The Texarkana Public Library (TX) seeks a leader with the initiative to try new things and lead the library into the future. The new Director will work from a single location with a committed staff of 13.5 FTE and a $1.4 million budget – generated with income from both cities and Arkansas state aid – to serve the 66,000+ residents of the twin cities. The Director reports to the Texarkana Library Commission, which consists of 10 members, five appointed by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and five appointed by the City Council of the City of Texarkana, Texas. Library highlights include strong community support, excellent program offerings, and being part of a growing and thriving downtown. Key initiatives include the assessment of the existing library building and the possibility of a new facility, bringing new and fresh ideas to the organization, and preparing for the library’s 100th anniversary in 2025.
The minimum qualifications are a master’s degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association and three (3) years of progressively responsible library administrative experience is required. The ideal candidate will have worked with patrons from all backgrounds, understand the political mechanics of a city/county library system, and be a staunch advocate of the value public libraries bring to their communities. The position offers a hiring salary of $75,000 along with an excellent fringe benefits package. The position closes on May 7, 2023.