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  • 21 Sep 2023 9:18 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)


    Community Library Center of the Ozarks

    Date Posted:

    September 20, 2023

    City, State & County:

    Branson/Hollister, Missouri, Taney County

    Primary Category:

    Public Library


    $65,000+ (negotiable based on experience)

    Type of Position:

    Full-Time, with benefits

    Education Requirement:

    Graduate Degree (preference for a Master’s in Library Science)

    Description & Details
    The Community Library Center of the Ozarks seeks an innovative and proven community-building leader as its Executive Library Director to the newly formed Library. On August 8, 2023, voters in the county’s subdistrict approved a library levy. The newly established Taney County Library will serve the residents of the school subdistrict of Branson and Hollister.

    The Taney County Library Board is looking for a dynamic director who will transform the existing Taneyhills Library, a private library which has served the community for over 90 years, and its assets into a publicly funded facility.

    This is a truly unique opportunity to create a vibrant community asset and dramatically increase library services. The director will work with the Taney County Library Board to implement or increase new and existing services, hire staff, and foster community relations. Included in this effort will be the opportunity to have influence and voice into the planning and creation of a new facility that will adequately address the needs of a growing and diverse population.

    The communities of Branson and Hollister are in the western portion of Taney County, known to millions of annual visitors for its natural beauty, resting in the heart of the Ozarks Mountains and surrounding lakes. The region is also well known for its focus on family fun entertainment with its many tourist attractions including Silver Dollar City, Big Cedar Lodge Resort and College of the Ozarks.

    Roles & Responsibilities:

    The Executive Library Director serves as the chief administrative officer with the authority to implement policies for the Taney County Library Board. This position reports to a 5-member board appointed by the Taney County Commissioners.

    The position includes a variety of administrative, supervisory, and professional tasks to plan, coordinate, and direct the future growth and activities of the library including:

    •          provide fiscal management in budget preparation and overseeing operational expenses
    •          hire personnel as needed to address the current and future needs of library services
      develop and recommend policies to the Board of Trustees
    •          ensure library policies and procedures are properly communicated to and by staff
    •          consult collaboratively with the Taney County Library Board of Trustees, the staff, the Friends of Taneyhills Library advising boards, and key stakeholders in planning for the library’s future
    •          supervise the staff and monitor library operations to provide an efficient, customer service-oriented operation and a positive working environment
    •          file reports as required by the Missouri State Library for library certification and compliance
    •          oversee the facility’s maintenance and repair
    •          embrace advocacy opportunities by promoting the Community Library of the Ozarks to community organizations, business partners, the County Commissioners, the local government officials, the Missouri State Library, and professional library associations
    •          analyze current and emerging library trends to modify systems and procedures for professional library standards and the communities’ needs
    •          work collaboratively with organizations in the region which align with the vision of the subdistrict
    •          collect information and data to better understand the unique needs of the community in order to best serve
    •          have knowledge and understanding of the laws by which libraries operate in the State of Missouri.

    Qualifications & Experience:

    •          (required) A master's in library science, five (5) years of progressively responsible work in a public library setting, • (required) Three (3) years of supervisory experience
    •          be a strong advocate for community outreach and possess excellent communication skill
    •          have direct or indirect involvement with library construction or renovation


    The hiring salary range for this position is $65,000 – $80,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications), benefits as well.


    For further information, contact Marcia Schemper-Carlock,

    To apply, send email with a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to This position closes on Saturday, October 13, 2023.

  • 18 Sep 2023 10:57 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has a job opening for a Regional Consultant!

    Complete an application and apply online at by September 24.

    Library Administrator Regional - KDLA: This position works directly with public library staff and trustees at the local level to promote library development throughout one of four regions in Kentucky. Through site visits, attendance at board meetings and meetings for groups of library staff, this position will provide assistance in a number of essential areas including governance and administration, strategic planning, personnel, budget preparation, policy and procedure development, and community relations. This position will work in collaboration with library directors to analyze the services the library currently provides and identify areas for improvement for libraries within the geographical region and will perform other duties as assigned. The successful candidate for this position will have experience and knowledge of library services and systems. A passion for information literacy and a dedication to quality customer service is highly preferred.

    This position can be located in any of the following counties in the East Region: Bell, Breathitt, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rockcastle, Whitley and Wolfe.
  • 11 Sep 2023 9:50 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Position Overview:

    We are seeking a dynamic and creative Youth Services Librarian to develop and lead innovative library programs, establish strong community partnerships, manage program budgets, oversee volunteers, create engaging program promotions, seek out donations, and also work at the front desk as needed. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in enhancing our library's impact on the community through diverse and engaging programming and should demonstrate the ability to work well with others, including collaborating closely with the Library Director and the library employees.


    1. Program Development and Implementation:

    Design, develop, and implement a wide range of engaging and educational programs for children and teens that align with the library's mission and community needs.

    2. Community Engagement:

    Establish and nurture partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and businesses to expand the library's reach and relevance.

    3. Budget Management:

    Manage the budget allocated for children's programming and provide regular reports to the library director.

    4. Volunteer Supervision:

    Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers assisting with programs, ensuring they are well-prepared and engaged in delivering high-quality services.

    5. Promotions and Descriptions:

    Craft compelling and creative program descriptions and promotional materials to attract a diverse audience.

    6. Fundraising and Donations:

    Actively seek out and secure donations to support library initiatives. Cultivate and maintain relationships with potential donors and supporters.

    7. Front Desk Support:

    Assist at the library's front desk as needed, providing excellent customer service to library patrons.

    Handle routine library transactions, such as checking out books, issuing library cards, and answering general inquiries.

    8. Collaboration and Teamwork:

    Collaborate effectively with colleagues, including library staff and community partners, to ensure seamless program delivery.

    Foster a cooperative and inclusive work environment that values input from all team members.

    9. Collaboration with Library Director:

    Collaborate closely with the Library Director to align programming efforts with the library's strategic goals and vision.

    Provide regular updates on program activities, budget status, and community partnerships to the Library Director.

    10. Data Collection and Evaluation:

    Collect data and feedback on program attendance, participant satisfaction, and overall impact to inform future program planning and improvement.

    Perform any other duties as related or assigned.


    Bachelor's degree (preferred) 

    Willingness to learn

    Experience cultivating community relationships

    Passion for literacy, learning, and community outreach.

    Experience developing or supervising programs (preferred) 

    Written and verbal communication skills

    Strong organizational skills


    $26,000-$32,000 and benefits

    Opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the local community.

    Collaborative and supportive work environment.

    Professional development opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge.

    Applications are being accepting on

  • 29 Aug 2023 7:50 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Join our team and serve in one of these full-time, professional capacities: Access Services Librarian; Outreach Librarian; or Technical Services Librarian.

    Under the direction of the Library Director, the Assistant Librarian serves as part of the library management team participating in short and long-range planning, training of faculty and staff, data collection and reporting, policy development, and other professional support of library operations. The Assistant Librarian focuses on one of the following specialization areas and oversees its operation: Access Services, eLearning, Outreach, Systems, or Technical Services. Librarians serve on college-wide and faculty committees. As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education.

    REQUIRED: Master’s degree from an ALA-Accredited program, plus 1 year of related experience and/or training. PREFERRED Specialization Qualifications: education, experience or related training in one or more of the following areas:

    Access Services

    • In-depth knowledge of access services, including circulation, stack maintenance, course reserves, and interlibrary loan best practices
    • Proficiency managing an integrated library system, preferably KOHA
    • Supervisory experience
    • Customer focused with exceptional customer service skills


    • Experience developing and implementing outreach activities
    • Ability to communicate to the library’s diverse user populations with particular attention to those underutilizing the library
    • Proficiency with graphic design and video creation software such as Canva, YuJa, or similar and the Springshare product, LibGuides
    • Supervisory experience

    Technical Services

    • Knowledge of MARC21, AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress subject heading policies, and other cataloging standards.
    • Experience cataloging print and electronic resources
    • Ability to manage an integrated library system, KOHA preferred
    • Supervisory experience
    Click on the following link for the full job ad and to apply: Assistant Librarians: NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC), Bentonville, AR
  • 28 Aug 2023 1:44 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Position Number: 22077325
    County: Pulaski 
    Posting End Date: September 26, 2023

    Anticipated Starting Salary: $40,340 to $46,391

    Section: Acquisitions


    The Arkansas State Library, a Division of the Arkansas Department of Education, serves as the information resource center for state agencies, legislators and legislative staffs; provides guidance and support for the development of local public libraries and provides the resources, services, and leadership necessary to meet the educational, informational and cultural needs of the citizens of Arkansas.


     Examples of Work


    • Executes ordering, invoicing, and receiving of materials for non-document library collections.
    • Manages processing, ordering, and invoicing for subscription databases; works closely with various agency units to ensure end user access.
    • Supervises and coordinates the daily workflow of Acquisitions staff: Supervises, trains, and evaluates employees. Prepares reports on unit activities. Gathers statistics. Makes policy and procedural recommendations concerning the unit as needed.
    • Responsible for collection development and acquisition of materials for the Circulating, Reference, Library Science collections, and Arkansas depository collection.
    • Receives weeded or discarded materials. Creates offers list of discarded materials for Arkansas libraries; prepares selected materials for distribution.
    • Creates and maintains vendor and order records in ILS. 
    • Performs technical tasks associated with in-house digital imaging projects, such as document scanning, employing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software, and following quality control measures according to established procedures.


    General knowledge of collection development, current cataloging standards and metadata schemas.

    Ability to stand and walk for long periods, to move book carts, and lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to stoop, bend and reach.


    Software skills: ILS (SirsiDynix); Digital Asset Management software; MS Office Suite; Digital Imaging/Scanning software, OCR and Image Editing software.


    Experience in budget management and vendor relations.


    Position Information

    Class Code: E041C

    Grade: GS07

    FLSA Status: EXEMPT

    Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $46,391

    Section: Acquisitions



    The Senior Librarian is responsible for supervising employees in library services and performs professional library duties. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.



    Supervises a small professional staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Classifies library materials by reviewing materials to be classified, searching information sources to determine subject matter, and selecting classification numbers and descriptive headings by using appropriate classification system. Assigns classification numbers and produces descriptive headings and explanatory summaries for new materials. Assists patrons and public libraries in the use of reference sources; interviews patrons to determine the type of information needed, suggests alternate sources and decides which database to utilize. Monitors state and federal document collections to ensure they are current and arranged in the required order; monitors the U.S. Patent collection to ensure microfiche and film are kept in order and available to patrons. Develops programs for library services by recommending program policies, developing and implementing program operation procedures, and conducting program evaluations. Organizes and conducts workshops for public libraries participating in special programs, attends workshops and seminars to stay abreast of new technologies, and serves on committees and councils. Performs other duties as assigned.





    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Knowledge of the principles and practices of library science. Knowledge of catalogs, records, on-line databases and classification systems used in libraries. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to prioritize tasks, set goals, and establish methods. Ability to initiate and conduct research. Ability to direct and oversee the work of others. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to organize and conduct workshops.

    Minimum Qualifications

    The formal educational equivalent of a master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school; plus one year of experience in professional library service. OR The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in library science or a related field from a school accredited by the ALA; plus three years of experience in professional library service. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



    Interested candidates can apply at

  • 28 Aug 2023 7:45 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Central Arkansas Library System is seeking a full-time Genealogy and Local History Specialist to work at the Roberts Library. The Genealogy and Local History Specialist will provide assistance to patrons in the Library research room and promote the Butler Center’s work in genealogy. Essential duties and responsibilities include conducting tours and programs on genealogy and local history, training staff in genealogical research methods and offering excellent customer service skills. Interested candidates should have an undergraduate degree in history or a related field, 2 years’ experience in genealogy research or a related field, proficiency with various genealogical databases and have excellent communication and research skills. Salary range starts at $19.89 and includes excellent benefits, such as medical, dental, vision, company paid pension, life insurance, paid time off, and holiday pay.  To see full job description, click here. Please send application and resume to with Heading: Genealogy and Local History Specialist, by September 8, 2023.

  • 23 Aug 2023 9:19 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)
    Full-time (40 hours/week) public service position in the Information Services Department at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System. Essential duties include working cooperatively as part of the resource sharing team through checking in returned materials from borrowing libraries, updating lending records in OCLC, packaging and opening mail and courier service deliveries, and other occasional tasks. Additional duties include staffing public service desks including the computer lab, research desk, and our system-wide telephone and chat service. Candidate must be knowledgeable of digital devices, information resources, and must be able to provide instructional assistance in person and remotely. Attention to detail and excellent communication and customer service skills are essential. Must be able to stand long periods of time, push and pull at least 50 lbs., lift, squat, and work some nights and weekends. Salary range starts at $15.37 and includes excellent benefits, such as medical, dental, vision, company paid pension, life insurance, paid time off, and holiday pay. Please send application and resume to Sarah Mallory at with the subject LIBRARY ASSISTANT. Position open until filled.

  • 22 Aug 2023 10:19 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Branch Head Librarian is responsible for planning and administering programs for the library and oversees the daily operations of the branch. Supervises the Library Assistants and other branch personnel, including scheduling, hiring, training, task assignment, motivating, and evaluations. Supports the Library System’s mission, goals, strategic plan, and all policies and procedures. Keeps in touch with library developments by attending in-service workshops and conferences. Help plan special library activities such as the Summer Reading Program, Book Talks, etc. Coordinates the selection of library materials for the branch. Maintains a good relationship with the local advisory board, county and city officials, area private and public schools, Friends group, area civic clubs, as well as with Headquarters staff. Makes commitments for public speaking to discuss library-related activities and takes an active part in professional activities within the State.

    Click on the following link for the full job ad: Job Posting-Branch Head Librarian - Oxford.pdf.

  • 22 Aug 2023 10:13 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The University of Arkansas Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Electronic Resources Librarian.  Reporting to the Director of Content Services, the Electronic Resources Librarian works collaboratively in a team environment to manage the life cycle of the Libraries’ electronic resources after they are acquired. The librarian oversees activation of resources, setting up vendors as access providers, and verifying and monitoring electronic package content within the Libraries’ Alma system. The librarian assists with troubleshooting access and manages administrative access to various vendor platforms. Additionally, the librarian manages bibliographic access to electronic resources, including the batch manipulation and ingest of vendor-supplied metadata, and oversees trials of new resources. The librarian uses critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems in order to maintain seamless access to the resources that support research and instruction at the University of Arkansas and must be able to work with diverse constituents to accomplish this. The librarian manages a unit of 2 full-time staff.

    Librarians hold faculty status and contribute to the teaching, service, and research mission of the University. Library faculty are vital members of the scholarly community and engage with current professional trends and literature, pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, share the results of their scholarly work through presentations and publications, and engage in professional service at the Libraries, campus, state, and national levels.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Unit Management

    • ·         Works collaboratively with the Web Services Librarian/ILS administrator and the heads of Acquisitions, Collection Development Strategies, and Metadata to manage the life cycle of the Libraries’ electronic resources after purchase
    • ·         Oversees activation of resources within Alma, including creation of electronic portfolios
    • ·         Manages verification of content (titles and years) of electronic packages and their Community Zone representation
    • ·         Monitors the ELUNA community Alma, Primo and Content discussion lists for reports of changes to collections, including dropped and added content
    • ·         Establishes and improves on best practices for management of perpetual content
    • ·         Manages administrative access to the various vendor platforms, including authentication and access to vendor supplied statistics
    • ·         Manages vendor and interface set-up for electronic resources including configuration and troubleshooting
    • ·         Collaborates with the OpenAthens administrator in setting up and troubleshooting access to the Libraries’ resources
    • ·         Manages metadata for electronic resources, including working with Alma Community Zone records and, as needed, record sets. Applies expertise in performing complex or specialized batch cataloging and import operations, including the use of OCLC APIs to select and retrieve records, and/or the batch transformation of non-MARC metadata into MARC records for loading
    • ·         Designs and manages data clean up projects
    • ·         Manages trials of new resources
    • ·         Collaborates with other library departments to improve service
    • ·         Takes part in professional development activities, including attending of workshops, webinars, and conferences, to augment existing training and skills

    Personnel Management

    • ·         Responsible for hiring, developing, and conducting performance reviews for two FTE staff
    • ·         Evaluates training needs and assists staff in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve job performance
    • ·         Determines performance deficiencies and designs interventions
    • ·         Assigns duties and projects, and monitors progress

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ·         Masters in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited or equivalent institution
    • ·         One year of demonstrated experience managing electronic resources in an integrated library system

    Preferred Qualifications

    • ·         Demonstrated experience managing extensive electronic resource collections in an academic or research environment
    • ·         Demonstrated experience using Ex Libris’ Alma-Primo ILS
    • ·         Demonstrated experience with electronic resources, including knowledge bases, openURL linking, authentication, and troubleshooting resource access and description
    • ·         Demonstrated experience in troubleshooting resource access and description
    • ·         Demonstrated supervisory and/or training experience
    • ·         Demonstrated experience cataloging library materials using MARC21, RDA/AACR2, Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings, and LC Classification
    • ·         Demonstrated experience with WorldShare Collection Manager
    • ·         Demonstrated experience setting up APIs with an integrated library system
    • ·         Demonstrated experience with documenting technical processes

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • ·         Knowledge of electronic resources, serials, and/or cataloging standards and tools, such as KBART, OpenAthens, MarcEdit etc.
    • ·         Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills including meeting project deadlines
    • ·         Ability to work independently and to collaborate with others
    • ·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • ·         Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets
    • ·         Commitment to building and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

    Rank and Salary

    Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor or Associate Librarian / Associate Professor. Starting salary: $60,000, commensurate with education and experience


    Relocation allowance available. Benefits include TIAA or Fidelity Investments, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

    Additional Information:

    Interested in learning more about this position or the application process? Attend a confidential information session via zoom:

    Wednesday, August 30, 3-4 pm CDT:

    The zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours prior to each session. We are aware that some people are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification in the job description, including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

    The University of Arkansas Libraries are in the midst of an exciting period of growth. Multiple facilities are currently undergoing renovations, which will result in the creation of spaces for innovative programming and resources. Under the new campus and University Libraries leadership, our collection is expanding to meet the growing research and instructional needs of our institution. New faculty positions and reimagined ones, combined with our facilities changes and collection growth, are transforming the University Libraries and our role on campus.

    The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission. The University Libraries are comprised of Mullins Library and three branch libraries: Chemistry & Biochemistry, Fine Arts, and Physics, as well as two off-site facilities including an architecturally unique climate and humidity controlled 27,000 sq. ft. high density storage facility. For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (

    Values of the University Libraries:  

    The University of Arkansas Libraries aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Enriching campus diversity and inclusion is a guiding principle at the University of Arkansas. The University of Arkansas Libraries asserts that the responsibility for creating, supporting, and maintaining an inclusive workplace belongs to all of us. We can strengthen our culture and organization by approaching each other and our work with intentional goodwill, honesty, empathy, and trust as we encourage others to hold themselves and each other accountable to do the same.

    We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workforce and we encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. For more information regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and the University Libraries, please visit our website at

    Application Materials:

    For the full posting, or to apply, please go to When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers).  Candidates who received international degrees in library and information science not accredited by ALA will need to submit the foreign credential evaluation determination.

    The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

    Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

  • 16 Aug 2023 12:46 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Genealogy Librarian, Full Time

    As a Genealogy Librarian, you help create an experience that makes our community say, "I love Fayetteville Public Library!" When you work at FPL, you are working alongside a dedicated team that brings their passion and pride to all that they do. You share your technical and product knowledge with customers and other staff, contributing to the overall success of the Library. You relate easily to others, building rapport and collaborative relationships with both the staff and customers. You are able to communicate and interact with all customers, create a welcoming and inclusive experience, are a good listener and enjoy working with people. You have a passion for what you do and enrich the customer's experience by using your knowledge to determine the customer's needs and exceed their expectations. You are comfortable in a changing environment, with multitasking, and with learning new systems and procedures.

    As a librarian, you provide professional genealogy and reference assistance and exemplary customer service to the general public and coordinate one or more specialized adult services work activities. You have strong experience in conducting local history and genealogy research and develop and deliver genealogy collections, programs, and services that reflect a wide spectrum of ideas and viewpoints, mirroring diverse and growing community needs.

    For more information or to apply, visit:
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