ARSL Association for Rural and Small Libraries Fri, 26 May 2017 20:07:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Library Director, Morrill Public Library, Hiawatha, KS Fri, 26 May 2017 20:07:42 +0000 The Board of Trustees of Morrill Public Library seeks an energetic, self-motivated, and innovative Library Director for a vibrant public library located in Northeast Kansas. The current director, who has worked at the library for 5 years, is leaving for a job out of state, closer to family.

The successful candidate will be a community-oriented individual who interacts with the public as a hands-on director; has proven leadership skills; has strong delegation skills; is organized; is willing to train and expand knowledge and skills of staff; has strong communication skills and is comfortable with representing the library in the community; is knowledgeable regarding current technology and its use in public libraries; has an overall understanding of current public library operations and services; has highly developed verbal and written communication skills, social skills, and adaptability; and is personable with patrons of all ages. The Director must relocate to the Hiawatha community area.

The position of our library director is unique as you are required to wear numerous hats on any given day. We need someone who is excited and enthusiastic to offer fun, interesting programs at the library, which in turn brings patrons and the community into our doors. We need someone who is organized and can run the day-to-day business of running the library: keeping the circulation desks staffed, computers working, supplies stocked, and the lights on. The director position at our library is part librarian, part community relations manager, and part business manager.

Director duties & responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for the library’s strategic plan • Implements and manages a $270,000 budget • Manages and motivates a staff of 12 employees • Builds positive relationships with local officials • Implements technological innovations • Encourages development and delivery of library programming • Leader for our building renovation

Hiawatha is a residential town about 45 miles west of St. Joseph, MO and an hour north of Topeka, KS. Our county borders Nebraska. With a population under 4,000, Hiawatha has a rural feel and strong community spirit. We are pleased to have great community support, an active Friends of the Library board and positive working relationships among staff and the Board of Trustees. Morrill Public Library is a center of activity in our town.

Salary begins at $44,700 commensurate with experience. Benefits include a monthly health care allowance, sick and vacation time, and KPERS. For a complete job description, go to

Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited school; library and administrative/management experience preferred, but not required. Priority will be given to applicants who submit a meaningful cover letter, resume and references by June 14, 2017 but the position will remain open until filled. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send your application materials and any questions to Library Board of Trustees, Chad Bachman, President, to the address: EOE/AA.

Library Director, Silver City, NM Thu, 25 May 2017 21:40:39 +0000 Library Director. Silver City, NM. Population of 10,500, Salary range $35,973 – $57,727 DOQ + benefit package (includes group health insurance, retirement and paid vacation and sick leave). Requirements include: BA in related field from an Accredited University; MA in Library Science from an ALA Accredited University required; two years supervisory experience in a library setting; three years experience in Public Library Service. Deadline 06-23-17. For complete job requirements call (575)534-6359 or go to

Collection Management Librarian, Warren-County-Vicksburg Public Library, MS Tue, 16 May 2017 14:45:05 +0000 The Collection Management Librarian plans and coordinates materials management operations. This position ensures that library collections are selected and purchased in a variety of formats that meet our users’ need for current, easy to find and accessible materials. S/he will develop and assess the library’s collections to reflect the needs of the community WCVPL serves. This will also include keeping abreast of new and emerging trends in collection development.

Additionally, the Collection Management Librarian will work with the director to allocate funding to the various categories of library materials, ensuring purchases remain within the goals set for the fiscal year. S/he will also work with the Technical Services Librarian (cataloging) to ensure library materials are assigned to the appropriate category.

Population Served: 47,485


  • Purchases library materials which meet the library’s patron preferences. • Oversees collection development including selection and weeding. • Coordinates the management and renewal of all electronic subscriptions including the review of contract and licensing agreements. • Coordinates with director to meet yearly budget goals and oversee changes/updates to collection development policy. • Provide friendly and helpful customer service. • Provide back-up/assistance to co-workers as needed. • Participates in reference rotation and desk coverage as assigned/needed. • Participates in professional development activities. • Takes on other tasks/duties as determined by the director.


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MIS degree (or enrolled in an ALA-accredited program and working towards the degree). • Excellent interpersonal skills. • Basic computer skills and experience with computer software (Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook). • Excellent time management and organizational skills. • Excellent phone etiquette.


  • 2-3 years’ experience, preferably in a public library with a focus on collection development. • Familiarity with library automation software. • Familiarity with mobile technology (smartphones, tablets, e-readers, laptops). • Familiarity with social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram). • Familiarity with cloud applications (Google Drive, Office 365, Evernote, Dropbox).

Fax, mail or email resumes and cover letter to:

Katrina Stokes, Director 700 Veto Street Vicksburg, MS 39180 Fax: 601-634-4809 Phone: 601-636-6411

Library Director, Finney County, KS Thu, 11 May 2017 21:35:34 +0000 LS&S is seeking a creative and dynamic Director for the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas.   The 27,000-square-foot library is located in the heart of Garden City and serves approximately 40,000 residents, primarily employed in farming wheat or corn and other crops, as well as cattle ranching and processing. Patrons enjoy a vibrant collection of books, movies, audio books, genealogy and magazines along with access to reference databases and downloadable eBooks as well as a Nature Explore Classroom:    Finney County ( is a multi-ethnic, family-friendly region offering its residents a rich history and several attractions. Some of those attractions include the Lee Richardson Zoo, several golf courses, The Big Pool, and annual events such as Beef Empire Days and the Tumbleweed Festival. It’s located approximately 200 miles west of Wichita and 300 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado, and is the second largest County in land area in Kansas.     The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of sound management decisions and the ability to exercise good judgment, along with the ability to communicate effectively and positively with various government and community groups. Ability to lead and inspire staff with creative new ideas for increasing library services while growing the use of and support for library services among the public and strategic partners is most important. This position is an excellent opportunity for a motivated and creative individual to demonstrate management talents and to grow with the development of new library services in this community.  This is a highly visible position requiring a dynamic manager capable of working closely with County officials, and who can lead and inspire a full service customer-focused organization.

To be considered for the job, all applicants must submit their application online at

Responsibilities: Ensure customer-service focus and orientation of the Finney County Public Library Oversee day-to-day library operations for the library to ensure contract performance within budget Represent the library to the community and public at large Direct, motivate, supervise staff Report to LS&S and to the County, Region and State as required Oversee the training and professional development of library staff Create and sustain excellent relationships with Friends groups, community groups, and other organizations partnering with the library

Qualifications: MLS/ MLIS Required.  Excellent oral and written communications abilities Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with proven ability to motivate and lead others  Significant public library hands-on management experience 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 the local governing authorities, community leaders and organizations, library staff, library patrons and the general public

Branch Manager, Ashland, OR Thu, 11 May 2017 21:34:46 +0000 LS&S is seeking a Branch Manager for the Ashland Public Library. The Branch Manager role consist of professional, supervisory and administrative work directing the day to day operation of the Library. Duties include staff scheduling, attention to physical branch facility, selecting, training and evaluating branch staff. Work also includes developing and implementing programs, services and special events to promote use of the library branch and related work as required. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, paraprofessional and clerical employees engaged in various phases of library operations.  Position reports to Library Director.   Ashland, Oregon is replete with many galleries, cultural arts activities, and home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University. The city sits in the beautiful Rogue Valley  and offers a quaint small-town feel with easy access to diverse outdoor activities and cultural entertainment to rival big cities.

To be considered for the job, all applicants must submit their application online at

Responsibilities: Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Ashland Branch and 3 cluster libraries within Jackson County Library Services Develops goals, plans, programs, services and procedures for a branch library Manages, supervises and participates in all daily service and support operations within a branch Develops projections of resources and personnel necessary to meet established goals and objectives Represents the Library in community organizations within the service area Works closely with other branch managers and library management to assure services are responsive to patron needs Ensures that building and grounds of the branch are properly maintained Participates in committee work including the materials selection process Prepares reports and statistics for the branch Appraises employee performance and reviews evaluations of subordinates

Qualifications: MLS required Three(3) years of increasingly responsible library supervisory experience Experience implementing, overseeing, and reporting grants Experience working with civic leaders and community organizations Ability to work as part of a customer-focused team Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with proven ability to lead Demonstrated ability to connect positively with library and community leaders and organizations, library staff, library patrons and the general public Must be able to work nights and weekends, stand for extensive periods of time during the work day An employee in this class must be physically able to operate a variety of job related machines and/or office equipment and be able to move or carry job related objects or materials

Library Director, First Regional Library, Hernando, MS Tue, 09 May 2017 21:39:57 +0000 The Board of Trustees of First Regional Library is seeking a creative and innovative Library Director who can continue to grow a vibrant public library system located in North Mississippi. The successful applicant must be enthusiastic, visionary, and public service oriented with excellent management skills, traditional library skills, and the ability to effectively implement emerging technologies.

Director’s duties & responsibilities include:

  • Serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the system
  • Responsible for the library’s strategic plan
  • Implements and manages a $5 million-plus budget, funded by five counties and thirteen municipalities
  • Oversees a staff of 120 employees in 14 branches
  • Builds positive relationships with local officials
  • Implements technological innovations
  • Encourages development and delivery of library programming.

Education & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from American Library Association (ALA) accredited library school
  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a public librarian with supervisory & administrative experience
  • Experience as a Library Director preferred
  • Budget management experience required
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Must live in or relocate to community within library service area

Benefits & Salary

  • Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance
  • Participation in Mississippi Retirement System
  • Salary range $85,000 to $100,000

Reports to the Board of Trustees

Preliminary interviews may be scheduled off-site during ALA Annual Conference.

For further information click the following link:

EOE minorities/female/disabled/veteran

Branch Manager, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Goldendale, WA Tue, 09 May 2017 16:10:58 +0000 Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) is looking for an enthusiastic and committed Branch Manager to provide leadership at our Goldendale Community Library, one of 15 libraries throughout our district. Goldendale Community Library is housed in a beautiful 15,660 sq foot Carnegie building in Goldendale, WA. The building features two floors and a basement in addition to an outdoor amphitheater.

The Branch Manager is involved in the day-to-day operations of the branch as well as serving as the face of the library district within Klickitat County, helping lead community outreach and relationship building within the many rural communities in the area. The Branch Manager leads and develops a diverse team of nine employees and works with library staff at all levels throughout Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Program development, branch management, and the ability to build community partnerships are key to this role.

The primary responsibilities of the position are managing the branch and Klickitat County Bookmobile service along with a branch supervisor, serving the public, conducting programming, and attending community events as the library representative with the help of a part-time Klickitat County outreach librarian who works under the Outreach and Community Partnership Division. Because of the rural nature of this community library, the Branch Manager must be willing to drive long distances.

The Branch Manager will have a great opportunity to oversee a planned interior remodel in the fall which will accentuate the original beauty and enhance the functionality of the library building. He/she will actively work to create and cultivate community relationships with the Friends of the Library, a City Library Advisory Board, school districts, and county and city government officials. Because of its proximity to White Salmon Valley Community Library, the two branches work closely together to develop outreach strategies and service priorities for the sparsely populated and vastly distant communities spanning over 1,800 square miles in Klickitat County’s incorporated and unincorporated areas.

FVRL is excited to find candidates for Goldendale Community Library Branch Manager who have these qualifications: -An MLS or equivalent and certification by the Washington State Board for Certification of Librarians or the ability to obtain certification at time of appointment -Three (3) to five (5) years of related work experience, with customer service experience

Our ideal candidate would also have: -Experience working with community groups, library Friends groups and community stakeholders -Two (2) to five (5) years of supervisory experience, with experience managing people and/or projects -A strong commitment to creatively providing library services in remote and rural areas

The compensation for this position begins at $55,453 annually with an excellent benefits package including health insurance benefits, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment, short term and long term disability benefits, Washington State PERS retirement and paid time off.

Please view full job description for application instruction:

Application deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm PDT Video (virtual) interviews/testing: June 20 & 22, 2017 Final interviews: The week of July 10, 2017

Seeking Candidates for the ARSL Board Wed, 03 May 2017 17:46:39 +0000 The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Nominating Committee seeks current ARSL members willing to serve on the Board for ARSL. There are 3 Members at Large board positions as well as the Vice President/President-Elect position.

If you are interested, have a commitment to rural and small libraries, are willing to serve, and can make the necessary commitments of time to the Association, you are the candidate we are looking for. Carefully review the job description for ARSL board members found on our “Get Involved” page: and fill out the application no later than May 22, 2017.

The Vice President/President-elect will serve a three-year term: as Vice President in 2017-18, as President in 2018-19, and as Immediate Past President in 2019-20.

The Members at Large will assume office at the close of the Annual Meeting at the 2017 ARSL Annual Conference and will serve a term of three years ending at the adjournment of the 2020 Annual Conference.

If you wish to run for President-elect, please go to

If you wish to run for Member-at-Large, please go to

Forms must be received no later than MAY 22, 2017.

The elections will take place June 1 through June 15th, 2017

For those who cannot be involved on the board, there are opportunities for you to volunteer for the Association. Committee members are essential to the running of our organization.
On our Get Involved page, you can scroll down to see committee position openings, and to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shirley Vonderhaar.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Kieran Hixon, ARSL
Chair, Nominating Committee

Director, Livingston County, MO Wed, 03 May 2017 14:30:24 +0000 The Board of Directors and staff of the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe, Missouri are looking for a visionary leader to inspire them, connect with the community and continue to grow library services. The Director will be the chief executive officer of the library and must have a grasp of budgeting, personnel management, community partnerships and facility management. The Director will provide leadership within the library, within the community and in the library profession. The requirements for this position are a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a minimum of five years’ progressively responsible public library experience, including two years of supervisory experience. The Livingston County Library is located in Chillicothe Missouri and serves a county of around 16,000 residents in North Central Missouri. The Library’s budget is just under a $1,000,000 and has a staff of 16. Salary range is $50,000-$62,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health care reimbursement allowance, retirement, life insurance and a generous vacation and sick leave allotment. Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to by May 19, 2017.

April listserv topic list Mon, 01 May 2017 06:04:10 +0000 The ARSL listserv shares the gift of knowledge and experience between members. From programs to policies, collections to advocacy, PD and scholarships to job opportunities, listserv activity was brisk in April.

Lots of discussion around library programming: program ideas for young adults to prepare them for living away from home, such as Adulting 101; a grant recipient looking for suggestions on purchases for STEAM programs; as well as questions about serving adult beverages, and organizing a Library Hop to visit other branches or libraries.

Library collections discussion focused on paperbacks: how they are catalogued and processed; whether they are shelved separately or interfiled; and how to track statistics on uncatalogued paperbacks. Also a request for advice on downloadable audio book vendors and a question about lending wi-fi hot spots.

Policy discussion was active on the topic of fines: Food for Fines, using collection agencies, and restricting services such as checkouts and computer use. Dress code was another hot topic, including appropriate dress, tattoos, body piercings, and hair color. Managing staff absences in a single staff library was also discussed.

Conversation about advocacy included ideas to improve advocacy skills and the importance of using both personal stories and data appropriate for and of interest to the audience.

The ARSL listserv is a popular member benefit. In addition to library management topics, you’ll find job postings and continuing education opportunities. Members can access the archive here: