Dir of Library Services, Pend Oreille County, WA

Today’s Date: 05/15/2014

Job Closing Date: 06/30/2014

Job Title: Director of Library Services

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Pend Oreille County Library District

Library Location: Pend Oreille County, Washington State

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Board of Trustees of the Pend Oreille County Library District (POCLD) is seeking the ideal candidate who possesses the vision and passion to creatively lead the Pend Oreille County Library District to excellence in library services for the community. In keeping with the mission and strategic plan of POCLD, the Director will be responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain a rural library district that is responsive to the community’s needs for information and education.

The Pend Oreille County Library District includes four branches; each branch provides a number of community programs. The district is governed by a board of trustees consisting of five appointed members who oversee the district’s operating budget of a half million dollars, providing strategic planning guidance and capital expenditure planning. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees with a Financial Manager assisting to provide District office support. A fifteen member staff supports the library operations in the towns of Newport, Cusick, Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls.

Situated in the northeast corner of Washington State, Pend Oreille County borders Idaho and Canada and serves as a gateway to some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. Pend Oreille County has rare scenic beauty and vast natural resources.

• Provides leadership in the implementation of library operations, including reference, circulation, programs, community outreach and relations, staff training and development, and IT technology.

• Ensures the selection and maintenance of books, media, computer programs and other materials to meet the needs

• Provides administrative support for all technology services that enhance library services.

• Takes lead role in the development of the District Strategic Plan. Develops long range plans that support the goals and objectives resulting from the strategic plan.

Qualifications: • A Master’s Degree in Library Science from a recognized college or university plus three (3) years of progressively responsible public library administration experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity . A combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered.
• Washington State Librarian certificate (or obtainable within three months of hire).

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes of the community.

Salary Range: Salary range starts at $52, 000 yearly commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered.

How to apply? Please see our website at to learn more about Pend Oreille County and the library district. Resume with a letter of interest should be submitted to

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2014 ARSL State Library Scholarship Opportunities

State library agencies are again making scholarship opportunities available to librarians in their state! Below are the details that we have received thus far.


The Arizona State Library, Archives & Public records offers Continuing Education Scholarships of up to $1250 to attend ARSL and other conferences. Applicants must be employed full-time by an Arizona library. For more information and to download an application, visit


The California State Library is pleased to announce ARSL scholarships for rural or tribal library staff. We expect to fund up to 2 scholarships per library jurisdiction. If we do not receive enough applications we will establish a waiting list; library directors may forward more than two applications, but please prioritize them from your perspective.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a current ARSL member;
  • State how attending the conference will benefit your library;
  • Identify at least 3 sessions you will attend;
  • Meet virtually via a ReadyTalk session to discuss scholarship requirements before the conference;
  • Meet as a group during the conference to plan ways to cooperate and share what you learn with others, and how you will use that to help improve library service in your communities.

All scholarship requests are to be submitted by Library Directors by July 1, 2014.

Scholarship Form and Application

Contact: Susan Hanks, Library Programs Consultant,, 916-653-0661


The Montana State Library is funding four scholarships ($1,500 each) for librarians who serve in small libraries or tribal libraries in Montana with the deadline of July 1, 2014 to apply. Complete the application and send to Jo Flick,

A committee will meet the first week of July to make selections for the scholarship.

North Carolina

The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference in Tacoma, Washington from September 3-6, 2014. Since there are limited funds available, this is a competitive scholarship. Priority will be given to first time conference attendees in libraries serving rural/small populations. The brief essay question about benefits of conference attendance will also be weighted heavily in the awards.

A $1,200 lump sum payment will be made to the winning applicant’s library to help with conference costs; receipts for these expenses will have to be submitted to the State Library of North Carolina shortly after the end of the conference.

The application is available online and will close on July 20, 2014. Winning applicants will be notified by the end of July. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jeffrey Hamilton at 919-807-7417 or


The Utah State Library Division is funding up to six scholarships ($1,300 each) for library directors, library staff, or trustees in a small or rural  public or tribal library in Utah. The application deadline is June 13, 2014. Complete details are available at


For scholarship opportunities from the Vermont Department of Libraries, please contact Brittney Wilson, (802) 828-3266.


The Washington State Library, thanks to funding from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is making full scholarships available for rural and tribal library staff to attend the 2014 conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Scholarships will include all conference fees, transportation, and other expenses.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Work at a small and rural library (serving 10,000 or fewer), or in a tribal library in Washington State;
  • Be a first-time attendee at the ARSL conference;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to share knowledge gained from conference attendance with fellow library/district staff through a webinar, printed article, blog post, etc.;
  • Show how conference attendance will help to meet the library’s goals as they relate to the LSTA priorities;
  • Attach authorized (signed) permission to the application.

Deadline for applications: Friday, May 30, 2014. For more information, or to apply, visit the Washington State Library ARSL Scholarship page.


The Carol McMurry Library Endowment will offer any Wyoming library worker up to $1500 per year to attend this or another conference:

Applicants can contact Jamie Markus if they have questions about the application.

Board Agenda – May 16, 2014

Association for Rural and Small Libraries Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, May 16, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central


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 Tena Hanson,
****** Start Meeting Recording****** President

3 min. II. Consent Agenda

• Approve Minutes of March 21, 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

15 min. IV. Vice President/President-Elect’s Report Donna Brice

• Aspen Institute Meeting
• SHLB Meeting
• TVWS Proposal
• Research Institute for Public Libraries, Advisory Team

10 min. V. Approval of ARSL Student Chapter University of Washington*/** Donna

15 min. VI. Online Meeting Task Force Report*/** Becky Heil, Chair

15 min. VII. Partnerships Committee Report Cal Shepard, Gail Sheldon,

• Proposed new “Friends” non-member category*/**
• US Fire Administration MOA*/**

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

• Proposed Slate for the 2014 Election*/**

5 min. IX. Potential Story Corps Partnership*/** Tena Hanson, President


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

Next Board Meeting – Friday, July 18, 2014 — ReadyTalk


* Denotes Action Item
** Posted in DROP BOX

Registration now open!

Yea! The conference is coming! Yes, it is time to register for the 2014 Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

It will be held in Tacoma, Washington, September 3-6, 2014. Register now!  (Remember to log in first so you can get a member discount!)

Library Director – Liberal, KS

Date: 05/01/2014

Job Closing Date: mm/dd/yyyy

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Liberal Memorial Library

Library Location: Liberal, Kansas

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Liberal Memorial Library is looking for a Library Director. This is a highly administrative and management position with responsibility for the daily operations of the library. The library director plans, coordinates, directs, and evaluates all daily functions of the library, oversees the physical building, programs, services, and finances, supervises library personnel, works in cooperation with the city of Liberal, and is supervised by the Library Board.

The Library Director is responsible for:
Library services: manages the provision of full library services to patrons and community organizations
Personnel management: responsible for hiring, managing, and evaluating the library staff
Financial operations: responsible for the preparation, management, and oversight of the library’s budget
Planning and Policy Making: responsible for short and long term planning in cooperation with the Library Board and staff
Public relations: supervises all internal and external library communications and outreach
Physical plant management: oversees all aspects of the interior of the library building and grounds
Professional development: keeps current of new trends, library management, technology, legal issues facing libraries, and new ideas in library service
Library board: provides communication and staff support to the Library Board and maintain regular communication with the Board

This is a full, time, exempt, salaried position with health and dental benefits, sick and vacation leave, and state retirement plan.

Qualifications: MLS degree from an ALA accredited graduate library school with public library experience

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: 55,000+ depending on qualifications

How to apply? Send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to: Selection Committee, Liberal Memorial Library, 519 N. Kansas, Liberal, KS 67901 or

Position will remain open until filled.

Liberal Memorial Library is an equal opportunity employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

City Library Director – New Haven, CT

Today’s Date: 04/30/2014

Job Closing Date: 05/25/2014

Job Title: City Library Director

Institution New Haven (CT) Free Public Library

Library Location: New Haven, CT

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The New Haven Free Public Library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services.

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields. A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience. Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment. For a more complete list of requirements and preferred attributes, please visit our link to the official job description.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
How to apply? Contact:

Karen E. Miller
Managing Consultant
Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates
Ohio Office:
3513 E. Harvard Blvd.
Canton, OH 44709

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

Library Director – Carroll, IA

Today’s Date: 04/25/2014

Job Closing Date: 05/14/2014

Job Title: Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Carroll Public Library

Library Location: Carroll, Iowa

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: The Carroll Public Library is seeking a highly motivated, community minded individual to be our next Library Director. Carroll is the regional business center for west-central Iowa, located at the junction of U.S. Highways 30 and 71. The library’s service population totals nearly 16,000 citizens, from the city of Carroll, seven area towns as well as the rural population of Carroll County.

Under the direction of a nine member Board of Trustees, the Library Director carries out the policies formulated by the Board, using professional knowledge to design and execute procedures to provide and promote library service to the community.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science is required; a master’s degree in library science or related field is preferred.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $55,000- $68,500

How to apply? To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with three professional references and complete the city’s employment application located at These may be mailed to Tom Louis, Board President, Carroll Public Library, 118 E. 5th St. Carroll, IA 51401 or submitted electronically to Questions, call the library at 712-792-3432.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

County Library, Hertford, NC

Today’s Date: 04/10/2014

Job Title: County Librarian

Institution Pettigrew Regional Library

Library Location: Hertford, NC

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Located in historic and beautiful Hertford, North Carolina, the county seat of Perquimans County, in Northeastern North Carolina. It is located on the beautiful Perquimans River and is a little over an hour to the Outer Banks and Virginia. The library serves the 12,000+ residents of this rural community.

Provides leadership, direction, and professional guidance in the delivery of library services in Perquimans County. Supervises staff of 4. Responsible for all operations in management of a very active county library. A new library construction is a top priority for Hertford and working on the new library plans would be an exciting part of this position. Reports to the Director of the Regional Library.

Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, minimum of three years of public library experience, supervisory experience necessary and must be eligible for certification by the North Carolina Certification Board. Must have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with community groups, county officials, and the Local Library Board. Must also be able to work as a team member with 3 other County Librarians and the Regional Director. Experience working on a building, or renovation project, preferred.

Will out of state candidates be considered?

Salary Range: 38,000, negotiable

How to apply? Send resume, with cover letter and three professional references to: Judi Bugniazet, Director, Pettigrew Regional Library, 201 East Third Street, Plymouth, NC 27962 or e-mail attachments to

For additional information, or contact Judi Bugniazet at Or, 252-793-2875. PRL is an equal opportunity employer.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

2014 Conference – Keynote Speakers

  1. Author Keynote: Laurie King

    Laurie King, Author
    Friday, September 5, 2014 @ Noon

    Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2014′s Dreaming Spies). She has won or been nominated for an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle”.

    Sponsored by

  2. Clancy Pool, Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year

    Clancy Pool, Whitman County Library System
    Saturday, September 6, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

    Hired in 1992 as manager of the tiny St. John Branch (SJB) of Washington State’s Whitman County Rural Library District (WCRLD), Clancy Pool worked to perform the miracle of bringing a new spirit and library to the town’s 525 residents, plus another 500 who live in the surrounding area. Library Journal Paralibrarian of the Year Clancy Pool will share how a focus on customer service, community involvement and professional development can build support for your library.

    About Clancy

    Clancy grew up in Spokane and loved both kinds of librarians: The ones who saved the newest Bobbsey Twins book and the ones who wore silly hats and told stories in the park. In 1992 WCL took a chance by hiring a farmer’s wife to manage a branch that she had never actually seen. To Clancy’s delight, she discovered that she could be both kinds of librarians and so much more.

    With the support of family and the district, Clancy worked to increase her skills and build community support. In 2002, she started working full-time for the library district. Monday and Friday in St. John and Tuesday to Thursday in Colfax; first as children’s services assistant and then as branch services manager. At about the same time, Whitman County Library System began fund raising for a new branch in St. John. In 2005 when the town passed the library bond, Clancy was involved in the design and continued fund raising for furnishings. In 2008, on the day of the first summer reading she moved into the new St. John Library. Clancy’s current responsibilities include: Branch manager in St. John, collection development of all adult materials, ILL, supervisor for the 13 community branches (Staff hiring, training, program coordination), coordination of all staff development and program based grant writing).

  3. Libraries Reimagined!

    Daniel Rasmus, Author
    Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

    The future is uncertain. If libraries don’t face their uncertainties head on, they won’t be able to navigate the future effectively. Rasmus will explore not only the uncertainties facing libraries, but help librarians learn how to navigate change as it occurs. Imagination is at the core, and Rasmus will narrate the conference through multiple possible futures, all plausible, all filled with their own threats and opportunities, risks and rewards. As rural communities feel the effects of disruption reach out over the forests and prairies, mountains and rivers, we need to the tools to help us anticipate change, to practice it, but most importantly, to leverage the change that is coming into effective programs and engagement — this presentation will help provide some of the tools necessary so our libraries can continue as important members of our communities.

    About Daniel

    Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future, is a strategist and industry analyst who helps clients put their future in context. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future. Rasmus developed the MicrosoftOffice Information Worker Board of the Future, and was the Center for Information Work’s creative leader. Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was Vice President and Research Director for Collaboration and Knowledge Management at Forrester Research Inc.

    Sponsored by

  4. Uniquely Connected: Expanding community in 21st century libraries

    Karen Perry, Clarion Collaborative
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

    Libraries enjoy overwhelming community support with over 90% of Americans saying libraries are important to their communities; nearly all Americans report that their interactions with librarians have been “very positive.” While some communities are seeing library support erode with the rise of our digital culture, other libraries are using these trends to offer new services and connect with new patrons. We’ll explore national trends in learning and knowledge acquisition, technology and digitization, and consumer expectations; then discuss five strategies you can use to refresh library services and strengthen community in the digital age.

    About Karen

    Karen works with schools, libraries, government agencies and technology vendors to ensure that internet-enabled services are available to all people in all communities. As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program, Karen managed broadband, research, and policy grants that have impacted thousands of libraries across the county. She contributed to the National Broadband Plan as an Expert Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. Previously, Karen served as the founding Director of Field Outreach for the Knight Center of Digital Excellence; a Principal Consultant with Karacomm; and as a Sales Executive and Manager with Lucent, Bell Labs and AT&T. Karen’s passion is building collaborations that create and implement transformative programs at scale.

  5. You don’t have to do it all! Using the Edge assessment for better outcomes in small & rural libraries

    Samantha Becker, University of Washington
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ Noon

    The Edge initiative has developed a set of benchmarks and indicators for public libraries to use to assess their public technology resources and services, and the ways they ensure they are supporting the goals and aspirations of their communities. It’s a comprehensive framework meant to apply to libraries of all types, but no library is meant to do it all! Learn about how to use Edge to balance the competing priorities and limited resources in small and rural libraries and to be deliberate about what not to do.

Assistant Library Director – North Liberty, IA

Today’s Date: 04/02/2014

Job Closing Date: 04/25/2014

Job Title: Assistant Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution North Liberty Community Library

Library Location: North Liberty, IA

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Overview

Under the general supervision of Library Director, assist in planning and directing the operations and activities of the library within the policies, procedures and practices established by the Library Board of Trustees. Involves working with community and City leaders, public speaking and high level or responsibility for decision-making regarding day-to-day library operations. This position includes acting in the capacity of director in director’s absence. Performs front line tasks related to circulation of library materials and patron customer service including but not limited to readers’ advisory and helping patrons locate library materials; provides consistent, courteous and sincere customer service to patrons and library staff at all times.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct supervision of activities of library staff and supervision of the work of all library staff and volunteers in carrying out assigned duties and library operations; including hiring, evaluation and discipline of support staff.

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

• Assist Library Director in the management of the total library program within the framework of the library board plans, policies and budget.

• Hire, evaluate and discipline support staff.

• Supervise library staff and the training of new staff.

• Provide leadership and management to Library sub-departments.

• Aid in writing and maintaining library policies and procedures as pertains to library operations.

• Provide written reports to Library Board each month.

• Seek partnerships with area agencies, businesses and organizations through active involvement and marketing of the library.

• Seek appropriate grant and funding opportunities to supplement library budget as appropriate.

• Attend civic meetings to speak on or discuss upcoming and ongoing events concerning the library.

• Keep current through professional development and literature to evaluate trends and innovations in library services.

• Assists with evaluating library needs and formulating short and long range plans to meet them, including budget development and facilities planning.

• Attends library board meetings, city council meetings and other city management meetings as assigned or in absence of director.

• Oversee weekly budget and billing practices.

• Participate in area, state and national library associations and activities.

• Participate in City-related events and committees including providing assistance to City staff and departments as needed

• Work directly with Technology Services Librarian on development and maintenance of library technology and automation.

• Aid in development of annual in-service training program for library staff and volunteers, working with Circulation Services Librarian on content.

Essential Functions

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. 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
Bachelor’s degree in any applicable field of study; 5-years equivalent work experience, including two or more years supervisory experience in the library field; administrative experience; any combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Knowledge of current library trends in all areas of library operation. Ability to relate well to a variety of people; ability to adapt in difficult situations; knowledge of information technology and library automation; ability to work a variety of hours; ability to stimulate interest in the concerns and resources of the library; ability to express clearly and concisely both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to organize, assign and supervise the work of staff and volunteers; ability to interpret library policy.

Licenses and Certifications:
Obtain Iowa Public Library Certification within one year of hire or as courses are available; maintain Iowa Public Library Certification. Membership in professional organizations.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $52,250 – 56,100

How to apply? The City of North Liberty is seeking a creative, dynamic individual for the position of Assistant Library Director for the North Liberty Community Library. Position requires a bachelor’s degree in any applicable field of study and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in library management. The successful applicant should have public speaking experience and be comfortable working and interacting with the general public in addition to being self-motivated, organized and outgoing. Applicant must possess budgetary knowledge and knowledge of current library trends in all areas of library operation and have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of groups and individuals. Salary range $52,250 – $56,100, commensurate to experience. Excellent benefit package. Post-offer physical, drug screen and background screen required. Submit resume, cover letter and three professional references to Jennie Garner, Library Director, 520 W Cherry St., P.O. Box 320, North Liberty, IA 52317 by 4:00PM, Friday, April 25, 2014. EOE. Resumes may also be emailed to

PLEASE NOTE: Out of state candidates would be considered but no travel expenses are included in application process.

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.