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  • 2 Feb 2021 1:23 PM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

    Library Assistant (Part-time/20hrs)


    The Library Assistant is responsible for assisting patrons with checking out and receiving library materials using the Library’s computerized circulation system; locating books and other materials for patrons of all ages; registering patrons for library cards, assisting patrons in using the library’s public computers and all electronic resources, help answering questions using the Internet, online databases and/or other sources; making minor repairs to books and other library materials; locating and routing library materials as requested by other branches; sorting and shelving books as needed; may occasionally assist with seniors, adults and youth programs; other duties as assigned.


    • Excellent customer services skills in a Library environment preferred
    • Experience in current technology including Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Social Media
    • Experience with planning and conducting programs for children, teens and adults preferred
    • Ability to learn and use Library’s computerized circulation system as well as the Internet
    • Ability to lift 30-40 pound filled book bins and setup tables and move chairs for library programs
    • Must be able to work evenings and weekends
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Bilingual (English/ Spanish) preferred
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact at all levels


    This position will pay $10.00 per hour paid monthly. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance and MS Retirement Plan.


    High School Diploma or GED. Some college preferred.

    For more information apply online at

    Email online application to

  • 2 Feb 2021 1:16 PM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

    Assistant Branch Manager 


    The Assistant Branch Manager is responsible for assisting the Branch Manager in managing the branch personnel, including scheduling, hiring, training, task assignment, motivating, and evaluations. Assist with the daily operations of the branch and other activities. Keeps in touch with library developments by attending in-service workshops and conferences. Supports the Library System’s mission, goals, and strategic plan. Responsible for youth/adult programming and outreach. Act as the supervisor in the absence of the Branch Manager.


    • 2+ years of management and customer services experience in a Library environment preferred
    • Experience in early childhood education preferred, customer service and working with youth or seniors or other adult groups. Familiarity with current technologies including social media; library databases, computer software, word processing, and the Internet
    • Effectively present library programs to all ages with special emphasis on programs for youth or seniors
    • Ability to learn and use Library’s computerized circulation system as well as other computer software applications, especially Microsoft Office Suite
    • Communicate effectively, patiently and courteously with Library employees, patrons, and other community members especially in articulating and enforcing Library policies
    • Exhibit a positive and enthusiastic approach to public library service
    • Ability to lift 30-40 pound filled book bins and setup tables and move chairs for library programs
    • Must be able to work mornings, evenings, and some weekends
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact at all levels


    This position will pay $13.00 per hour paid monthly. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance and MS Retirement Plan (PERS).


    Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science preferred.

    For more information apply online at

    Email online application to:

  • 2 Feb 2021 8:15 AM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

    Branch Youth Services Librarian

    The Branch Youth Services Librarian is responsible for special programming, reader’s advisory, collection development, and entertainment for children and teens.


    Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited university is required. This position requires you to be outgoing, energetic, creative, self-motivated, and committed to providing quality programming to children and teens.


    • Candidate should be computer literate and willing to learn new technologies
    • General knowledge of popular reading materials, movies, and music; expert level knowledge in youth materials
    • Must like working with people and be able to cooperate with other staff. Teamwork skills are essential.
    • Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and trends
    • Expertise in library’s resources, services, classification system, policies and procedure
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights (until 8:00 p.m.) and Saturdays
    • Position requires walking and standing for long periods. Requires light lifting and carrying of up to 40 pounds.


    • Provides patron assistance and monitors children and teens from youth services help desk, assists patrons in locating materials, provides reader’s advisory assistance, and enforces library code of conduct, while maintaining a good relationship with youth visitors
    • Serves as selector for Branch children’s or young adult collection
    • Designs displays, activities, bookmarks and other materials to create innovative and educational youth resources
    • Maintains fun, inviting and safe youth spaces by creating displays, hanging decorations, and keeping areas neat
    • Prepares and conducts storytimes; performs songs, stories, and puppetry for a wide age range
    • Plans and executes a combination of in-person and virtual programming for children and teens including promotion, supply ordering, setup, execution and cleaning.
    • Plans and conducts outreach visits to schools, daycares and other community organizations
    • Collaborates with Benton YS staff to ensure consistency and to implement special programming.
    • Serves as Person in Charge on a Saturday rotation and provides assistance at circulation desk as needed.


    Job Type:      Full-Time, 40 hours per week

    Pay Grade:   6

    Pay Range:   $15.29 - $22.93 hourly

    Reports to:   Branch Manager

    Department: Branch

    Location:      Mabel Boswell Memorial Library

  • 1 Feb 2021 10:56 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Library Assistant

    Job is full-time. Must have reliable transportation and be able to work some Saturdays.
    Email with resumes and references or with questions.

    Listed pay as $11/hour. 


    Performs routine clerical work in the library involving basic support services to patrons. Involves responsibility for routine circulation, shelf maintenance, and clerical functions using an automated circulation system. 


    Checks books, magazines, and other library holdings in and out at the circulation desk and collects fines using an automated circulation system. Provides customers with basic references and reader's advisory service. Produces displays of books and library materials. Discharges incoming library materials, inspects them for damages, and sorts for shelving. Performs routine library computer functions. Operates a variety of standard office and library machines. Performs routine book maintenance and processing including typing spine labels and covering books. Answers telephones and provides routine information or refers and transfers calls. Assists patrons with book searches and downloads. Pulls and processes hold materials. Assists in assuring accurate library shelving by shelf-reading and re-shelving of materials, as needed. Projects a positive and pleasant attitude to the public and cooperates and maintains an effective relationship with other staff members as part of a team. Performs related work as required. 


    High School Diploma or equivalent and some experience in libraries, or an equivalent combination (one year of experience for each year of education). Must be fluent in speaking, reading, and comprehension of the English language. Must be available to work rotating shifts which includes mornings, afternoon, evenings, and some weekends. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

  • 29 Jan 2021 9:55 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Fayetteville Public Library

    Adult & Reference Librarian

    Job Description                                       

    Exempt:                                  No

    Department:                        Adult Services

    Reports To:                            Manager, Adult Services

    Location:                                Fayetteville Public Library

    Rate of Pay:                           Starting at $38,084 – $43,804 | Full-time

    Benefits:                                Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement Savings Plan, Paid Time Off

    Safety Sensitive:                   No


    As an Adult & Reference 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 reference assistance and exemplary customer service to the general public and coordinate one or more specialized adult services work activities. You develop and deliver library collections, programs, and services that reflect a wide spectrum of ideas and viewpoints, mirroring diverse and growing community needs.


    1. Proactively greet and establish rapport with patrons, enthusiastically engaging them in conversations about all our materials and services. Provide exemplary customer service in-person in the adult & reference department and at all locations throughout the library. Answer questions about library programs and services and refer callers and visitors to the appropriate staff member or service desk. Staff public service desks as assigned.

    2. Effectively communicate to patrons regarding a variety of topics including, but not limited to, library products and services, policies, responsibilities, and code of conduct. Blend creativity, problem solving, and decision making to positively impact the customer experience, de-escalate any negative situations and resolve customer questions and concerns. Monitor customer feedback. Diffuse difficult, volatile, and/or inappropriate customer situations, keeping safety in mind.

    3. Ask open ended questions to assess, understand, and ascertain customer needs, determine how to tailor your approach, and provide recommendations using your institutional knowledge to connect our customer with the right solution. This includes both routine and complex patron inquiries. Provide advanced research assistance, readers' advisory, technical assistance, and exemplary frontline customer service.

    4. Help orient new staff, ensuring a smooth acclimation to the library and our culture. Train new staff members as assigned. Monitor, train, develop, and coach Adult Services volunteers as assigned. Provide assistance to colleagues.

    5. Serve as senior-most staff member and assume delegation of the Adult Services Department and/or facility as assigned.

    6. Create, develop, implement, and evaluate multiple high-quality, adult programs, including a multi- week summer reading program for adults and a literary festival involving community partners. Participate in management of $50,000+ annual departmental programming budget, and with department offer approximately 250 diverse programs annually.

    7. Select and purchase materials for assigned library collections. Monitor and manage a print and electronic materials budget in approximate range of $10,000-$60,000, ensuring collection purchases are balanced, relevant and responsive to community needs.

    8. Evaluate existing collections for relevance and community interests, decommissioning materials on a regular schedule.

    9. Oversee and administer one or more specialized Adult Services work activities, including but not limited to Digital Archive, Student Proctoring, Interlibrary Loan Services, Nonprofit Resource Center, Genealogy and Website Maintenance.

    10. Manage web content proficiently with appropriate tools.

    11. Research and develop grant proposals to enhance and expand library services.

    12. Create print and web bibliographies, user guides and displays spotlighting library collections, services and programs.

    13. Serve on and/or chair library committees as requested.

    14. Display excellent time management skills, attention to detail, problem solving skills, strong organizational skills and the ability to work proactively to balance multiple tasks and prioritize work. Complete work at an appropriate pace with a sense of urgency.

    15. Speak, instruct, and/or perform in front of library and outreach audiences. Assist with library services, programs, and outreach opportunities as needed. Represent and promote the Library in public, media, and professional associations. Seek out opportunities and utilize networking events to promote recognition and use of the Library.

    16. Pursue professional development, which may involve travel, to keep informed of current and emerging library trends. Maintain professional and technical knowledge through attendance of educational workshops, review of professional publications, establishment of networks, and participation in professional organizations.

    17. Assume personal responsibility for the building's condition and solve minor issues and problems as they arise.

    18. Complete special projects as assigned.

    19. Protect library assets and ensure building security adhering to library policies and following appropriate closing procedure. Learn and carry out emergency procedures.

    20. Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    Valid Driver's License


    The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

    While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk or hear; frequently required to reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; and color vision.


    All library positions require customer-focused service to both internal and external customers, flexibility, teamwork, punctual and regular attendance, and compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    1. Graduate degree (MLS, MLIS, etc.) from an ALA-accredited program; or a master's degree in a related field plus 3 years of related experience working in a library or educational setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    2. High language skills including ability to read, analyze, and understand general business/company related articles and professional journals. Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions in person-to-person and group situations with customers, clients, general public, and other employees of the organization. Ability to effectively speak and present information before groups of customers or employees.

    3. Basic math skills including the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

    4. High reasoning skills including the ability to solve practical problems and deal with several variables where only limited standardization exists and the ability to communicate this information.

    5. High computer skills including knowledge of office productivity software and ability to operate standard office equipment.

    6. Excellent customer service skills including the ability to resolve difficult customer situations.

    Other Skills and Abilities:

    1. Ability to work a flexible schedule as assigned that includes evenings, weekends, and holiday shifts is required.

    2. Creativity and awareness of community needs to design and implement library services and programs for adults.

    3. Strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.

    4. Ability to work both independently and as an effective and valued team member.

    5. Work under pressure on multiple projects with frequent interruptions and tight deadlines.

    6. Multilingual skills a plus.

    Work Environment:

    1. Ability to tolerate moderate noise that comes from an office environment with typical HVAC performance, constant visitors, telephone calls, computers, and printers; ability to tolerate increased noise during library programs.

    2. Ability to occasionally work near mechanical equipment including the book conveyor and sorting system and mechanical lift for walk-up book drop.

    To apply go to

  • 25 Jan 2021 7:15 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is currently seeking a full-time highly motivated and qualified person to oversee our donor relations program and manage our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, multi-tiered fundraising plan that supports the goals of the Central Arkansas Library System’s strategic plan. This position will be responsible for the overall coordination and direction of the Library’s fundraising efforts including annual giving, grants, major gifts, planned giving program and fundraising events. The director of development will also serve as a liaison to the CALS foundation, ensuring its viability and success. A qualified applicant must have the equivalent of a four-year college degree, plus 5 years successful fundraising or similar experience and/or training, and 5 years related management experience, superior organization, communication, interpersonal and writing skills. Experience in working with boards is highly preferred.

    If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply. Starting pay range is $67,225 and includes excellent benefits. Interested candidates are encouraged to send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to by Monday, February 8, 2021.


    To see other job opportunities, visit our website at

  • 21 Jan 2021 11:42 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Library Assistant – Full-time public service position in the Information Services Department at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System. Primary duties involve assisting with collection maintenance, assisting the Periodicals Manager, and managing the order and disposal of tax forms. Attention to detail is essential. Other responsibilities include assisting public in locating and interpreting reference and information sources, in using library computers, software and internet resources, conducting library tours and outreach, providing support for the system’s Digital Services, and assisting with programs. Familiarity with technology, digital media, ability to do instructional assistance on devices, and excellent communication and customer service skills are required. Foreign language skills a plus. Starting pay range $11.61 per hour plus excellent benefits. Send application and resume to Aldo Botti at by Feb. 3, 2021.  

  • 19 Jan 2021 8:36 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Christian County Library

    Executive Director Job Description

    Job Title: Executive Director

    FLSA Status: Exempt, Full Time

    Pay: $34.00 - $38.00; Dependent upon education and experience and CCL Pay scale

    Schedule: Varied; Typically, Monday - Friday: Some evenings and weekends

    Branch: Office in Nixa; Travel to all branches

    Deadline: Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    For more information or to apply visit:

    Applications, including list of references, can be emailed to

    or mailed to:

    Nixa Community Branch

    Christian County Library

    208 N. McCroskey St

    Nixa, MO 65714

    Attn: Human Resources   


    The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the library that acts in an advisory capacity as a professional expert to the publicly appointed Board of Trustees; recommends programs, policies, and changes; prepares agendas for and attends all board meetings; and has the right to speak on all matters under discussion. The Executive Director is not a member of the library’s Board of Trustees and has, therefore, no vote on matters under consideration and carries out the policies and decisions of the Board as they affect both patrons and employees. The Executive Director prepares the annual request for funds; determines internal policies and procedures; is responsible for the library collection; performs or delegates selection and withdrawal of all library materials: including books, audio-visual materials and digital resources; and performs all duties imposed upon by law or by regulations of the Board of Trustees.

    The Executive Director is in charge of library personnel and is responsible for creating an environment conducive to maintaining high staff morale and for the administration of personnel policies, including assignment of duties, service standards, and staff development. The Executive Director selects, evaluates, promotes, and dismisses staff and, as part of the budget preparation process, recommends salaries and benefits to the board. The Executive Director is the representative spokesman of the staff to the Board and welcomes contributions from individual staff members, which may lead to improvements of library services or of personal relationships and employment conditions.

    Duties and Responsibilities:include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    Administration for the Library

    ●       Responsible for the successful, efficient administration of library services.

    ●       Operate the library and its activities in accordance with Board approved policies.

    ●       Recommend to and work in cooperation with the Board to plan and implement short and long-range goals for library service, objectives, and policies.

    ●       Keep and discard library records according to records retention schedules adopted by the Missouri Secretary of State’s office and applicable law.

    ●       Be ultimately responsible for the care of library resources, including staff, buildings and grounds, collection, and equipment.

    ●       Work with the Board of Trustees and Administrative Staff to complete and carry out a new strategic plan periodically.

    ●       Supervise the management of all library facilities.

    ●       Perform other duties as arise out of policy, technology, or need.

    ●       Work with Programming and Training Coordinator and other relevant Administrative Staff to set up a training department for CCL.

    ●       Submit mandatory reports to the Missouri State Library and the Missouri Ethics Commission.

    ●       Work with county officials, Administrative Staff, and outside consultants to file tax levy information and yearly audit.

    Technical Advisor for the Board of Trustees

    ●       Prepare agendas for and attend all Board of Trustees meetings.

    ●       Regularly report to the Board on library events, news, developments, and progress.

    ●       Know and make Trustees aware of local and state laws and events affecting library operations.

    ●       Work with the Board of Trustees and Administrative Staff to actively advocate for supportive library policies at both the state and national level.

    ●       Make use of the services and consultants of the State Library.

    ●       Serve a liaison between the Board and outside legal consultants for the library as needed and appropriate.

    Supervision of Library Staff

    ●       Determine staff duties, work schedules, and salaries within a Board-adopted budget.

    ●       Recruit, select, evaluate, promote, and assign staff to positions and schedules required for efficient and effective library service, and delegate duties as needed.

    ●       Serve as the general supervisor of all personnel employed by the library.

    ●       In accordance with written library personnel policies, relieve from duty employees who violate library policies or are unable or unwilling to perform duties.

    ●       Work with HR Solutions on various human resource related policies, issues, procedures, etc.

    ●       Supervise the Administrative Team.

    ●       Work with Administrative Staff to maintain and/or improve the CCL work culture.

    Spend Library Funds Within Board-Adopted Budget & Financial Policies

    ●       Spend all personnel funds, salaries and benefits, within the adopted budget, unless specific changes are approved before expenditure by the Board.

    ●       Oversee the selection and ordering of all library materials, including books, periodicals, audio-visual products, digital resources, and others, according to CCL’s Materials Selection Policy.

    ●       Oversee the purchasing of library supplies necessary for library operations.

    ●       In compliance with CCL’s Procurement Policy, secure or review at least 3 comparative quotes for any purchase of $3000 or more. For purchases between $3000 and $29,999 that are within the Trustee pre-approved annual budget, select the vendor and notify the Board at the next meeting. For purchases between $3,000 and $29,999 that are not within the Trustee pro-approved annual budget, take the three quotes to the Board for selection and preapproval before purchase. For any purchases over $30,000, solicit bids for Board consideration per Procurement Policy defined guidelines.

    ●       Refrain from obligating unbudgeted funds or transferring within the budget categories to meet obligations except by prior approval of the Board of Trustees.

    ●       Manage the library’s available funds in the safest, most profitable, legal manner.

    ●       Work with Director of Finance and Business Operations to complete bond reimbursements as construction continues and wraps up.

    ●       Follow CCL’s Donation Policy in acceptance of gifts to the library.

    ●       Dispose of materials according to Board approved library policy.

    Involvement in the Local Community and Larger Library Community

    ●       Participate personally or coordinate library participation with local organizations and events.

    ●       Create and maintain a welcoming, accessible, and safe environment in which library patrons and county residents may get information and enrich their lives.

    ●       Oversee the work of the library’s communications team and other relevant staff to present a consistent image and messaging for  Christian County Library.

    ●       Use current and appropriate technology to communicate with the public.

    ●       Encourage public participation in library services and events, volunteer opportunities, and library affiliated organizations.

    ●       Stimulate growth of library services in Christian County.

    ●       Work with state and national professional organizations; attend professional meetings and workshops; and provide appropriate and affordable training opportunities for staff.

    Inform the Board of Trustees of the Library’s Financial and Budgetary Status

    ●       Prepare an annual library budget for adoption by the entire Board.

    ●       Prepare all documents for the annual tax rate hearing and provide them to the Board and all appropriate county and state offices.

    ●       Submit a list of actual and anticipated bills for approval at the monthly board meetings.

    ●       Submit for approval at the monthly board meetings a list of adjustments to prior month’s approved bills, including current financial summary and account balances.

    ●       Approve before payment all bills presented to the library and signify approval by signing the checks.

    ●       Work with relevant CCL Administrative Staff and hire outside consultants as needed to maintain accurate, current records of library income and expenditures; complete and file before deadlines all required government forms relating to payroll, personnel matters, tax obligations, or other library finances; and make available all pertinent records required for annual independent audits of the library's financial records.

    ●       File with the State Library and provide a copy to Trustees the annual Statistical Report.

    Communication with Co-Workers & Administration

    ●      Effective, timely, thorough, and respectful communication with co-workers in various forms such as, but not limited to: verbally (in person and on phone), written (email, text, message on lockers, etc.), and other forms as dictated by the situation.

    ●      Effective, timely, thorough, and respectful communication with Administration on the following topics:

    ○      Scheduling requests; Vacation or PTO submitted according to library policy;

    ○      Absences, including whether or not employee is using leave for time missed;

    ○      Performance issues;

    ○      Procedural changes or issues;

    ○      Policy changes or issues; and

    ○      Other topics not addressed here.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Computer Skills:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of basic computer skills Microsoft Office Suite and Google products, email, have proficient internet skills and computer typing, as well as working knowledge of print, non-print, digital, and online information sources available from a wide variety of sources, including publishers, internet and web-based, and library and vendor-based systems.

    Educational Requirements:

    Bachelor’s Degree

    Masters of Library and Information Studies

    10+ years of library or relevant experience

    Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:

    ●    Customer Service.

    ●    Respect: Courteous, reliable, and dependable.

    ●    Positive Attitude.

    ●    Accountability.

    ●    Innovation and Initiative.

    ●    Teamwork.

    ●    Excellent communication skills- written and oral.

    ●    Excellent people skills.

    ●    Reliable, responsible, dependable, honest, organized, quick learner.

    ●    Working knowledge of reader interest levels, books, authors, and reference sources.

    ●    Working knowledge of automated library circulation systems and online databases.

    ●    Ability to develop or demonstrate the necessary supervisory, decision-making, leadership, team-building, strategic, conflict resolution, and marketing skills.


    ●    Ability to set priorities and coordinate multiple projects.

    ●    Ability to successfully maintain performance of assigned duties and responsibilities to achieve the desired outcome.

    ●    Ability to interact in a positive, effective manner with coworkers, Trustees, and general public.

    ●    Ability to perform with minimum supervision, to work collaboratively in a team environment, and to demonstrate professional standards, good judgment, dependability, and timeliness in work environments.

    ●    Ability to adapt to multiple demands and changing priorities, to learn, and be willing to embrace change. Remains flexible.

    ●    Ability to present ideas and provide instruction. Comfortable with teaching and use of various forms of technology.

    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


  • 14 Jan 2021 8:05 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Central Arkansas Library System is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator for the Rock It! Lab—an entrepreneur hub aimed at helping under-resourced entrepreneurs with education and resources to develop and succeed in their businesses.  This grant-funded position is new and needs someone who has start-up business knowledge, a strong desire to help others, and the ability to visualize and execute ideas quickly.  Essential duties include planning, developing, and implementing all aspects of the program including but not limited to recruiting entrepreneurs and partners, planning and executing events, collecting and maintaining data, and researching.  The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Rock It! Lab and assist in the development and implementation of programming in the COX Building.  Candidate must be strongly motivated to help entrepreneurs and have superior organizational and project management skills to successfully implement and maintain the project in a short timeframe.  Additional qualifications include holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area with at least 3 years of related work experience, or equivalent education and experience. The salary range starts at $40,185 and includes excellent benefits. The grant will last 12 months.  Interested candidates should send application and resume with subject line: Rock It! Lab to  Position open until filled, and candidate must be able to start right away. 

    To view the job description for this position and to see info about other job opportunities, go to

  • 11 Jan 2021 7:42 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Lead a dynamic and thriving public library and regional library system in Southeast Kansas. Capable and experienced librarians are invited to pursue this unusual opportunity to serve as the new director of both the Iola Public Library and the fifteen-county multitype Southeast Kansas Library System. The director will continue and enhance existing services, and partner with the community and with member libraries to explore new and innovative directions. The successful candidate will develop relationships, foster strong service oriented teams, and demonstrate effective management and interpersonal skills at the local and regional levels. A strong commitment to service and the ability to build strong relationships in forming a vision for the future are essential. Active legislative advocacy and participation in statewide library programs and organizations are required. 

    The Library and Regional System: The Iola Public Library is a thriving and progressive community library with a budget of $300,000 offering strong collections, excellent Internet access, a commitment to customer service and strong community partnerships. The Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS), with headquarters in the Iola Public Library, is one of the seven Kansas regional library systems. Serving over 100 member libraries with a budget of $1.9 million (primarily from local property taxes), SEKLS provides a broad range of innovative services to its member libraries, including financial grant programs, a shared open source library catalog with 47 participating libraries, participation in the statewide materials delivery service, and consulting and training support. 

    The Community and Region: Iola is a community of 5,300 providing quality rural living just 95 miles south of Kansas City, and within two hours of five metropolitan areas and the Ozark Mountain scenic region. Iola has well developed recreation, education, arts and health resources, including a community college, an excellent school system, a community theater and a fine arts center, a new regional hospital, parks and extensive trail systems. Southeast Kansas is a rural fifteen-county area with a state university, six community colleges, and a diverse range of small and medium size public libraries.

    Responsibilities: The Director will serve as chief executive of both the Iola Public Library and the Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS), reporting to the Iola Public Library Board and the SEKLS System Board and a nine member executive board. In addition the Director is responsible to the State Library of Kansas Board for approval of annual budgets and service plans. The Director will develop and manage annual budgets, lead planning and implementation of programs and services to meet goals, supervise and motivate library and system staff to deliver services that meet the needs of library users and member libraries.

    Qualifications: Minimum requirements include a Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program, and a minimum of five years relevant experience, including at least two years experience in an administrative position. Essential personal qualities are leadership initiative, ability to work in a constructive and cooperative manner with a diverse range of personnel, governing bodies, colleagues and member institutions and government officials. The Library Director, through responsiveness, understanding, and energy will motivate an outstanding team of board, staff and member libraries to position the library and system at the forefront of library service. Experience with both public libraries and library cooperatives, and working with a board or boards, is preferred.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Compensation: $80,000 – 85,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications, with an attractive benefits package.             

    Apply via email with a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to .  This Position will close February 21, 2021. 

    Further Information: contact Jim Minges at Minges & Associates at

    or Phone (913) 948-0615

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