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Library Director: Gentry Public Library, Gentry, AR

24 Oct 2023 12:53 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

Position Overview:

Responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of the library and its staff and creating a warm and hospitable atmosphere. Library duties include maintaining circulation, servicing patrons’ resource needs, supervising and training staff and volunteers, managing the library’s operations, and coordinating with other city departments.

·         Leadership and Strategic Planning

·         Work closely with City administration on budget, policies, and community-based long-range plan.

·         Ensure the library meets the expected standards and changes in policy to city administration.

·         Work as a representative for the City with any non-profit or support organizations

·         Assist with grant writing and grant reporting.

·         Management & Administration

·         Responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of the library.

·         Primary responsibility for personnel matters related to Library staff including hiring, adequate training, day-to-day management, scheduling, and evaluations for all library staff.

·         Ensure proper oversight of the library’s finances in partnership with City administration.

·         Responsible for all City, State and Federal reporting requirements.

·         Ensure a safe physical environment.

·         Library Services, Programs, Outreach & Partnerships

·         Responsible for carrying out the Library’s Collection Development Policy to develop a collection that meets community needs.

·         Responsible for collection management software and its utilization.

·         Ensure that all programs on or off site reflect the library’s policies and safety protocols.

·         Manage community partnerships and outreach efforts.

·         Maintain an updated record of patrons’ contact information for library outreach.

This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities that comprise this position. The City of Gentry is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Preferred Qualifications:

·         Masters in Library Sciences from ALA accredited institution

·         5 years of increasing responsibility at a library

·         3 years of supervisory experience

·         Experience with maintaining a library's collection.

·         Familiarity with current software and comfort with learning new programs

·         Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are important for this position.

·         The ideal candidate would be self-motivated, organized, thorough and dependable.

·         The incumbent must be able to move through the library, which at times may only be accessible by stairs.

·         The incumbent may also need to travel and attend events on behalf of the library.

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