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Wednesday Tours

Tour of Two Libraries

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

Walking Tour of Downtown Little Rock

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

2015 Conference – Pre-conferences


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

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

Title: Emergency Preparedness

Date: 9/30/2015    Time: 1pm – 5pm

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

Title: The Accidental Leader

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

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

Board Meeting Minutes for March 25, 2015

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Board of Directors Meeting

 Wednesday, March 25, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern


 Step 1:Dial in:  866-740-1260

Access Code: 5149183

 Step 2: Web Login —

 ARSL Mission Statement:

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



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

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

3 min.   II.  Consent Agenda

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

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

20 min.  IV.   Presidents Report                                                        Donna Brice

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

10 min.VI.       Nominating Committee Update                          Tena Hanson 

15 min.VII.      Governance Committee Update                  Kevin Tomlinson

10 min.V.        Meeting Platform – Zoom                                            Becky Heil

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


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

  • Board Procedure Manual/Document  


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


Summer Reading Regional Presenter – Manhattan, KS

Today’s Date: 03/02/2015

Job Closing Date: 05/01/2015

Job Title: Summer Reading Regional Presenter 2016

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

Institution North Central Kansas Library System

Library Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Summer Reading Regional Presenter 2016 RFP

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

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

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

Workshop Guidelines:

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

Workshop Purpose and Description:

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

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

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

Request for Proposal and Workshop Timeline:

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

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

Workshop Timeline for 2016:

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

Budget: $12,000.00

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

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

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $12,000.00

How to apply?

Submit your proposal to Melendra or Mary

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Sedro Woolley, Skagit County WA

Today’s Date: 02/26/2015

Job Closing Date: 04/01/2015

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District

Library Location: Sedro Woolley, Skagit County, Washington

Website (if applicable):

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

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

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

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

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000

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

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Youth Services Librarian, South Charleston, WV

Today’s Date: 02/25/2015

Job Closing Date: 03/27/2015

Job Title: Youth Services Librarian

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution South Charleston Public Library

Library Location: South Charleston, WV

Website (if applicable):

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

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

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

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

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

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

37.5 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

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

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

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Dodge Center, MN

Today’s Date: 02/18/2015

Job Closing Date: 05/31/2015

Job Title: Public Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Dodge Center Public Library

Library Location: Dodge Center, MN

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The City of Dodge Center is accepting applications for a Library Director. This position manages all library operations and performs a variety of complex administrative and technical work, including program development, children’s activities, budgeting, and personnel supervision.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in the liberal arts or three (3) years supervisory experience in a library. Preferred qualifications include a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Library Science, program development experience, and a thorough understanding of the use of technology in the library. This position involves significant interaction with the public, requiring strong interpersonal and communication skills. A flexible schedule is required, including evenings and weekends.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $46,983.95 – $54,632.50

How to apply? Applications and a job description are provided below or may be obtained from the Dodge Center City Hall. Applicants should submit an application and resume to Library Director Search, P.O. Box 430, Dodge Center, MN 55927 or Position is open until filled; review of applications begins March 6, 2015.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

User Experience Designer – Columbia, SC

Today’s Date: 02/18/2015

Job Closing Date: 02/23/2015

Job Title: User Experience Designer

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution South Carolina State Library

Library Location: Columbia, SC

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: We are looking for a User Experience (UX) Designer with strong interests and capabilities in the design and development of engaging user experiences. The ideal candidate will thrive in a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, coupled with an aptitude for collaboration with our Information Technology Division and public service librarians.

The UX Designer will:
1. Manage, maintain, and update the agency’s current webpage. Create, modify, and remove pages as needed. Create, assist, and modify web based forms. Troubleshoot website problems. Recommend website procedures and guidelines.
2. Conceptualize, design, prototype, develop, test and iteratively improve highly usable web applications.
3. Apply current and emerging web design techniques and frameworks to enable successful integration with real-time information feeds, local and distributed databases, multimedia content repositories, and web services.
4. Be adept at leveraging and integrating off-the-shelf and open source technologies, and at identifying when and how customized tools and solutions must be developed.
5. Successfully communicate conceptual ideas and design rationales visually, verbally, and in writing, with user advocacy a constant priority.
6. Creates visually appealing graphics, logos, images and related design elements for agency publications.
7. Facilitate periodic onsite support and training for member libraries.
8. Continuously improve appearance, accessibility, use, friendliness, and performance of the website.

Qualifications: Minimum Requirement and Additional Requirements:
A bachelor’s degree and experience in automated information or communication system design, installation, operation, or marketing. Related experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year-for-year basis.

Desired skills and experience:
• Understanding of common software project management and development practices
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong customer service orientation and problem solving skills
• Excellent Design/Creativity Skills
• Motion graphics design and production
• Familiarity with video editing and/or video creation
• Demonstrated understanding and/or working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign
• Ability to analyze and reduce to logical order complex technical data

Preferred Qualifications
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in interaction design, news media design or related design field

Candidate must have and or be able to develop the following:
• Experience with user interface design patterns
• Knowledgeable of popularly used social media apps and websites. Possess an understanding of photography, or a desire to learn photography.

Additional Comments:
Work occurs in a typical office environment and is primarily sedentary. Some travel is required.

A portfolio to accompany your resume.

If you should have questions or concerns about the job posting, please contact Jessica E. Cornish, Human Resources and Program Coordinator at (803) 734-8656.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $38,703.00 – $48,000

How to apply? All applications must be submitted online at

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

County Librarian – Colusa, CA

Today’s Date: 02/05/2015

Job Closing Date: 04/30/2015

Job Title: County Librarian

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution County of Colusa California

Library Location: Colusa, California

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the County Library; performs professional library work involving reference, adult services, and children’s services; coordinates assigned activities with other county departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Board of Supervisors. There is one position open.

Assumes full management responsibility for all County Library services and activities; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

Manages the development and implementation of County Library goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area; establishes, within county policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocates resources accordingly; develops long range plans.

Manages and participates in the development and administration of the library budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments.

Directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the Library’s work plan; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures.

Investigates sources outside the Library which may produce additional revenue for the Library; directs and reviews grant preparation, management, compliance and fiscal management of grants; solicits donations and direct fund raising projects; monitors trust and memorial accounts.

Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of changes.

Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures; supervises the volunteer program. Per-forms professional library work at all levels (reference, technical services, children’s and adult services, circulation, and management).

Coordinates Library participation in computer-based information networks and takes responsibility for the development of Library automation. Coordinates Library activities with those of other libraries, departments, and outside agencies and organizations; provide staff assistance to the Board of Supervisors; prepares and presents staff re-ports and other necessary correspondence.

Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; works with individual citizens and community groups to improve Library services; serves as a resource person for the Friends of the Library and other community groups.

Participates on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional groups and commit-tees. Oversees the maintenance and repair of all Library buildings and equipment; prepares recommendations regarding equipment and facility needs for growth and expansion of Library services to meet the needs of the citizens of Colusa County.

Maintains effective liaison with the California State Library, and submits required state financial and statistical re-ports in a timely manner; monitors legislation related to Library service matters and evaluates their impact upon county operations; participate in the governance of the North State Cooperative Library System. Oversees and continuously monitors the County Literacy Program.

Performs related duties as required.

-Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association ac-credited college or university
-Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience including two (2) years of administrative and supervisory experience
-A valid California drivers license and an acceptable driving record
-Knowledge of operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive library program. Advanced principles and practices of professional library work; techniques of classification; library automation methods and procedures, including cataloging and circulation programs, computer reference tools and the Internet.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $6,530.00 – $8,335.00 per month plus benefits.

A complete application packet will include:
 -A signed completed standard Colusa County Application REV. 052814
 -Cover Letter
 -Resume
 -Any certificates, licenses, and/or transcripts to verify education and/or training

Applications may be obtained from and returned to:
Human Resources Department
547 Market Street, Suite 104
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-0420
Download application:

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.