workshops must be geared toward the small and rural library audience, and those that are practical, hands-on, and how-to are preferred.  This is not the proper venue for post-graduate dissertations or marketing products. Additional instructions are included on the form.

Workshop presenters will receive ONE complimentary conference registration per workshop title selected. (i.e. a team of three presenters working on one workshop will receive one complimentary registration).

The committee is looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Good Luck!

Becky Heil

Conference Programming Committee Chair

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.