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  • 18 Dec 2019 7:46 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Computer Services Manager/Librarian   

    The Fort Smith Public Library is seeking a team-oriented, customer-focused, highly knowledgeable professional to provide leadership for the Computer Services Department at the Fort Smith Public Library.  

    The Computer Services Manager/Librarian is responsible for managing all of the library’s information technology activities including the integrated library system (ILS), network infrastructure, telephone system, network and information security, software, desktop and laptop computers, and peripherals.

    This position also supervises a support staff of three and ensures a proactive, customer service-focused environment serving both internal and external customers.  The person in this position works under the supervision of the library director and assistant director.  As a member of the library’s leadership team, the Computer Services Manager/Librarian also works with the library’s department heads and branch managers on library-wide projects, issues, and initiatives.



    • ·         A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  A combination of professional experience, education, and technical certifications that reflect mastery of field may be accepted in lieu of a 4-year degree. 
    • ·         Experience or training in network and PC security and familiarity with Microsoft applications. 
    • ·         Experience in network administration of firewalls, switches, DHCP, and DNS. 


    • ·         A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a similar field. 
    • ·         A master’s degree, especially an MLS from an ALA-accredited library degree program
    • ·         Experience administering secure wireless networks, VLANS, and telephone systems
    • ·         Familiarity with automated library systems such as Polaris
    • ·         Supervisory experience
    • ·         Library experience with a focus on information technology

    Essential skills and aptitudes:  The ideal candidate for this position has excellent technology skills, strong problem-solving skills, and sound judgment.  They enjoy learning new technology, possess excellent communication skills, and demonstrate an enthusiasm and passion for public libraries.  They demonstrate a positive attitude toward library staff and the public, can positively represent the library in the community, have strong organization and planning skills, have an eye for detail, can manage multiple projects, and have proven success as a team leader and team member.

    Primary responsibilities:

    • ·         Functions as the primary administrator of all aspects of the library’s information technology:  servers, firewall, DNS, LAN/WAN/VLAN, phone system, email, printers, integrated library system (ILS), public computer management, public print management system, and all other hardware and software
    • ·         Troubleshoots hardware, software, and printing problems for staff and public computers.
    • ·         Completes requirements for Federal Universal Services e-rate application and maintains necessary records
    • ·         Manages the library website and works with library staff to keep it updated
    • ·         Recommends hardware and software purchases, maintenance solutions, and upgrades
    • ·         Works with staff to document system policy and department procedures
    • ·         Ensures integrity and timeliness of critical system backups
    • ·         Hires, schedules, trains, supervises, and evaluates department staff
    • ·         Oversees the development of and updates to the library’s technology plan
    • ·         Assists in setting up equipment for meetings and events

    Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications; expected salary range is $45,000-$65,000 a year.  In addition, the Fort Smith Public Library offers a competitive package of benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid retirement.

    Fort Smith Public Library: The Fort Smith Public Library is a city library system with a $2.9 million budget and a 67,000 square foot main library and three neighborhood branch libraries. The library is a dynamic presence in the community, serving over 88,000 people in the Arkansas River Valley area of western Arkansas and offering a wide range of materials and services including books, DVDs, audiobooks, downloadable audio, eBooks, streaming video, and other digital resources, meeting space, and programming for children, teens, and adults.

    To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: Jennifer Goodson, Library Director, Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR, 72903 or by email to 

    Review of applications will begin January 6, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    For more information about the Fort Smith Public Library, visit
  • 16 Dec 2019 7:51 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Cataloging Associate

    Kent Library
    Full-Time, 12 Month Position

    The Cataloging unit is responsible for description of, discovery of, and access to, library resources by students, faculty, staff and guest users. Catalogers create and maintain bibliographic and local data records in OCLC and bibliographic, holdings and item records in the library’s management system for new, uncataloged or unclassified library materials. The Cataloging unit is also responsible for managing and maintaining the physical Federal Documents collection, authority work, physical processing of new materials, leading materials deselection projects and problem resolution.

    The Cataloging Associate will catalog library materials in multiple formats; including books, eBooks, government documents, reference titles, online and print journals, serials, streaming and physical videos, children’s books, teaching aids, models, archival materials, kits and more. This position will assign Library of Congress (LC) classification numbers to new materials, participate in Kent Library’s Dewey to LC reclassification project and lead classifying previously unclassified collections. Work also includes cataloging of new and Special Collections & Archives materials as well as retrospective projects. The Cataloging Associate shares responsibility for importing records sets into the library management system. This position has a key role in authority work.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Provide excellent, courteous, friendly user services
    • Create and edit cataloging records that accurately describe library materials in multiple formats; original records to be contributed to OCLC, a shared international bibliographic database
    • Build Library of Congress Classification numbers to replace Dewey Decimal Classification numbers
    • Assign Library of Congress Classification numbers to previously unclassified library collections
    • Share responsibility for name, subject, title and series authority control work
    • Edit large scale record sets and import records into the library management system
    • Create and update OCLC local data records to ensure accurate information is available for resource sharing activities
    • Maintain currency with national, regional and local cataloging policies, standards and practices such as the Marc 21 Format for Bibliographic Data; RDA (Resource: Description and Access) and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2); the national name and title authority files; Library of Congress Subject Headings (LSCH); Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification systems; and OCLC bibliographic formats and standards
    • Participate in training and other professional development opportunities to enhance job skills and gain expertise
    • Lead materials relocation, deselection and inventory projects
    • Participate in special projects as requested
    • Serve on library and university committees

    ·         Perform other duties as assigned  

    Required Qualifications

    ·         Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university OR a combination of college credits and 4 years cataloging experience in an academic library

    ·         Minimum two years of work experience in a library; cataloging experience a plus

    ·         Experience using computers and computer software effectively in a work setting

    ·         Experience with a library management system

    ·         Experience, or familiarity, with RDA, MARC, LCSH, national authority records, and classification systems including Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal

    ·         Evidence that indicates excellent attention to detail and the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in work

    ·         Capacity to organize work effectively and strong analytical and problem-solving skills

    ·         Ability to lead and/or participate in project planning, implementation and completion

    ·         Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work well as a member of a group and individually

    ·         Experience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel

    ·         Evidence of effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

    ·         Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities

    Application Deadline:  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 10, 2020.  The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

    To Apply:Submit the following items online at

    • ·       Letter of interest addressing position qualifications
    • ·       Current curriculum vitae
    • ·       Names and contact information of three professional references

    Library Information:  Information about Kent Library can be found at:

    Southeast Missouri State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

  • 16 Dec 2019 7:03 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    TEEN & ADULT PROGRAMMER – Central Arkansas Library System’s Williams Branch seeks energetic, flexible, team-oriented applicant with a strong commitment to public service to create and implement programs for teens and adults. The candidate will work for a diverse and inclusive work environment that is open and ready to hear your ideas. Responsibilities include planning in-branch and outreach programs for teens and adults, creating displays, designing printed and digital materials and promotions, working public service desk, answering patron questions, information searching, shelving and assisting with after school crowd control. Excellent communication, technology and customer service skills are required. Must be able to work well with adults and teens, and cooperatively with staff and public. Experience with teen and/or adult programming desirable. Familiarity with literature and popular media desirable. Evenings and weekends required. Starting pay $12.32 per hour plus excellent benefits to include company paid retirement. Submit resume and application to: Latina Sheard, This position closes Tuesday, December 24.

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